Leaving cert English student will hear that one of the most important parts of preparing for the English exam is by practising past papers, and similar questions. You can find many resources online, or in books of past papers.
We know there are a lot of different topics on the English exam, and it can be hard to narrow down what you need to do. This is why we have a series of informative articles were you can find the frameworks to start your learning journey!
Check out our guide to both leaving cert papers to get an idea of what you are up against, and keep an eye out for more links throughout the article!
Where Can I Find Study Notes For the English Exam?
Leavingcertenglish.net is now dormant. However, it still has a huge amount of helpful information for leaving cert English students. It has advice, and examples from both papers. Everything is categorised, so it’s very easy to navigate. It has extensive notes on Macbeth, Othello, Hamlet, and King Lear. It also has notes on the comparative study, and the poetry sections of the leaving cert English exam. You’ll also find hints and tips on how to study for the leaving cert English exam.
Perhaps you have all the info at the ready, but you are not sure how to study or start? Check out the Superprof guide on how to study for the leaving cert exam! This can help eliminate stress and worries as it gives you goals and tips that help lessen the workload!
Theleavingcert.com covers hints, tips, notes and past papers of all subjects, including leaving cert English. It has paper one and paper two from 2002 onwards. It has the higher level and ordinary leaving cert English papers. It also has advice on the points calculator, CAO applications, fees, and how to appeal your exam results. There’s also a section for leaving cert students to vent their frustrations, ask other students for advice, and share any interesting information that they’ve found.
iRevise.com is an online resource, with past papers, sample answers, and notes on everything that could come up on your leaving cert English exam. It has extensive notes on the poets, poetry, and poetic devices, which are extremely useful. It has a free account and a premium account. The free account gives you access to past papers, quick revision notes, and sample answers. The premium account gives you access to video tutorials, more comprehensive study notes, and tips such as useful phrases for comparative study, and what to look out for in the poetry sections.
Do you still need to familiarize yourself with the paper? We have you covered over on our article outlining the topics covered in the English leaving cert exam!
Superprof English Tutors
Superprof.ie can help you link up with a leaving cert English tutor in your area. Finding an English tutor can help your focus on what your weak points, where you need to brush up, and what will be most important for your leaving cert English exam. It’s completely free for you to search and find the right tutor for you. Once you have, you can message them to start setting up your tutoring sessions.
You can organise offline payment, but there’s more security if you pay through the site. You can pay lesson by lesson, or in 5 or 10 hour blocks. If you pay by lesson, the payment is held for 24 hours before being released to the tutor. If there are any issues, such as a cancelled session, you can dispute the payment. If you opt for the block payments, the tutor will receive 50% when they accept the tutoring request, and 50% at the end of the sessions.
For more tips and tricks for us, read our extensive leaving cert English guide, where you can learn to study better, as well as exam day tips!
625points.com is a site ran by past students who achieved top marks in their leaving cert exams. It covers most of the leaving cert subjects, but only at higher level. It has notes, sample answers, and study plans. These are all examples of what past pupils did in order to get A1 exam results. The notes have either been written by a past pupil, or an examiner.
Most of the notes are free, but there are some premium notes. The premium notes include quizzes, advice, and videos. You can also submit an essay to the 625Lab for grading. You’ll get invaluable feedback on your essay.
How to Organize Yourself Before the Exam
Quizlet is a site that gives you access to different learning tools such as flashcards, diagrams, and quizzes. It’s not specifically designed for leaving cert English, but you will be able to find things that help you study. As this site is UK based, you won’t be able to search for leaving cert English, and find all the topics you need. Instead you’ll need to search for individual topics. Another option Quizlet gives you is that you can create your own flashcards.
Quizlet has three account options. There is a basic free plan, which may give you all the access you need to develop study tools for leaving cert English. The Quizlet Go plan gives you access to all the resources the free plan has but you can use them offline, and without ads. The Plus plan gives you more personalised study paths, lets you scan in documents, and lets you track your progress.
LitCharts has PDF guides on almost any English text you can think of, including the ones that will come up on your leaving cert English exam. The PDF’s have a summary of the text, an analysis, themes, and quotes. You can use the site to sort the quotes by theme, character, and location. There’s also an icon wheel that is used to quickly determine the themes, and plotlines of a specific text.
There is a free account, and a subscription based account. The free account lets you save your own notes, highlights, and you can request other books if they haven’t already been covered. The subscription account can be paid on a rolling monthly basis, or a yearly basis. It gives you more access to LitCharts PDF’s, notes, and translations of much of Shakespeare’s work, which makes them easier to understand.
Mr Tobin Leaving Cert English
Mr Tobin Leaving Cert English is a YouTube channel with videos on many of the leaving cert English topics. There’s in-depth analysis of the poetry, as well as tips on how to improve your writing, common mistakes students make on paper one, and Shakespeare analysis broken down into shorter, easier to understand videos.
Mr Tobin is really engaging, and makes the videos much easier to watch. He has also sorted the videos into playlists, so you can easily find the topic, theme or text you need help with. The videos will be especially helpful for visual and aural learners.
Leaving Cert English Podcasts
The Leaving Cert Survival Guide Podcast
The Leaving Cert Survival Guide podcast is from FM 104 and The Institute of Education of Dublin. The hosts, Crossy and Tara, have guest interviewees, such as teachers, and wellness professionals. The show covers all leaving cert subjects at both higher and ordinary level, and other areas such as study plans, stress relief, and managing expectations.
It has a few episodes that are focused on leaving cert English. There’s one episode that deals specifically with paper one, and an episode that deals specifically with paper two.
Mr McBrides English Podcast
MrMcBridesEnglish podcast is a relatively new podcast, so there isn’t a huge number of episodes. However, the episodes that are up are extremely useful, and it looks like there will be more to be added. Mr McBride’s podcast is a tool that he plans to use to enhance the leaving cert English teaching for his own students, but it can be very useful for students from other schools as well.
The poetry episodes give a reading and analysis of the individual poem. It has episodes on poems that will appear on the ordinary level leaving cert English paper, as well as episodes on the poems that will be on the higher level paper. Newer episodes will focus on the texts for the comparative study.
Resources that are designed specifically for the leaving cert English are usually better, however, that doesn’t mean that you should ignore other resources. Spotify, for example, has recordings of Shakespeare plays performed as audio dramas. There’s also readings of the prescribed poetry, analysis of the texts for comparative study, and lectures on literary and poetic devices.
The downside to this is that all the episodes, topics, or poets need to be searched for individually. However, this has a benefit. It means that you can search specifically for areas that you need to revise, and focus your studying on specific topics.
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