Weekly Grinds for 3rd Year Students

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

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

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.

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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.

The Institute of Education’s main school campus is centrally located on Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. We also offer a selection of grinds and part-time courses in locations in North, West and South Dublin.

With the same expert teachers, comprehensive notes and superior learning environment, these locations allow our students to experience our unrivaled standard of teaching closer to home.


  • City Centre
    The Institute of Education, 79/82 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2. View map>>
    Located in the heart of Dublin City Centre, our main school is served by a wide selection of public transport options. Click here for further details.


  • South Co. Dublin
    The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Co Dublin. View map>>
    Off the N31 motorway, this ideal location is an 11-minute walk from Stillorgan Shopping Centre. Bus routes 46A or the 145 stop directly outside the hotel.


  • North Co. Dublin
    The Grand Hotel Malahide, Malahide Road, Co. Dublin. View map>
    Located in the centre of Malahide, just minutes from Malahide Dart Station, this location is ideal for students in the Malahide/ Howth/ Portmarnock areas.


  • Dublin 9
    Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin. View map>>
    Situated off Griffith Avenue, Marino campus is a 15 minute walk from Clontarf Dart Station. The 123 bus route stops on Griffith Avenue on the opposite side of the road and routes 27C, 29A and 42A also stop close by.


  • West Dublin
    Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, Dublin 15. View map>>
    Close to Blanchardstown, Clonsilla and Lucan, our Westmanstown location can be easily reached by the 239 bus route or the Maynooth train service.

Course Dates: Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

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


To view weekly course timetables, please select from the list of locations below:


Leeson Street Timetable

Friday5.30pm- 6.30pmIrish (H)
5.30pm- 6.30pmMaths (H)
5.30pm- 6.30pmScience (C)
6.45pm- 7.45pmEnglish (H)
Saturday9am- 10amFrench (H)
9am- 10amIrish (H)
9am- 10amMaths (H)
10.15am- 11.15amBusiness Studies (H)
10.15am- 11.15amEnglish (H)
10.15am- 11.15amIrish (H)
10.15am- 11.15amMaths (H)
10.15am-11. 15amScience (C)
11.30am- 12.30pmEnglish (H)
11.30am- 12.30pmMaths (H)
11.30am- 12.30pmScience (C)

Please note:

  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.


Stillorgan Timetable

Monday6pm- 7pmEnglish (H)
7.15pm- 8.15pmMaths (H)

Please note:

  • Grinds in all other Junior Cycle subjects are available at our Leeson Street Campus.
  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.


Malahide Timetable

Monday6.30pm- 7.30pmEnglish (H)
7.45pm- 8.45pmMaths (H)

Please note:

  • Grinds in all other Junior Cycle subjects are available at our Leeson Street Campus.
  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.


Marino Timetable

Wednesday6pm- 7pmMaths (H)
7.15pm- 8.15pmIrish (H)

Please note:

  • Grinds in all other Junior Cycle subjects are available at our Leeson Street Campus.
  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.


Westmanstown Timetable

Thursday6pm- 7pmMaths (H)
7.15pm- 8.15pmEnglish (H)

Please note:

  • Grinds in all other Junior Cycle subjects are available at our Leeson Street Campus.
  • Class availability is subject to change. Please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view classes currently available.


Classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mon 28 Oct - Sun 3 Nov 2019Mid-Term Break
Mon 16 Dec 2019 - Sun 5 Jan 2020Christmas
Mon 17 Feb - Sun 23 Feb 2020Mid-Term Break
Wed 11 March - Tues 17 March 2020St. Patrick's Day
Mon 6 April - Sun 19 April 2020Easter
Sun 17 May 2020Final Classes / Study

Fees for our Weekly Grinds reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year.

Commencement Date: Monday 24 February 2020

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: 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.