Essays For Junior Cert English

10 Tips for Writing a Good Essay

1. Relax– If you stress you won’t be able to think or organize your thoughts

2. Brainstorm – Write all your ideas on a piece of paper, just jot everything down quickly.

3. Be Original – Think outside the box and don’t go for the obvious story line

4. Plan – pick what idea you want to go with and write out the general plan. Give it a distinctive Beginning Middle and End!

5. Write about what you know – Write about something you’ve experienced or know about, you won’t write a good essay about something you don’t understand.

6. Characters – Only have one or two characters so that you don’t confuse the reader.

7. Story line – You get more marks for how your essay is written then what it is written about so don’t spend your time on extravagant or action packed story lines, focus on your language and keep it simple.

8.First and Last Lines – these are the most important lines in the essay and should be exciting, interesting and draw the reader in.

9. Use descriptive language – Use all your vocabulary, don’t say something was “small” say it was “tiny” or “microscopic” instead.

10. Punctuation and Spelling –  Don’t lose marks over silly mistakes, always, always, always read over your work



What's on the Junior certificate English course

  • Reading
  • Personal Writing
  • Functional Writing
  • Media Studies
  • Drama
  • Poetry
  • Fiction

What's the Junior certificate English exam like?

Higher level students sit two papers while ordinary students only site one paper. The timing for the two papers is very different with ordinary students having less time time on any one question and so are not expected to write as much. The Junior cert English exam is essentially testing the quality of how you write (express yourself) and your understanding or comprehension of other writing. 

Any tips for doing well in Junior certificate English?

Make sure you pay attention to the details like grammar, punctuation, spelling and hand writing. Good vocabulary is very important to doing well so try and take note of any new words you come across. A good way of learning quotes is to record yourself saying them and then play them back on your phone. Before you start writing a longer answer such as an essay try and put together a quick plan.

Download the Junior certificate English Syllabus

Download the Junior certificate English Guidelines for Teachers

Download the Junior cert English Chief examiner's report (2006) 


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