3rd Year Weekly Grinds
Junior Cycle Weekly Grinds
Important update: With the schools currently closed, all our On-Site Weekly Grinds are proceeding via Live-streaming. This approach ensures that no matter what happens with schools, our students will receive 100% of their tuition. When schools do reopen, students will be able to return to our on-site classes, or if they wish, continue with Live-streaming for the remainder of the academic year. This approach enables students to join our On-Site Weekly Grinds classes from anywhere in Ireland.
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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.
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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 – Sarah Mulligan: Sarah Mulligan holds an Honour’s Bachelor’s Degree in Mathematics and a Professional Diploma in Education. Sarah specialises in setting high targets for students to achieve their academic potential. She prides herself on building a rapport with students using innovative methods tailored to students needs and capabilities. In 2017 the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association presented Sarah with an award in recognition of her achievements when one of her students placed first in the Higher Level Maths Leaving Certificate Examination.
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 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