6th Year On-Demand Grinds
Leaving Cert On-Demand Grinds now enrolling for September 2021
Our On-Demand Grinds offer students the opportunity to be taught by our incredible teachers when it suits them. Students who sign up receive full access to over 40 hours of pre-recorded grinds which cover the entire course in each subject. Students can pause, rewind and rewatch these On-Demand grinds as many times as they wish up until the State Exams.
Students attending our On-Demand grinds receive:
- A total of 29x 75-minute video lessons which can be rewatched right up until the State Exams.
- Hundreds of pages of our study notes which are delivered in hard copy format to students’ homes free of charge.
If you have any queries, please consult our FAQ tab, or feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
Click for more information on our 6th Year Leaving Cert Grinds held in Stillorgan and Killester.
Meet your Accounting Teacher – Don Tierney: Don Tierney has 20 years of experience in teaching Leaving Cert 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.
What will be covered in this Applied Maths Online Grind programme?
The Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper is made up of 10 questions:
- Uniform accelerated motion
- Relative velocity
- Newton’s Laws
- Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
- Moments of inertia
- Differential equations
Kieran will teach 8 topics in this order in these Applied Maths Online grinds: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions, Differential equations, Moments of inertia and Hydrostatics.
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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.
To download a free sample of our Leaving Cert Applied Maths Notes.
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Meet your Applied Maths 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 Online Grinds programme?
Over the coming academic year in these online 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.
To download a free sample of our Leaving Cert Biology Notes.
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”.
What will be covered in this Business Online Grind programme?
Over the course of the academic year, Carl 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, Carl 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 Business Online Grind, students will get exam-focused notes covering all units on the Leaving Cert syllabus. Two of the weekly Business grinds in the academic year will be set aside for the ABQ which is a compulsory question based on 3 units of the syllabus and is worth 20% of the student’s final grade. Within these Leaving Cert Business Online 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.
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Meet your Business Teacher – Carl Brien: Carl Brien brings his reputation as an authority on the Business Syllabus to The Dublin Academy of Education. He is a popular teacher amongst students due to his mastery of the marking scheme, and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students’ interest in Business. Carl teaches his Business Online Grinds in a systematic and clear way that relates to students, with an ability to motivate his students that is unique.
What will be covered in this Chemistry Online Grinds programme?
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.
Click to view a full list of the topics covered in our Online Chemistry Grinds.
In these Chemistry Online 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.
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Meet your Chemistry Teacher – Dr. Nichola Walsh: Nichola Walsh 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.
What will be covered in this Economics Online Grinds programme?
Over the course of the academic year, Rob will cover all aspects of the Leaving Cert Economics course in his online 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, Rob 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.
Click to view the full list of topics covered in our Online Economics Grinds.
Click to download a free sample of our Leaving Cert Economics Notes.
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Meet your Economics Teacher – Rob Quinlan: With a master’s degree in economics along with correcting the Leaving Cert at state level for the past 6 years, Rob instils passion, interest and competence in students to obtain results of which they are capable. A methodical approach in making the subject relevant to students by understanding the economic climate around them is merged with the tools to navigate through all possible questions as proficiently as possible in exams. Rob has also 5 years’ experience as an Irish oral examiner as well as teaching and tutoring in UCD and Irish summer courses.
What will be covered in this English Online Grinds programme?
Our Leaving Cert English teacher Gavin 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.
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Meet your English 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. He has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert English for RTÉ Radio.
What will be covered in this French Online Grinds programme?
By the time you complete these Leaving Certificate French Online Grinds, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. Our Online grinds will place a major emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes for the Leaving Cert French exam. This means that students can study more efficiently to ensure they are maximising marks in their exam. Topics covered in these French Online Grinds:
- 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)
Amy will dedicate significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert French Oral Examination. The French oral exam is worth 25% of a student’s overall grade, therefore, preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year.
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Meet your French 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.
What will be covered in this Geography Online Grinds programme?
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 Online 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
- Karst Landscapes
- Landform Development
- Human Interaction with Surface Processes
- Map Reading
- Aerial Photograph
- Regional Case Studies
- Elective – Human & Economic
- Option Unit
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Meet your Geography Teacher – Tracy Gannon: Tracy holds an 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.
Meet your German 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.
What will be covered in this Irish Online Grinds programme?
Our Leaving Cert Irish teachers will cover the entire 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.
Students will also get notes on the composition, focusing on the most likely Leaving Cert Irish essay titles for June 2022. 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
- 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.
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Meet your Irish 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.
Meet your Irish Teacher – Rob Quinlan: With a master’s degree in economics along with correcting the Leaving Cert at state level for the past 6 years, Rob instils passion, interest and competence in students to obtain results of which they are capable. A methodical approach in making the subject relevant to students by understanding the economic climate around them is merged with the tools to navigate through all possible questions as proficiently as possible in exams. Rob has also 5 years’ experience as an Irish oral examiner as well as teaching and tutoring in UCD and Irish summer courses.
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What will be covered in this Leaving Cert Maths Online Grinds programme?
We will cover the key points in every topic on the Higher Level Leaving Cert Maths curriculum. These Leaving Cert Maths Online Grinds cover the entirety of both Maths Paper 1 and Maths Paper 2. Our online maths 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.
Our Online Grinds students will work from specially designed, Leaving Cert Maths exam–focussed notes and sample questions, with fully worked solutions that accompany their video lessons. Throughout the academic year, our maths teachers will highlight the questions that they think are likely to make an appearance in the State Examinations in June. This ensures that students are as prepared for each of their two Leaving Cert Maths papers as they can be.
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Meet your Maths 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. 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 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.
What will be covered in this Physics Online Grinds programme?
The topics on the Leaving Cert Physics course are as follows:
- Light and Sound
- Modern Physics
- Particle Physics (Options 1)
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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.
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Meet your Physics 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.
What will be covered in this Spanish Online Grind programme?
These Leaving Cert Spanish Online Grinds focus on scrutinising and analysing the Spanish exam and marking scheme 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 Leaving Cert Spanish examiner is looking for. The following topics are covered in the Online Spanish Grinds:
- 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 in preparing for the Leaving Cert Spanish Oral Examination. Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year as it is worth 25% of the overall grade.
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Meet your Spanish 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.
If I sign up to the On-Demand Grinds programme will I be able to rewatch the videos lessons at a later date?chevron_right
Yes, access to all your weekly 75-minute videos lessons will be available right up until the State Examinations.
Will the 40+ hours of video lessons be available to watch from the start of the year?chevron_right
Yes, students will access to their subject's video library which they can watch at their own pace.
Is there a cut-off point to signing up for the On-Demand Grinds programme?chevron_right
No, although our On-Demand Grinds programme commences on 1st September 2021, students can still sign up after this date. Our On-Demand Grinds programmes are designed to be attended over 29x weeks so we advise students to sign up sooner rather than later as they’ll be able to manage the workload better.
How and when do I get my notes?chevron_right
Please allow at least 3-4 working days to receive your notes. There may be a scenario where you are granted access to our On-Demand Grinds programme prior to the study notes arriving but we advise students to wait until they have the notes before commencing watching the video lessons.
Can you do these courses if you don’t live in Dublin?chevron_right
Yes, you can watch the video lessons from the comfort and safety of your own home as they are online. You will also have hard copies of the notes so you don’t have to worry about printing them.
Can notes be delivered to anywhere in the country?chevron_right
Notes can be delivered to anywhere in Ireland.
How will I view the On-Demand Grinds programme?chevron_right
Our On-Demand Grinds programme will be hosted on our Moodle Platform. Prior to On-Demand Grinds commencement date on 1st September 2021, we will email you with your login details and passwords for this platform.
Do I need the study notes to get value from the videos lessons?chevron_right
Yes, absolutely. Students who attempt to watch the videos lessons without the study notes will not get value from these video lessons as our teachers constantly refer to the notes constantly throughout. As such, we advise all students to follow the video lessons with the notes in front of them.
What happens if I share my logins to Moodle with another student who is not enrolled in the On-Demand Grinds programme?chevron_right
Our On-Demand Grinds programmes are strictly only available to students who are enrolled with us. The On-Demand Grinds programme is designed as a full support package containing pre-recorded videos, live tutorials and hard copies of our study notes. Only students who are enrolled with us will experience the full benefits this programme has to offer. We have software in place to identify suspicious login activity and will revoke account access if we suspect a student is sharing logins with non-enrolled students.
Can I be logged on to the On-Demand Grinds programme on more than one device at a time?chevron_right
No, you will only be able to log on to our Moodle platform on one device at a time. If you try to log in on a second device, you will be automatically logged out on the first device.
Can you only view the videos once?chevron_right
No, you can pause, rewind and rewatch all of the videos.
Will there be timetable clashes?chevron_right
With our On-Demand Grinds programme, there will be no timetable clashes at all, allowing unrestricted course choice and giving students the freedom to work through each course at their own pace and at a time that suits them.
What topics are covered in each On-Demand Grinds programme?chevron_right
You can see what topics are covered in each On-Demand Grinds programme in the ‘Subjects’ tab.