Surviving the Leaving Cert: Points for Parents is a comprehensive guide for parents and students to help them navigate the daunting territory of the Leaving Cert year. Psychologist Marie Murray provides new and important insights into the needs of young people preparing to sit the Leaving Cert.
Designed to help parents to distinguish between issues that are exam related and those that are part of this age and stage, the book outlines the signs and symptoms of a student under pressure, stressed, distressed or depressed.
Every aspect of the Leaving Cert is covered - the CAO, time-management, study strategies, family problems, specific learning studies. Parents are helped to be supportive, encouraging and motivating right up to the day students receive their exam results.
The book includes suggestions from students as to how parents could be more helpful to them. The author, in turn, provides pointers for students on how to communicate effectively with parents. Written in a lively and accessible style, with many user-friendly bullet points, Surviving the Leaving Cert: Points for Parents is an indispensable resource for every Irish family.
Marie Murray is a clinical psychologist and Irish Times columnist, author and broadcaster. She has been a weekly radio contributor to Today with Pat Kenny (2000–2003), the transcripts of which, together with a selection of her Irish Times columns, were published in a collection entitled Living Our Times in 2007. Other radio series and books have included Nervous Breakdown (1994), The Stress Files (1997), On Your Marks (1999) and Surviving The Leaving Cert (2002). Selections from her Time- Out Irish Times column and Mindtime, her weekly psychology series on RTÉ Radio One’s Drivetime with Mary Wilson, are reproduced in this volume. She is a Registered Psychologist, Registered Family Therapist and Supervisor, and a Registered Member of the European Association for Psychotherapy.