Séadhan de Poire
Séadhan is a popular teacher because he can stimulate students’ interest in the subject. He specialises in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme. His teaching style is focused on concisely covering the curriculum so that students have the tools to manage the likely exam questions successfully.
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.
"Really imressed with the quality of grinds and notes. Seadhan was very helpful and I have definitely improved in Irish as a result, thank you!"
- Attended Séadhan's Weekly Irish Grinds
What will be covered in these Leaving Cert Irish Grinds?
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 keywords from all the past exams. Students will also receive a list of topics that frequently appear 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 areas of paper 1. The essay and the debate will 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 Córas Oideachais
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 techniques 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 questions. Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam. Finally, Séadhan will look ahead to this year's exam and focus on probable 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 examination questions. Sample answers will be provided and explained so that students can master the marking structure of the exam.
An Litríocht bhreise (An Triail / A Thig ná thit orm)
This extra literacy question is mandatory on Paper 2, but students can choose between seven different studies. 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 the 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
Séimhiú & Urú
An Tuiseal Ginideach
An t-ainm briathartha
An Scrúdú Béil
The Irish oral will be the focus from Day 1 of the grinds. As a State Examiner, Séadhan is keenly aware of the demand this places on students. The oral class will focus on different areas students are expected to discuss. Students 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.
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