Weekly Grind

6th Year

Our Leaving Cert English grinds will help you improve your grade by teaching you how to effectively approach and answer English exam questions. A common mistake in English is to focus solely on Paper 2 and neglect the 50% of your mark that comes from Paper 1. Our teachers will ensure you don't fall into this trap.
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How these English Grinds will help you:

You will get notes on all poetry on the course with a specific focus in the grinds on the poets that we expect to see on the exam in June
We will cover the Shakespeare play in depth, concentrating on question types and explaining how the marking scheme works
We will teach you the skills and knowledge required to effectively tackle the all-important Paper 1 exam

When can you attend our English Grinds?

Day Time Location
Tuesdays 7:00pm - 8:15pm On-Site & Live-Stream
Wednesdays 5:00pm - 6:15pm On-Site & Live-Stream
Wednesdays 8:00pm - 9:15pm On-Site & Live-Stream
Saturdays 10:30am - 11:45am On-Site
Saturdays 12:00pm - 1:15pm On-Site & Live-Stream

Weekly Grinds Fees


Subject Price Total Savings
1st Subject €335 €335 €0.00
2nd Subject €234 €569 €101
3rd Subject €170 €739 €266
4th Subject €170 €909 €431
5th Subject €170 €1,079 €596
6th Subject €170 €1,249 €761
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Meet your English Grinds Teachers

Gavin Cowzer

Gavin Cowzer is considered to be one of the leading English teachers in Ireland. Having a strong passion for the subjects, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s style of teaching covers the syllabus in a clear and concise way, giving students the tools they need to successfully manage the likely exam questions. He has experience correcting exams, which gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. Over the years, Gavin has developed a strict method to doing well in the English exam, which consistently helps his students reach great results. He has also been an expert contributor on Leaving Cert English for RTÉ Radio.

JP Sweetman

JP Sweetman has 15 years experience teaching English at the highest level. He also works as an Examiner for the State Exams Commission (SEC) specialising in Leaving Certificate English. His continued work with the SEC means he can provide the most relevant notes and guidance to students on current exam trends, exam management, tips and preparation. JP has written and published work with The Educational Company of Ireland. His passion for English is evident through classes that are enjoyable and rewarding.

Hear from our English Students

“Gavin was the best teacher I've ever had, it was a really enjoyable year of grinds that definitely helped me achieve a higher grade than I would have received had I not signed up to the grinds.”


- Attended Gavin's English Grinds

“Gavin took the content from the texts we were learning and put it in conversational and understandable form which was great for learning English, I got a H1 in English and I know myself this would not have been close to possible without my Saturday grinds with Gav.”


- Attended Gavin's English Grinds

More Information on our English Grinds


Our Leaving Cert English teachers will cover all aspects of the syllabus that you need to be aware of to achieve your full potential.


The skills and knowledge required for Paper 1 are explained in our English grinds in a way that minimizes anxiety surrounding the subject. The vocabulary required to achieve the H1 grade is taught in a way that makes you a comfortable user of language. As well as preparing you to answer the probable questions in 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, in the grinds, we focus on the poets that we expect to see on the paper. Shakespeare is prepared for by concentrating on question types and looking at what the syllabus and marking scheme requires of you.


The comparative study is covered in depth with classes taught on all of the modes of comparison. Leaving Cert English Notes are also provided on all the primary texts, and you will receive notes on how to differentiate your answers from other students.

Where can you attend these grinds?

You 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 you the option of attending our weekly grinds via live-stream meaning you can participate from anywhere in Ireland.


Regardless of which option you select, you 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 you opt for Live-streamed weekly grinds, our study notes will be posted to your home 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 your exam performance.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the schedule for weekly grinds?

Start Date:
Classes commence week beginning Monday 4th September 2023.


Please note, classes will NOT be held on the following dates:


Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 30th October- classes resume Monday 6th November 2023
Monday 12th February – classes resume Monday 19th February 2024

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 11th December 2023 – classes resume on Monday 8th January 2024

Easter Holidays:
Monday 25th March - Sunday 7th April

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Saturday 18th May 2024

Please note weekly grinds take place as normal on bank holidays

Can students ask questions in weekly grinds?

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?

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?

We do not offer recordings of our on-site or live-stream weekly grinds. Students attending our weekly grinds will have the option of adding our On-demand grinds videos to their chosen subject for just €125 (normally €525). 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.

Can I change my choice of subject for my weekly grind during the year?

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?

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?

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?

Yes, all students can attend a free trial of our weekly grinds to ensure they are happy with the service.

Do Weekly Grinds take place on bank holiday Mondays?

Yes, weekly grinds take place as scheduled on bank holidays and public holidays throughout the year.

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