Sample 6th Year Grinds

Sample 6th Year Grinds
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At The Dublin Academy of Education, we offer all 6th Year students the chance to try our subjects for free in Killester and 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.

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.

COVID-19 Plans:

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:

Start Date:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 7th September. Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 26th October- classes resume Monday 2nd November 2020
Monday 15th February – classes resume Monday 22nd February 2021

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 14th December 2020 – classes resume on Monday 11th January 2021

Easter Holidays:
Monday 29th March- Monday 12th April 2021

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 22nd May

Timetable
Subject
Accounting
Level
Higher
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Friday 2nd October
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesday 29th September
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Killester
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
6:15pm - 7:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesday 29th September
Time
7:15pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Killester
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
6:15pm - 7:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:45pm - 8:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
German
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:15pm - 7:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Home Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesday 29th September
Time
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Killester
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesday 29th September
Time
7:15pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths (Fast Paced)
Level
Higher
Day
Friday 2nd October
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Thursday 1st October
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Monday 5th October
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesday 29th September
Time
5:45pm - 7:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesday 30th September
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturday 3rd October
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Stillorgan
Subjects
Accounting keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Accounting Weekly Grind?

Over the course of the Accounting grinds, students will cover all topics of the Leaving Cert course. Initially, the focus will be on Final Accounts, a question that comes up every year and is worth 30%. The concepts and strategies of Final accounts will assist the students understanding of the following topics; Incomplete records, Tabular Statements, Published accounts, Club accounts and Service firm accounts. Interpretation of Accounts is a question that has come up every single year and is worth 25%. This topic will be covered in great detail early on in the year. The teacher with close to 20 years experience will focus on strategies for students to obtain the maximum amount of marks. There will be a big focus on time management and highlighting common mistakes made by students. In each Topic covered, students will get exam-focused notes outlining methods to aid understanding and help improve time management.  These notes will also include numerous past exam questions and solutions. Revision on topics likely to appear on the exam according to past trends will cover the majority of the second half of the year. This will ensure that students feel well prepared for their Leaving Cert Accounting exam.

Meet your teacher – Don Tierney: Don Tierney has 20 years of experience in teaching Accounting. Prior to that, he spent two years working as an Accountant. He has a wide range of teaching experience in the subject. Confidence is instilled in his students as the students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. He shares with the student’s exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes and over the years a high percentage of his students go on to study Accounting at Third level.

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What will be covered in this Applied Maths Weekly Grind?

The Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper is made up of 10 questions:

  1. Uniform accelerated motion
  2. Relative velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Newton’s Laws
  5. Collisions
  6. Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  7. Statics
  8. Moments of inertia
  9. Hydrostatics
  10. Differential equations

Kieran will teach 8 topics in this order in the Applied Maths grinds: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions, Differential equations, Moments of inertia and Hydrostatics

Applied Maths is a difficult subject requiring students to have a good standard of Maths. Less than 2000 students sit this exam annually. Students who study this subject have an advantage when studying Science and Engineering in college. Leaving Cert Applied Maths involves solving problems that can be quite complex.

Kieran will take you through the techniques to attack complex problems in the simplest way possible. He teaches you to get to the heart of a problem using the most efficient and effective methods. This is critically important as students have only two and a half hours to complete the Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper.

Meet your teacher – Kieran Mills: 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.

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What will be covered in this Biology Weekly Grind?

Over the coming academic year in the weekly grinds, we will cover the Leaving Cert Biology course in great depth. As many students view the Leaving Cert Biology course as very long and challenging, our notes help students manage the information much better and make revising and conquering the course more achievable.  We will show students how to achieve a H1 standard through interpreting exam questions correctly and by identifying the keywords. We will demonstrate the importance of understanding how marking schemes can work to the benefit of the student.

All of this will be achieved by students receiving exam-focused Biology notes which will contain all past exam questions and solutions at the end of each topic. Students will also get a booklet containing all experiment notes worth at least 15% and a booklet containing all definitions worth at least 20% of the Biology exam paper. These notes always help students gain confidence as they condense the syllabus by focusing on material that is essential to achieve that high grade.

Meet your teacher – David Lewis: David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. With more than 7 years of experience teaching at the highest level, he is fascinated with innovating new ways of creating effective, personalised exam strategies that are extraordinarily useful and proven to achieve results. 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 Biology and Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. David has also authored a Junior Certificate Science textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”

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What will be covered in this Business Weekly Grind?

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all Leaving Cert Business units in thorough detail in the weekly grinds. He will focus on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert Business exam along with the questions that can prove to be difficult for students. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme and also by dissecting questions so students can write exactly what Leaving Cert examiners want to see in the allocated amount of time.

In each weekly grind, students will get exam-focused notes covering all units on the Leaving Cert syllabus. Two of the weekly Business grinds in the year will be set aside for the ABQ which is a compulsory question worth 20%. Within these Leaving Cert Business grinds, students will complete a similar ABQ question that will be graded. This will ensure each student has the confidence to tackle the ABQ question.

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.

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What will be covered in this Chemistry Weekly Grind?

During the academic year, we will cover all core topics in the Leaving Certificate Chemistry course in detail in the weekly grinds. Exam technique will be a focus of the classes to fully prepare students for the Leaving Cert Chemistry exam. Past exam questions will be dissected in class as each topic is covered to demonstrate how to answer them to an H1 standard. Much time will be devoted to the parts of the course most commonly seen on the exam and the parts that students find challenging such as Organic Chemistry, Volumetric Analysis and Stoichiometry.

In the weekly grinds, students will be given exam-focused notes covering all the core topics on the Leaving Cert Chemistry syllabus. The all-important mandatory experiments that are found in section A of the exam will be covered in detail in the weekly classes and will appear throughout the notes.

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.

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What will be covered in this Economics Weekly Grind?

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all aspects of the Leaving Cert Economics course in his weekly grinds. He focuses on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert along with the more challenging questions that can prove to be difficult for students. Each student is given a microeconomics book and a macroeconomics book. These books will break down the Leaving Cert Economics marking scheme and they will include up to date information on current economic trends. There is no extra charge for these books.

As time management can be a big challenge in Economics, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme. This enables students to write exactly what examiners are looking for within the allocated time.

A booklet is also given to each student covering the short questions from the previous ten years. As a lot of these questions reappear these questions are covered in great detail in class.

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.

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What will be covered in this English Weekly Grind?

Our Leaving Cert English teachers will cover all aspects of the syllabus that students need to be aware of to achieve to their full potential. The skills and knowledge required for Paper 1 are taught in a way that minimizes anxiety for students. The vocabulary required to achieve the H1 grade is taught in a way that makes students comfortable users of language. As well as preparing students to answer the probable questions on the comprehension section, the composition (worth 25% of the entire grade) is extensively prepared for.

By providing notes on all the poets on the course all students are catered for however we focus on the poets that we expect to see on the paper during the grinds. Shakespeare is prepared for by focusing on question types and looking at what the syllabus and marking scheme requires of students. The comparative study is covered in depth with classes taught on all of the modes of comparison. Notes are provided on all the major texts and students will receive notes to differentiate their answers from other students on at least two of their three texts.

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.

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.

 

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What will be covered in this French Weekly Grind?

By the time you leave these Leaving Certificate French grinds, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a major emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes. Topics covered:

  • Grammar
  • 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)

Katie and Amy dedicate significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert French Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • Free mock French oral examinations during the year, with one taking place before Christmas and one after. Students receive a feedback sheet.
  • The French oral exam worth 25% of the overall grade, therefore, preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year.

Meet your teacher – Katie Lenehan: 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.

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.

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What will be covered in this Geography Weekly Grind?

Leaving Cert Geography is not about essays and waffle-like many students think. Chief examiners require what are called SRPs (Significant Relevant Points). These are what dictate the marking scheme and are the key to unlocking this subject. By the end of these Leaving Cert Geography grinds, you will have multiple essays with 15 SRPs in each. You will receive a pull-out sheet at the end of each essay in which you can write your 15 SRPs using the notes and a trigger-word section. Topics covered are:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Folding & Faulting
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Weathering
  • Karst Landscapes
  • Landform Development
  • Human Interaction with Surface Processes
  • Map Reading
  • Aerial Photograph
  • Regional Case Studies
  • Elective – Human & Economic
  • Option Unit

Tracy Gannon Leaving Cert Geography Grinds TeacherAbout 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.

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What will be covered in this German Weekly Grind?

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.

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.

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What will be covered in this Home Economics Weekly Grind?

Crucial Leaving Cert Home Economics topics (Food studies, Special diets, Social Studies and the Elective) will be focused on, paying particular attention to compulsory Question 1.

Emphasis will be placed on current and topical subject content expected to appear on the Leaving Cert Home Economics paper in June 2021.

Exam structure, model answering techniques, layout and timing of the paper with a view to maximising grades will be fundamental to this subject.

Note: This is a 6th Year course which 5th Year students are welcome to attend.

Anna McAllister Leaving Cert Home Economics Grinds TeacherMeet your teacher – Anna McAllister: Anna McAllister is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 30 years experience at both 2nd & 3rd level. With her vast experience, she brings an organised and structured approach to teaching, ensuring the very best Leaving Certificate preparation for her students. Extensive experience correcting the Leaving Certificate Home Economics exams provides her students with a technical and accurate approach to their preparation for answering Leaving Certificate questions.

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What will be covered in this Irish Weekly Grind?

Ronan will cover the entire Leaving Cert Irish course in detail throughout the year. As the Irish Oral Exam is worth 40% of the marks available, significant time is dedicated to preparing for this section. Throughout the year students have the option of attending three mock Irish oral exams. After the exam, each student is given a feedback sheet, which breaks down their overall grade and gives expert advice on how that grade can be improved.

Students will also get notes on the composition, focusing on the most likely Leaving Cert Irish essay titles for June 2021.  A lot of time is dedicated to topics that overlap in both the Oral exam and in the Composition such as social problems in Ireland, Politics, The Irish Education System & The Irish Language.

Each student will be given an Irish Paper 2 book covering

  • Reading comprehension
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Extra Literature (An Triail)

Note: For students who aren’t doing An Triail there will be an extra class in term 2 which will cover Gafa & A thig ná tit orm.

Ronan Murdock Leaving Cert Irish Grinds TeacherMeet your teacher – Rónán Murdock: Rónán Murdock is the author of several Irish textbooks, is an experienced Irish speaker and has taught at a Gaelscoil. He is a popular teacher amongst students because of his ability for instilling confidence in them due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

 

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.

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What will be covered in this Maths Weekly Grind?

Our teachers will cover the key points in every topic on the Higher Level Leaving Cert Maths curriculum. These Leaving Cert maths grinds cover the entirety of both Maths Paper 1 and Maths Paper 2. Our grinds are designed to focus on the material that is most likely to appear on the Leaving Cert. Our teachers show students the type of question that they should be able to answer and how to maximise their score in answering these questions.

Students will work from specially designed, Leaving Cert Maths exam–focussed notes and sample questions, with fully worked solutions. Throughout the year, they will highlight questions they think are likely to make an appearance in June. This ensures that students are as prepared for each of their two Leaving Cert Maths papers as they can be.

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.

Meet your teacher – David Lewis: David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. With more than 7 years experience teaching at the highest level, he is fascinated with innovating new ways of creating effective, personalised exam strategies that are extraordinarily useful and proven to achieve results. 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 Biology and Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. David has also authored a Junior Certificate Science textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”

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What will be covered in this Maths Ordinary Weekly Grind?

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:

  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Geometry
  • The Line
  • The Circle
  • Trigonometry
  • Number
  • Financial Maths
  • Area & Volume
  • Arithmetic
  • Sequences & Series & Patterns
  • Algebra
  • Complex Numbers
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Differentiation

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.

Tracy Gannon Leaving Cert Geography Grinds TeacherMeet 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.

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What will be covered in this Fast-Paced Maths Weekly Grind?

In the fast-paced class more time is spent on more challenging questions and methods, and a little less time on the more basic procedures. However, the topics are covered at the same rate in all classes. In all classes, students are encouraged to ask questions when issues arise.

Meet your teacher – Kieran Mills: 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.

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What will be covered in this Physics Weekly Grind?

The topics on the Leaving Cert Physics course are as follows:

  • Light and Sound
  • Electricity
  • Heat
  • Mechanics
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics (Options 1)

You do not have a high standard of Maths to succeed in Leaving Cert Physics. You need to be competent at manipulating formulae and using your calculator. As the course is quite long, students need to be very well prepared. Students need to know definitions, demonstration of experiments, proofs and real-life Physics applications. Kieran’s notes organise the physics course so all students need to do is carry out the work as set out in the notes.

Recently exam papers have tended to have questions with mixed topics meaning omitting parts of the course is risky. For example, last year’s paper included a question on nuclear physics where students had to carry out a heat calculation. With this in mind, it is essential that students try to cover most of the course. Leaving out major topics like Electricity is not an option.

Section A is an experimental section. Kieran provided students with a workbook allowing students to carry out a write-up of all the experiments.

All leaving cert questions relevant to a topic appear at the end of each set of notes. Full solutions to all questions in the notes are provided.

Kieran puts special emphasis on Modern Physics (electron and nucleus) and the Particle Physics option. There can be a great return in studying these topics as they often yield 50% of the Section B questions.

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.

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What will be covered in this Spanish Weekly Grind?

These Leaving Cert Spanish grinds focus on scrutinising and analysing the exam to your advantage. Firstly, they 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. The following topics are covered in the grinds:

  • Grammar
  • 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)

Katie will dedicate significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert Spanish Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • Free mock oral examinations during the year, one taking place before Christmas and one after. Students will receive a feedback sheet afterwards.
  • Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year as it is worth 25% of the overall grade

Meet 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.

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