A total of 2,073 Leaving Cert students and 2,228 Junior Cert students begin their exams in count centres across Donegal this week.
Deputy McConalogue said, “After all the hard work and preparation students now have the opportunity to showcase their abilities and demonstrate what they have learned over the past number of years.
“While it is natural to be nervous, it is important to remain calm and stay healthy during the exam period. Avoid the temptation to engage in late night cramming sessions that can do more harm than good. Be well rested and well nourished before each exam. The fresher you feel, the more able you will be to tackle difficult questions.
“It is also important to avoid post-mortems after each exam and to move your focus as quickly as possible to the next subject. There is nothing to be gained from dwelling on an exam that is already over.
“I wish all those sitting the Junior and Leaving Cert exams across Co Donegal every success over the next few weeks. I am conscious that it can be a stressful time for parents too and I am wishing them all the best as they support their children through the exam period.”