1st & 2nd Year Weekly Grinds
Junior Cycle Weekly Grinds
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At The Dublin Academy of Education, we provide On-Site Weekly Grinds for students in 1st to 6th year (select your year from the menu) which take place in both our Stillorgan and Killester venues. The reason students choose the Academy is because we provide the very highest teaching standards in the country.
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 Live 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 English Weekly Grind?
Our English Department has designed the 1st and 2nd Year grinds to cover the foundations of the English syllabus. Our tailored course gives students a firm grounding in what is required at Junior Certificate level, where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance.
Meet your English Teacher – Ciarán Hartigan: Ciarán Hartigan has been teaching English to the highest level for over 10 years and brings an organised and methodical approach to his teaching. Holding a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, he provides original insights into works of literature and couples this with practical advice on structuring responses and arguments. Drawing on years of experience as a Leaving Certificate examiner with the State Exams Commission, he provides students with dependable techniques and strategies for success.
What will be covered in this Irish Weekly Grind?
Our Irish Department has designed the 1st and 2nd Year grinds to cover the foundations of the Irish syllabus. Our tailored course gives students a firm grounding in what is required at Junior Certificate level, where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance.
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.
What will be covered in this Maths Weekly Grind?
The grind is focused on solidifying the common introductory course which is the bedrock of the junior certificate examination before extending this deeper into 2nd-year topics up to junior cert standard. This course design will allow students to progress linearly from any standard level that will give them the strongest possible foundation and mathematical confidence empowering them as they move into their all-important junior certificate examination year.
Meet your Maths 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.
What happens if schools are forced to close again, will my weekly grinds take place?chevron_right
We have significantly invested in upgrading our IT infrastructure to ensure that Weekly Grinds will continue to operate no matter what happens. Should schools be closed at any point during the year, resulting in students not being able to attend our school, our teachers will provide a live-streamed 75-minute online grind in place of in-person grinds, which will take place on the same day and time as students’ chosen Weekly Grinds. In this scenario, students will be able to log in from home and continue on with their Weekly Grinds as normal, ensuring that no content is missed.
What health and safety procedures have been put in place?chevron_right
Hand sanitising stations will be available throughout the buildings and students will be required to use them before and after classes. Following the government announcement on Friday 7th August, it will be compulsory for all staff and students to wear a protective face covering. Students will be required to provide their own. The start and end times of grinds have been staggered to reduce the numbers of students entering and exiting the building at any one time. We have upgraded and improved the ventilation system in our classrooms. A strict roll call will be taken for all grinds classes for contact tracing purposes. A two-way “keep to the left” system will be in operation throughout the school. There are some areas of the school where a one-way system will be in operation as required, i.e. at certain pressure points along the corridors – these will be clearly marked. Students are asked to arrive for classes no earlier than 15 mins to help reduce numbers onsite. A full deep clean of the school has also been carried out during the summer and a rigorous cleaning process will be implemented daily. Class capacities have been reduced to ensure social distancing requirements can be met.
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 €20 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
What is the schedule for Weekly Grinds?chevron_right
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 21st May