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Advice for exam students getting into the stride of remote learning

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The current restrictions around social distancing due to the COVID-19 has meant that both teachers and students have had to adjust to teaching and learning remotely.

The sudden change in how we teach and you learn has brought challenges and opportunities for all of us, including the technology itself, lack of or indeed outdated devices at home, restricted or poor quality broadband, increased screen time use, and most of all the lack of face to face daily contact which facilitates active classroom engagement, questioning, clarification, discussion and ongoing feedback.

On the other hand, opportunities exist for teachers and students to engage much more with teaching and learning in the digital context enabling us all to up skill at a faster rate than if we were all still in classrooms together every day. It has facilitated an extensive sharing of resources on the ever growing number of educational companies, publishers and social-networking sites that have made their publications, products, Apps and platforms available free of charge to all during the crisis.

And of course there is the advantage to you students as you become increasingly competent as independent learners which will bring enormous benefits as you move on into senior cycle and into the third-level education and the world of work.

Working technologically can save us time and rob us of it so for those of you in Third Year and Sixth Year who are really trying to focus your attention on preparing for your written papers in June.

The following tips might help:

Plan out your day according to what was put in place by the school. Some schools are conducting classes as per the normal school day on Google Classroom or Microsoft Teams. Others are doing classes at different times or are allocating work on a daily basis. Whatever the case, log in early in the morning, check what work needs to be done and submitted or what classes you have, and make a list.

Factor in breaks just as you would in school.

Stay off social media while engaged in school work online, you will get distracted and it will take twice as long and may fall below your normal standard.

Try not to get overwhelmed by all the resources that are now available. Focus on the advice and recommendations of your teachers and stick to the sites that you would have used before such as www.examinations.ie, www.studyclix.ie, www.scoilnet.ie, or sites specific to your subjects.

The publishers of the exam papers have also granted free access to the papers, marking schemes and sample answers so you will have plenty of high quality content to complement what your teacher has done and is going with you.

Niamh Dwyer is a guidance counsellor in Scoil Phobail Sliabh Luachra, Rathmore and is PRO of the Kerry Branch of Guidance Counsellors. careerfocusnow@gmail.com

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Family to run in memory of the late Linda Eviston

By Sean Moriarty The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory. Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer. Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of […]

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By Sean Moriarty

The family of a much-loved Killarney woman who passed away from cancer almost a year ago plan to run a marathon past her favourite local landmarks in her memory.

Linda Eviston died on October 10 last after a long battle with cancer.

Her husband Patrick and son Erik, with the support of her daughter Alannah, will run a 42.2km course, on the day before her anniversary to raise funds for the Irish Cancer Society.

The route will be based on landmarks that were an important part of Linda’s life. Starting from the family home in Dromkerry, before heading for the town centre and passing the Eviston House Hotel, Linda’s grandmother’s home at Park Road, Linda’s childhood home and national school in Glenflesk, Loreto where Linda attended secondary school, back to Killarney and finishing at Linda’s pride and joy – Brook Lodge Hotel.

“It is tough but we wanted to do something in Linda’s memory and help other people who might find themselves in similar circumstances,” Pat told the Killarney Advertiser. “We originally hoped to do the Dublin City Marathon but that got cancelled. This route is much better, but much tougher as it’s more hilly.”

All proceeds will be donated to the Irish Cancer Society and donations can be made via: www.justgiving.com/fundraising/inhonouroflinda.

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Women bravely bare all for Kerry’s first ‘Dip in the Nip’

By Michelle Crean  It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend. Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst […]

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By Michelle Crean
 

It really was girl power at its finest – as 170 women of all ages braved the elements on Sunday to bare all for charity at the weekend.

Shore Acre in Camp was the location which was only revealed to the participants for Kerry’s first ever ‘Dip in the Nip’. And amongst the all female grouping were some Killarney ladies who joined in the empowering adventure for what was described as “a special and unforgettable morning” all in aid of Recovery Haven Kerry.

According to Marisa Reidy from Recovery Haven, the women were of all ages and all walks of life who came together for so many personal reasons.

“Some were still on their own cancer journey, some were celebrating coming out the other side and of course, many were there to honour friends and loved ones who they had lost to cancer, but we were all equal on the day – flaws and all,” Marisa, who also took part in the event, told the Killarney Advertiser.

“It was a truly uplifting and exhilarating experience and we are so, so grateful to each and every lady who joined us for a morning we will never forget. One woman described it as ‘companionship among strangers’ and that really sums it up perfectly. It was emotional, there were some tears, but lots of laughter and we couldn’t have asked for anything more. When the ladies hit the water, they all formed a circle and held hands in a gesture that was totally unplanned – it just happened organically and it was quite overwhelming.”

She added that a very special mention has to be made to Michaela and John Edwards and their team from Wild Water Adventures for their support and expertise in ensuring no stone was left unturned in making it a fabulous, safe event.

“It was an all-female team from beginning to end, from our own volunteers, stewards, registration, Gardai, teas and coffees, lifeguards, sea rescue – girl power at its finest! Now all that’s left to do is start planning for 2022!”

Donations are still being taken via the link on the Recovery Haven Kerry Facebook page.

“So far we are close on €9,000 which is just fabulous.”

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