5th Year Weekly Grinds

5th Year Weekly Grinds
Info

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.

Start Date:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 7th September. Please note, classes and supervised study 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 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.

COVID-19 Plans

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.

Timetable
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
5:15pm - 6:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
German
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:15pm - 7:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
7:15pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:00pm - 1:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
7:15pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subjects
Applied Maths keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Applied Maths Weekly Grind?

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
  • Projectiles
  • Collisions
  • Relative Velocity

Meet your 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.

Biology keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Biology Weekly Grind?

The following topics will be covered:

  • The Cell
  • Osmosis
  • Cell Division
  • Scientific Method
  • Flowering Plants
  • Germination
  • Photosynthesis
  • Water Transport
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Nervous System
  • Hormones & Reproduction
  • DNA & RNA
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Skeleton

Meet your 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.

Business keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Business Weekly Grind?

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
  • Enterprise
  • Managing 1
  • Managing 2
  • Business in Action
  • Domestic Environment
  • International Environment

Meet your 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.

Chemistry keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Chemistry Weekly Grind?

Topics in these Leaving Cert Chemistry grinds are specifically chosen to ensure maximum preparation for the exam in June 2020. 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
  • Stoichiometry
  • Volumetric Analysis – Acid & Base / Redox
  • Acids & Bases
  • Rates of Reactions
  • Mandatory experiments will be covered within the above topics as they arise.

Meet your teacher – Nichola Walsh: Nichola 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.

Economics keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Economics Weekly Grind?

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
  • Inflation
  • International Trade & Payments
  • Economics of Population
  • Economic Growth & Development
  • Economic Policies, Problems & Conflict

Meet your 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.

English keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this English Weekly Grind?

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 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.

French keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this French Weekly Grind?

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:

  • Grammar
  • 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 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.

Geography keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Geography Weekly Grind?

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
  • Weathering
  • Karst Landscapes
  • Landform Development
  • Human Interaction with Surface Processes
  • Map Reading
  • Aerial Photograph
  • Regional Case Studies
  • Elective – Human & Economic
  • Option Unit

Meet your 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.

 

German keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this German Weekly Grind?

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.

Genevieve Farrell Leaving Cert German Grinds TeacherMeet your 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.

Irish keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Irish Weekly Grind?

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
  • Aiste
  • Diospoireacht
  • Sceal
  • Oraid
  • Grammar
  • Comprehensions
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht Breise
  • Cluastuiscint

Meet your 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.

Maths keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Maths Weekly Grind?

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:

Paper 1 Topics

  • Section 1. Number     
  • Section 2. Algebraic expressions
  • Section 3. Algebraic equations
  • Section 4. Sequences and Series
  • Section 5. Financial Maths

Paper 2 Topics

  • Section 1. Geometry
  • Section 2. Measurement
  • Section 3. Trigonometry
  • Section 4. Co-ordinate Geometry

Meet your 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 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 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.

Maths (O) keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Maths Ordinary Weekly Grind?

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:

  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Geometry
  • The Line
  • The Circle
  • Trigonometry
  • Number
  • Financial Maths
  • Area & Volume
  • Arithmetic
  • Sequences & Series & Patterns
  • Algebra
  • Complex Numbers
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Differentiation

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.

Tracy Gannon Leaving Cert Geography Grinds TeacherMeet your 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.

Physics keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Physics Weekly Grind?

In these grinds, we will break down Physics to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the 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)
  • Heat
  • Mechanics

Meet your 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.

 

Spanish keyboard_arrow_down

What will be covered in this Spanish Weekly Grind?

These 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:

  • Grammar
  • 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 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.

Fees

SPECIAL OFFER: Buy 1 subject and get additional subjects HALF PRICE. Special offer also applies to siblings.

Payment Option 1: In Full
Subject
Price
Total
Savings
Subject
1 Subject
Price
€1,025.00
Total
€1,025.00
Savings
€0.00
Subject
2 Subjects
Price
€512.50
Total
€1,537.50
Savings
€512.50
Subject
3 Subjects
Price
€512.50
Total
€2,050.00
Savings
€1,025.00
Subject
4 Subjects
Price
€512.50
Total
€2,562.50
Savings
€1,537.50
Subject
5 Subjects
Price
€512.50
Total
€3,075.00
Savings
€2,050.00