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Junior Certificate Results - Tips for Students

So you or your teen has just received your Junior Certificate results and you are either a) delighted b) contented or c) very disappointed. Whatever way you feel, you must remember that the Junior Cert results are about certification and assessing the level of students before they either leave school or, for the most part, continue into the Leaving Cert cycle. Even though your results may not be what you were expecting or hoping for, it does not mean that you won't be able to achieve great things.

Here are some suggestions from that may help you manage the situation:

Talk to someone outside the situation

Talking to someone outside the situation, such as a friend, teacher or counsellor, can be a great way of expressing your feelings and exploring other options. Have a contingency plan for what to do if results aren’t as good as you hoped.

Look after yourself

Expectations can lead to a lot of stress. It's important to take time out by doing something that you usually enjoy. Even though you might not feel like it or have time, exercising and eating well can help. Getting plenty of sleep can also help.


helps stimulate hormones, such as endorphin, which help you feel better about yourself and your life. If you haven't done a lot of exercise before, it might be a good idea to start doing something small a couple of times each week, such as a 15 minute walk or 2 or 3 laps of a pool.

Avoid drugs and alcohol

Try not to use alcohol or other drugs (including lots of caffeine or other energy boosting drinks) in the hope of feeling better or forgetting expectations and pressure. The feeling is usually temporary and the after effects often make you feel worse.

Stay Connected with Your Pals

You may need a little space and time to absorb your exam results, remember you can always do better next time and learn from past mistakes. Ask for help. Keep in touch with the pals, they are there to help you!

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