Sample 3rd Year Grinds
At The Dublin Academy of Education we offer all 3rd Year students the chance to try our subjects for free in Killester before committing to a full year of grinds. At these free trials, students can experience first hand the quality of our teachers and their notes.
Weekly Grinds are 75 minutes in duration and are held in a class-based environment. The foundation of our Weekly Grinds is ‘exam focus’. Our teachers strip away the unnecessary sections of each subject and focus solely on the core, examinable material, the aim of which is increasing students’ exam performance.
All students who attend our classroom-based 6th Year Weekly Grinds receive comprehensive, exam-focused notes, as well as past State Examination questions and solutions. Our teachers identify probable exam questions and also show students how to master the marking scheme, which instils confidence.
If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
All our Weekly Grinds commencing in September 2020 will operate in line with public health advice and social distancing requirements. Students will also be required to wear face coverings during their time at our school. We are fortunate that we have large and well-ventilated classrooms that can accommodate safe distances between students. However, due to social distancing, we have significantly reduced the capacity in our Weekly Grinds which means we expect classes to book out quicker than usual.
Please see below the 2020/21 schedule of our Weekly Grinds:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 7th September. Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 26th October- classes resume Monday 2nd November 2020
Monday 15th February – classes resume Monday 22nd February 2021
Monday 14th December 2020 – classes resume on Monday 11th January 2021
Monday 29th March- Monday 12th April 2021
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 22nd May
What will be covered in these Junior Cycle English Weekly Grind?
In the weekly English Junior Cycle grinds, Ciaran will comprehensively cover all aspects of the syllabus to ensure that students are well equipped to manage the new two-hour examination paper. This focused course covers the essential elements of the English curriculum from creating writing, functional tasks, poetry, drama and fiction.
Ciaran’s unique style of teaching breaks the English subject down by providing systematic tools for students to approach the paper. Using the exam-focused notes student will receive at each weekly grind, this course will help students understand how to effectively prepare for the exam, providing a formulaic approach to dissecting questions in order to maximise their result. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, particularly with the new Junior Cycle English paper, the course will also cover how to identify keywords, outlined in the marking scheme, so that students are confident in addressing all aspects of this paper.
As continuous based assessment is now also a feature of how students are evaluated for English, this course will also practical tips on how students should approach these assignments throughout the year to achieve their best result.
Meet your teacher – Ciarán Hartigan: Ciarán Hartigan has been teaching English to the highest level for over 10 years and brings an organised and methodical approach to his teaching. Holding a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, he provides original insights into works of literature and couples this with practical advice on structuring responses and arguments. Drawing on years of experience as a Leaving Certificate examiner with the State Exams Commission, he provides students with dependable techniques and strategies for success.
Meet your teacher – JP Sweetman: JP Sweetman has 15 years experience teaching English at the highest level. He also works as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission (SEC) specialising in Leaving Certificate English. His continued work with the SEC means he can provide the most relevant notes and guidance to students on current exam trends, exam management, tips and preparation. JP has written and published work with The Educational Company of Ireland. His passion for English is evident through classes that are enjoyable and rewarding.
What will be covered in this Irish Weekly Grind?
Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover all aspects of the Higher Level Junior Cycle Irish exam with his students. Séadhan will focus on the verbs at the start of the year in the weekly grinds to ensure students have the correct foundation to go on and achieve the best possible results. Students will become very familiar with the more difficult big mark questions such as “An Litir”, “Na Léamhthuiscintí” and “An Scéal”.
Séadhan will cover 5 different poems and 5 different stories to ensure students have a wide variety of content to choose from for the exam in June.
Students will be given a new set of notes every five weeks which will include poetry, stories, letters, prose and of course previous exam questions. Séadhan will use his experience and in-depth knowledge of the course to ensure all students are very comfortable with the exam layout and the content needed to succeed. Towards the end of the year Séadhan will discuss exam strategies, time management and helpful tips and exam shortcuts each student has confidence going into the Junior Cycle Irish exam.
Meet 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.
What will be covered in this Maths Weekly Grind?
The 3rd Year Junior Cycle Maths course is designed to ensure that all students maximise their potential. The focus of each class during the year is the exam and how students can excel in that exam. Classes are as interactive as possible and only areas that are examinable are covered.
The students will be given a comprehensive set of Junior Cycle Maths notes based on each strand on the syllabus. These notes will also contain a huge number of potential exam questions and the solutions to these questions. These can be used as a stand-alone study tool that will reinforce the students learning from the weekly classes.
Meet 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.
Meet your teacher – Sarah Mulligan: Sarah Mulligan holds an Honour’s Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Professional Diploma in Education. Sarah specialises in setting high targets for students to achieve their academic potential. She prides herself on building a rapport with students using innovative methods tailored to students needs and capabilities. In 2017 the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association presented Sarah with an award in recognition of her achievements when one of her students placed first in the Higher Level Maths Leaving Certificate Examination.
What will be covered in this Science Weekly Grind?
These Junior Cycle Science grinds will ensure students get the most marks possible in a tricky, no-choice exam. Students will study questions from topics throughout the course, and will go home confident in the material covered. The following topics will be covered:
- Cells, Microscopes,
- Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table
- Measurement, Density, Energy
- States Of Matter
- Elements, Compounds, Mixtures
- Solutions & Crystals
- Breathing & Respiration
- Circulatory System
- Food, Digestion, Enzymes
- Forces, Moments, Levers, Centre Of Gravity
- Heat & Heat Transfer
- Human Reproduction & Genetics
- Plant Structure & Transport, Photosynthesis, Tropisms
- Chemical Bonding
- Acids & Bases
- Energy, Power, Work
- Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
- Water, Water Hardness
- Ecology Principles & Habitat Study
- Plant Reproduction
- Sensory System
- Metals, Non-Metals, Plastics
- Light, Sound
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.