Free 5th Year Back to School Courses

Free 5th Year Back to School Courses
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FREE BACK TO SCHOOL COURSES

Online… On Demand… Free of Charge…

At The Academy we understand that the return to school will be a stressful time for all second level students. With this in mind, we have designed Free Back to School Courses across a vast array of subjects.

These courses take place fully online and are completely free of charge. The aim of these Back to School Courses is to ensure that students are ready to hit the ground running in the new academic year.

Key information:

  • Each Free Course is 1.25 hours in duration and students can register for up to 6 courses in total. This gives students up to 7.5 hours of free tuition with some of Ireland’s most passionate and dedicated teachers.
  • Each Free Course covers a key area of the course providing valuable insights for students. For more information on specific course content see the ‘Subjects’ tab.
  • Access to our ‘on-demand’ learning platform will be granted to students for an entire month where they can watch, pause, rewind each course as many times as they wish.
  • All courses come with our renowned study notes which students can download free of charge.

Back to School Course dates:
Booking is now open. The 5th Year Back to School courses will be available to access online from Wednesday 12th of August onwards and will remain open until Sunday 6th September.

Timetable
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
German
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Maths (H)
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 12th August Onwards
Time
Online - Online
Location
Online
Subjects
Applied Maths keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course: Uniform Accelerated Motion

This course will solve problems from the first question on the Applied Maths paper involving the motion of particles. No previous knowledge of this subject is required. This seminar will give you a great indication as to whether this subject is suited to your talents.

Kieran Mills Leaving Cert Physics Grinds TeacherMeet your Teacher – Kieran Mills: Kieran Mills has 25 years’ experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Sample Papers. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.

Biology keyboard_arrow_down

Course information coming soon

blankMeet your teacher – Anita Leen: Anita Leen is a Biology & Physics teacher who graduated from the University of Limerick with an Honours degree. She has taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Science Teachers Association. She has a passion for both biology and physics and has extensive knowledge of exam content, this helps students to reach their full potential in their Leaving Cert exams.

Business keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course:

  • Unit 1
  • People in Business
  • Contract Law
  • Sale of Goods and Supply of Services Act 1980
  • Marking scheme advice

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Ronan Murdock - Business Grinds TeacherMeet your Teacher – Rónán Murdock: Rónán Murdock is the Head of the Business Department at The Dublin Academy of Education. He is the author of the Leaving Certificate Business Revision textbook, and is a popular teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

Chemistry keyboard_arrow_down

Course information coming soon

Meet your teacher – Nichola Walsh: Nichola has a first class honours degree in chemistry and Ph.D. from U.C.D. and she completed her Postgraduate Certificate in Education at the University of Oxford.  She is an experienced teacher who has taught G.C.S.E, A-level, and Leaving Certificate chemistry and was an undergraduate chemistry tutor and lab demonstrator in U.C.D.  She is a passionate teacher who loves teaching science and this comes across in her classes.  Nichola is also an examiner for higher level chemistry, which has given her an invaluable insight into grading the chemistry paper.  She regularly incorporates this knowledge into her classes to ensure students maximise their marks.

Economics keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course:

  • Microeconomics
  • Supply and Demand
  • Excess Demand / Excess Supply (this has appeared 5 out of the last 5 years)

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Ronan Murdock - Economics Grinds TeacherMeet your Teacher – Rónán Murdock: Rónán Murdock is the Head Economics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. In 2012, just 3% of students nationwide got an A1 in Leaving Certificate Economics; however, 32% of Rónán’s students achieved A1s. Rónán is the author of the Leaving Certificate Economics Revision textbook, and is a popular teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

English keyboard_arrow_down

 

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course: Poetry – Emily Dickinson

Students will be given an overview of the poet’s work. They will also be introduced to the correct manner of poetry dissection and how to tackle past paper questions

Gavin Cowzer Leaving Cert English Grinds TeacherMeet your Teacher – Gavin Cowzer: Gavin Cowzer is regarded as a leading English teacher in this country. Having developed a passion for this subject, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s teaching style is focused on covering the syllabus in a concise way, so that students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. His experience correcting exams gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. However, it is clear that there is a strict science behind doing well in the Leaving Certificate English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact.

French keyboard_arrow_down

Course information coming soon

Meet your teacher – Amy Weddell: Amy Weddell has an International Degree in French and German and has spent time living in both countries. This, coupled with the Professional Masters in Education providing training on up to date teaching methodologies, ensures that she holds the skills to successfully aid students at any level to access language curricula, at both an academic and cultural level. An integration of language-learning skills based on the acquisition of language, such as phonics, provides all students with a strong foundation ensuring that they achieve the best possible grades in exams.

Geography keyboard_arrow_down

 

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course: The Rock Cycle

This course will include:

  • An in-depth look at paper layout and timing.
  • An overview of The Rock Cycle for short questions, part A’s and essay-style questions
  • A comprehensive examination of Igneous Rocks and Human Interaction for essay style questions.

Meet your teacher – Tracy Gannon: Tracy holds a Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and Geography, a Professional Diploma in Education & Master of Education. Her passion for her subjects has been shown in her ambition to further educate herself whilst also being a full-time post-primary teacher & part-time lecturer in University College Dublin.

Tracy’s style of teaching instils confidence in her students by providing them with a well-defined understanding of the syllabus. Her teaching experience and work as a state examiner have afforded her the opportunity to have a key insight into preparing her students to achieve top marks in their final exams.

 

German keyboard_arrow_down

Course information coming soon

View a sample of this Course

 

Genevieve Farrell Leaving Cert German Grinds TeacherMeet your Teacher – Genevieve Farrell: Genevieve Farrell is the head German teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. She has 14 years experience teaching German and is the author of “Complete German Grammar” textbook. Her unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.

Irish keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course:

  • Course layout
  • An Aiste
  • Saol an Déagóra
  • Colscaradh

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seadhan de poire irish teacher at the dublin academy of educationMeet your teacher – Séadhan de Poire: Séadhan de Poire is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme. His teaching style is focused on covering the curriculum in a concise way so that students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions.

Séadhan is a popular teacher due to his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject.

Maths (H) keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course: Cubic equations & functions

The course will cover a number of topics from Paper 1, including quadratic and cubic equations, Factor theorem, and shapes of cubic curves. These tools will be used to solve some real-world problems typical of those encountered on the Leaving Cert Project Maths course.

Rob Browne Leaving Cert Maths Grinds TeacherMeet your teacher – Robert Browne: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students’ interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn’t there. Robert has vast experience, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin.  He has appeared in the media leading discussions on Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods and exams. Robert teaches in a systematic and clear way that relates to students.

Maths (O) keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course:

Carl will be looking at paper 1 and in particular Complex Numbers. Exam advice and technique will be offered and strategies to approach any complex number questions will be discussed.

blankMeet your Teacher – Carl Brien: Having worked for the State Examination Commission, Carl brings his reputation as an authority on the Maths Syllabus to The Dublin Academy of Education. As a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association, he is a popular teacher amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus, and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students’ interest in Maths.

Physics keyboard_arrow_down

Course information coming soon

blankMeet your teacher – Anita Leen: Anita Leen is a Biology & Physics teacher, graduated from the University of Limerick with an Honours degree. She has taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Science Teachers Association. She has a passion for both biology and physics and has extensive knowledge of exam content, this helps students to reach their full potential in their Leaving Cert exams.

Spanish keyboard_arrow_down

Topic Covered in this Back to School Course: The opinion piece & the diary entry

This course will offer students the chance to gain more insight into two of the most important parts of the written exam – the opinion piece and the diary entry. Students will learn how these questions are marked, as well as go through sample answers and ways to optimize their own marks in their final exams.

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blankMeet your teacher – Katie Lenehan: Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Katie’s training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies. Her knowledge of languages and linguistics, as well as teaching in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin, will ensure that students obtain the best possible grades in their exams.

FAQ

Will the courses be taking place at the school in person? 

No, all Free Back to School Courses take place fully online.

Can you do these courses if you don’t live in Dublin? 

Yes, you can watch the classes from the comfort and safety of your own home as they are online.

How do I get my notes?

Students will be able to access soft copies of our renowned notes through our secure Moodle learning platform. Students can save these notes and refer to them throughout the courses.

How will I view the Free Back to School Courses? 

Our Free Back to School Courses will be hosted on our Moodle Platform. Prior to your online course commencement date, we will email you with your login details and passwords for this platform. 

Can you only view the videos once? 

No, you can pause, rewind and rewatch all of the videos. 

Can I be logged on to the Free Back to School Courses on more than one device at a time? 

No, you will only be able to log on to theFree Back to School Courses on one device at a time. If you try to log in on a second device, you will be automatically logged out on the first device. 

Will there be timetable clashes?

With our Free Back to School Courses, there will be no timetable clashes at all, allowing unrestricted course choice and giving students the freedom to work through each course at their own pace and at a time that suits them. 

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