About these Free Courses

This August, we are holding Free 2-Hour Preparation Courses in both Stillorgan and Killester. Students can avail of 6 hours of tuition by attending up to three courses – valued at €96 – completely free of charge.

Students who attend these courses will receive:

  • Our renowned H1 study notes.
  • 2 hours of free tuition per course with Ireland’s leading teachers.
  • Advice on how to master the critically important marking scheme.

Why are the courses free?

These courses are provided to offer students an insight into the unrivalled exam preparation delivered at The Dublin Academy of Education.

One aspect that the free courses focus on is improving students’ knowledge of the critically important marking scheme and its implementation in each subject. This knowledge is a game changer for students, as the marking scheme acts like the “rules” for the exam, giving students a major advantage over their counterparts.


Course Dates

Courses begin on Monday 19th August and run until Friday 30th August. See timetable tab for full details of dates and times.

South Dublin Grinds: Stillorgan classes take place in Stillorgan Plaza, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

North Dublin Grinds: Killester classes take place in St. Mary’s Holy Faith School, Killester, Co. Dublin.

SUBJECTLEVELDATETIMELOCATION
Applied MathsHWednesday 28th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
BiologyHWednesday 21st August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
BiologyHWednesday 28th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
BusinessHWednesday 21st August2:15pm - 4:15pmStillorgan
ChemistryHThursday 22nd August9:30am - 11:30amKillester
ChemistryHMonday 26th August5:15pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
ChemistryHFriday 30th August5:15pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
EconomicsHWednesday 21st August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
EnglishHWednesday 21st August9:30am - 11:30amStillorgan
EnglishHThursday 22nd August12:00pm - 2:00pmKillester
EnglishHFriday 23rd August9:30am - 11:30amStillorgan
EnglishHTuesday 27th August5:15pm - 7:15pmKillester
EnglishHWednesday 28th August5:15pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
FrenchHFriday 23rd August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
IrishHThursday 22nd August9:30am - 11:30amKillester
IrishHFriday 23rd August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
IrishHTuesday 27th August7:30pm - 9:30pmKillester
IrishHWednesday 28th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
MathsHMonday 19th August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
MathsHWednesday 21st August12:00pm - 2:00pmStillorgan
MathsHMonday 26th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
MathsHTuesday 27th August5:15pm - 7:15pmKillester
MathsHWednesday 28th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
MathsHThursday 29th August5:15pm - 7:15pmKillester
PhysicsHMonday 26th August7:30pm - 9:30pmStillorgan
SpanishHMonday 26th August5:15pm - 7:15pmStillorgan
Applied Maths

With the Applied Maths Syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending this course, 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. Students will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher.

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.

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.

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 this course 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.

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.

Economics

Students will get exam focused notes covering Supply, Demand and Elasticity. This course will provide students with the essential foundations of these important topics, which links into many other sections of the syllabus.

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

The English courses 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.

This course focuses on firstly building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. It is a myth that English can’t be trained for.

Gavin CowzerAbout 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.

French

By the time you leave this course, you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions that will help students build towards the following years Leaving Certificate exam. 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.

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.

Irish

Students will get notes on the composition covering the most common questions. The course will cover simple shortcuts to help students raise their grade along with guidance on how to avoid the common mistakes made. Students will also be given guidance on what areas to prioritise in 5th Year along with a breakdown of the marks allocated for each section.

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. Séadhan 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

The Dublin Academy of Education’ Mathematics Department has designed the 5th Year Course to cover the key topics of this large syllabus, as recommended by the Department of Education and Skills. It provides a comprehensive and solid basis for the further progression of grades in 6th Year. Our tailored course follows the objectives of the Project Maths Syllabus where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance. This course gives students a head start before heading towards Leaving Certificate 2019 by studying topics from Algebra and Trigonometry, providing the foundation material for further study..

Rob Browne, Head Maths Teacher and The Dublin Academy of EducationAbout 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.

Spanish

This course focuses on preparing students for the French Leaving Certificate exam next year. Firstly, this course focuses 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 all topics.

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.

Course Fees:


  • FREE

About these Free Courses

This August, we are holding Free 2-Hour Preparation Courses. Students can avail of 6 hours of tuition by attending up to three courses – valued at €96 – completely free of charge.

Students who attend these courses will receive:

  • Our renowned H1 study notes.
  • 2 hours of free tuition per course with Ireland’s leading teachers.
  • Advice on how to master the critically important marking scheme.

Why are the courses free?

These courses are provided to offer students an insight into the unrivalled exam preparation delivered at The Dublin Academy of Education.

One aspect that the free courses focus on is improving students’ knowledge of the critically important marking scheme and its implementation in each subject. This knowledge is a game changer for students, as the marking scheme acts like the “rules” for the exam, giving students a major advantage over their counterparts.


Course Dates

Courses begin on Monday 19th August and run until Friday 30th August. See timetable tab for full details of dates and times.

South Dublin Grinds: Stillorgan classes take place in Stillorgan Plaza, Lower Kilmacud Road, Stillorgan, Co. Dublin.

North Dublin Grinds: Killester classes take place in St. Mary’s Holy Faith School, Killester, Co. Dublin.

Applied Maths (H)

Wednesday 28th August

Stillorgan

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Biology (H)

Wednesday 21st August

Wednesday 28th August

Stillorgan

12:00pm – 2:00pm

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Business (H)

Wednesday 21st August

Stillorgan

2:15pm – 4:15pm

Chemistry (H)

Monday 26th August

Friday 30th August

Stillorgan

5:15pm – 7:15pm

5:15pm – 7:15pm

Economics (H)

Wednesday 21st August

Stillorgan

12:00pm – 2:00pm

English (H)

Wednesday 21st August

Friday 23rd August

Wednesday 28th August

 

English (H)

Thursday 22nd August

Tuesday 27th August

Stillorgan

9:30am – 11:30am

9:30am – 11:30am

5:15pm – 7:15pm

 

Killester

12:00pm – 2:00pm

5:15pm – 7:15pm

French (H)

Friday 23rd August

Stillorgan Plaza

12:00pm – 2:00pm

Irish (H)

Friday 23rd August

Wednesday 28th August

 

Irish (H)

Thursday 22nd August

Tuesday 27th August

Stillorgan Plaza

12:00pm – 2:00pm

7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

Killester

9:30am – 11:30am

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Maths (H)

Monday 19th August

Wednesday 21st August

Monday 26th August

Wednesday 28th August

 

Maths (H)

Tuesday 27th August

Thursday 29th August

Stillorgan

12:00pm – 2:00pm

12:00pm – 2:00pm

7:30pm – 9:30pm

7:30pm – 9:30pm

 

Killester

5:15pm – 7:15pm

5:15pm – 7:15pm

Physics (H)

Monday 26th August

Stillorgan

7:30pm – 9:30pm

Spanish (H)

Monday 26th August

Stillorgan

5:15pm – 7:15pm

Accounting

This course gives students an insight into what they can expect in June 2018. The course will expose students to the two Financial Accounting sections on the exam paper, in addition to the important Management Accounting section. A key element will be to focus on the previous exam questions and also on how to pick up easy marks. Each student will also receive a full set of notes, which will be essential to improving exam grades.

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.

Agriculture Science

The key focus of this course will be to examine the topics highly probable to appear in June 2018, such as Soils, Genetics, Animal and Crop production, experiments and scientific explanations. This course will also provide an extensive insight into effective answering technique in order to maximise your marks and improve your grades.

About the teacher: Iain Wallace has spent 15 years teaching Agricultural Science. In this time he has built up considerable experience in the subject working as a local facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers and editing study notes for the Irish Farmers Journal weekly study guides. He utilises this experience to enable his students to master the course content, key answering skills and techniques needed in order to maximise grades.

Applied Maths

With the Applied Maths Syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending this course, students will have an intimate knowledge of what to expect in the exam in June 2018, with a particular emphasis on the marking scheme and question appearance. Students will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher.

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

Students attending this grind will receive a 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. Students will also benefit greatly from a set of notes called, How to beat the Examiner, which outlines how to benefit from a deep understanding of the marking scheme.

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

Students will be given an essential insight into the marking scheme, focusing on points they must make and details on how answers must be structured.

About the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the Head of the Business Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. 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 this grind are specifically chosen to ensure maximum choice in June 2018. 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.

About the Teacher: Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the Biology 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

The Classical Studies course will provide an overview of the key knowledge areas setting a strong foundation for the course. Comprehensive revision notes, advice on approaching the exam paper and concise sample answers to typical questions will be included.
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

Students will receive a comprehensive introduction to the Economics syllabus. Exam-focused notes and expert teaching will ensure students have a firm grasp of the marking scheme and what is needed to fully exploit it.

About the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the Head Economics teacher at The Dublin School of Grinds. 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

This English course focuses 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 successfully manage the probable exam questions.

This course focuses 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.”

About the Teacher: Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy is the Head English teacher at The Dublin School of Grinds. 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 this course, 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.

About the Teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. 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.

Geography

By the end of this course, 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.

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

The German exam is notorious for students running out of time. This course will provide students with a strategy on how they can effectively answer certain sections, such as the heavily weighted reading comprehension section, in a time efficient manner. This will allow students more time, which they can apply to the written letter/essay section, where marks can be easily picked up.

About the Teacher: Genevieve Farrell is the head German teacher at the Dublin School of Grinds. 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

The History course prioritises essential key content and the most important personalities from course topics. Exam strategy that promotes time-management and awareness of the marking scheme will be addressed. Also, good essay writing technique will be explained with sample essays to demonstrate how higher grades can be achieved. A concise set of notes will be provided for each student and a glossary of key terms will supplement each Case Study.

About the teacher: With over 16 years of teaching experience, Kieran Roche brings his extensive experience as a History expert to The Dublin School of Grinds. 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

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

The course will cover simple shortcuts to help students raise their grade, along with guidance on how to avoid the common mistakes made in the exam. The marking scheme and how to fully exploit it will be emphasised.

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)

This course is noteworthy because of its exam-focused nature, with a huge emphasis on taking advantage of the marking scheme. Students receive a set of notes called the Bankers Bible, which includes all the items that can be learned off by heart. This set alone is worth 5% of the exam.

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.

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.

About the Teacher: Having worked for the State Examination Commission, Carl brings his reputation as an authority on the Maths Syllabus to The Dublin School of Grinds. 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.

Physics

In this course, Physics will be broken down to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the Physics course is no more advanced than Junior Cert standard Maths and that the learning of definitions and experiments go a long way to ensuring a top grade in the exam.
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

This course focuses on scrutinising and analysing the exam to your advantage. Firstly, it focuses 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.

About the Teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. 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.

Course Fees:


  • FREE