Sample 4th Year Grinds
At The Dublin Academy of Education we offer all 4th Year students the chance to try our subjects for free 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.
Our grinds give students a head-start before they move to the Leaving Certificate cycle in 5th and 6th Year.
Transition Year is often specified as “a year of broad educational experience with a view to the attainment of increased maturity”. However, these grinds offer students a head-start on Project Maths, with the main focus being on the building blocks of the syllabus.
With no major school examinations or homework during Transition Year in school, these grinds offer students the chance to get in the correct frame of mind for the Leaving Certificate Curriculum – without being too demanding – since grinds are provided just once per week.
Note: A bonus of 25 CAO points is offered to any student achieving 38% or more in their Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Examination.
Weekly grinds also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time before or after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.
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.
Note: As well as the 4th Year Maths class, which is a specifically designed course for Transition Year students, the 5th Year subjects are also suitable for 4th Years to attend. These subjects are: Accounting, Applied Maths, Biology, Business, Chemistry, Economics, English, French, Irish, Physics and Spanish.
If you wish to discuss this further or have any queries, please call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
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 – 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 – 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.