Summer Advice

Now that the academic year and summer exams are over, it is time for relaxation and time to recharge the batteries for tackling 6th Year next year. It is also a great opportunity to get ahead for next year by adopting a few simple steps. At the Academy we have asked our team of teachers to make suggestions for soon-to-be 6th Year students on how they can best prepare themselves for 6th Year. Please find below advice from our teachers as to what you might take on over the summer in support of the work that you have done this year. If you can avoid excessive months idleness you will arrive back to school, in the first week of September, brimming with confidence and enthusiasm. 

Do not feel compelled to complete all of the reading suggested. Remember that your strong subjects deserve your attention as well. Perhaps they will be central to your third level choices and beyond. Nurture your strengths. 


Yours sincerely,

Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy,
The Academy of Education



Chemistry, Lynn Anderson

  • The fifth years should read over all topics covered this year with particular focus on volumetric analysis.
  • It would be very beneficial if they collated a summary of key terms and definitions as they can account for 10% of the exam.
  • Choose some exam questions to practice and use the marking schemes to allow them to check their work.

Applied Maths, Kieran Mills

  • My advice to my students is to have a pen and paper and calculator to hand and to periodically solve problems in Physics and Applied Maths. It is by constant practice that student hone their mathematical skills. When working under exam pressure students need to get to a point where problems are solved efficiently and with speed.
  • Choose random Leaving Cert question from any of these topics and challenge yourself to solve it. Confidence is built through solving numerous questions. Learn to enjoy solving challenging questions. You will come back in September feeling extremely confident which reduces your stress levels. You will now be prepared for new challenges in sixth year.

Physics, Kieran Mills

  • Work your way through the problems at the end of each chapter once more and you will be fully prepared for sixth year.

Biology, David Lewis

The following list covers some recommended reading, watching and listening that will help with your overall knowledge around Biology.


1) Sapiens, A Brief History of Humankind – Yuval Noah Harari

2) Humanology – Luke O Neill (TCD Lecturer and Irish based easier to read version of the above)

3) A Short History of Nearly Everything – Bill Bryson


1) Futureproof (Irish Science Podcast from Newstalk)

2) Radiolab


1) Our Planet (Netflix)

2) One Strange Rock (Netflix)

If a student has filled out a subject report for themselves they each will know where they are in terms of their Biology level and in line with their report would be able to assess maybe what topics to dip into, if they need to improve on certain areas.


Business, Ronan Murdock

Some recommended reading for Business Studies would be:

  • Rich Dad, Poor Dad – financial management
  • The Tipping Point – Malcolm Gladwell


Economics, Rónán Murdock

Some recommended reading for Economics would be:

  • Freakonomics


Irish, Rónán Murdock


English, Gavin Cowzer

In relation to Paper 1, here is a list of a few books ranging from self-discipline and development, to creative to classics. Everybody should read the Hobbit once I feel, where as the picture of Dorian Grey might be good for the more mature. There are a few Ted Talks in there as well which should help with the idea of Audience and persuasion:

  • Outliers – Malcolm Gladwell
  • Mind Gym – Gary Mack
  • The Hobbit – J.R.R. Tolkien
  • The picture of Dorian Grey – Oscar Wilde
  • Ted Talks – How we found the giant squid
  • Ted Talks – Grit: the power of passion and perseverance
  • Ted Talks – All it takes is 10 Mindful Minutes.

In relation to Paper 2, here is a list of a few books I would recommend my students to read:

  • Shakespeare – Bill Bryson
  • The Great Gatsby – F Scott Fitzgerald
  • A Doll’s House – Ibsen
  • Brooklyn (Film)

It can be useful to read biographies or do some further reading on the poets on the course. You should also look out for online interviews and watch any available documentaries.

From all of us here at the Academy a huge well done on all your hard work this year and we wish you the very best of luck for next year!

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

Click here to book.