As 13,614 Cork students begin exams today, the Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (ISPCC) is reminding young people about Childline's range of supports available during exam time.
Nationwide, more than 121,470 students start their Leaving and Junior Cert exams today with English the first subject students will sit exams in.
“For many of those students, this is an extremely stressful time and it is vital that students have support during the exams," ISPCC Interim CEO, Caroline O’Sullivan said.
“At Childline, we understand how difficult and stressful exam time can be, but we would like to remind students that there are non-judgmental support services to help, during this tough period.”
According to the ISPCC, students need to be reminded to look after themselves, get plenty of rest and to eat well during exam time.
Students should also use the supports available to them and to try not to dwell on each exam.
“Exams can be a stressful time for parents too so we would urge parents not to let your child sense your worry, take a step back and just be there to support, encourage and listen to your child," Ms O'Sullivan added.
The examinations run until Wednesday, June 21 for Junior Certificate students and Friday, June 23 June for Leaving Certificate subjects.
The written examinations in the Leaving Certificate Applied Programme finish on Thursday 15th June.
This year, a record number of students look set to sit Higher Level Maths - 19,958 compared to 10,435 in 2011.
Since 2012, students who opt to sit Higher Level Maths and achieve a grade D3 or higher receive bonus points for their efforts.
A new grading system will also apply to all exams sat this year, reducing the number of available grades from 14 to 8.
Childline is a free and confidential service, available 24-hours a day. Young people can contact Childline’s 24-hour phone service by phoning 1800 66 66 66, by texting the word ‘talk’ to 50101 or by visiting www.childline.ie