At The Dublin Academy of Education we offer all 3rd 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.

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.

If you have any queries, feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Classes commence on Monday 2nd September 2019. Please note, classes and supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 28th October- classes resume Monday 4th November 2019
Monday 17th February – classes resume Monday 24th February 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 16th December 2019 – classes resume on Monday 13th January 2020

Easter Holidays:
Monday 6th April- Monday 20th April 2020

Final Classes / Supervised Study:
Sunday 17th May 2020

EnglishHTuesdays5:30pm - 6:45pmStillorgan
EnglishHWednesdays5:00pm - 6:15pmStillorgan
EnglishHSaturdays12:00pm - 1:15pmKillester
IrishHMondays6:30pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
IrishHSaturdays10:30am - 11:45amKillester
MathsHTuesdays7:00pm - 8:15pmStillorgan
MathsHWednesdays5:00pm - 6:15pmKillester
MathsHWednesdays6:30pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
MathsHSaturdays9:00am - 10:15amKillester
MathsHSaturdays9:00am - 10:15amStillorgan
ScienceHWednesdays5:00pm - 6:15pmStillorgan
ScienceHThursdays5:10pm - 6:25pmKillester
ScienceHSaturdays12:15pm - 1:30pmStillorgan

In the weekly English Junior Certificate grinds, Ciaran 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.
Ciaran'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: 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.


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. He has worked with the state examinations commission correcting exam papers and last year was an Oral examiner for the leaving certificate. He has also taught in the Gaeltacht in Coláiste Ciarán and Coláise Ó Direáin.


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.


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

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