4th Year Weekly Grinds
The Dublin Academy of Education provides live 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.
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.
Those who invested in weekly grinds last year saw an increase of 23.25 CAO points per subject. This is the average result from a survey of 820 of our students who received their examination results.
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.
Weekly grinds also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time before or after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.
If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.
Classes commence week beginning Monday 7th September. Please note, classes and supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 26th October- classes resume Monday 2nd November 2020
Monday 15th February – classes resume Monday 22nd February 2021
Monday 14th December 2020 – classes resume on Monday 11th January 2021
Monday 6th April- Monday 20th April 2021
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 22nd May
Note: An administration charge of €20 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
All our Weekly Grinds commencing in September 2020 will operate in line with public health advice and social distancing requirements. We are fortunate that we have large and well-ventilated classrooms that can accommodate safe distances between students. However, due to social distancing, we will have to reduce capacity in our Weekly Grinds classes which means we expect classes to book out quicker than usual.
Should schools not reopen in September 2020, all Weekly Grinds classes will commence online on the same date. All students will be provided with study notes which will be accompanied by 75-minute tutorial videos taking the place of live classes until it is safe to resume Weekly Grinds as normal.
What will be covered in this English Weekly Grind?
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.
- 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.
- Shakespeare: Othello – An introduction and analysis of the play for 2022.
- Comparative: A new question and concept explained.
- Poetry: Unseen – Tips and ideas for answering the Unseen Poetry comprehensions.
- Poetry: Studied – An introduction to the 2022 poetry course. Tips and analysis for answering poetry questions.
Meet your 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 this Maths Weekly Grind?
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 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 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.
SPECIAL OFFER: Buy 1 subject and get additional subjects HALF PRICE. Special offer also applies to siblings.