Christmas Grinds for 3rd Year Students

Taking place the week after Christmas, this 5-day intensive course provides Junior Cycle students with a revision course mid-way through the academic year, revising topics covered and preparing students for the coming term. Students can also avail of free supervised study during the week of the course, creating an ideal daily revision routine over the Christmas break.

Please note, all Christmas revision classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Booking is not yet available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

Students attending these 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.

 

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

 

Business Studies

This course is designed to revise key elements of the Junior Certificate Business Studies syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Consumer /consumer protection/consumer choice.
  • Employment/rights and responsibilities of employers and employees.
  • Writing a Business Plan.
  • The Trading Account.
  • The Profit & Loss Account.
  • The Statement of Financial Position.
  • Government Revenue and Expenditure.
  • Economic Indicators.
  • Sustainable Development.
  • The Classroom Based Assessment (CBA) – an overview.

Notes will be given on other topics

 

English (H)

This course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle English exam.

Topics from:

  • Emphasis is placed on developing key skills as outlined in the curriculum.
  • How to plan and construct effective writing exercises.
  • Special focus on Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, Poetry, Drama and Fiction.
  • Key notes are provided on a selection of the studied texts from the prescribed material for Drama and Fiction.

 

French (H)

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

Topics from:

  • Listening and Reading Comprehensions.
  • Letter, Postcard, Message.
  • Grammar.

 

Irish (H)

This intensive Irish course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle Irish exam.

Topic from:

  • Emphasis is placed on developing key skills as outlined in the curriculum.
  • How to plan and construct effective writing exercises in relation to the ‘ceapadóireacht’ section of the exam paper.
  • Focus on Reading, Comprehension, Grammar, Listening Skills and all areas of literature.
  • Key notes provided on a selection of the texts regarding poetry, short stories and drama from the prescribed material.
  • As the Higher Level exam is worth 90% of the overall grade, close attention is paid to exam technique and exam style questions are answered in class.

 

History (H)

In this course students cover key elements of the Junior Cycle History syllabus.

Topics from:

  • The Age of Discovery
    Causes.
    Main Explorers.
    Consequences.
  • The Reformation
    Causes.
    Martin Luther.
    Counter-Reformation.
  • The Plantations
    Causes.
    The Ulster Plantation.
    Consequences.
  • The Age of Revolution
    Causes.
    Main developments.
    Impact of Revolution.
  • The Industrial Revolution
    Agricultural Revolution.
    Why Britain?
    Social and Economic Changes.
  • Ireland in the 1840’s
    The Great Famine?
  • Ireland in the 20th Century
    Main Political Developments.
  • International Relations in the 20th Century
    The dictatorships of Mussolini and Hitler.
    World War 2.
    The main developments in the Cold War.
  • Ireland
    Social Change in the 20th Century.

 

Maths (H)

This class provides an opportunity for students to consolidate prior learning and maximise their potential for exam success. Due to syllabus length, Maths is divided into Paper 1 & Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Algebra
    Factorising, solving quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, long division and related problems.
  • Functions
    Graphs of linear and quadratic functions, solving related problems.
  • Arithmetic
    Profit and loss, income tax, compound interest, currency exchange.
  • Sets
    Understanding set notation, working with Venn diagrams, solving related problems.
  • Pattern
    Identifying type of pattern, working with patterns.

Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Area and volume
    Application of formulae, related problems.
  • Trigonometry
    Solving right-angled triangles, applying formulae to in-context problems.
  • Coordinate geometry of the line
    Application of formulae, drawing lines, related problems.
  • Probability
    Fundamental principle of counting, probability scale, tree diagrams.
  • Statistics
    Displaying data, mode, mean, median, range and inter-quartile range.

 

Science (C)

This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Junior Cycle Common Level Science exam. Due to syllabus length, Science is divided into Section A & Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

  • All four sections of the syllabus (Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth & Space) are covered in detail.
  • Focus is on exam technique, with constant exam question practice an integral part of every class.
  • Students receive clear and concise notes and solutions are provided to examination questions.

Section A – Topics from:

  • Biology
    Human Reproduction.
    Passing on Characteristics.
  • Chemistry
    Bonding.
    Rates of Reactions.
  • Physics
    Heat.
    Electronics.
  • Earth and Space
    Water and Carbon Cycles.
    Climate Change.

Section B – Topics from:

  • Biology
    The Breathing System.
    Ecology.
  • Chemistry
    Energy Transfer in Chemical Reactions.
    Environmental Impact of Materials.
  • Physics
    Electricity (Current Electricity).
    Issues that arise from generation and use of electricity.
  • Earth and Space
    Galaxies, Stars and the Solar System.
    Comets Asteroids and Meteors.

The Assessment Task
As part of the Junior Cycle Science Exam, each student is required to undertake an Assessment Task (AT). The AT is based on the second Classroom Based Asessment (CBA) (the Science in Society Investigation) and is worth 10% of the students’ final grade.

The 2nd CBA is carried out in December of third year and the AT will be carried out in April of 3rd year.

Course Dates: Monday 30 December 2019 – Friday 03 January 2020

The updated timetable for 2020/21 will be posted shortly.

TimeSubject
9am-10amBusiness Studies (C)
English (H)
Maths (H) P1
Science (C) A
10.15am-11.15amBusiness Studies (C)
English (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P2
Science (C) A
11.30am-12.30pmEnglish (H)
French (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P1
Science (C) A
Science (C) B
1.15pm-2.15pmEnglish (H)
French (H)
History (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P2
Science (C) B
2.30pm-3.30pmEnglish (H)
History (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P1
Science (C) B

Please note:

  • Classes will operate 1 hour later on New Year’s Day.
  • All classes take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Fees for 2020 will be posted shortly.

  • Credit 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: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the Christmas Revision Course?

A: Yes, all students attending our Intensive Revision Courses can avail of Free Supervised Study in our Study Halls.

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: 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: 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.

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. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

Q: Some class timetables refer to Sections A & B. What does this mean?

A: Due to syllabus length, some subjects are split into sections. This is to ensure that topics can be given sufficient time in class. Students can choose the section that best suits their needs.