6th Year Grinds

6th Year Grinds
Info

The Dublin Academy of Education provides weekly grinds for students in 1st to 6th year (select your year from the menu).

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 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.

Leaving cert grinds commence the week of Monday 2nd September 2019. If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Holidays:
Classes commence on Monday 2nd September 2019. Please note, classes and supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 28th October- classes resume Monday 4th November 2019
Monday 17th February – classes resume Monday 24th February 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 16th December 2019 – classes resume on Monday 13th January 2020

Easter Holidays:
Monday 6th April- Monday 20th April 2020

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Sunday 17th May 2020

Note: An administration charge of €20 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
Timetable
Subject
Accounting
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Ag Science
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Applied Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Fridays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Biology
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Business
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Chemistry
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Killester
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
English
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
French
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:30pm - 8:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Geography
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
German
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
History
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Home Economics
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
9:00am - 10:15am
Location
Killester
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Irish
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
7:00pm - 8:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
5:00pm - 6:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
12:15pm - 1:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (Fast Paced)
Level
Higher
Day
Fridays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:45am - 12:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Wednesdays
Time
8:15pm - 9:30pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Wednesdays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Maths (O)
Level
Ordinary
Day
Tuesdays
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
7:45pm - 9:00pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Mondays
Time
6:30pm - 7:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Physics
Level
Higher
Day
Thursdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Saturdays
Time
10:30am - 11:45am
Location
Stillorgan
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Wednesdays
Time
8:00pm - 9:15pm
Location
Killester
Subject
Spanish
Level
Higher
Day
Tuesdays
Time
5:30pm - 6:45pm
Location
Stillorgan
Subjects
Accounting keyboard_arrow_down

Over the course of the Accounting grinds, students will cover all topics of the Leaving Cert course. The teacher will focus on Final Accounts that appear every year in Section 1 as the success in this question can contribute towards students’ success in Section 2. The teacher, an experienced examiner with the State Examinations Commission will focus on strategies for students to obtain the maximum amount of marks, by focusing on time management and highlighting common mistakes made by students. Revision on topics likely to appear on the exam, according to past trends, will cover the majority of the second half of the year ensuring that students feel well prepared for their Leaving Cert Accounting Exam.

Naomi Keenan - 6th Year Accounting GrindsNaomi Keenan: Accounting
Naomi Keenan’s experience of correcting Leaving Cert Higher Level Accounting with the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of the subject’s syllabus and marking scheme. Confidence is instilled in her students as her students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. Naomi shares with her students both successful exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes.

Ag Science keyboard_arrow_down

The Dublin Academy of Education will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

Iain Wallace - Ag Science Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: Iain Wallace has spent 15 years teaching Agricultural Science. In this time he has built up considerable experience in the subject working as a local facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers and editing study notes for the Irish Farmers Journal weekly study guides. He utilises this experience to enable his students to master the course content, key answering skills and techniques needed in order to maximise grades.

Applied Maths keyboard_arrow_down

The Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper is made up of 10 questions:

  1. Uniform accelerated motion
  2. Relative velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Newton’s Laws
  5. Collisions
  6. Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  7. Statics
  8. Moments of inertia
  9. Hydrostatics
  10. Differential equations

Kieran will teach 8 topics in this order in the Applied Maths grinds: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions, Differential equations, Moments of inertia and Hydrostatics

Applied Maths is a difficult subject requiring students to have a good standard of Maths. Less than 2000 students sit this exam annually. Students who study this subject have an advantage when studying Science and Engineering in college. Leaving Cert Applied Maths involves solving problems that can be quite complex.

Kieran will take you through the techniques to attack complex problems in the simplest way possible. He teaches you to get to the heart of a problem using the most efficient and effective methods. This is critically important as students have only two and a half hours to complete the Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper.

About the teacher: 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

Over the coming academic year in the weekly grinds, we will cover the Leaving Cert Biology course in great depth. As many students view the Leaving Cert Biology course as very long and challenging, our notes help students manage the information much better and make revising and conquering the course more achievable.  We will show students how to achieve a H1 standard through interpreting exam questions correctly and by identifying the keywords. We will demonstrate the importance of understanding how marking schemes can work to the benefit of the student.

All of this will be achieved by students receiving exam-focused Biology notes which will contain all past exam questions and solutions at the end of each topic. Students will also get a booklet containing all experiment notes worth at least 15% and a booklet containing all definitions worth at least 20% of the Biology exam paper. These notes always help students gain confidence as they condense the syllabus by focusing on material that is essential to achieve that high grade.

About the 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 Biology Syllabus. As an examination corrector in Biology, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

Business keyboard_arrow_down

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all Leaving Cert Business units in thorough detail in the weekly grinds. He will focus on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert Business exam along with the questions that can prove to be difficult for students. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme and also by dissecting questions so students can write exactly what Leaving Cert examiners want to see in the allocated amount of time.

In each weekly grind, students will get exam-focused notes covering all units on the Leaving Cert syllabus. Two of the weekly Business grinds in the year will be set aside for the ABQ which is a compulsory question worth 20%. Within these Leaving Cert Business grinds, students will complete a similar ABQ question that will be graded. This will ensure each student has the confidence to tackle the ABQ question.

Ronan Murdock - Business Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: 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 is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

Chemistry keyboard_arrow_down

During the academic year, we will cover all core topics in the Leaving Certificate Chemistry course in detail in the weekly grinds. Exam technique will be a focus of the classes to fully prepare students for the Leaving Cert Chemistry exam. Past exam questions will be dissected in class as each topic is covered to demonstrate how to answer them to an H1 standard. Much time will be devoted to the parts of the course most commonly seen on the exam and the parts that students find challenging such as Organic Chemistry, Volumetric Analysis and Stoichiometry.

In the weekly grinds, students will be given exam-focused notes covering all the core topics on the Leaving Cert Chemistry syllabus. The all-important mandatory experiments that are found in section A of the exam will be covered in detail in the weekly classes and will appear throughout the notes.

Lynn Anderson Chemistry Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the Leaving Cert Chemistry syllabus. Her experience working as an examiner for the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students.

Economics keyboard_arrow_down

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all aspects of the Leaving Cert Economics course in his weekly grinds. He focuses on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert along with the more challenging questions that can prove to be difficult for students. Each student is given a microeconomics book and a macroeconomics book. These books will break down the Leaving Cert Economics marking scheme and they will include up to date information on current economic trends. There is no extra charge for these books.

As time management can be a big challenge in Economics, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme. This enables students to write exactly what examiners are looking for within the allocated time.

A booklet is also given to each student covering the short questions from the previous ten years. As a lot of these questions reappear these questions are covered in great detail in class.

Ronan Murdock - Economics Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: 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

Our Leaving Cert English teachers will cover all aspects of the syllabus that students need to be aware of to achieve to their full potential. The skills and knowledge required for Paper 1 are taught in a way that minimizes anxiety for students. The vocabulary required to achieve the H1 grade is taught in a way that makes students comfortable users of language. As well as preparing students to answer the probable questions on the comprehension section, the composition (worth 25% of the entire grade) is extensively prepared for.

By providing notes on all the poets on the course all students are catered for however we focus on the poets that we expect to see on the paper during the grinds. Shakespeare is prepared for by focusing on question types and looking at what the syllabus and marking scheme requires of students. The comparative study is covered in depth with classes taught on all of the modes of comparison. Notes are provided on all the major texts and students will receive notes to differentiate their answers from other students on at least two of their three texts.

Gavin Cowzer Leaving Cert English Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: 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 Leaving Certificate English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact.

 

About the Teacher: Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy is the Principal at The Dublin Academy of Education. He has been an advisor to some of Ireland’s leading textbook publishers regarding the new Leaving Cert English Syllabus, and has worked for The State Examinations Commission. In recent Leaving Certificate results, 36% of Michael Ruaidhrí’s students achieved an A1. Nationwide, this figure was just 4%. This can be explained by his ability to teach English as a formula that every student can follow, eliminating the air of mystery, and sometimes confusion, around the subject and its marking scheme.

 

French keyboard_arrow_down

By the time you leave these Leaving Certificate French grinds, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a major emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes. Topics 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)

Katie dedicates significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert French Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • Free mock French oral examinations during the year, with one taking place before Christmas and one after. Students receive a feedback sheet.
  • The French oral exam worth 25% of the overall grade, therefore, preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year.

Katie Lenehan Leaving Cert French Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: 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.

Geography keyboard_arrow_down

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

Tracy Gannon Leaving Cert Geography Grinds TeacherAbout the teacher: 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

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 TeacherAbout the Teacher: 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.

History keyboard_arrow_down

Coursework: The Research Project
Documents Based Question:  Europe and the Wider World Topic 6:  The USA and the World
Europe and the Wider World Topic 3:  Democracy and Dictatorship in Europe 1920-1945
Ireland Topic 3:  Sovereignty and Partition: Ireland 1920-1945
Ireland Topic 5:  Politics and Society in Northern Ireland: 1945-1993

Further topics with notes and advice available:
Europe and the Wider World Topic 4:  Division and Realignment in Europe 1945-1990
Europe and the Wider World Topic 2:  Nation States and International Relations 1871-1920
Ireland Topic 2:  Movements for political and social reform 1870-1914
Ireland Topic 6:  Government, economy and society in the Republic of Ireland 1949-1993

John Kilroy Leaving Cert History Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: John has 25 years experience of teaching and management in secondary schools. He has been assistant examiner for the Leaving Certificate in both History and Classical studies, which gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is also the publisher author of the Leaving Cert exam strategy articles in education supplements in the national express. 

Home Economics keyboard_arrow_down

Crucial Leaving Cert Home Economics topics (Food studies, Special diets, Social Studies and the Elective) will be focused on, paying particular attention to compulsory Question 1.

Emphasis will be placed on current and topical subject content expected to appear on the Leaving Cert Home Economics paper in June 2020.

Exam structure, model answering techniques, layout and timing of the paper with a view to maximising grades will be fundamental to this subject.

Note: This is a 6th Year course which 5th Year students are welcome to attend.

Anna McAllister Leaving Cert Home Economics Grinds TeacherAbout the teacher: Anna McAllister is a dedicated and passionate teacher with over 30 years experience at both 2nd & 3rd level. With her vast experience, she brings an organised and structured approach to teaching, ensuring the very best Leaving Certificate preparation for her students. Extensive experience correcting the Leaving Certificate Home Economics exams provides her students with a technical and accurate approach to their preparation for answering Leaving Certificate questions.

Irish keyboard_arrow_down

Ronan will cover the entire Leaving Cert Irish course in detail throughout the year. As the Irish Oral Exam is worth 40% of the marks available, significant time is dedicated to preparing for this section. Throughout the year students have the option of attending three mock Irish oral exams. After the exam, each student is given a feedback sheet, which breaks down their overall grade and gives expert advice on how that grade can be improved.

Students will also get notes on the composition, focusing on the most likely Leaving Cert Irish essay titles for June 2020.  A lot of time is dedicated to topics that overlap in both the Oral exam and in the Composition such as social problems in Ireland, Politics, The Irish Education System & The Irish Language.

Each student will be given an Irish Paper 2 book covering

  • Reading comprehension
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Extra Literature (An Triail)

Note: For students who aren’t doing An Triail there will be an extra class in term 2 which will cover Gafa & A thig ná tit orm.

Ronan Murdock Leaving Cert Irish Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the author of several Irish textbooks, is an experienced Irish speaker and has taught at a Gaelscoil. He is a popular teacher amongst students because of his ability for instilling confidence in them due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

Maths keyboard_arrow_down

Our teachers will cover the key points in every topic on the Higher Level Leaving Cert Maths curriculum. These Leaving Cert maths grinds cover the entirety of both Maths Paper 1 and Maths Paper 2. Our grinds are designed to focus on the material that is most likely to appear on the Leaving Cert. Our teachers show students the type of question that they should be able to answer and how to maximise their score in answering these questions.

Students will work from specially designed, Leaving Cert Maths exam–focussed notes and sample questions, with fully worked solutions. Throughout the year, they will highlight questions they think are likely to make an appearance in June. This ensures that students are as prepared for each of their two Leaving Cert Maths papers as they can be.

Rob Browne Leaving Cert Maths Grinds TeacherAbout the teacher: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students’ interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn’t there. Robert has vast experience, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin.  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.

David Lewis Leaving Cert Maths Grind TeacherAbout the teacher: David Lewis
David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. He is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association. David specialises 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.

Maths (Fast Paced) keyboard_arrow_down

In the fast paced class more time is spent on more challenging questions and methods, and a little less time on the more basic procedures. However, the topics are covered at the same rate in all classes. In all classes, students are encouraged to ask questions when issues arise.

About the teacher: 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.

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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

About the Teacher: 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.

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The topics on the Leaving Cert Physics course are as follows:

  • Light and Sound
  • Electricity
  • Heat
  • Mechanics
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics (Options 1)

You do not have a high standard of Maths to succeed in Leaving Cert Physics. You need to be competent at manipulating formulae and using your calculator. As the course is quite long, students need to be very well prepared. Students need to know definitions, demonstration of experiments, proofs and real-life Physics applications. Kieran’s notes organise the physics course so all students need to do is carry out the work as set out in the notes.

Recently exam papers have tended to have questions with mixed topics meaning omitting parts of the course is risky. For example, last year’s paper included a question on nuclear physics where students had to carry out a heat calculation. With this in mind, it is essential that students try to cover most of the course. Leaving out major topics like Electricity is not an option.

Section A is an experimental section. Kieran provided students with a workbook allowing students to carry out a write-up of all the experiments.

All leaving cert questions relevant to a topic appear at the end of each set of notes. Full solutions to all questions in the notes are provided.

Kieran puts special emphasis on Modern Physics (electron and nucleus) and the Particle Physics option. There can be a great return in studying these topics as they often yield 50% of the Section B questions.

Kieran Mills Leaving Cert Physics Grinds TeacherAbout the Teacher: Kieran Mills has 25 years’ experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Sample Papers. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.

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These Leaving Cert Spanish grinds focus on scrutinising and analysing the exam to your advantage. Firstly, they 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. The following topics are covered in the grinds:

  • 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)

Katie will dedicate significant time to preparing for the Leaving Cert Spanish Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • Free mock oral examinations during the year, one taking place before Christmas and one after. Students will receive a feedback sheet afterwards.
  • Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year as it is worth 25% of the overall grade

Katie Lenehan Leaving Cert Spanish Grinds Teacher About the teacher: Katie Lenehan holds a degree in French and Spanish, and a Professional Masters in Education. Katie’s training as a teacher was based on the most up to date education models and methodologies. 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.

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