Weekly Grinds for 3rd 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 Weekly Grinds provide 3rd 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.

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:


Business Studies (C)

This course covers all elements of the Junior Certificate Business Studies syllabus, focusing on exam skills and requirements.

Topics from:

  • Strand 1 – Personal Finance
    Finance / Taxes / Wages / Insurance.
    The Consumer.
  • Strand 2 – Enterprise
    Business Document / Plan.
    Cash Book.
    Final Accounts.
  • Strand 3 – Our Economy
    Demand & Supply.
    Government Economic Policies / Economic Indicators.
    Economic Growth.
    International Trade / European Union.


English (H)

These classes are designed to thoroughly prepare students for the Junior Cycle Higher Level English exam.

Throughout the year students are encouraged to participate, think, practise, and feel comfortable voicing concerns or confusion in a structured and positive atmosphere. The fundamentals of English – spelling, grammar, syntax and punctuation – are emphasised at all times. At no point will any student be encouraged to rote learn. The Junior Cycle English curriculum has a strong and correct focus on skills, and these are the skills around which these classes are built.

All classes aim to develop the skills needed to produce a young writer who understands how to produce structured, purposeful, articulate answers. Students receive model answers that deliberately vary in quality and are encouraged to develop the reflective mindset that is so important to Junior Cycle English.

The curriculum requires students to study particular texts from a list of prescribed material. Comprehensive notes, guidelines and model answers are provided across a range of these texts, specifically including: Studied Drama; Studied Fiction; Studied Film; and Studied Poetry


French (H)

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

All the four competencies necessary for success in the Junior Cycle are covered – Aural, Oral, Reading and Writing. The first half of the year aims to develop the student’s confidence using grammatical structures. The second half of the year seeks to apply the gains made in the first three months to the Junior Cycle syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Letter writing.
  • The Note.
  • The Postcard.
  • Reading Comprehensions (method and content).
  • Listening comprehensions.


Irish (H)

The aim of this course is to prepare students for the writing, aural, written and comprehension aspects of the Junior Cycle Higher Level Irish course.

Topics from:

  • Past papers and sample answers.
  • Challenging questions of the unseen poetry and prose.
  • Sample answers in composition, including story writing and letter writing.
  • Focus on grammatical ability with exam based exercises.
  • Key grammatical aspects of the language.
  • Aural practice and key vocabulary required for this section.
  • Exam technique and how to negotiate the paper.


Maths (H)

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

All of the five strands of the Project Maths syllabus are covered in detail. Particular emphasis is placed on the linkage between the strands, how this linkage has presented in past exam papers, and how it may present in the exam in June. Classes are interactive in nature and students are encouraged to participate in their own learning. Clear and detailed notes allow students to use their revision time efficiently and graded exercises mean that students can challenge themselves appropriately.

Topics from:

  • Number Systems.
  • Number Systems / Probability.
  • Probability / Statistics.
  • Statistics.
  • Statistics / Algebra.
  • Algebra.
  • Algebra / Graphing Functions.
  • Graphing Functions / The Line.
  • The Line.
  • The Line / Geometry.
  • Geometry.
  • Geometry / Algebra.
  • Algebra / The Line/Graphing Functions.
  • Quadratic Functions.
  • Perimeter, Area, Volume.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Arithmetic.
  • Arithmetic / Mock Papers.
  • Mock Papers.
  • NB: Constructions hand out given to students, 3-4 possible/relevant constructions maybe covered if required.

Please bring log tables and calculator


Science (C)

This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Junior Cycle Science exam. The focus is on exam technique, with constant exam question practice an integral part of every class. Students receive clear and concise notes with sample solutions to exam questions and notes which will include other revision material.

Topics from:

  • Nature of Science:
    Lab Safety & apparatus.
    Reliability, accuracy, precision, fairness & ethics.
    Experimental design.
    Analysis of data to identify patterns and relationships.
    The role of science in society.
    Science & the media.
  • Earth & Space:
    Water & Carbon cycles.
    How earth processes and human factors influence the Earth’s climate.
    Celestial bodies.
    Modeling the Earth, Moon & Sun.
    The Earth and other planets and moons in the solar system.
    Space & the big bang theory.
    Space exploration.
  • Physical World:
    Measurements & units.
    Area, Volume & Density.
    Distance, Speed & Time.
    Energy conservation.
    Electricity & static electricity.
    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.
    Chemical 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 and conservation.
    Food & human health.
    Photosynthesis & Respiration.
    Sexual reproduction & Genetics.
    Plants & asexual reproduction.
    Human contribution to ecological biodiversity and global food production.

Covid-19 Update
We remain committed to supporting students, particularly through these unprecedented times. For this reason we have put systems in place to ensure that students can continue to receive tuition, safely from the comfort of their home. Updates regarding the delivery of our Weekly Grinds and booking for the 2020/21 academic year will be available shortly. For further information please contact our main office on 01 661 3511 or email info@instituteofeducaton.ie

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.
  • 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

Please click on each question below for an answer:

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 grinds 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. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.


Q: If I am doing weekly grinds, 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 Junior or Leaving Cert weekly grinds can be sampled for one week, free of charge.


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 grinds 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 grinds 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 grinds 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 grinds, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?

A: No, in the weekly grinds 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 grinds 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.