5th Year Weekly Grinds
Leaving Cert 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 on-site 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 5th Year Accounting Grinds?
These 5th Year Accounting grinds give students an insight into what they can expect in June 2021. A key element will be to focus on the previous exam questions and also on how to pick up easy marks. Each student will receive a full set of notes, which will be essential to improving exam grades. The following topics will be covered:
- Club Accounts
- Service Firms
- Farm Accounts
- Incomplete Records
- Cash Budgeting
- Product Costing
- Tabular Statements
- Ratio Analysis
- Marginal Costing
- Flexible Budgeting
- Production Budgeting
- Control Accounts
- Cash Flow Statements
- Published Accounts
- Final Accounts
What will be covered in these 5th Year Applied Maths Grinds?
With the Leaving Cert Applied Maths syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending these grinds, students will have an intimate knowledge of what to expect in the exam in 2022, with a particular emphasis on the marking scheme and question appearance this year. You will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher. The following topics will be covered:
- Uniform Accelerated Motion
- Newton’s Laws
- Relative Velocity
Meet your Applied Maths Teacher – Kieran Mills: Kieran Mills’ experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students’ interest in the subject. Kieran has 25 years’ experience teaching. He has co-written several books, including The Power of Maths series of Junior and Leaving Certificate Textbooks, trusted by thousands of students around the country. Kieran has also been an expert contributor on Maths for RTÉ Radio.
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 5th Year Business Grinds?
Students will be given a valuable insight into the marking scheme, focusing on how answers must be structured. This course is essential for 5th Year students as it helps prevent them from developing any bad habits in answering questions. The following topics will be covered:
- People in Business
- Managing 1
- Managing 2
- Business in Action
- Domestic Environment
- International Environment
Meet your Business Teacher – Rónán Murdock: Rónán Murdock is the Head of the Business Department at The Dublin Academy of Education. He is the author of the Leaving Certificate Business Revision textbook and is a popular teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán instils confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.
What will be covered in these 5th Year Chemistry Grinds?
Topics in these Leaving Cert Chemistry grinds are specifically chosen to ensure maximum preparation for the exam in June 2021. Past and possible Leaving Certificate questions will be provided, along with solutions. Strategies to maximise grades will be given, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:
- Atomic Theory
- The Periodic Table and Trends in the Periodic Table
- Chemical Bonding
- Anion Analysis
- The Gas Laws
- Oxidation & Reduction
- Volumetric Analysis – Acid & Base / Redox
- Acids & Bases
- Rates of Reactions
- Mandatory experiments will be covered within the above topics as they arise.
Meet your Chemistry 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 will be covered in these 5th Year Economics Grinds?
Students will get exam-focused notes covering all the main topics. This course will provide students with the essential foundations of these important topics, which links into many other sections of the syllabus. The following topics will be covered:
- Production & Consumption
- Supply & Demand
- Price & Output
- Factor Incomes
- National Income and its Fluctuations
- Money & Banking
- The Government in the Economy
- International Trade & Payments
- Economics of Population
- Economic Growth & Development
- Economic Policies, Problems & Conflict
Meet your Economics Teacher – Rónán Murdock: Rónán Murdock is the Head Economics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. In 2012, just 3% of students nationwide got an A1 in Leaving Certificate Economics; however, 32% of Rónán’s students achieved A1s. Rónán is the author of the Leaving Certificate Economics Revision textbook, and is a popular teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.
What will be covered in these 5th Year English Grinds?
These English grinds focus on building the techniques that the examiner expects you to be able to both use and analyse. You will be confident that you have our formula with which to navigate the probable exam questions.
These grinds focus on firstly building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. As our teachers have said over the years: It is a myth that English can’t be trained for. The following topics will be covered in detail:
- Essay Writing
- Questions A & B
- The Single Text
- Selection of poems from all 8 poets
- The Unseen Poem
- A wide selection of Comparative Texts
Meet your English Teacher – Gavin Cowzer: Gavin Cowzer is regarded as a leading English teacher in this country. Having developed a passion for this subject, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s teaching style is focused on covering the syllabus in a concise way, so that students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. His experience correcting exams gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. However it is clear that there is a strict science behind doing well in the English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact. He has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert English for RTÉ Radio.
What will be covered in these 5th Year French Grinds?
By the time you leave these grinds, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a heavy emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes. The following topics will be covered:
- Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
- Aural Comprehension (exam techniques & vocabulary)
- Oral exam preparation topic by topic
- Le Document option
- Diary Entry written task i.e. Journal Intime
- Le récit
- Abstract Topics (social problems & current affairs)
- Response Essay Pieces (structure, essay plans, vocabulary, sample answers)
Meet your French Teacher – Amy Weddell: Amy Weddell has an International Degree in French and German and has spent time living in both countries. This, coupled with the Professional Masters in Education providing training on up to date teaching methodologies, ensures that she holds the skills to successfully aid students at any level to access language curricula, at both an academic and cultural level. An integration of language-learning skills based on the acquisition of language, such as phonics, provides all students with a strong foundation ensuring that they achieve the best possible grades in exams.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Geography Grinds?
Leaving Cert Geography is not about essays and waffle-like many students think. Chief examiners require what are called SRPs (Significant Relevant Points). These are what dictate the marking scheme and are the key to unlocking this subject. By the end of these Leaving Cert Geography grinds, you will have multiple essays with 15 SRPs in each. You will receive a pull-out sheet at the end of each essay in which you can write your 15 SRPs using the notes and a trigger-word section. Topics covered are:
- Plate Tectonics
- Earthquakes & Volcanoes
- Folding & Faulting
- The Rock Cycle
- Karst Landscapes
- Landform Development
- Human Interaction with Surface Processes
- Map Reading
- Aerial Photograph
- Regional Case Studies
- Elective – Human & Economic
- Option Unit
Meet your Geography Teacher – Tracy Gannon: Tracy Gannon 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 Leaving Cert Geography 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 will be covered in these Leaving Cert German Grinds?
Over the course of the academic year, Genevieve will cover in great detail every section of the Leaving Cert German exam in the weekly grinds (from the oral exam right through to the written production). She will focus on key aspects of the German oral exam (worth 25%) guiding students on how to answer with confidence exactly what and how much the German oral examiners want to hear in the exam. She will provide students with profitable pointers and vital strategies on how best to approach the reading and listening comprehensions and will demonstrate and equip students with essential vocabulary and grammar and writing skills required to reach an H1 standard.
In each weekly grind, students will receive detailed exam-focused notes covering all topics on the Leaving Cert German syllabus. Close examination of the marking schemes and a thorough analysis of the use of language and typical questions asked in the reading (worth 30%) and listening comprehensions (worth 20%), as well as the written production section, will enable students to confidently tackle difficult questions in these sections.
Meet your German Teacher – Genevieve Farrell: Genevieve Farrell is the head German teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. She has 14 years experience teaching German and is the author of “Complete German Grammar” textbook. Her unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.
What will be covered in these 5th Year Irish Grinds?
Students will get notes on the composition covering the most common questions. The course will cover simple shortcuts to help students raise their grade along with guidance on how to avoid the common mistakes made. Students will also be given guidance on what areas to prioritise in 5th year along with a breakdown of the marks allocated for each section. The following topics will be covered:
- Oral Exam Preparation
- An Triail
- Filíocht Breise
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 5th Year Maths Grinds?
These 5th Year Maths grinds are emphasised by their exam-focused nature, with a huge focus on taking advantage of the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:
Maths Paper 1 Topics
- Section 1. Number
- Section 2. Algebraic expressions
- Section 3. Algebraic equations
- Section 4. Sequences and Series
- Section 5. Financial Maths
Maths Paper 2 Topics
- Section 1. Geometry
- Section 2. Measurement
- Section 3. Trigonometry
- Section 4. Co-ordinate Geometry
Meet your Maths Teacher – Robert Browne: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students’ interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn’t there. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin. His experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths syllabus. He has appeared in the media leading discussions on Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods and exams. Robert teaches in a systematic and clear way that relates to students.
Meet your Maths Teacher – David Lewis: David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Maths Syllabus. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.
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 Leaving Cert Maths Ordinary Grinds?
With Project Maths beginning to settle, predictable trends are now being identified. We will show you the shortcuts to take full advantage of this. Each student will also receive a full set of notes, with solutions, which will be essential in improving exam grades. The following topics will be covered:
- The Line
- The Circle
- Financial Maths
- Area & Volume
- Sequences & Series & Patterns
- Complex Numbers
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 – Tracy Gannon: Tracy holds a 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 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 will be covered in these 5th Year Spanish Grinds?
These 5th Year Spanish grinds focus on manipulating the exam to your advantage. Firstly, these grinds focus on building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then on providing the confidence to be able to supply it. You will learn what your examiner is looking for and be given notes on key topics. The following topics will be covered:
- Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
- Oral Exam Preparation topic by topic & Role-plays
- Opinion Piece (structure, plans, vocabulary & sample essays)
- Dialogue Construction (repetitive structures, vocabulary & tenses)
- Diary Entry & Notes
- Aural Comprehension (exam technique & vocabulary)
Significant time is dedicated to preparing for the Oral Examination. This preparation includes:
- Free mock oral examinations during the year, one taking place before Christmas and one after. Each student is given a feedback sheet
- Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year as it is worth 25% of the overall grade
Meet your Spanish Teacher – Katie Lenehan: Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Her training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies and is designed to ensure all students are catered for and can reach their goals in the most efficient way possible. Her knowledge of languages and linguistics, as well as teaching in some of the most prestigious schools in Dublin, will ensure that students obtain the best possible grades in their 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