At The Dublin Academy of Education (formerly The Dublin School of Grinds) we offer all 6th Year students the chance to try our subjects for free before committing to a full year of grinds. At these free trials, students can experience first hand the quality of our teachers and their notes.

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.

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
Accounting (Higher) Thursdays 8:15pm-9:30pm Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths (Higher) Monday
Friday
5:00pm-6:15pm
5:30pm-6:45pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Biology (Higher) Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Wednesdays
Saturdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
5:00pm-6:15pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
9:00am-10:15am
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Business (Higher) Wednesdays
Thursdays
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
5:30pm-6:45pm
12:15pm-1:30pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry (Higher) Mondays
Tuesdays
Thursday
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
7:15pm-8:30pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
9:00am-10:15am
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Classical Studies (Higher) Tuesdays 5:00pm-7:00pm Stillorgan Plaza
Economics (Higher) Mondays
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
9:00am-10:15am
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
English (Higher) Mondays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Saturdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
5:30pm-6:45pm
5:00pm-6:15pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
9:00am-10:15am
12:15pm-1:30pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
French (Higher) Mondays
Wednesdays
Saturdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
9:00am-10:15am
12:15pm-1:30pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Geography (Higher) Wednesdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
German (Higher) Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
History (Higher) Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:30pm Stillorgan Plaza
Home Economics (Higher) Wednesdays 8:00pm-9:15pm Stillorgan Plaza
Irish (Higher) Mondays
Wednesdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) (Higher) Mondays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Wednesdays
Thursdays
Saturdays
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
5:30pm-6:45pm
5:00pm-6:15pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
9:00am-10:15am
12:15pm-1:30pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) Fast Paced (Higher) Fridays 7:00pm-8:15pm Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (O) (Higher) Mondays
Thursdays
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Physics (Higher) Mondays
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish (Higher) Wednesdays
Saturdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Accounting

Over the course of the academic year, Paul will cover Leaving Cert Accounting topics in thorough detail in the weekly grinds, outlining step by step guides for the students which will help them to complete each topic as easily as possible. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, Paul will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard, both in terms of showing students the common pitfalls to avoid, as well as getting the maximum marks from their time. He will focus revision later in the year on the questions most likely to be seen in the Leaving Cert Accounting exam along with the questions that can prove to be difficult for students.

It is important to note that all sections of the course will be covered with the exception of Question 1 (Company Final Accounts). This topic requires such in-depth work and is thus not suitable for weekly grinds as it would require a huge chunk of the year be taken up with its completion. Remember, this is an optional question and full marks can be obtained without it.

About the teacher: Paul Conway is one of the leading Accounting teachers in Ireland and is highly experienced in guiding students to exam success. His unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. He is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks and is known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in the subject.

Applied Maths

The 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: 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. 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 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

Over the coming academic year in the weekly grinds, Wesley will cover the Leaving Cert Biology course in great depth. As many students view the Biology course as very long and challenging, Wesley’s notes help students manage the information much better and make revising and conquering the course more achievable.  Wesley will show students how to achieve a H1 standard through interpreting exam questions correctly and by identifying the keywords. He 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 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 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: Wesley Hammond has established himself as the leading Biology teacher in Ireland. His unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. As an examination corrector, Wesley is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

Business

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 Business 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 grinds in the year will be set aside for the ABQ which is a compulsory question worth 20%. Within these 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.

About 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

During the academic year, Lynn 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.

About the Teacher:  Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the 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. Lynn is a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Irish Science Teachers' Association.

Classical Studies

Throughout the course of the year, students will gain insight into ancient Roman and Greek literature, art, architecture, philosophy and politics with a strong focus being put on key examinable aspects of each topic.

Students will receive detailed notes weekly. They will also be expected to regularly complete essay based on examinable topics.

In addition, there will be a thorough revision of all course material in the final weeks of the academic year.

Topics:
Alexander The Great
Greek Drama
Roman Art and Architecture / Town Planning
The Epic (The Odyssey and The Aeneid)

About the teacher: Gavin Cowzer’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 and instils the confidence they need to excel in the exam.

 

Economics

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 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, 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.

About 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

ENGLISH

Our 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.
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 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.

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.

French

By the time you leave these 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. The following topics will be 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)

Significant time is dedicated to preparing for the Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

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

About the Teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin Academy of Education. She has written several Leaving Certificate textbooks, and is a member of the French Teachers' Association of Ireland. Lisa has given teaching workshops to teachers nationwide.

 About 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

Geography is not about essays and waffle-like many students think. The chief examiner requires 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 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. The following topics will be covered:

  • 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

About the Teacher: Wesley Hammond's unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. As an examination corrector, Wesley is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

German

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 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.

About 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" text book. Her unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.

History

During the weekly grind classes, Kieran will cover an extensive range of topics across the Leaving Certificate History curriculum. The content and detail will suit students aiming for the higher H1 and H2 grades. The clear explanation of events and the focus on the course key personalities will also be appropriate for students who have found History difficult and time-consuming when they were in 5th Year. Kieran presents the course in an enjoyable fashion and this encourages students to approach and embrace History with a much more positive approach.

Kieran gives expert advice on exam management, essay writing technique and the exam marking scheme. He will also provide tips on how to address and manage the compulsory Documents Based Section of the exam paper. Kieran gears the topics towards the 2019 Leaving Certificate exam and instructs students how best to present an answer that details a wide knowledge of the course syllabus. Helpful and concise notes are provided; so too are sample answer essays that address a wide range of topics. Kieran is always prepared to take questions from students after class and advise them on any areas of concern they may have with their History programme.

About the teacher: With over 16 years of teaching experience, Kieran Roche brings his extensive experience as a History expert to The Dublin Academy of Education. Kieran has worked for the State Examination Commission as both a corrector and an examiner, giving him a unique insight into the State Exams. As well as his work for the State Examination Commission, Kieran has been published in, and regularly contributes to, History Ireland Magazine. 48% of Kieran’s students achieved an A1 grade in a recent Leaving Certificate Examination. Nationwide, just 7% of students received an A1.

Home Economics

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

The crucial topics (food studies, social studies and resource management) will be focused on, paying particular attention to the compulsory Question 1. Emphasis will be placed on current and topical subject content expected to appear on the paper in June 2019. Exam structure, model answering techniques, layout and timing of the paper and improving exam grades will be fundamental to the course.

About the teacher: Margaret Kinsella is an experienced teacher who is co-author of “Living Today” a Leaving Certificate Home Economics book, workbook and online module. She is also a consultant editor of the Junior Cycle Book “Zest for Life”. She has corrected at both Junior and Leaving Certificate level. She has been interviewed on national and local radio and has been quoted numerously on most national papers in relation to exam strategies.

Irish

Ronan will cover the entire course in detail throughout the year. As the 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 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 essay titles for June 2019.  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 a 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.

About 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 (H)

Over the course of one academic year our teachers will cover the key points in every topic on the Higher Level curriculum, both Paper I and Paper II. Their grinds will focus on material that is most likely to be examined. They don’t spend time in grinds classes wading through complex and abstract mathematical theory, instead choosing to put the students’ time to better use showing them the type of question they should be able to answer and how to maximise their score in answering these questions.

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

About the teacher: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students' interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn't there. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin. His experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. 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.

About the teacher: Justin Howlett has been teaching Maths for more than a decade. With this wealth of experience and his further studies in Statistics Education, he is particularly adept at making the Project Maths syllabus accessible to his students. He uses an energetic and insightful approach to help students avoid common misconceptions and errors and is known for instilling confidence in students by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme.

Maths (H) Fast Paced

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.

Maths (O)

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.

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.

Physics

The topics on the 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 Physics. You need to be competent at manipulating formulae and using your calculator. The course is quite long so you need to be very well organised in knowing definitions, demonstration experiments, proofs and real-life Physics applications. Kieran’s notes organise you so all you 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. Therefore, 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.

About the Teacher: Kieran Mills has 25 years' experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Sample Papers. He is also the co-author of the Physics Experiment Book, which is given free of charge to all Physics students at The Dublin School of Grinds. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.

Spanish

These 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 will be covered:

  • 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)

Significant time is dedicated to preparing for the Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

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

About the Teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin Academy of Education. She has written several Leaving Certificate textbooks and is a member of the Spanish Teachers' Association of Ireland. Lisa has given teaching workshops to teachers nationwide.

 About 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.

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

  • Free.