4th Year Grinds Free Trial
Try our 4th Year Weekly Grinds for free.
At The Dublin Academy of Education, we offer all 4th Year students the chance to try subjects for free in Stillorgan 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. Students can book up to 2 subjects free of charge.
Weekly Grinds are 60 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 4th 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.
What will be covered in this Biology Weekly Grind?
The following topics will be covered:
- The Cell
- Cell Division
- Scientific Method
- Flowering Plants
- Water Transport
- Food & Nutrition
- Nervous System
- Hormones & Reproduction
- DNA & RNA
What will be covered in this English Weekly Grind?
This Transition Year course prepares the student for the vast and challenging English Leaving Certificate syllabus. It will provide the student with a head-start on all aspects of the English course in a clear and interesting way. The student will be given the background and context necessary to make a really positive start to 5th Year. The goal of this course is to provide the confidence and knowledge necessary for students to succeed when they begin Leaving Cert English.
- Expectations: The differences between Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert English.
- Papers: An interesting analysis of Paper 1 and Paper 2.
- Marking Scheme: How is Leaving Cert English graded?
- Leaving Cert Answers: Tips and advice for upgrading your answers to Leaving Cert standard.
- Mechanics: Focus on good writing – grammar, spelling and sentence structure. An analysis of common errors at Leaving Cert.
- The 5 Language Genres of Paper 1.
- Writer’s Style: An introduction.
- Comprehending I: Answering short comprehension questions.
- Comprehending II: Completing short writing tasks.
- Composing: Creative Writing – Detailed analysis of the most important question in Leaving Cert English.
- Shakespeare: Othello – An introduction and analysis of the play for 2023.
- Comparative: A new question and concept explained.
- Poetry: Unseen – Tips and ideas for answering the Unseen Poetry comprehensions.
- Poetry: Studied – An introduction to the 2023 poetry course. Tips and analysis for answering poetry questions.
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 Maths Weekly Grind?
The Mathematics Department of The Dublin Academy of Education has designed the 4th Year grinds to cover the foundations of the Higher Level syllabus. This course provides a comprehensive and solid basis for further study in the year ahead. Our tailored classes follow the objectives of the Project Maths Syllabus, where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance. Our grinds give students a head-start before their classes get streamed in school.
About Project Maths: Project Maths involves the introduction of a revised syllabus for Mathematics. It involves changes to what students must learn, how they learn it and how they will be assessed. Our Maths Department is at the forefront in teaching the changes to the syllabus and has become renowned for their expertise in this area.
Meet your teacher – David Lewis: David Lewis’ ability to relate to students, engaging with them in ways that put students at ease, results in his students gaining a greater understanding of Project Maths. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Project Maths Syllabus, meaning he is a specialised Project Maths teacher. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association, and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus.
What will be covered in this Physics Weekly Grind?
In these grinds, we will break down Physics to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the Physics course is no more advanced than Junior Cert standard Maths and the learning of definitions and experiments. The following topics will be covered:
- Light and Sound (Waves)
- Electricity (including Electromagnetism)
- Modern Physics
- Particle Physics (Option)
Meet your Biology Teacher – Stephen Grimes: Stephen Grimes holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education & Master of Education. He has over a decade of experience teaching Physics and Mathematics at the highest level, both with the Irish syllabus and the Cambridge A-Level syllabus while teaching abroad in Kuwait and Kenya. His vast experience of different curricula has given him the unique opportunity to have key insight into preparing students for a wide variety of questions that they may be challenged on. Stephen’s passion and teaching style instills confidence in his students while providing them with a deep and clear understanding of the syllabus.
What is the schedule for weekly grinds?chevron_right
Classes commence week beginning Monday 5th September 2022. Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 31st October- classes resume Monday 7th November 2022
Monday 13th February – classes resume Monday 20th February 2023
Saturday 10th December 2022 – classes resume on Monday 9th January 2023
Monday 3rd April - Monday 17th April 2023
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 20th May 2023
Please note weekly grinds take place as normal on bank holidays
Can students ask questions in weekly grinds?chevron_right
Yes. Regardless of whether students are attending weekly grinds on-site or via live-stream they will be free to ask our teachers questions.
How long are the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Leaving Cert weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration. Junior Cert weekly grinds are 60 minutes in duration.
Can I get recordings of the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Students attending our weekly grinds will have the option of adding our On-demand grinds videos to their chosen subject for just €270 (normally €695). The On-demand grinds contain over 40 hours of high-quality videos shot from our school studio covering the entire Leaving Cert curriculum in each subject. Please call our office to avail of this special offer.
What happens if schools are forced to close again, will my weekly grinds take place?chevron_right
Should schools be closed at any point during the year, resulting in students not being able to attend our school, our teachers will continue to teach via live-stream in place of on-site grinds, which will take place on the same day and time as students’ chosen weekly grinds. In this scenario, on-site students will be able to log in from home and continue on with their weekly grinds as normal, ensuring that no content is missed.
Can I change my choice of subject for my weekly grind during the year?chevron_right
Yes, however, please note that an administration charge of €25 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
How do I access my live-streamed weekly grinds?chevron_right
You will access your live-streamed weekly grinds via our online learning management system, DASH (Dublin Academy School Hub). We will send you logins for this platform in advance of your live-streamed grind.
If I opt for live-streamed grinds, how do I get my study notes?chevron_right
Your study notes will be posted to your house free of charge in advance of your live-streamed grinds commencing. Please note, study notes will take up to 3 working days to arrive from the time of booking.
Can I try out the weekly grinds for free before signing up?chevron_right
Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our weekly grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.
If I sign up to weekly grinds later in the year, is the fee reduced?chevron_right
Yes, you only pay for the weekly grinds you attend. All fees are adjusted pro-rata to the date you sign up. We would recommend that students who are interested in grinds sign up early in the academic year to avoid missing important content being covered.