3rd Year Weekly Grinds
How can our 3rd Year Weekly Grinds help you?
Our 3rd Year Weekly Grinds offer students more flexibility than ever before. Students can experience our live and interactive weekly grinds by attending classes either:…
- On-site: We offer on-site classroom-based weekly grinds from both our Stillorgan and Killester venues.
- Online via Live-stream: We also offer students the option of attending our weekly grinds via live-stream meaning they can participate from anywhere in Ireland.
Regardless of which option students select, they will be able to interact with our teachers and ask questions. These weekly grinds are 60 minutes in duration and all classes are accompanied by our renowned Dublin Academy study notes. If students opt for Live-streamed weekly grinds, our study notes will be posted to their homes free of charge.
The foundation of our Junior Cert 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.
For a full schedule of our Weekly Grinds, please see the FAQ tab.
If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
What will be covered in these 3rd Year English Grinds?
In the weekly English Junior Cycle grinds, Ciaran will comprehensively cover all aspects of the syllabus to ensure that students are well equipped to manage the new two-hour examination paper. This focused course covers the essential elements of the English curriculum from creating writing, functional tasks, poetry, drama and fiction.
Ciaran’s unique style of teaching breaks the English subject down by providing systematic tools for students to approach the paper. Using the exam-focused notes student will receive at each weekly grind, this course will help students understand how to effectively prepare for the exam, providing a formulaic approach to dissecting questions in order to maximise their result. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, particularly with the new Junior Cycle English paper, the course will also cover how to identify keywords, outlined in the marking scheme, so that students are confident in addressing all aspects of this paper.
As continuous based assessment is now also a feature of how students are evaluated for English, this course will also practical tips on how students should approach these assignments throughout the year to achieve their best result.
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.
Meet your English 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 these Junior Cert Irish Grinds?
Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover all aspects of the Higher Level Junior Cycle Irish exam with his students. Séadhan will focus on the verbs at the start of the year in the weekly grinds to ensure students have the correct foundation to go on and achieve the best possible results. Students will become very familiar with the more difficult big mark questions such as “An Litir”, “Na Léamhthuiscintí” and “An Scéal”.
Séadhan will cover 5 different poems and 5 different stories to ensure students have a wide variety of content to choose from for the exam in June.
Students will be given a new set of notes every five weeks which will include poetry, stories, letters, prose and of course previous exam questions. Séadhan will use his experience and in-depth knowledge of the course to ensure all students are very comfortable with the exam layout and the content needed to succeed. Towards the end of the year Séadhan will discuss exam strategies, time management and helpful tips and exam shortcuts each student has confidence going into the Junior Cycle Irish exam.
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.
What will be covered in these Junior Cert Maths Grinds?
The 3rd Year Junior Cycle Maths course is designed to ensure that all students maximise their potential. The focus of each class during the year is the exam and how students can excel in that exam. Classes are as interactive as possible and only areas that are examinable are covered.
The students will be given a comprehensive set of Junior Cycle Maths notes based on each strand on the syllabus. These notes will also contain a huge number of potential exam questions and the solutions to these questions. These can be used as a stand-alone study tool that will reinforce the students learning from the weekly classes.
Meet your Maths 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 Maths Teacher – Stephen Grimes: Stephen Grimes holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education & Master of Education. He has over a decade of experience teaching Physics and Mathematics at the highest level, both with the Irish syllabus and the Cambridge A-Level syllabus while teaching abroad in Kuwait and Kenya. His vast experience of different curricula has given him the unique opportunity to have key insight into preparing students for a wide variety of questions that they may be challenged on. Stephen’s passion and teaching style instills confidence in his students while providing them with a deep and clear understanding of the syllabus.
What will be covered in these Junior Cert Science Grinds?
These Junior Cycle Science grinds will ensure students get the most marks possible in a tricky, no-choice exam. Students will study questions from topics throughout the course, and will go home confident in the material covered. The following topics will be covered:
- Cells, Microscopes,
- Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table
- Measurement, Density, Energy
- States Of Matter
- Elements, Compounds, Mixtures
- Solutions & Crystals
- Breathing & Respiration
- Circulatory System
- Food, Digestion, Enzymes
- Forces, Moments, Levers, Centre Of Gravity
- Heat & Heat Transfer
- Human Reproduction & Genetics
- Plant Structure & Transport, Photosynthesis, Tropisms
- Chemical Bonding
- Acids & Bases
- Energy, Power, Work
- Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
- Water, Water Hardness
- Ecology Principles & Habitat Study
- Plant Reproduction
- Sensory System
- Metals, Non-Metals, Plastics
- Light, Sound
Meet your Science 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 is the schedule for weekly grinds?chevron_right
Classes commence week beginning Monday 6th September 2021. Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 25th October- classes resume Monday 1st November 2021 Monday 21st February – classes resume Monday 28th February 2022
Saturday 11th December 2021 – classes resume on Monday 10th January 2022
Monday 11th April - Monday 25th April 2022
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 21st May 2022
Can students ask questions in weekly grinds?chevron_right
Yes. Regardless of whether students are attending weekly grinds on-site or via live-stream they will be free to ask our teachers questions.
How long are the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Leaving Cert weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration. Junior Cert weekly grinds are 60 minutes in duration.
Can I get recordings of the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Students attending our weekly grinds will have the option of adding our On-demand grinds videos to their chosen subject for just €270 (normally €695). The On-demand grinds contain over 40 hours of high-quality videos shot from our school studio covering the entire Leaving Cert curriculum in each subject. Please call our office to avail of this special offer.
What happens if schools are forced to close again, will my weekly grinds take place?chevron_right
Should schools be closed at any point during the year, resulting in students not being able to attend our school, our teachers will continue to teach via live-stream in place of on-site grinds, which will take place on the same day and time as students’ chosen weekly grinds. In this scenario, on-site 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
In accordance with the latest government health advice, hand sanitising stations are available throughout the buildings and students will be required to use them before and after classes. It is also compulsory for all staff and students to wear a protective face covering. Students will be required to provide their own. Class capacities have also been reduced to ensure social distancing requirements are adhered to.
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 €25 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
How do I access my live-streamed weekly grinds?chevron_right
You will access your live-streamed weekly grinds via our online learning management system, DASH (Dublin Academy School Hub). We will send you logins for this platform in advance of your live-streamed grind.
If I opt for live-streamed grinds, how do I get my study notes?chevron_right
Your study notes will be posted to your house free of charge in advance of your live-streamed grinds commencing. Please note, study notes will take up to 3 working days to arrive from the time of booking.
Can I try out the weekly grinds for free before signing up?chevron_right
Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our weekly grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.
If I sign up to weekly grinds later in the year, is the fee reduced?chevron_right
Yes, you only pay for the weekly grinds you attend. All fees are adjusted pro-rata to the date you sign up. We would recommend that students who are interested in grinds sign up early in the academic year to avoid missing important content being covered.