Weekly Grinds for 2nd Year Students

It is unknown how long the current social distancing measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 will be in effect for. For this reason we have been working hard to put systems in place to ensure that students can continue to receive tuition, safely from the comfort of their home.

Our teachers are currently creating and uploading class content and resources to Moodle in order to help you to keep up with your studies.

We have already recorded hundreds of hours of tuition which we will make available to you in the coming days. Where possible we will also arrange live streaming of classes. You will be notified of these classes in advance.

This Wednesday, 25th March,  you will receive an email from us with your unique login details and links to access your course content. As the classes roll out, your Moodle space will fill with online tuition, podcasts, and presentations. Any classes or tuition missed will be made up in due course.

Once again, we would like to thank you for bearing with us as we implement this plan for you. We would like to reassure you, that as a valued member of our school community, we are committed to supporting you during this unprecedented time of upheaval.  We will get through this together.

If you have any queries in the meantime please contact us, at info@instituteofeducation.ie and we will look after you, as quickly as possible.

For over 50 years, The Institute of Education has been trusted by students and their parents to deliver the highest quality, most effective exam-focused tuition in Ireland. Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, our renowned Weekly Grinds provide 2nd year students with consistent, expert tuition throughout the year, ensuring they never fall behind in class and have the confidence and knowledge to succeed at Junior Cycle level.

It is unknown how long the current social distancing measures to counteract the spread of COVID-19 will be in effect for. We remain committed to supporting students, particularly through these unprecedented times. For this reason we have been working hard to put systems in place to ensure that students can continue to receive tuition, safely from the comfort of their home. We will be providing our students with access to online tutorials, resources and notes. For further information please contact info@instituteofeducation.ie


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Students attending these weekly classes receive the following benefits:

  • Tuition from highly qualified and experienced educators.
  • Comprehensive, exam focused course notes, which support classroom tuition.
  • Strategies for maximising exam performance.


**Sample a Class for FREE!**
Any of our weekly grinds can be sampled free of charge throughout the year. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 to book your place.


To learn more about what will be covered in each course, please select from the subject list below:


Science (C)

This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Junior Cycle Science exam.

Topics from:

  • Nature of Science:
    Lab Safety & apparatus.
    Reliability, accuracy, precision, fairness & ethics.
    Experimental design.
    Analysis of data to identify patterns and relationships, identify anomalous observations, draw and justify conclusions
    The role of science in society.
    Science and the media.
  • Earth & Space:
    Water & Carbon cycles.
    How earth processes and human factors influence the Earth’s climate.
    Celestial bodies.
    Modeling the Earth, Moon and Sun.
    Comparing the Earth with other planets and moons in the solar system.
    Space and the big bang theory.
    Space exploration.
  • Physical World:
    Measurements & units.
    Area, Volume & Density.
    Distance, Speed & Time.
    Energy conservation.
    Electricity & static electricity.
    Ethical and sustainability issues.
  • Chemical World:
    Periodic table.
    Elements, Compounds & Mixtures.
    States of Matter.
    Separating solutions.
    Metals & non-metals.
    Atomic structure.
    Prediction of the ratio of atoms in compounds of two elements.
    Solubilities, conductivity, melting points &  boiling points.
    Investigation of the effect of a number of variables on the rate of chemical reactions including the production of common gases and biochemical reactions.
    Chemical reactions in terms of energy.
    Humans contribution to sustainability.
  • Biological World:
    The cell & microscope.
    Breathing system.
    Circulatory system & blood.
    Digestive system.
    Ecology & habitat study.
    Pollution & conservation.
    Food & human health.
    Photosynthesis & Respiration.
    Sexual reproduction & Genetics.
    Plants & asexual reproduction.
    Ecological biodiversity and global food production.


Maths (H)

This course provides an opportunity for students to consolidate prior learning and maximise their potential for exam success in Junior Cycle Higher Level Maths.

  • September – October Mid-Term
    Number Theory.
    Rational Numbers.
    Financial Maths.
  • November – Christmas
    Ratios, Rates and Proportions.
    Financial Maths.
    The Coordinate Plane.
    The Line.
  • January – February Mid-Term
  • February – Easter
  • Easter – Summer


Irish (H)

Course content will be available shortly.


English (H)

This course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle English course. Classes prioritise the three strands of learning outcomes on the new English Junior Cycle syllabus: Oral Language, Reading and Writing

  • Class Based Assessments (CBA1 & CBA2)
    Oratory skills, research, preparation, writing speeches, debates and presentations (CBA1).
    Reflection and personal writing (CBA2).
  • Portfolio
    Writing and how students can improve in this area.
    Syntax, vocabulary, grammar, tone, register & structure.
  • Examination preparation
    Time management.
    Structuring answers.
    General exam tips.

Course Dates: Monday 2 September 2019  – Saturday 17 May 2020*

*Students may join at any stage throughout the year, subject to vacancies.

9am-10amMaths (H)
10.15am-11.15amEnglish (H)
11.30am-12.30pmIrish (H)
12.45pm-1.45pmScience (C)

Classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mon 28 Oct - Sun 3 Nov 2019Mid-Term Break
Mon 16 Dec 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020Christmas
Mon 17 Feb - Sun 23 Feb 2020Mid-Term Break
Wed 11 March - Tues 17 March 2020St. Patrick's Day
Mon 6 April - Sun 19 April 2020Easter
Sun 17 May 2020Final Classes / Study

Please note:

  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.
  • All classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Fees for our Weekly Grinds reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Commencement Date: Saturday 21 March 2020

1 subject €190
2 subjects €290
3 subjects €360
4 subjects €415

Please note:

  • Card payments accepted
  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable

Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?

A:It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. If you have misplaced or have not received your card please come into our reception and we will issue you with a replacement or temporary card.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from the weekly classes that took place before I joined.

A: No, you are only entitled to the notes from the time you join the classes.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?

A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this.

Q: If I am doing weekly classes, can I change my choice of subject or class-time during the year?

A: Yes, but an administration charge of €20 will apply.

Q: Can I sample a class to see if I like it?

A: Yes, any of our weekly classes can be sampled for one week. The fee per subject is €30.

Q: How much is the fee per class?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken.

Q: How many weeks of tuition are there in the weekly classes course?

A: There are 29 weeks of tuition.

Q: If I start weekly grinds later in the year, will this be reflected in the fees I pay?

A: Yes, fees are calculated on a pro rata basis.

Q: Is attendance at weekly classes and part-time courses monitored?

A: Yes, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to report to class or who fail to sign the attendance sheet.

Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly classes or part-time courses?

A: Yes, there are breaks at mid-term, Christmas and Easter. Full details are on our website.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?

A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: How many students will be in the class? What is a typical class size?

A: Class sizes vary depending on the demand for each subject. Class numbers can increase as the year progresses, however this does not have a negative impact on the excellent standard of our teaching.

Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our teachers are very approachable and students are free to ask questions.

Q: For weekly classes, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?

A: No, in the weekly classes each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May. Students can catch up with what they might have missed by participating in the Christmas, mid-term and Easter courses.

Q: If I want to join weekly classes during the year, can you tell me what remains to be covered on the course and what the student has missed?

A: No. Teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year. However, students can do a sample class and enquire from the teacher.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend. Can I have a refund?

A: No, there are no refunds. However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course. Can we buy the notes?

A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Teachers For This Course

Aidan Roantree

Aidan is our senior Maths teacher at the Institute, where he has been teaching Maths and Applied Maths for over 30 years. As the author of 14 books, including the most recent Effective Maths Books 1 & 2, he is acquainted with every detail of the new Maths course. Aidan has also appeared on radio programmes to give advice to students prior to exams. He is regularly called upon by branches of the Irish Mathematics Teachers Association to give talks to teachers on aspects of the Maths courses. He is one of the authors of the 2015 Exam Times supplement, published by the Irish Times.