The Dublin Academy of Education (formerly The Dublin School of Grinds) 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.

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.

Grinds commence the week of Monday 3rd September 2018. If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Holidays:
Classes commence on Monday 3rd September 2018. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Sunday 21st October- classes resume Monday 5th November 2018
Sunday 17th February – classes resume Monday 25th February 2019

Christmas Holidays:
Sunday 16th December 2018 – classes resume on Monday 14th January 2019

Easter Holidays:
Sunday 14th April- Monday 29th April 2019

Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 19th May 2019

SUBJECT LEVEL DAY TIME LOCATION
English (Higher) Tuesdays
Saturdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Irish (Higher) Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (Higher) Mondays
Thursdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
9:00am-10:15am
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Science (Higher) Saturdays 12:15pm-1:30pm Stillorgan Plaza
English

In the weekly English Junior Certificate grinds, Gavin will comprehensively cover all aspects of the syllabus to ensure that students are well equipped to manage the new two-hour examination paper. This focused course covers the essential elements of the English curriculum from creating writing, functional tasks, poetry, drama and fiction.
Gavin’s unique style of teaching breaks the English subject down by providing systematic tools for students to approach the paper. Using the exam-focused notes student will receive at each weekly grind, this course will help students understand how to effectively prepare for the exam, providing a formulaic approach to dissecting questions in order to maximise their result. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, particularly with the new Junior Certificate English paper, the course will also cover how to identify keywords, outlined in the marking scheme, so that students are confident in addressing all aspects of this paper.
As continuous based assessment is now also a feature of how students are evaluated for English, this course will also practical tips on how students should approach these assignments throughout the year to achieve their best result.

About 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 English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact.

About the Teacher: Ciarán Hartigan has been teaching English to the highest level for over 10 years and brings an organised and methodical approach to his teaching.  Holding a Masters in Drama and Theatre Studies, he provides original insights into works of literature and couples this with practical advice on structuring responses and arguments.  Drawing on years of experience as a Leaving Certificate examiner with the State Exams Commission, he provides students with dependable techniques and strategies for success.

Irish

Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover all aspects of the Higher Level Junior cert exam with his students. Séadhan will focus on the verbs at the start of the year in the weekly grinds to ensure students have the correct foundation to go on and achieve the best possible results. Students will become very familiar with the more difficult big mark questions such as “An Litir”, “Na Léamhthuiscintí” and “An Scéal”.

Séadhan will cover 5 different poems and 5 different stories to ensure students have a wide variety of content to choose from for the exam in June.

Students will be given a new set of notes every five weeks which will include poetry, stories, letters, prose and of course previous exam questions. Séadhan will use his experience and in-depth knowledge of the course to ensure all students are very comfortable with the exam layout and the content needed to succeed. Towards the end of the year Séadhan will discuss exam strategies, time management and helpful tips and exam shortcuts each student has confidence going into this exam.

 About the teacher: Séadhan Perry 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

The 3rd Year Maths course is designed to ensure that all students maximise their potential. The focus of each class during the year is the exam and how students can excel in that exam. Classes are as interactive as possible and only areas that are examinable are covered.
The students will be given a comprehensive set of notes based on each strand on the syllabus. These notes will also contain a huge number of potential exam questions and the solutions to these questions. These can be used as a stand-alone study tool that will reinforce the students learning from the weekly classes.

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.

About the Teacher: David Lewis' ability to relate to students, engaging with them in ways that put students at ease, results in his students gaining a greater understanding of Project Maths. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Project Maths Syllabus, meaning he is a specialised Project Maths teacher. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus.

Science

These Science grinds will ensure students get the most marks possible in a tricky, no-choice exam. Students will study questions from topics throughout the course, and will go home confident in the material covered. The following topics will be covered:

  • Cells, Microscopes,
  • Atomic Structure, The Periodic Table
  • Measurement, Density, Energy
  • States Of Matter
  • Elements, Compounds, Mixtures
  • Solutions & Crystals
  • Breathing & Respiration
  • Circulatory System
  • Excretion
  • Skeleton
  • Magnetism
  • Motion
  • Food, Digestion, Enzymes
  • Forces, Moments, Levers, Centre Of Gravity
  • Heat & Heat Transfer
  • Human Reproduction & Genetics
  • Plant Structure & Transport, Photosynthesis, Tropisms
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Acids & Bases
  • Energy, Power, Work
  • Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
  • Water, Water Hardness
  • Ecology Principles & Habitat Study
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Sensory System
  • Electricity
  • Electronics
  • Metals, Non-Metals, Plastics
  • Light, Sound

 

About the Teacher: David Lewis' ability to relate to students, engaging with them in ways that put students at ease, results in his students gaining a greater understanding of the Science syllabus. As an examination corrector, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. He is the author of several sample examination papers.

Gavin Cowzer - English Teacher at The Academy

Lisa Fitzpatrick - Head of Languages at The Academy

Rob Browne - Head of Maths at The Academy

Ronan Murdock - Head Irish Teacher at The Academy

Wesley Hammond - Biology Teacher at The Academy

Ronan Murdock - Head Economics Teacher at The Academy

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

 

There are two payment options available for Weekly Grinds:

 

First Payment Option: In Full

Price Total Savings
1st Subject €789.00 €789.00               –
2nd Subject €394.50 €1,183.50 €394.50
3rd Subject  €394.50 €1,578 €789.00
4th Subject €394.50 €1,972.50 €1,183.50
5th Subject €394.50 €2,367.00 €1,578.00


Second Payment Option: Two Instalments

On Booking 4th February Total Savings
1 Subject €542.00 €362.00 €904.00
2 Subject €814.00 €542.00 €1,356.00 €452.00
3 Subject €1085.00 €723.00 €1,808.00 €1,356.00
4 Subject €1356.00 €904.00 €2,260.00 €1,808.00
5 Subject €1627.00 €1085.00 €2,712.00 €2,260.00