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Tips & Tools for TY during School Closure

Tips & Tools for TY during School Closure

Tips and tools to flourish and succeed TY

We are all operating in a changed environment at present. This means that there will be massive changes to how teachers and students had planned to manage their work and preparation for their classes.

There are a few stages we need to embrace before we can all move forward:

  1. We must accept that for the present we will all do our work differently. With this mindset change is key.
  2. Planning. ‘First things first’. Draw up a workable plan/timetable for your school days at home, or follow your current school timetable. Your teachers will have informed you how they will communicate with you. Plan your work around this. You will also need to be mindful if there’s only one device which facilitates online learning in your household. Is it possible that your sibling(s) or parent(s) / guardian(s) need to use this device at certain times of the day too? You will need to plan around this. Post this plan on your phone and on the wall where you study.
  3. Routine may sound boring, but it is your best ally for the greatest satisfaction, productivity and success. Set a routine of studying at the same time each day. You already have a routine of following your school timetable, so if this works for you, continue to follow it. Your brain will become used to studying at the same time and will be trained to learn during those moments.

School work

  1. You are used to working within the school day timescale. Keep to that routine as much as possible. This will also help greatly when schools resume.

  1. Give yourself enough time to complete the work set by your teachers – rushing through work is not helpful to the learning process. 35-45 minute blocks per subject every day followed by 10 min break. If you are following your school timetable, follow the 40 minute blocks and take the usual break and lunch that we do in school.

  1. Use the time allocated with you teacher online to make sure you seek clarity on any new material you may be covering.

  1. If you are confused or concerned over work assigned, email that teacher to clarify what you need to do.


The next few weeks are an opportunity for you to consolidate the knowledge that you have accumulated over the last number of months and to prepare for 5th year and the Leaving Certificate exam.

  1. Have a designated quiet and clean study area. Get rid of distractions e.g. phones, tablets, game consoles. It is best not to listen to music while studying so your mind is fully focused.
  2. There are a number of things which you can be working on from home. Your journals need to be completely up to date, with all reflections filled in. Details of visiting speakers and activities sheets also need to be finished.

  1. Work Experience – Now is a good time to catch up on all the paperwork which you need to have filled in, documenting all aspects of the work experiences which you have completed to date.

  1. This is a fantastic opportunity to continue your studies and practice for your Microsoft Office exams. Continue to practice and complete work on this for you end of the year exam.

  1. Review the subject choice options which you have made for 5th Year and research the subjects you have chosen, using careers portal. Do some background reading to build your knowledge for what you will be studying for the next two years.

  1. Use this time to research possible career options for you. Use and to assist your research and investigate college courses which are of interest to you on the college websites.

  1. Take advantage of this extra time which you now have to get yourself organised and focused on the future.

Useful general guidelines

  • Keep hydrated, eat and sleep well. (You’re not on holidays so no late-night social media, Netflix or gaming. You need to be able to get up in the morning as if you were getting up to attend school). Get plenty of fresh air and exercise, while keeping social distancing in place.

  • Be mindful of the reasons schools have closed – social distancing to reduce spread of Covid-19. Think of enjoyable ways to enjoy your down-time with family as face to face interactions with friends are discouraged.

Don’t arrange a usual meeting with friends, instead talk in a group chat or online. Read that book that you’ve had on the shelf since Christmas or participate in ‘create don’t contaminate’.

  • Mind your mind! Fretting about what may happen is unhelpful. Stay positive, good humoured and engaged with others, especially family.It is important not to panic and worry about things beyond your control. Information about when we are to go back to school will be given to us in due course.

  • Every student in the country is in the same situation so you are not at a disadvantage to anyone else.

  • Finally avoid feeling overwhelmed and procrastinating – put your work plan together and start acting on it today!

  • If you are feeling overwhelmed and feel that you need to talk, you can email either of the guidance counsellors during school hours who will be happy to help. You can contact Ms. Whelan on or Ms. Rooney on Seek the help if you feel you need it.

“It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent, it is the one that is most adaptable to change”

Charles Darwin

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