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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. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, Paul will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard, both in terms of showing students the common pitfalls to avoid, as well as getting the maximum marks from their time. He will focus revision later in the year on the questions most likely to be seen in the Leaving Cert Accounting exam along with the questions that can prove to be difficult for students. 

It is important to note that all sections of the course will be covered with the exception of 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.

Paul Conway 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.

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.

Paul Conway 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.

Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Students will receive exam focused notes covering all topics covered in fifth year. Students will begin practicing past Leaving Certificate questions from September each year. The following topics will be covered:

 

  • Suspense Accounts
  • Final Accounts of a Sole Trader
  • Final Accounts of a Company
  • Service Firms
  • Club Accounts
  • Budgeting
  • Interpretation of Accounts

About the teacher: 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.

Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, or “Ag Science”, looks at the science and technology of farming. The subject has grown in popularity in recent years as Agriculture has become one of the major growth sectors in our economy, providing many jobs.

Many students are now taking Ag Science up as an extra subject outside of school because:

  • There is excellent overlap for students already studying Biology and/or Geography
  • Continuous assessment of the practical elements of the course accounts for 25% of the overall mark
  • It is recognised as a Laboratory Science subject for almost all 3rd Level courses, including Nursing

The Dublin School of Grinds will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of the marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

Ross O'Connor has over eight years’ experience teaching Agricultural Science. He has also gained widespread international experience working as a Production Manager in both ‘Alltech’, one of the top ten animal nutrition companies in the world, and also the ‘Kerry Group’, a leader in global food ingredients and chilled foods supply.  Ross draws on these experiences, as well as those gained as a part-time farmer, to make classes relevant, up to date and meaningful.  He hosts field trips on his family farm in Co. Wicklow throughout the academic year which contribute to project work requirements.  Ross has also previously written for the Irish Farmers Journal Study Guide.  

Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (6th Year)

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, or “Ag Science”, looks at the science and technology of farming. The subject has grown in popularity in recent years as Agriculture has become one of the major growth sectors in our economy, providing many jobs.

Many students are now taking Ag Science up as an extra subject outside of school because:

  • There is excellent overlap for students already studying Biology and/or Geography
  • Continuous assessment of the practical elements of the course accounts for 25% of the overall mark
  • It is recognised as a Laboratory Science subject for almost all 3rd Level courses, including Nursing

The Dublin School of Grinds will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Students attending this course receive the following:

  • A weekly 90-minute class
  • Two mock exams
  • Two farm visits
  • All necessary laboratory practicals
  • An intensive, 5-day Easter Revision Course, taking place during the Easter holidays.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of the marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

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.

Classical Studies as an Extra Subject

Throughout the course of the year, students will gain insight into ancient Roman and Greek literature, art, architecture, philosophy and politics with a strong focus being put on key examinable aspects of each topic.

Students will receive detailed notes weekly. They will also be expected to regularly complete essay based on examinable topics. It will also be advised that students sit the Mock Examinations.

In addition, there will be a thorough revision of all course material in the final weeks of the academic year.

Topics:
Alexander The Great
Greek Drama
Roman Art and Architecture / Town Planning
The Epic (The Odyssey and The Aeneid)

 

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.

Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
Each DCG class will be divided to accommodate both the technical drawing and design aspects of the subject. Every week, topics from the graphics portion of the course will be broken down into easy to follow methods which students will put into practice through exam questions. Students will also be shown the best option questions to choose to maximise their time and marks in the Leaving Cert exam. Darran will lead students through the Student Assignment, outlining what is expected for in a H1 project from initial analysis to final presentation techniques.

About the Teacher: Darran Sheils is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.

Applied Maths

The paper is made up of 10 questions:

  1. Uniform accelerated motion
  2. Relative velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Newton’s Laws
  5. Collisions
  6. Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  7. Statics
  8. Moments of inertia
  9. Hydrostatics
  10. Differential equations

Kieran will teach 8 topics in this order: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions, Differential equations, Moments of inertia and Hydrostatics

Applied Maths is a difficult subject requiring students to have a good standard of Maths. Less than 2000 students sit this exam annually. Students who study this subject have an advantage when studying Science and Engineering in college. Applied Maths involves solving problems that can be quite complex.

Kieran will take you through the techniques to attack complex problems in the simplest way possible. He teaches you to get to the heart of a problem using the most efficient and effective methods. This is critically important as students have only two and half hours to complete the leaving cert paper.

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

Over the coming academic year in the weekly grinds, Wesley will cover the Leaving Cert Biology course in great depth. As many students view the Biology course as very long and challenging, Wesley’s notes help students manage the information much better and make revising and conquering the course more achievable.  Wesley will show students how to achieve a H1 standard through interpreting exam questions correctly and by identifying the keywords. He will demonstrate the importance of understanding how marking schemes can work to the benefit of the student.

All of this will be achieved by students receiving exam focused notes which will contain all past exam questions and solutions at the end of each topic. Students will also get a booklet containing all experiment notes worth at least 15% and a booklet containing all definitions worth at least 20% of exam paper. These notes always help students gain confidence as they condense the syllabus by focusing on material that is essential to achieve that high grade.

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.

English

These English grinds focus on building the techniques and build foundations for the following years Junior Certificate Examination.

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.

Supervised Study

Students availing of this programme will have the opportunity to study in a quiet, distraction-free environment that is focused on learning.

Applied Maths

The paper is made up of 10 questions:

  1. Uniform accelerated motion
  2. Relative velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Newton’s Laws
  5. Collisions
  6. Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  7. Statics
  8. Moments of inertia
  9. Hydrostatics
  10. Differential equations

Kieran will teach 5 topics in this order: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions

Applied Maths is a difficult subject requiring students to have a good standard of Maths. Less than 2000 students sit this exam annually. Students who study this subject have an advantage when studying Science and Engineering in college. Applied Maths involves solving problems that can be quite complex.

Kieran will take you through the techniques to attack complex problems in the simplest way possible. He teaches you to get to the heart of a problem using the most efficient and effective methods. This is critically important as students have only two and half hours to complete the leaving cert paper.

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 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 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.

Religious Education as an Extra Subject
The Religious Education syllabus offers students an opportunity to join the tradition of inquiry and critical thinking that has engaged philosophers and thinkers for millennia. From Aristotle and Aquinas to modern day issues of social justice and the intersection of faith and gender, the Religious Education course develops students into informed thinkers with strong analytical skills.

About the teacher: Morgan Fullam is the Religious Education teacher at the Dublin Academy Of Education. With a Masters Degree in Culture, Religion and Society in Modern Ireland and almost a decade of teaching experience, Morgan has developed an approach to the Religious Education syllabus that is comprehensive and engaging. Focusing on exam preparation, Morgan's teaching style and systematic method leaves students confident and ready to achieve strong results in their Leaving Certificate Exam.  

(5th Years Only) Agricultural Science as an extra subject

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

 

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.

Business

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all Leaving Cert Business units in thorough detail in the weekly grinds. He will focus on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert Business exam along with the questions that can prove to be difficult for students. As time management can be a big challenge in the state examinations, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme and also by dissecting questions so students can write exactly what Leaving Cert Business examiners want to see in the allocated amount of time.

In each weekly grind, students will get exam-focused notes covering all units on the Leaving Cert Business syllabus. Two of the weekly grinds in the year will be set aside for the ABQ which is a compulsory question worth 20%. Within these grinds students will complete a similar ABQ question that will be graded. This will ensure each student has the confidence to tackle the ABQ question.

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

During the academic year, Lynn will cover all core topics in the Leaving Certificate Chemistry course in detail in the weekly grinds. Exam technique will be a focus of the classes to fully prepare students for the Leaving Cert. Chemistry exam. Past exam questions will be dissected in class as each topic is covered to demonstrate how to answer them to an H1 standard. Much time will be devoted to the parts of the course most commonly seen on the exam and the parts that students find challenging such as Organic Chemistry, Volumetric Analysis and Stoichiometry.

In the weekly grinds, students will be given exam-focused notes covering all the core topics on the Leaving Cert Chemistry syllabus. The all-important mandatory experiments that are found in section A of the exam will be covered in detail in the weekly classes and will appear throughout the notes.

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.
 
 About the Teacher: Emer O’Reilly has experience in teaching Chemistry students of all abilities and her in-depth knowledge of the Chemistry syllabus instills confidence in her students at all levels. Her experience working as an examiner for the State Examinations Commission gives her an understanding of the exam system that is invaluable in the classroom. She is an active member of the Irish Science Teachers Association and the Irish Maths 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 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.

Economics

Over the course of the academic year, Ronan will cover all aspects of the Leaving Cert Economics course in his weekly grinds. He focuses on the questions more commonly seen in the Leaving Cert along with the more challenging questions that can prove to be difficult for students. Each student is given a microeconomics book and a macroeconomics book. These books will break down the Leaving Cert marking scheme and they will include up to date information on current economic trends. There is no extra charge for these books.

As time management can be a big challenge, Ronan will demonstrate how to cover questions to an H1 standard by using keywords outlined in the marking scheme. This enables students to write exactly what examiners are looking for within the allocated time.

A booklet is also given to each student covering the short questions from the previous ten years. As a lot of these questions reappear these questions are covered in great detail in class.

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

Michael Ruaidhri will cover all aspects of the syllabus that students need to be aware of to achieve to their full potential. The skills and knowledge required for Paper 1 are taught in a way that minimizes anxiety for students.  The vocabulary required to achieve the H1 grade is taught in a way that makes students comfortable users of language. As well as preparing students to answer the probable questions on the comprehension section, the composition (worth 25% of the entire grade) is extensively prepared for.

By providing notes on all the poets on the course all students are catered for however we focus on the poets that we expect to see on the paper during the grinds. Shakespeare is prepared for by focusing on question types and looking at what the syllabus and marking scheme requires of students. The comparative study is covered in depth with classes taught on all of the modes of comparison. Notes are provided on all the major texts and students will receive notes to differentiate their answers from other students on at least two of their three texts.

 

Michael Ruaidhri Deasy 6th Year English Grinds in DublinAbout 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{6a0c756c1737f4c8ed1de5e3da828d9971bd449c577ad2ce21974011d179d728} of Michael Ruaidhrí's students achieved an A1. Nationwide, this figure was just 4{6a0c756c1737f4c8ed1de5e3da828d9971bd449c577ad2ce21974011d179d728}. 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.

 
   

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.

 
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 these French grinds, 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. 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) 

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 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.      


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 for Primary School Teaching

This is a one year part-time course designed for students who wish to gain entry to Teacher Training College and require a H4 (60-69{6a0c756c1737f4c8ed1de5e3da828d9971bd449c577ad2ce21974011d179d728}) or above in Higher Level Irish in the Leaving Certificate.

Each mature student receives four mock orals and two mock exams.

Marking Scheme class: A separate two-hour class will be held for mature students in February. In this class a Leaving Certificate examiner will cover, in depth, the marking scheme and everything extra that they will need to achieve their grade in the exam.

Rónán Murdock proudly holds a 100{6a0c756c1737f4c8ed1de5e3da828d9971bd449c577ad2ce21974011d179d728} success rate. Since the course’s first year in 2013 every single student has obtained the Honour necessary to get into Teaching college. He is available for consultation before or after weekly grinds. Students thinking about joining are welcome to attend a free trial class at any time. To book your free trial, click here or call us in the office on 01 442 4442.

The following topics will be covered during the weekly grinds:

  • Oral Exam Preparation
  • Aiste
  • Diospoireacht
  • Sceal
  • Oraid
  • Grammar
  • Comprehensions
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht Breise
  • Cluastuiscint

Below you can see feedback from previous students:

“I attended your Higher Level Irish grinds for the Leaving Certificate last year. I am delighted to say I passed the exams and got a B2. Furthermore, I have been accepted into Hibernia College and I am pursuing my dream of becoming a primary school teacher. I would like to say a huge thank you for all your support, encouragement and advice throughout the course which has helped me achieve this goal. I am truly thankful to both you and your colleague for the extra time you both gave me throughout the year.”
Ailish McKenna 2015/16

“I got a B in Ordinary Level Irish in my Leaving Cert in 2008. So it’s safe to say when I started with Rónán in September last year I had very little confidence in my ability. After a few months of hard work and Rónán’s encouragement and support everything turned around. I’m now in Hibernia and I have Rónán to thank for that.”
Stephen Flood 2014/15

“Thank you so much for all of your support. I got a B2 and I couldn’t be happier.”
Simon Dunne 2013/14 

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. Rónán proudly holds a 100% success rate. Since the course’s first year in 2013 every single student has obtained the Honour necessary to get into Teaching college.

Irish

As we are all aware this will be the first group of students to sit the new Junior Cert Irish exam. During this academic year Séadhan will prepare students to understand all the revelant changes to the course. At the start of the year Séadhan will explain what is expected now from students in this exam. Students will focus in on written work at the start of the year. Aspects such as grammar, verbs, stories and letters and reading comprehensions will be taught to build both exam technique and students confidence.

 

After Christmas students will then focus on the other new elements of the course such as reading and analysing stories, poetry, prose and novels. In each class students will receive detailed notes and sample answers to ensure each student has the confidence to tackle these types of questions. Students who attend Séadhan’s Irish class will be at a massive advantage for the following year as they will be both comfortable and confident in all aspects of the new Irish Junior Cert 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.

English
In the weekly English Junior Certificate grinds, Gavin 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.
Gavin’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: 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.

Maths

The grind is focused on solidifying the common introductory course which is the bedrock of the junior certificate examination before extending this deeper into 2nd-year topics up to junior cert standard. This course design will allow students to progress linearly from any standard level that will give them the strongest possible foundation and mathematical confidence empowering them as they move into their all-important junior certificate examination year.

About the Teacher: David’s 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.

Irish

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.

Maths
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 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.  


 

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.

Science

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

 

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 the Science syllabus. As an examination corrector, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. He is the author of several sample examination papers.

Maths

The Mathematics Department of The Dublin School of Grinds has designed the 4th Year grinds to cover the foundations of the Higher Level syllabus. This course provides a comprehensive and solid basis for further study in the year ahead. Our tailored classes follow the objectives of the Project Maths Syllabus, where the understanding and development of skills are of equal importance. Our grinds give students a head-start before their classes get streamed in school.

About Project Maths: Project Maths involves the introduction of a revised syllabus for Mathematics. It involves changes to what students must learn, how they learn it and how they will be assessed. Our Maths Department is at the forefront in teaching the changes to the syllabus and have become renowned for their expertise in this area.

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.  


 

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.

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

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 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 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

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 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.

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.

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.

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) 

 

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.  

Geography

Geography is not about essays and waffle-like many students think. The chief examiner requires what are called SRPs (Significant Relevant Points). These are what dictate the marking scheme and are the key to unlocking this subject. 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
Over the course of the academic year, Genevieve will cover in great detail every section of the Leaving Cert German exam in the weekly grinds (from the oral exam right through to the written production). She will focus on key aspects of the oral exam (worth 25%) guiding students on how to answer with confidence exactly what and how much the German oral examiners want to hear in the exam. She will provide students with profitable pointers and vital strategies on how best to approach the reading and listening comprehensions and will demonstrate and equip students with essential vocabulary and grammar and writing skills required to reach an H1 standard.
In each weekly grind, students will receive detailed exam-focused notes covering all topics on the Leaving Cert German syllabus. Close examination of the marking schemes and a thorough analysis of the use of language and typical questions asked in the reading (worth 30%) and listening comprehensions (worth 20%), as well as the written production section, will enable students to confidently tackle difficult questions in these sections.

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

During the weekly grind classes, Kieran will cover an extensive range of topics across the Leaving Certificate History curriculum. The content and detail will suit students aiming for the higher H1 and H2 grades. The clear explanation of events and the focus on the course key personalities will also be appropriate for students who have found History difficult and time-consuming when they were in 5th Year. Kieran presents the course in an enjoyable fashion and this encourages students to approach and embrace History with a much more positive approach.

 

Kieran gives expert advice on exam management, essay writing technique and the exam marking scheme. He will also provide tips on how to address and manage the compulsory Documents Based Section of the exam paper. Kieran gears the topics towards the 2019 Leaving Certificate exam and instructs students how best to present an answer that details a wide knowledge of the course syllabus. Helpful and concise notes are provided; so too are sample answer essays that address a wide range of topics. Kieran is always prepared to take questions from students after class and advise them on any areas of concern they may have with their History programme.

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

Note: This is a 6th Year course which 5th Year students are welcome to attend.

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

Ronan will cover the entire course in detail throughout the year. As the Oral Exam is worth 40% of the marks available significant time is dedicated to preparing for this section. Throughout the year students have the option of attending three mock oral exams. After the exam each student is given a feedback sheet, which breaks down their overall grade and gives expert advice on how that grade can be improved.

Students will also get notes on the composition, focusing on the most likely essay titles for June 2019.  A lot of time is dedicated to topics that overlap in both the Oral exam and in the Composition such as social problems in Ireland, Politics, The Irish Education System & The Irish Language.

Each student will be given a Paper 2 book covering

  • Reading comprehension
  • Poetry
  • Prose
  • Extra Literature (An Triail)

Note: For students who aren’t doing An Triail there will be an extra class in term 2 which will cover Gafa & A thig ná tit orm.

 

 

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)

Over the course of one academic year, Rob and Justin will cover the key points in every topic on the Higher Level curriculum, both Paper I and Paper II. Their grinds will focus on material that is most likely to be examined. They don’t spend time in grinds classes wading through complex and abstract mathematical theory, instead choosing to put the students’ time to better use showing them the type of question they should be able to answer and how to maximise their score in answering these questions.

Students will work from specially designed, exam–focussed notes and sample questions, with fully worked solutions. Throughout the year, they will highlight questions he thinks are likely to make an appearance in June to help to ensure that students are as prepared for each of their two Maths papers as they can be.

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 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: Justin Howlett has been teaching Maths for more than a decade. With this wealth of experience and his further studies in Statistics Education, he is particularly adept at making the Project Maths syllabus accessible to his students. He uses an energetic and insightful approach to help students avoid common misconceptions and errors and is known for instilling confidence in students by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme.

Maths (H) Fast Paced

This is a course designed for students seeking a top grade in higher level Maths. Kieran will teach topics from the course that are perceived to be more difficult. This class assumes that students attending this class already have a good knowledge of the fundamentals. Certain topics like inferential statistics, integral calculus, financial maths and de Moivre’s theorem in complex numbers will be extensively treated.

Course outline

Paper 1 Topics
Section 1. Algebra (including number)
Section 2. Sequences and Series (including financial maths and proof by induction)
Section 3. Complex Numbers
Section 4. Calculus (Functions, differentiation, integration)
Paper 2 Topics
Section 5. Geometry and measurement
Section 6. Trigonometry
Section 7. Co-ordinate geometry
Section 8. Probability and Statistics

 

The notes provide full explanations and techniques of all areas of the course. The examples in the notes are carefully chosen to reflect every type of question. All leaving cert questions relevant to a section are included at the end of the notes including leaving cert style questions from sample papers. The solutions to every question in the notes are provided.

Calculator: Being able to master your calculator is one of the keys to success. Kieran uses the CASIO fx83GT model. The steps for using this calculator for every process on the course are outlined in the notes based on this model.

Kieran Mills Applied Maths Grinds in DublinAbout 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.

     

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. The following topics will be covered:

  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Geometry
  • The Line
  • The Circle
  • Trigonometry
  • Number
  • Financial Maths
  • Area & Volume
  • Arithmetic
  • Sequences & Series & Patterns
  • Algebra
  • Complex Numbers
  • Functions
  • Calculus
  • Differentiation

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.  


 

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.

Physics

The topics on the Physics course are as follows:

  • Light and Sound
  • Electricity
  • Heat
  • Mechanics
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics (Options 1)

You do not have a high standard of Maths to succeed in Physics. You need to be competent at manipulating formulae and using your calculator. The course is quite long so you need to be very well organised in knowing definitions, demonstration experiments, proofs and real-life Physics applications. Kieran’s notes organise you so all you need to do is carry out the work as set out in the notes.

Recently exam papers have tended to have questions with mixed topics meaning omitting parts of the course is risky. For example, last year’s paper included a question on nuclear physics where students had to carry out a heat calculation. Therefore, it is essential that students try to cover most of the course. Leaving out major topics like Electricity is not an option.

Section A is an experimental section. Kieran provided students with a workbook allowing students to carry out a write-up of all the experiments.

All leaving cert questions relevant to a topic appear at the end of each set of notes. Full solutions to all questions in the notes are provided.

Kieran puts special emphasis on Modern Physics (electron and nucleus) and the Particle Physics option. There can be a great return in studying these topics as they often yield 50% of the Section B questions.

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 grinds focus on scrutinising and analysing the exam to your advantage. Firstly, they 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. 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 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.      


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.

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Accounting
(Higher)
Thursdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Accounting
(Higher)
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Fridays
4:45pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Monday
5:15pm-6:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (6th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
7:30pm-9:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
5:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Classical Studies as an Extra Subject
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
5:00pm-8:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths
(Higher)
Monday
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Friday
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Biology
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Thursdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Supervised Study
1st - 6th Years
Friday-Sunday
4pm-9pm (Fri), 12:15pm-5pm (Sat) , 10am-4pm (Sun)
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths
(Higher)
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Biology
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Business
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Religious Education as an Extra Subject
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-7:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
(5th Years Only) Agricultural Science as an extra subject
(Higher)
Mondays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Business
(Higher)
Wednesdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Economics
(Higher)
Mondays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Economics
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
French
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish for Primary School Teaching
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Mondays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Mondays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Science
(Higher)
Saturdays
12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
French
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Geography
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
German
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H)
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Physics
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Geography
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
German
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
History
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Home Economics
(Higher)
Wednesdays
8:00pm-9:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H)
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
9:00am-10:15am
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
12:15pm-1:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) Fast Paced
(Higher)
Fridays
7:00pm-8:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (O)
(Ordinary)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Physics
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish
(Higher)
Wednesdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza