"We live in a society exquisitely dependent on science and technology, in which hardly anyone knows anything about science and technology."
Junior cycle science is taught at a common level, this means that all students receive the same teachings, resources, and assessments. As with most subjects at junior cycle, the science curriculum places a strong emphasis on assessment as part of the learning process.
Junior Cycle Science is a big course and covers a wide range of topics over five strands.
- The Nature of Science
- The Physical World
- The Chemical World
- The Biological World
- Earth and Space
Due to the amount of knowledge, you will be submerged in for this course, it is only natural that it will be helpful to have a few revision tools, tips, and resources to help you study for your assessments and exams.
Reasons to Create a Revision Timetable for Yourself
Okay yes, you can ask a teacher or a parent to give you a template, but it's important that you actually create a timetable for yourself this way you can study subjects which you find more difficult earlier on in the afternoon or at the weekend and leave the subjects you're pretty good at till last.
I'm not saying those subjects are less important, but I am saying revising the subjects that come easier to you don't need you to be as fresh alert and focused as you would be for that subject to struggle with. This is down to the fact that you actually enjoy one subject better than the other therefore one will naturally be easier for you to revise.
You should also schedule your breaks on this timetable. Studies have shown that we concentrate best for periods of 20 to 30 minutes, the important thing is to take regular short breaks and keep hydrated. Getting ready for exams can be stressful however if it's really getting under your skin, it's always a good idea to talk about it. Whether it is with someone you know or you want to talk to someone outside of your circle, often a problem shared is a problem halved. Services like Spun Out are there to listen.
Read First - Then Answer
My advice is to take some old exam papers or even some sample papers for the new curriculum and read through every question first. Ideally, you will have two different coloured highlighters use one to highlight the bits you are confident in answering and the other to highlight the parts you think might be trickier. Then answer the ones you are confident with first, this will allow you a little extra time for the ones you feel are a little bit more complicated.
Being familiar with this technique is so important. Students lose marks so often because they just haven't read the question correctly.
Best Places for Junior Cycle Science Grinds
First will take a look at online tuition, if you prefer to study in your own space, but think you will benefit from grinds to ensure you achieve your best possible results, online tuition could be exactly what you're looking for.
You have so many options to choose from when it comes to online tuition, below is just a small example:
- Premier Tuition
- First Tutors
As you're already on the website we're going to take a look a little deeper into grinds at Superprof.
At Superprof there are several tutors offering grinds in Science. You can choose your tutor from a large selection, you can also pick times that suit you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. No matter what the subject, if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will see they are affordable, as they start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super convenient!
It's really simple all you have to do is go to the homepage select your subject and your location and a list of all the possible grains teachers for your subjects and their prices will pop up. What makes this even more affordable is that in a lot of cases the first lesson is free.
In a lot of cases, your school may offer revision classes or courses during the Easter or summer breaks for the junior cycle. Revision courses like these usually run over one or two weeks, with one day allocated to each subject, a crash course in each to be more specific. For people who are only in need of a little bit of help one whole intensive day of study and notes can be enough.
However, for people who are struggling a little bit more, and still wished to take on a science subject and leaving cert. I would definitely recommend trying some online tuition over the summer before you enter the senior cycle. Especially if you're choosing one specific science subject like biology it could be very useful for you to take extra tuition in that area of the science from junior cert so that you go into the next level more confident.
"Confidence is when you believe in yourself and your abilities, arrogance is when you think you are better than others and act accordingly."
Quick Tips to Keep in Mind for the Junior Cycle Science Exam
As we coming to the end of this article, I just want to leave you with a few little nuggets of advice to keep in mind when preparing for your junior cycle science exam and assessments.
- Make sure you go over your definitions, many questions will ask you to define a key term.
- Don't forget to revise your experiment logbook, some of your questions might look similar to an experiment that you have already done.
- The exam tends to cover most of the topics so it's not a good idea to leave out topics when revising.
- Stick to the study timetable, you created to help you organise your time, so sticking to it allows you the right amount of breaks and study time.
- Study one topic at a time! I have already mentioned the study timetable, which has allocated each subject to time, but it's really important to study one topic at a time as trying to study multiple topics at once can lead to confusion, exhaustion and a lack of retention.
- Stop putting so much pressure on yourself! If you're struggling ask for help, as mentioned above grinds and revision courses are a great way to give you that little bit of confidence you might need when it comes to certain subjects. All you can do is your best, so don't put so much pressure on yourself.
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