5th Year Free Trials
At The Dublin Academy of Education we offer all 5th 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.
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.
Those who invested in weekly grinds last year saw an increase of 23.25 CAO points per subject. This is the average result from a survey of 820 of our students who received their examination results.
All students who attend our 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.
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.
If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
Classes commence on Monday 2nd September 2019. Please note, classes and supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 28th October- classes resume Monday 4th November 2019
Monday 17th February – classes resume Monday 24th February 2020
Monday 16th December 2019 – classes resume on Monday 13th January 2020
Monday 6th April- Monday 20th April 2020
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Sunday 17th May 2020
These 5th Year Accounting grinds give students an insight into what they can expect in June 2020. A key element will be to focus on the previous exam questions and also on how to pick up easy marks. Each student will receive a full set of notes, which will be essential to improving exam grades. The following topics will be covered:
- Club Accounts
- Service Firms
- Farm Accounts
- Incomplete Records
- Cash Budgeting
- Product Costing
- Tabular Statements
- Ratio Analysis
- Marginal Costing
- Flexible Budgeting
- Production Budgeting
- Control Accounts
- Cash Flow Statements
- Published Accounts
- Final Accounts
About the teacher: Naomi Keenan’s experience of correcting Leaving Cert Higher Level Accounting with the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of the subject’s syllabus and marking scheme. Confidence is instilled in her students as her students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. Naomi shares with her students both successful exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes.
With the Leaving Cert Applied Maths syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending these grinds, students will have an intimate knowledge of what to expect in the exam in June 2020, with a particular emphasis on the marking scheme and question appearance this year. You will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher. The following topics will be covered:
- Uniform Accelerated Motion
- Newton’s Laws
- Relative Velocity
About the teacher: Kieran Mills’ experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject. Kieran has 25 years’ experience teaching. He has co-written several books, including The Power of Maths series of Junior and Leaving Certificate Textbooks, trusted by thousands of students around the country. Kieran has also been an expert contributor on Maths for RTÉ Radio.
As well as receiving a full set of notes, students attending these grinds will receive a specially tailored set of notes, called the Bankers Bible, which can be learned off by heart. This set of notes can be worth up to one quarter of the Biology exam. The following topics will be covered:
- The Cell
- Cell Division
- Scientific Method
- Flowering Plants
- Water Transport
- Food & Nutrition
- Nervous System
- Hormones & Reproduction
- DNA & RNA
About the teacher:
Alan holds a degree in Science, Diploma in Maths and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Alan teaches in a clear and concise manner with a constant emphasis on the leaving cert exam paper and its marking scheme. Alan is very experienced in education having worked in some of the most reputable schools in Dublin and also in New Zealand. He has played rugby for over a decade in the AIL and also rugby league for the Irish Wolfhounds in the 4 Nations.
Students will be given a valuable insight into the marking scheme, focusing on how answers must be structured. This course is essential for 5th Year students as it helps prevent them from developing any bad habits in answering questions. The following topics will be covered:
- People in Business
- Managing 1
- Managing 2
- Business in Action
- Domestic Environment
- International Environment
About the Teacher: 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 instils confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.
Topics in these Leaving Cert Chemistry grinds are specifically chosen to ensure maximum preparation for the exam in June 2020. Past and possible Leaving Certificate questions will be provided, along with solutions. Strategies to maximise grades will be given, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:
- Atomic Theory
- The Periodic Table and Trends in the Periodic Table
- Chemical Bonding
- Anion Analysis
- The Gas Laws
- Oxidation & Reduction
- Volumetric Analysis – Acid & Base / Redox
- Acids & Bases
- Rates of Reactions
- Mandatory experiments will be covered within the above topics as they arise.
About the Teacher: Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the Chemistry syllabus. Her experience working as an examiner for the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students.
Each Design and Communication Graphics class will be divided to accommodate both the technical drawing and design aspects of the subject. Every week, topics from the graphics portion of the course will be broken down into easy to follow methods which students will put into practice through exam questions. Students will also be shown the best option questions to choose to maximise their time and marks in the Leaving Cert exam. Darran will lead students through the Student Assignment, outlining what is expected for in a H1 project from initial analysis to final presentation techniques.
About the Teacher: Darran Sheils is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.
Students will get exam focused notes covering all the main topics. This course will provide students with the essential foundations of these important topics, which links into many other sections of the syllabus. The following topics will be covered:
- Production & Consumption
- Supply & Demand
- Price & Output
- Factor Incomes
- National Income and its Fluctuations
- Money & Banking
- The Government in the Economy
- International Trade & Payments
- Economics of Population
- Economic Growth & Development
- Economic Policies, Problems & Conflict
About the Teacher: 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.
These English grinds focus on building the techniques that the examiner expects you to be able to both use and analyse. You will be confident that you have our formula with which to navigate the probable exam questions.
These grinds focus on firstly building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. As our teachers have said over the years: It is a myth that English can’t be trained for. The following topics will be covered in detail:
- Essay Writing
- Questions A & B
- The Single Text
- Selection of poems from all 8 poets
- The Unseen Poem
- A wide selection of Comparative Texts
About the teacher: 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 English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact.
By the time you leave these grinds you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a heavy emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes. The following topics will be covered:
- Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
- Aural Comprehension (exam techniques & vocabulary)
- Oral exam preparation topic by topic
- Le Document option
- Diary Entry written task i.e. Journal Intime
- Le récit
- Abstract Topics (social problems & current affairs)
- Response Essay Pieces (structure, essay plans, vocabulary, sample answers)
Students will get notes on the composition covering the most common questions. The course will cover simple shortcuts to help students raise their grade along with guidance on how to avoid the common mistakes made. Students will also be given guidance on what areas to prioritise in 5th year along with a breakdown of the marks allocated for each section. The following topics will be covered:
- Oral Exam Preparation
- An Triail
- Filíocht Breise
About the teacher: Séadhan Perry 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.
These 5th year Maths grinds are emphasised by their exam-focused nature, with a huge focus on taking advantage of the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:
Paper 1 Topics
- Section 1. Number
- Section 2. Algebraic expressions
- Section 3. Algebraic equations
- Section 4. Sequences and Series
- Section 5. Financial Maths
Paper 2 Topics
- Section 1. Geometry
- Section 2. Measurement
- Section 3. Trigonometry
- Section 4. Co-ordinate Geometry
About the teacher: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students’ interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn’t there. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin. His experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths syllabus. 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.
About the teacher: David Lewis
David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Maths Syllabus. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.
Over the course of the academic year, Genevieve will cover in great detail every section of the Leaving Cert German exam in the weekly grinds (from the oral exam right through to the written production). She will focus on key aspects of the German oral exam (worth 25%) guiding students on how to answer with confidence exactly what and how much the German oral examiners want to hear in the exam. She will provide students with profitable pointers and vital strategies on how best to approach the reading and listening comprehensions and will demonstrate and equip students with essential vocabulary and grammar and writing skills required to reach an H1 standard.
In each weekly grind, students will receive detailed exam-focused notes covering all topics on the Leaving Cert German syllabus. Close examination of the marking schemes and a thorough analysis of the use of language and typical questions asked in the reading (worth 30%) and listening comprehensions (worth 20%), as well as the written production section, will enable students to confidently tackle difficult questions in these sections.
About the Teacher: 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.
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)
About the Teacher: 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.
With Project Maths beginning to settle, predictable trends are now being identified. We will show you the shortcuts to take full advantage of this. Each student will also receive a full set of notes, with solutions, which will be essential in improving exam grades. The following topics will be covered:
- The Line
- The Circle
- Financial Maths
- Area & Volume
- Sequences & Series & Patterns
- Complex Numbers
About the Teacher: 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.
About the Teacher: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.
These Spanish grinds focus on manipulating the exam to your advantage. Firstly, these grinds focus on building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then on providing the confidence to be able to supply it. You will learn what your examiner is looking for and be given notes on key topics. The following topics will be covered:
- Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
- Oral Exam Preparation topic by topic & Role-plays
- Opinion Piece (structure, plans, vocabulary & sample essays)
- Dialogue Construction (repetitive structures, vocabulary & tenses)
- Diary Entry & Notes
- Aural Comprehension (exam technique & vocabulary)
Significant time is dedicated to preparing for the Oral Examination. This preparation includes:
- Free mock oral examinations during the year, one taking place before Christmas and one after. Each student is given a feedback sheet
- Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year as it is worth 25% of the overall grade
About the teacher: Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Her training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies and is designed to ensure all students are catered for and can reach their goals in the most efficient way possible. 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.