THE JUNIOR AND LEAVING Certificate exams kick off in the morning with English Paper 1.
A lot of the blimp-sized biggies will be out of the way by the time the World Cup begins [12 June] so we have compiled a handy guide to juggle football with your one true love, exams. Or vice versa.
Don’t try to fit your study around the games. [Handy tip: By the time the second game of the day comes on, you really ought to be studying].
Skip the boring bits and 90-minute tussles. That’s what Vines are for.
Get yourself a Brazilian pen-pal and stay in touch by any means possible.
Recreate the goals with your mates in the school yard in between exams.
Get your mum to fill you in on anything you missed.
Time to work out what games you really need to see. So, it’s goodbye to Ivory Coast versus Japan while Germany versus Portugal is must-see TV.
Too late to read all of J.G Ballard’s Empire of the Sun AND watch the pre-World Cup friendlies? That’s what Hollywood, and Christian Bale, was invited for.
Create a Word Doc entitled ’6 reasons why WB Yeats is an awesome poet’ but keep a sly tab open with all the footie highlights (like Eden Hazard and the boys)
Not recommend, of course, but you smuggle some headphones to keep up with all the latest Brazilian goings on. Conspicuous earphone buds might be better than the Neymar Beats option.
Record all the matches and have a gigantic week off, catching up on all the best goals, antics, samba parties and RTE pundit rants. Just don’t allow anyone to spoil the catch-up for you.
Try using that five/six years of French, German or Spanish by listening to games with foreign commentary. It’s almost the least you can do.
Finally, trust in your abilities. We know that you have studied more than enough to fly through the next few weeks.