Weekly Grinds for 2nd Year Students

Classes commencing in September for the Academic Year 2020/21

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 2nd year grinds provide 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.

Students attending these weekly classes receive the following benefits:


**Sample a Class for FREE!**
Any of our 2nd year 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 these 2nd year grinds, 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: Classes commencing in September for the Academic Year 2020/21. Dates will be confirmed shortly.

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

Fees for the academic year 2020/21 will be available shortly. 

Please note:

  • Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.
  • 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.