The Dublin Academy of Education (formerly The Dublin School of Grinds) provides weekly 5th Year grinds in a wide range of subjects. Grinds are 75 minutes in duration and are held in a class-based environment. Our grinds give students a head-start before the move to the Leaving Certificate in 6th Year.

Weekly grinds also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.

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.

There are other subjects designed for 6th Year students, which 5th Years can attend. These are as follows: German, Geography and History.

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 supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Sunday 28th 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 / Supervised Study:
Sunday 19th May 2019

SUBJECT LEVEL DAY TIME LOCATION
Accounting (Higher) Thursdays 6:30pm-7:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths (Higher) Thursdays 6:30pm-7:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Biology (Higher) Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Business (Higher) Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:15pm Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry (Higher) Tuesdays 5:30pm-6:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Economics (Higher) Mondays 5:00pm-6:15pm Stillorgan Plaza
English (Higher) Tuesdays
Thursdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
6:30pm-7:45pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
French (Higher) Wednesdays 5:00pm-6:15pm Stillorgan Plaza
Geography (Higher) Mondays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
German (Higher) Wednesdays 6:30pm-7:45pm Stillorgan Plaza
Irish (Higher) Mondays 8:15pm-9:30pm Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) (Higher) Mondays
Tuesdays
Wednesdays
Saturdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
7:15pm-8:30pm
8:15pm-9:30pm
10:45am-12:00pm
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Stillorgan Plaza
Physics (Higher) Tuesdays 7:15pm-8:30pm Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish (Higher) Mondays 8:15pm-9:30pm 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. 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. 

It is important to note that we will not be covering 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

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 2019, 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. You 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. 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: 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 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. Lynn is a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Irish Science Teachers' Association.

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) 

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.

Geography

These Geography grinds are for 5th Year and 6th Year students. 5th Year students are welcome to attend the class for free trial. These grinds cover the subject in full. Students can also meet the teacher after class if they have any queries about the course. If students are interested in taking up a new subject, it is strongly recommended they do so at the start of the academic year in 5th Year.

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

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

Séadhan 5th year Irish class has become very popular with students due to his knowledge of the course and style of teaching. Séadhan is an Oral Irish examiner for the State Examinations and his insight into the Irish Oral Exam (worth 40%) will be crucial for students to gain confidence and achieve in this part of the course. Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover in detail Sraith Picitúr 9 – 20 and also all of the spoken topics in the exam. He will ensure students get all the tricks, tips and shortcuts to succeed that only an examiner could know.

The aim of this course from the written section will be to cover eight of the ten poems and stories to ensure students will have the the majority of the course finished from the weekly grinds and be at a huge advantage for the September of 6th year. Aswell as this Séadhan will also do four Leaving Cert Essays with students and will also set aside time for previous exam questions. Students will get exam focused notes designed to give students confidence in the subject.

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 (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.

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

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 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

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.

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 €515.00 €515.00               –
2nd Subject €257.50 €772.00 €257.50
3rd Subject  €257.50 €1,029.00 €515.00
4th Subject €257.50 €1,287.00 €1,029.00
5th Subject €257.50 €1,543.00 €1,287.00


Second Payment Option: Two Instalments

On Booking 4th February Total Savings
1 Subject €354.00 €236.00 €590.00
2 Subject €530.00 €354.00 €884.00 €295.00
3 Subject €707.00 €472.00 €1,179.00 €590.00
4 Subject €884.00 €590.00 €1,474.00 €1,179.00
5 Subject €1061.00 €707.00 €1768.00 €1474.00

The Dublin Academy of Education (formerly The Dublin School of Grinds) provides weekly 5th Year grinds in a wide range of subjects. Grinds are 75 minutes in duration and are held in a class-based environment. Our grinds give students a head-start before the move to the Leaving Certificate in 6th Year.

Weekly grinds also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.

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.

There are other subjects designed for 6th Year students, which 5th Years can attend. These are as follows: German, Geography and History.

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 supervised study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Sunday 28th 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 / Supervised Study:
Sunday 19th May 2019

Accounting (H)

Thursdays

Stillorgan Plaza

6:30pm – 7:45pm

Applied Maths (H)

Thursdays

Stillorgan Plaza

6:30pm – 7:45pm

Biology (H)

Tuesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

5:30pm – 6:45pm

Business (H)

Wednesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

5:00pm – 6:15pm

Chemistry (H)

Tuesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

5:30pm – 6:45pm

Economics (H)

Mondays

Stillorgan Plaza

5:00pm – 6:15pm

English (H)

Tuesdays

Thursdays

Stillorgan Plaza

7:15pm – 8:30pm

6:30pm – 7:45pm

French (H)

Wednesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

5:00pm – 6:15pm

Geography (H)

Mondays

Saturdays

Stillorgan Plaza

6:30pm – 7:45pm

10:45am – 12:00pm

German (H)

Wednesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

6:30pm – 7:45pm

Irish (H)

Mondays

Stillorgan Plaza

8:15pm – 9:30pm

Maths (H)

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Saturdays

Stillorgan Plaza

6:30pm-7:45pm

7:15pm-8:30pm

8:15pm-9:30pm

10:45am-12:00pm

Physics (H)

Tuesdays

Stillorgan Plaza

7:15pm – 8:30pm

Spanish (H)

Mondays

Stillorgan Plaza

8:15pm – 9:30pm

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. 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. 

It is important to note that we will not be covering 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

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 2019, 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. You 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. 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: 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 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. Lynn is a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Irish Science Teachers' Association.

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) 

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.

Geography

These Geography grinds are for 5th Year and 6th Year students. 5th Year students are welcome to attend the class for free trial. These grinds cover the subject in full. Students can also meet the teacher after class if they have any queries about the course. If students are interested in taking up a new subject, it is strongly recommended they do so at the start of the academic year in 5th Year.

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

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

Séadhan 5th year Irish class has become very popular with students due to his knowledge of the course and style of teaching. Séadhan is an Oral Irish examiner for the State Examinations and his insight into the Irish Oral Exam (worth 40%) will be crucial for students to gain confidence and achieve in this part of the course. Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover in detail Sraith Picitúr 9 – 20 and also all of the spoken topics in the exam. He will ensure students get all the tricks, tips and shortcuts to succeed that only an examiner could know.

The aim of this course from the written section will be to cover eight of the ten poems and stories to ensure students will have the the majority of the course finished from the weekly grinds and be at a huge advantage for the September of 6th year. Aswell as this Séadhan will also do four Leaving Cert Essays with students and will also set aside time for previous exam questions. Students will get exam focused notes designed to give students confidence in the subject.

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 (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.

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

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 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

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.

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 €515.00 €515.00               –
2nd Subject €257.50 €772.00 €257.50
3rd Subject  €257.50 €1,029.00 €515.00
4th Subject €257.50 €1,287.00 €1,029.00
5th Subject €257.50 €1,543.00 €1,287.00


Second Payment Option: Two Instalments

On Booking 4th February Total Savings
1 Subject €354.00 €236.00 €590.00
2 Subject €530.00 €354.00 €884.00 €295.00
3 Subject €707.00 €472.00 €1,179.00 €590.00
4 Subject €884.00 €590.00 €1,474.00 €1,179.00
5 Subject €1061.00 €707.00 €1768.00 €1474.00