4th Year Weekly Grinds
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 these 4th Year English Grinds?
This Transition Year course prepares the student for the vast and challenging English Leaving Certificate syllabus. It will provide the student with a head-start on all aspects of the English course in a clear and interesting way. The student will be given the background and context necessary to make a really positive start to 5th Year. The goal of this course is to provide the confidence and knowledge necessary for students to succeed when they begin Leaving Cert English.
- Expectations: The differences between Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert English.
- Papers: An interesting analysis of Paper 1 and Paper 2.
- Marking Scheme: How is Leaving Cert English graded?
- Leaving Cert Answers: Tips and advice for upgrading your answers to Leaving Cert standard.
- Mechanics: Focus on good writing – grammar, spelling and sentence structure. An analysis of common errors at Leaving Cert.
English Paper 1
- The 5 Language Genres of Paper 1.
- Writer’s Style: An introduction.
- Comprehending I: Answering short comprehension questions.
- Comprehending II: Completing short writing tasks.
- Composing: Creative Writing – Detailed analysis of the most important question in Leaving Cert English.
English Paper 2
- Shakespeare: Othello – An introduction and analysis of the play for 2023.
- Comparative: A new question and concept explained.
- Poetry: Unseen – Tips and ideas for answering the Unseen Poetry comprehensions.
- Poetry: Studied – An introduction to the 2023 poetry course. Tips and analysis for answering poetry questions.
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 5th Year Biology Grinds?
The following topics will be covered:
- The Cell
- Cell Division
- Scientific Method
- Flowering Plants
- Water Transport
- Food & Nutrition
- Nervous System
- Hormones & Reproduction
- DNA & RNA
Meet your Biology Teacher – Anita Leen: Anita Leen is a Biology & Physics teacher, graduated from the University of Limerick with an Honours degree. She has taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Science Teachers Association. She has a passion for both biology and physics and has extensive knowledge of exam content, this helps students to reach their full potential in their Leaving Cert exams.
What will be covered in these 4th Year Maths Grinds?
The Mathematics Department of The Dublin Academy of Education has designed the 4th Year grinds to cover the foundations of the Higher Level syllabus. This course provides a comprehensive and solid basis for further study in the year ahead. Our tailored classes follow the objectives of the Project Maths Syllabus, where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance. Our grinds give students a head-start before their classes get streamed in school.
About Project Maths: Project Maths involves the introduction of a revised syllabus for Mathematics. It involves changes to what students must learn, how they learn it and how they will be assessed. Our Maths Department is at the forefront in teaching the changes to the syllabus and has become renowned for their expertise in this area.
Meet your Maths Teacher – David Lewis: David Lewis’ ability to relate to students, engaging with them in ways that put students at ease, results in his students gaining a greater understanding of Project Maths. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Project Maths Syllabus, meaning he is a specialised Project Maths teacher. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association, and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus.
What will be covered in these 5th Year Physics Grinds?
In these grinds, we will break down Leaving Cert Physics to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the Leaving Cert Physics course is no more advanced than Junior Cert standard Maths and the learning of definitions and experiments. The following topics will be covered:
- Light and Sound (Waves)
- Electricity (including Electromagnetism)
- Modern Physics
- Particle Physics (Option)
Meet your Physics Teacher – Anita Leen: Anita Leen is a Biology & Physics teacher, graduated from the University of Limerick with an Honours degree. She has taught in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin. She is a member of the Irish Science Teachers Association. She has a passion for both biology and physics and has extensive knowledge of exam content, this helps students to reach their full potential in their Leaving Cert 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