Lists of books:
After you decide which subjects you would like to do or which ones are necessary for any entry requirements to college, you can ask on here for which books people find best. A browse through Easons or a schoolbook store will show the options also. If you are not near a suitable store you can look online at www.schoolbooks.ie
What you need to study:
The syllabi on www.education.ie
is your friend here. Keep going over past papers.
When to change subjects:
If you are not happy you should change now. It's a big step to take pulling out of school especially when you only have a few months to go. However, the longer you leave it, the longer you will have to wait to sit the traditional leaving cert because you'll need extra time to study for it.
How to go about this:
Applications for external students close around the end of January for the leaving cert that year. Information is on www.examinations.ie
. Note that some subjects like geography, history , religion, home economics, ag science (and others) have teacher supervised projects as part of the exam so unless you can find a teacher willing to supervise your project you can't do these subjects externally. Also the sciences have mandatory experiments which are supposed to be carried out in a lab. Some colleges run leaving cert lab days in January so you should attend one of these if you are doing a science subject.
Anything else involved:
An awful lot of catching up for you to do. If you can just get your LC applied, you could then do something that you'd enjoy. The worst thing would be for you to drop out of the LCA and then in 2 months find that the traditional leaving cert isn't all you expected.