At The Dublin Academy of Education we offer all 5th 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.

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

Holidays:
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

SUBJECTLEVELDAYTIMELOCATION
AccountingHThursdays4:30pm - 7:00pmStillorgan
Applied MathsHThursdays6:00pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
BiologyHWednesdays6:30pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
BiologyHThursdays6:30pm - 7:45pmKillester
BusinessHWednesdays5:00pm - 6:15pmStillorgan
BusinessHThursdays6:30pm - 7:45pmKillester
ChemistryHTuesdays5:30pm - 6:45pmStillorgan
ChemistryHWednesdays6:30pm - 7:45pmKillester
DCGHThursdays4:45pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
EconomicsHMondays5:00pm - 6:15pmStillorgan
EnglishHWednesdays8:00pm - 9:15pmKillester
EnglishHThursdays6:00pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
EnglishHSaturdays9:00am - 10:15amStillorgan
EnglishHSaturdays9:00am - 10:15amKillester
FrenchHWednesdays5:00pm - 6:15pmStillorgan
GermanHWednesdays6:30pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
IrishHMondays8:00pm - 9:15pmStillorgan
IrishHThursdays8:00pm - 9:15pmKillester
MathsHMondays6:30pm - 7:45pmStillorgan
MathsHWednesdays8:15pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
MathsHThursdays7:45pm - 9:00pmStillorgan
MathsHSaturdays10:30am - 11:45amKillester
MathsHSaturdays10:45am - 12:00pmStillorgan
MathsOTuesdays5:30pm - 6:45pmStillorgan
MathsOWednesdays6:30pm - 7:45pmKillester
MathsOSaturdays10:45am - 12:00pmStillorgan
PhysicsHTuesdays7:00pm - 8:15pmStillorgan
SpanishHTuesdays7:00pm - 8:15pmStillorgan
Accounting

Over the course of the academic year, we 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. This will be accompanied by coverage of the basic fundamentals of Accounting such as double entry rules, categories of accounts and technical definitions, which are essential for the completion of all topics. This is CRUCIAL for all students, especially for any student who has not completed the JC Business Studies course. 

Naomi Keenan: Accounting
Naomi Keenan’s experience of correcting Leaving Cert Higher Level Accounting with the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of the subject’s syllabus and marking scheme. Confidence is instilled in her students as her students receive constant guidance and encouragement on how to earn top marks in their exams. Naomi shares with her students both successful exam techniques and equally as important, the most frequent and highly avoidable mistakes.

Applied Maths

With the Applied Maths syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending these grinds, students will have an intimate knowledge of what to expect in the exam in June 2020, with a particular emphasis on the marking scheme and question appearance this year. You will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher. The following topics will be covered:

  • Uniform Accelerated Motion
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Projectiles
  • Collisions
  • Relative Velocity

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

As well as receiving a full set of notes, students attending these grinds will receive a specially tailored set of notes, called the Bankers Bible, which can be learned off by heart. This set of notes can be worth up to one quarter of the Biology exam. The following topics will be covered:

  • The Cell
  • Osmosis
  • Cell Division
  • Scientific Method
  • Flowering Plants
  • Germination
  • Photosynthesis
  • Water Transport
  • Food & Nutrition
  • Blood
  • Respiration
  • Excretion
  • Nervous System
  • Hormones & Reproduction
  • DNA & RNA
  • Genetics
  • Evolution
  • Ecology
  • Microbiology
  • Skeleton

About the teacher:

Alan holds a degree in Science, Diploma in Maths and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership. Alan teaches in a clear and concise manner with a constant emphasis on the leaving cert exam paper and its marking scheme. Alan is very experienced in education having worked in some of the most reputable schools in Dublin and also in New Zealand. He has played rugby for over a decade in the AIL and also rugby league for the Irish Wolfhounds in the 4 Nations.

Business

Students will be given a valuable insight into the marking scheme, focusing on how answers must be structured. This course is essential for 5th year students as it helps prevent them from developing any bad habits in answering questions. The following topics will be covered:

  • People in Business
  • Enterprise
  • Managing 1
  • Managing 2
  • Business in Action
  • Domestic Environment
  • International Environment

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

Topics in these Chemistry grinds are specifically chosen to ensure maximum preparation for the exam in June 2020. Past and possible Leaving Certificate questions will be provided, along with solutions. Strategies to maximise grades will be given, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:

  • Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table and Trends in the Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Anion Analysis
  • The Gas Laws
  • Oxidation & Reduction
  • Stoichiometry
  • Volumetric Analysis – Acid & Base / Redox
  • Acids & Bases
  • Rates of Reactions
  • Mandatory experiments will be covered within the above topics as they arise.

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.

Economics

Students will get exam focused notes covering all the main topics. This course will provide students with the essential foundations of these important topics, which links into many other sections of the syllabus. The following topics will be covered:

  • Production & Consumption
  • Supply & Demand
  • Price & Output
  • Factor Incomes
  • National Income and its Fluctuations
  • Money & Banking
  • The Government in the Economy
  • Inflation
  • International Trade & Payments
  • Economics of Population
  • Economic Growth & Development
  • Economic Policies, Problems & Conflict

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

These English grinds focus on building the techniques that the examiner expects you to be able to both use and analyse. You will be confident that you have our formula with which to navigate the probable exam questions.

These grinds focus on firstly building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. As our teachers have said over the years: It is a myth that English can’t be trained for. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Essay Writing
  • Questions A & B
  • The Single Text
  • Selection of poems from all 8 poets
  • The Unseen Poem
  • A wide selection of Comparative Texts

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 in 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.

French

By the time you leave these grinds you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a heavy 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) 
German

These Grinds will help 5th year German students achieve the best possible result in their Leaving Cert exam. We provide you with a host of past and potential exam questions along with the solutions. There will be emphasis put on your plan leading up the the exam and a focus placed on the following topics:

  • Fundamental knowledge of grammar put into practice in the writing techniques needed for the examination.
  • Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
  • Oral Exam Preparation topic by topic 
  • 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

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.

Irish

This course will cover all aspects of paper 1 & 2. Students will receive notes on the composition, focusing on likely essay titles that could appear in Paper 1. Exam-focused notes on all parts of Paper 2 will be provided, covering the most likely questions, which could appear in June. Finally, students will be given a plan for both papers in the exam. It will focus on simple shortcuts to get a higher grade and also how to avoid the common mistakes that are made on exam day.

 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.

Maths (H)

This programme has been designed to mirror as closely as possible the content that the majority of schools cover during 5th Year, including algebra, indices and logarithms, trigonometry, complex numbers, sequences and series, functions and basic calculus. Rob’s emphasis in 5th Year is on building confidence, working from basic skills right through to sample exam questions, laying solid foundations for students to build on in 6th Year.

Students will work from specially designed notes and sample questions covering all of the key points and types of question in each topic. By showing them how Maths is examined and marked at Higher Level, Rob aims to show students that you don’t have to be brilliant at Maths to achieve great results on the Leaving Cert papers.

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 is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths syllabus. 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: David Lewis
David’s ability to relate to students has resulted in him becoming a popular teacher at The Academy. His teaching methods are unique and are tailored to the Maths Syllabus. David is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association and is specialised in providing students with a clear, fundamental understanding of the syllabus. As an examination corrector in Maths, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

Physics

In these grinds, we will break down Physics to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the Physics course is no more advanced than Junior Cert standard Maths and the learning of definitions and experiments. The following topics will be covered:

  • Light and Sound (Waves)
  • Electricity (including Electromagnetism)
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics (Option)
  • Heat
  • Mechanics
Spanish

These Spanish grinds focus on manipulating the exam to your advantage. Firstly, these grinds 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 and be given notes on key topics. 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

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