Easter Intensive Revision Course – Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020

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For 50 years, The Institute of Education’s Easter Revision Course has been preparing students for the State exams and helping them to improve their exam grades. These Easter grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, are designed for students sitting the Junior Cycle exams in June 2020.

Week 1: Monday
This 5 day course is designed for students sitting the Junior Cycle exams in June 2020. Classes are 1 hour in duration and students attend classes for 5 days. Students can take up to 6 classes per day. These intensive classes improve exam technique, increases subject knowledge, address problem areas and boost confidence.

Week 2: 
These intensive block classes are designed for students sitting the Junior Cycle exams in June 2020. Classes are 4 hours in duration and one subject is covered in one day. Students receive a concentrated overview of the subject syllabus, with specific attention paid to likely topics and exam skills and technique.

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

Business Studies (Common Level)

Topics from:
1. Economic Awareness
2. Household and Business Budgeting
3. Final Accounts and Balance Sheets
4. Marketing and Distribution/Consumer
5. Double-Entry Accounting, Cash Books and Trial Balance.
6. People at Work/ Information Technology
7. Banking and Financial Services/Insurance

English (H)

In line with the programme of reform at Junior Cycle a new subject specification has been introduced in Junior Cycle English. The new specification was examined for the first time in 2017.

This course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle English exam. Emphasis will be placed on developing key skills as outlined in the curriculum.

Students will be given guidelines on how to plan and construct effective writing exercises. Special focus will be on Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, Poetry, Drama and Fiction. Key notes will be provided on a selection of the studied texts from the prescribed material for Drama and Fiction.

French (H)

This revision course offers students a very condensed, but intensive, revision of all elements of the French language.

While all four competencies of language acquisition (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are targeted during the week of the course, the emphasis is mostly on improving the grammatical knowledge of the cohort and using the knowledge gained to hone examination technique. I believe a solid knowledge of grammar forms is essential to success in all areas of language acquisition and, in the light of this belief, I aim to build my students’ confidence in mastering both basic and difficult grammatical concepts during the week of the course.

Each day is designed with the expectation that students will spend roughly 3 hours outside the classroom refining their knowledge of what is covered during the 1hr1/4 spent with me. During the course, I offer students detailed resources to help with mastering:

The Note
The Postcard
The Informal Letter
Reading Comprehensions
Listening Comprehensions
Oral French

In addition to these resources given during the Revision Course, I also offer students attending the course access to my website. On the website, students will find comprehensive study and revision packs to help further their progress in the language.

Geography (H)

Topics from:
1. Plate Tectonics – this includes Plate Boundaries, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Fold Mountains
2. Rocks and Weathering – this topic will revise the formation of igneous, sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; Physical and Chemical Weathering; the formation of Karst landforms.
3. River Processes and Landforms – focusing on erosion and deposition landforms
4. Coastal/Glacial Processes and Landforms – focusing on erosion and deposition landforms
5. oils – focusing on soil formation; soil composition; soil types; soils and vegetation.
6. Weather and Climate – this topic will revise weather characteristics; weather systems; the water cycle; types of rainfall; recording weather data; climate types; influences on climate.
7. Population – the focus of revision will be on population growth; understanding population pyramids; population distribution and density; migration
8. Settlement – this topic will include revision of settlement types; influences on settlement; functions of settlement; case studies of settlement
9. Urbanisation – revision will include urban functions; land use; problems of cities
10. Primary Economic Activity – This will revise water as a resource; irrigation; oil exploration; farming, fishing and Ireland’s peatlands.
11. Secondary Economic Activity – revision will focus on influences on industrial location; changing location over time; the role of women in industry; the impact on the environment.
12. Tertiary Economic Activities – the focus of revision will be on tourism.
13. Economic Inequality – this will include problems of economic development and economic inequality within countries.
14. Map Work – revision will include sketch maps, historical settlement; settlement patterns, the development of towns
15. Aerial Photograph – revision will include sketch maps, land use in towns, transport

Each class will include a revision of Map Work and Aerial Photograph. Emphasis will be given to developing an exam technique. Previous exam questions will be referred to in order that students are familiar with the exam format. Students will learn how to improve exam answers and be aware of the timing of answers.

History (H)

1. The Age of Discovery – Causes; Main Explorers; Consequences
2. The Reformation – Causes; Martin Luther; Counter-Reformation
3. The Plantations – Causes; The Ulster Plantation; Consequences
4. The Age of Revolution – Causes; Main developments; Impact of Revolution
5. The Industrial Revolution – Agricultural Revolution; Why Britain? Social and
6. Economic Changes; Ireland in the 1840’s – The Great Famine?
7. Ireland in the 20th Century – Main Political Developments, e.g. Easter Rising; Independent Ireland; Northern Ireland.
8. International Relations in the 20TH Century – The dictatorships of Mussolini and Hitler; World War 2; The main developments in the Cold War.
9. Ireland – Social Change in the 20TH Century.
Additional Comments: Topics from First Year will be provided for by notes to allow more attention in class to be devoted to Second and Third Year Topics. There will be a particular focus on People in History when topics are covered. Emphasis will be given to developing exam technique for students, i.e., timing of answers, structure of answers, examining previous exam questions, etc.

Irish (H)

Topics from:

We cover the verb tenses first of all i.e past, present, future & conditional.
We also deal with all other major aspects of grammar and give comprehensive notes on everything the students will need.

This is the composition part of the exam.
Students choose between Scéal, Aiste, Alt or Díospóireacht.
We concentrate on building a wealth of nathanna cainte (phrases) and seanfhocail ( proverbs) to enrich the writing of the student. We teach the student how to decipher which title is best for them on exam day.

This is an important part of the exam as it crosses into the prose & poetry section too.
We teach students how to attain the highest mark in each question with good answering skills and technique. We go through common words and phrases to look out for in questions, and to use in answers.

Practise makes perfect with the Listening Comprehension so we give the students all the tools they will need to do lots of practise at home. We go through common questions, placenames, Irish organisations and other vocab that is relevant to the listening section.

There are two sections to each of these components; seen & unseen.
This is often the section that worries students the most so we try to break it down and make it more accessible to them. We also give the students templates for answering questions well on exam day.

The letter is the final part of the exam. Much of what we have done already will feed into it.
We will focus on the layout and structure of the letter and look at how to bring all we have learned so far into it.

Maths (H)

Due to syllabus length, Maths is divided into two separate sections, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Paper 1
1. Algebra
2. Patterns
3. Functions + Graphing
4. Sets (Excluding Probability)
5. Perimeter,Area and Volume (Paper 2 Content)
6. Excluded from paper 1: Arithmetic and Number

Paper 2
1. Line
2. Geometry
3. Statistics
4. Trigonometry
5. Excluded from paper 2: Probability

Science (Common Level)

Section A topics from:
– Biology – The structure, function, and interactions of the organs of the human digestive, circulatory and respiratory systems. An evaluation of how human health is affected by: inherited factors and environmental factors including nutrition.
– Chemistry- Periodic table and Using the periodic table to predict the ratio of atoms in compounds of two elements. Rates of reactions.
– Physics- Energy conservation and energy changes and dissipation. How to design, build, and test a device that transforms energy from one form to another in order to perform a function; description of the energy changes and ways of improving efficiency.
– Earth and Space- Different energy sources; Ways that current and future energy needs on Earth can be met. The cycling of matter, including that of carbon and water, and it’s association with biological and atmospheric phenomena.

Section B topics from:
– Biology- Respiration and Photosynthesis as both chemical and biological processes; investigate factors that affect respiration and photosynthesis.
– Chemistry- Energy transfer in chemical reactions, how humans contribute to sustainability through the extraction, use, disposal, and recycling of materials.
– Physics- Current Electricity and simple electric circuits.
– Earth and Space- The development and use of the model of the Earth-sun-moon system to describe predictable phenomena observable on Earth, including seasons, lunar phases, and eclipses of the sun and moon.

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

Timetables for 2020 will be posted shortly.

Fees for 2020 will be posted shortly

Please note:

  • 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: NO CARD, NO CLASS. 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. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

Q: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the Easter 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: In the Easter Revision course will the classes in Course 1 & Course 2 cover the same material?

A: Yes, the same material will be covered on each course.

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.

Q: If I did the August course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter Course?

A: It depends, more of the syllabus will be covered during the Easter course.

Q: If I did the Christmas course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter course?

A: Typically students will take different subjects at Easter than they did at Christmas.