6th Year Weekly Grinds
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How can our 6th Year Weekly Grinds help you?
Our 6th Year Weekly Grinds will offer students more flexibility than ever before. Students can experience our live and interactive weekly grinds by attending classes either:…
- On-site: We offer on-site classroom-based weekly grinds in our Stillorgan location.
- Online via Live-stream: We also offer students the option of attending our weekly grinds via live-stream meaning they can participate from anywhere in Ireland.
Regardless of which option students select, they will be able to interact with our teachers and ask questions. These weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration and all classes are accompanied by our renowned Dublin Academy study notes. If students opt for Live-streamed weekly grinds, our study notes will be posted to their homes free of charge.
The foundation of our Leaving Cert 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.
For a full schedule of our Weekly Grinds, please see the FAQ tab.
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 our Leaving Cert Accounting Grinds?
Over the course of these Leaving Cert Accounting grinds, students will cover all topics of the Leaving Cert course. Initially, the focus will be on Final Accounts, a question that comes up every year and is worth 30%. The concepts and strategies of Final accounts will assist the students understanding of the following topics; Incomplete records, Tabular Statements, Published accounts, Club accounts and Service firm accounts. Interpretation of Accounts is a question that has come up every single year and is worth 25%. This topic will be covered in great detail early on in the year. The teacher with close to 20 years experience will focus on strategies for students to obtain the maximum amount of marks. There will be a big focus on time management and highlighting common mistakes made by students. In each Topic covered, students will get exam-focused notes outlining methods to aid understanding and help improve time management. These notes will also include numerous past exam questions and solutions. Revision on topics likely to appear on the exam according to past trends will cover the majority of the second half of the year. This will ensure that students feel well prepared for their Leaving Cert Accounting exam.
Meet your Accounting Teacher – Don Tierney: Don Tierney has 20 years of experience in teaching Leaving Cert Accounting. Prior to that, he spent two years working as an Accountant. He has a wide range of teaching experience in the subject. Confidence is instilled in his students as the students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. He shares with the student’s exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes and over the years a high percentage of his students go on to study Accounting at Third level.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Applied Maths Weekly Grinds?
The Leaving Cert Applied Maths paper is made up of 10 questions:
- Uniform accelerated motion
- Relative velocity
- Newton’s Laws
- Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
- Moments of inertia
- Differential equations
Kieran Mills 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.
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 6th Year Leaving Cert Biology Grinds?
Over the coming academic year in the weekly grinds, we will cover the Leaving Cert Biology course in great depth. Many students view the Leaving Cert Biology course as very long and challenging. Our Biology 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.
Meet your Biology Teacher – David Lewis: David Lewis’ ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. With more than 7 years of experience teaching at the highest level, he is fascinated with innovating new ways of creating effective, personalised exam strategies that are extraordinarily useful and proven to achieve results. 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 Biology and Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. David has also authored a Junior Certificate Science textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Business Grinds?
Over the course of the academic year, we 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, we 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 Business 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.
Meet your Business Teacher – Gavin Duffy: With 19 years of teaching experience in both Leaving Certificate Business and Economics, Gavin has become an expert in his subjects, releasing first his ‘Exam Solutions’ book and recently the leading Business textbook for the Leaving Cert ‘Down To Business’. Gavin has always been focused on how students can maximise marks. He brings a great passion to his classrooms for both subjects and combined with an in-depth knowledge of how to excel in the state exams, he provides the opportunity for his students to achieve their potential.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Chemistry Weekly Grinds?
During the academic year, we will cover all core topics in the Leaving Cert 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.
Meet your Chemistry Teacher – Dr. 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.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Economics Grinds?
Over the course of the academic year, we will cover all aspects of the Leaving Cert Economics course in his weekly grinds. We focus on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert. There is also a focus on 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. Our books also 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, we will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the Leaving Cert Economics 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.
Meet your Economics Teacher – Rob Quinlan: With a master’s degree in economics along with correcting the Leaving Cert at state level for the past 6 years, Rob instils passion, interest and competence in students to obtain results of which they are capable. A methodical approach in making the subject relevant to students by understanding the economic climate around them is merged with the tools to navigate through all possible questions as proficiently as possible in exams. Rob has also 5 years’ experience as an Irish oral examiner as well as teaching and tutoring in UCD and Irish summer courses.
Meet your Economics Teacher – Gavin Duffy: With 19 years of teaching experience in both Leaving Certificate Business and Economics, Gavin has become an expert in his subjects, releasing first his ‘Exam Solutions’ book and recently the leading Business textbook for the Leaving Cert ‘Down To Business’. Gavin has always been focused on how students can maximise marks. He brings a great passion to his classrooms for both subjects and combined with an in-depth knowledge of how to excel in the state exams, he provides the opportunity for his students to achieve their potential.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert English Grinds?
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 our English grinds 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. Leaving Cert English 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.
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 Leaving Cert 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.
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 Leaving Cert English is evident through classes that are enjoyable and rewarding.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert French Grinds?
By the time you leave these Leaving Cert 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 in our French Grinds:
- 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 and Amy dedicate 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.
Meet your French 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.
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 grade in their Leaving Cert French 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
- Option Unit – Geoecology
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, Amy 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 our Leaving Cert German grinds, 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 – 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.
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
Meet your History Teacher – John Kilroy: 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.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Irish Grinds?
- One of the core principals of Séadhan’s grind is his ability to help students work smarter not harder.
- Séadhan specializes in helping students overlap material so that it can be used in areas of the course thus maximizing valuable study time.
- Student’s will benefit from Séadhan’s in-depth knowledge of the Leaving Certificate course due to his work with The State Examinations Commission.
- Throughout the year students will have the option of attending 4 Irish orals. Two before Christmas and two after to help them gain confidence before the official exam in April.
- Each student will be provided with books with all the bespoke notes.
- Séadhan will cover the Irish aural by focusing on the student’s attention on past examination topics and vocabulary. Students will be given a list of key words from all the past exams. Students will also receive a list of topics that appear frequently in the exam.
- Séadhan will focus on past examination questions to boost confidence.
Aiste / Díospóireacht
- During the course of the year Séadhan will focus his attention on two arrears of paper 1. The essay and the debate will be both be prepared in the grinds. This will leave students with seven options on the paper 1 exam. Sample answers will be provided for each topic as well as study guides and tips. Grammar plays a huge role in the paper 1 marking scheme so this will be taught throughout each essay.
- Some of the typical topics that are covered in class are listed below. Not every essay will be required. Séadhan will instruct students as to where their attention and focus should be.
- An Ghaeilge
- An Córas Oideachais
- An Teicneolaíocht
- An tAthrú Aeráide
- Saol an Déagóra
- An Córas Sláinte
- Mná cáiliúla timpeall an domhain.
- Scéalta móra nuachta
- Fadhb mhór idirnáisiúnta.
- Séadhan will focus on the four different questions on paper 2. To begin with exam technique will be taught for the reading comprehensions. It is vital that students have the correct technique to succeed in this section of the exam.
- Past paper questions will be dissected in class to give accurate examples of how to achieve top marks.
- Prós ( Oisín i dTír na nÓg / Dís / Cáca Milis / Hurlamaboc / Gnáthrud)
- Séadhan will teach each piece of prose from scratch so that every student starts on the same level. During the class the short story will be explained in a summary before turning the attention of the class to past examinations question.
- Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam.
- Finally Séadhan will then look ahead to this years exam and focus on future possible questions.
- Filíocht (Géibheann / Colscaradh / Mo Ghrá-sa idir Lúibíní / An tEarrach thiar / An spailpín fánach)
- Séadhan will teach each poem from scratch so that every student starts on the same level. During the class the short poem will be explained in detail before turning the attention of the class to past examinations question.
- Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam.
- Finally Séadhan will then look ahead to this years exam and focus on future possible questions.
- An Litríocht bhreise (An Triail / A Thig ná thit orm)
- This extra literacy question is a mandatory question on paper 2 but students will have the option of choosing between seven different studied
- Séadhan will cover the two most popular options An Triail & A Thig ná thit orm.
- Sample answers will be provided for previous exam questions and focus will then turn to future possible exams after easter.
- Na Briathra Coitianta
- An Aimsir Chaite
- An Aimsir Láithreach
- An Aimsir Fháistineach
- An Modh Coinníollach
- Na Réamhfhocail
- Séimhiú & Urú
- An Tuiseal Ginideach
- An t-ainmfhocal
- An t-ainm briathartha
An Scrúdú Béil
- The Irish oral will be the focus from Day 1 of the grinds. As an state examiner Séadhan is keenly aware of the of the demand this places on students.
- The oral class will focus on different areas that students are expected to talk about.
- Student’s will also receive bespoke Sraith Pictiúr notes not available anywhere else.
- Students have the option to attend four mock Irish orals during the course of the year.
- Each student will be given a detailed feedback sheet to help them improve for their next exam.
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.
Meet your Irish Teacher – Rob Quinlan: With a master’s degree in economics along with correcting the Leaving Cert at state level for the past 6 years, Rob instils passion, interest and competence in students to obtain results of which they are capable. A methodical approach in making the subject relevant to students by understanding the economic climate around them is merged with the tools to navigate through all possible questions as proficiently as possible in exams. Rob has also 5 years’ experience as an Irish oral examiner as well as teaching and tutoring in UCD and Irish summer courses.
What will we cover in these Leaving Cert Maths Grinds for 6th Year students?
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. This is crucial to know so that students can attain the highest Leaving Cert points possible.
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. We have designed these Leaving Cert Grinds specifically for 6th Year Maths students.
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. 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.
Meet your Maths Teacher – David Lewis: David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. David Lewis has more than 7 years experience teaching at the highest level. He is fascinated with innovating new ways of creating effective, personalised exam strategies that are extraordinarily useful and proven to achieve results. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association. He specialises in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Biology and Leaving Cert Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. David has also authored a Junior Certificate Science textbook in 2020 “Less Stress more success”.
What will be covered in this Fast-Paced Maths Weekly Grind?
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.
Meet your 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 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 – Stephen Grimes: Stephen Grimes holds an Honours Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Physics, a Postgraduate Diploma in Education & Master of Education. He has over a decade of experience teaching Physics and Mathematics at the highest level, both with the Irish syllabus and the Cambridge A-Level syllabus while teaching abroad in Kuwait and Kenya. His vast experience of different curricula has given him the unique opportunity to have key insight into preparing students for a wide variety of questions that they may be challenged on. Stephen’s passion and teaching style instills confidence in his students while providing them with a deep and clear understanding of the syllabus.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Physics Grinds?
The topics on the Leaving Cert Physics course are as follows:
- Light and Sound
- 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.
Meet your Physics Teacher – Kieran Mills: Kieran Mills has 25 years’ experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Physics Sample Papers. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Spanish Grinds?
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:
- 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
Meet your Spanish Teacher – Katie Lenehan: 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 Leaving Cert Spanish exam. Katie has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert Spanish for RTÉ Radio.
What is the schedule for weekly grinds?chevron_right
Classes commence week beginning Monday 5th September 2022. Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:
Monday 31st October- classes resume Monday 7th November 2022
Monday 13th February – classes resume Monday 20th February 2023
Saturday 10th December 2022 – classes resume on Monday 9th January 2023
Monday 27th March - Monday 9th April 2023
Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 18th May 2023
Please note weekly grinds take place as normal on bank holidays
Can students ask questions in weekly grinds?chevron_right
Yes. Regardless of whether students are attending weekly grinds on-site or via live-stream they will be free to ask our teachers questions.
How long are the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Leaving Cert weekly grinds are 75 minutes in duration. Junior Cert weekly grinds are 60 minutes in duration.
Can I get recordings of the weekly grinds?chevron_right
Students attending our weekly grinds will have the option of adding our On-demand grinds videos to their chosen subject for just €270 (normally €695). The On-demand grinds contain over 40 hours of high-quality videos shot from our school studio covering the entire Leaving Cert curriculum in each subject. Please call our office to avail of this special offer.
What happens if schools are forced to close again, will my weekly grinds take place?chevron_right
Should schools be closed at any point during the year, resulting in students not being able to attend our school, our teachers will continue to teach via live-stream in place of on-site grinds, which will take place on the same day and time as students’ chosen weekly grinds. In this scenario, on-site students will be able to log in from home and continue on with their weekly grinds as normal, ensuring that no content is missed.
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 €25 will apply if a student decides to change their choice of subject during the year.
How do I access my live-streamed weekly grinds?chevron_right
You will access your live-streamed weekly grinds via our online learning management system, DASH (Dublin Academy School Hub). We will send you logins for this platform in advance of your live-streamed grind.
If I opt for live-streamed grinds, how do I get my study notes?chevron_right
Your study notes will be posted to your house free of charge in advance of your live-streamed grinds commencing. Please note, study notes will take up to 3 working days to arrive from the time of booking.
Can I try out the weekly grinds for free before signing up?chevron_right
Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our weekly grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.
If I sign up to weekly grinds later in the year, is the fee reduced?chevron_right
Yes, you only pay for the weekly grinds you attend. All fees are adjusted pro-rata to the date you sign up. We would recommend that students who are interested in grinds sign up early in the academic year to avoid missing important content being covered.
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