2nd Year Grinds: JUNIOR CYCLE & JUNIOR CERT 2021

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

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

For almost 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for the State exams. These 2nd year grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, provide 2nd year 2019/2020 students with consistent, expert tuition throughout the year, ensuring they never fall behind in class and have the confidence and knowledge to succeed at second level.

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2nd Year Grinds


Science (H)

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

All topics in each of the five sections of the syllabus are covered in detail: (i) Nature of science (ii) Earth & Space (iii) Physical world (iv) Chemical Word and (v) Biological World.

The focus is on exam technique, with constant exam question practice an integral part of every class. This ensures the students gain experience and confidence to tackle the examination. Students will receive clear and concise notes with sample solutions to examination questions and notes which will include other revision material.

There is an emphasis on contemporary science and inquiry science in line with the new format of the Junior cycle. Scientific skills involving graphing, scientific method and designing experiments also feature.

Nature of Science:

  • Lab Safety and apparatus.
  • Reliability, accuracy, precision, fairness and ethics.
  • Experimental design.
  • Critically analysis of data to identify patterns and relationships, identify anomalous observations, draw and justify conclusions
  • The role of science in society; and its personal, social and global importance; and how society influences scientific research.
  • Evaluation of media-based arguments concerning science and technology

Earth & Space:

  • Water & Carbon cycles.
  • How earth processes and human factors influence the Earth’s climate, evaluate effects of climate change and initiatives that attempt to address those effects.
  • Celestial bodies.
  • Modeling the Earth, Moon and Sun.
  • Interpret data to compare the Earth with other planets and moons in the solar system, with respect to properties including mass, gravity, size, and composition.
  • Space and the big bang theory.
  • Current hazards and benefits of space exploration and discuss the future role and implications of space exploration in society.

Physical World:

  • Measurements and units.
  • Area, Volume and Density.
  • Distance, Speed & Time.
  • Energy conservation and analysis of processes in terms of energy changes and dissipation.
  • Electricity & static electricity.
  • Ethical and sustainability issues that arise from our generation and consumption of electricity.

Chemical World:

  • Periodic table.
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures.
  • States of Matter.
  • Separating solutions.
  • Metals and non-metals.
  • Atomic structure.
  • Prediction of the ratio of atoms in compounds of two elements.
  • Solubilities, conductivity, melting points and 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, using the terms exothermic, endothermic and activation energy, and use simple energy profile diagrams to illustrate energy changes.
  • Humans contribution to sustainability through the extraction, use, disposal, and recycling of materials

Biological World:

  • The cell and microscope.
  • Breathing system.
  • Circulatory system and blood.
  • Digestive system.
  • Ecology and habitat study.
  • Pollution and conservation.
  • Food and human health.
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration.
  • Sexual reproduction and Genetics.
  • Plants and asexual reproduction.
  • Evaluation of how humans can successfully conserve ecological biodiversity and contribute to global food production; appreciate the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems



Maths (H)

September – October Mid-term

1. Number Theory
2. Integers
3. Rational Numbers
4. Financial Maths

November – Christmas
5. Ratios, Rates and Proportions
6. Financial Maths
7. The Coordinate Plane
8. The Line

January – February Mid-term
9. Geometry

February – Easter
10. Algebra

Easter – Summer
11. Statistics
12. Probability
13. Sets



Irish (H)

Course content will be available shortly.


English (H)

2nd Year English weekend classes will prepare the student for the new English Junior Cycle course and make sure they optimise their potential when it comes to the Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs), their portfolio and the exam itself. The course will focus on the skills of writing and clear communication which are essential for good grades in English.

The classes will prioritise the three strands of learning outcomes on the new English Junior Cycle syllabus:

1. Oral Language
2. Reading
3. Writing

There are 13 learning outcomes in each strand; all 39 outcomes will be addressed throughout the year.

The course will also incorporate the new Class Based Assessments in English (CBA1 & CBA2). Aspects of these assessments such as oratory skills, research, preparation, writing speeches, debates and presentations will all be addressed; reflection and personal writing for CBA2 will also be a feature.

The English portfolio, that is an essential part of the new course, will be covered, with special emphasis placed on the student’s writing and how they can improve in this area. The focus here will be on aspects of writing like syntax, vocabulary, grammar, tone, register and structure.

Finally, special emphasis will be given to examination preparation in light of the new course. Time management, planning, structuring answers and general exam tips will be addressed. The fluidity and changing nature of the exam will be an essential part of this section.

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020


All weekly grinds for 2nd year students take place on Leeson Street, Dublin 2

Subject Time
Maths (H)09:00-10:00
English (H)10:15-11:15
Irish (H)11:30-12:30
Science (H)12:45-13:45

Please note:

  • Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.
  • Each class is 1 hour in duration.

Please note: Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Pay in Full (week beginning 5th October 2019):

1 Subject €345
2 Subjects €515
3 Subjects €615
4 Subjects €715

Pay in Installments:

SubjectsInstallment: 18/01/20-16/02/20Installment: 16/02/20-16/05/20Total
1 Subject€135€240€375
2 Subjects€210€375€585
3 Subjects€260€465€725
4 Subjects€300€535€835

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

Sample a Class:

Any of our weekly grinds can be sampled for one week free of charge. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 for further details.
Current Office Hours:

Monday8:00 – 17:00
Tuesday8:00 – 17:00
Wednesday8:00 – 19:00
Thursday8:00 – 17:00
Friday8:00 – 19:00
Saturday8:00 – 14:00


Classes commence on Monday 2nd September 2019. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Monday 28 October- Sunday 3 November 2019
Monday 17 February – Sunday 23 February 2020

Christmas Holidays:
Monday 16 December 2019 – Sunday 5 January 2020
Classes resume on Monday 6 January 2020

St Patrick’s Day:
Wednesday 11 March – Tuesday 17 March 2020

Easter Holidays:
Monday 6 April- Sunday 19 April 2020

Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 17 May 2020

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.