3rd Year Grinds: Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

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

The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin

The Grand Hotel Malahide, Malahide Road, Co. Dublin

Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15

Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin 9

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3rd Year Grinds


Business (H)

Strand 1 Personal Finance

– Finance / Taxes / Wages / Insurance
– Budgeting
– The Consumer

Strand 2 Enterprise

– Marketing
– 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)

In line with the programme of reform at Junior Cycle a new subject specification has been introduced in Junior Cycle English.  Please click here to read about our approach to teaching the new course>>


French (H)

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in the Junior Certificate: Aural, Oral, Reading and writing.

Each class focuses on all 4 competencies; however, the first half of the year aims to develop the student’s confidence in using grammatical structures. The second half of the year seeks to apply the gains made in the first three months to Junior Certificate syllabus. In particular the course aims to improve proficiency in the areas of:

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 Cert higher level Irish course.

Working with past papers and sample answers, students will get to grips with the challenging questions of the unseen poetry and prose, and be prepared for a wide range of questions that may be required for the seen prose and poetry.

They will be presented with sample answers in composition, including story writing and letter writing and will improve their vocabulary and turn of phrase. Students will improve their grammatical ability with exam based exercises, and an emphasis on the key grammatical aspects of the language. Aural practice will improve aural skills through practice and key vocabulary required for this question.

Overall students will be advised on exam technique and the best means to negotiate the paper, so as to achieve high marks in all sections of the exam.

– Leamhthuiscint / Comprehension
– Trialacha teanga chomhtéacsúla agus gramadach / Contextual Language tests and grammar
– Ceapadóireacht, Aiste, scéal, Blag, díospóireacht / Composition
– Prós/ Prose
– Filíocht/ Poetry
– Litir/ Letter
– Cluastuiscint /Aural


Maths (H)

This class provides an opportunity for students to consolidate prior learning and maximise their potential for exam success.

All of the five strands of the Project Maths syllabus (Statistics and Probability, Geometry and Trigonometry, Number, Algebra and Functions) 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 examination 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
– 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.

Bring log tables and calculator



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


Please note: Examination Techniques: How to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.

Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020 : WEEKLY TIMETABLES



Business Studies (H)Saturdays10:15-11:15
English (H)Fridays18:45-19:45
English (H)Saturdays10:15-11:15
English (H)Saturdays11:30-12:30
French (H)Saturdays09:00-10:00
Irish (H)Fridays17:30-18:30
Irish (H)Saturdays09:00-10:00
Irish (H)Saturdays10:15-11:15
Maths (H)Fridays17:30-18:30
Maths (H)Saturdays09:00-10:00
Maths (H)Saturdays10:15-11:15
Maths (H)Fridays11:30-12:30


Maths (H)Mondays19:15-20:15
EnglishMondays18:00 - 19:00

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


English (H)Mondays18:30-19:30
Maths (H)Mondays19:45-20:45

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Irish (H)Wednesdays19:15-20:15
Maths (H)Wednesdays18:00-19:00

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


English (H)Thursdays19:15-20:15
Maths (H)Thursdays18:00-19:00

Please note: we offer grinds in all other subjects at our Leeson Street Campus


Location Information

  • LEESON STREET: 79/85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2
  • STILLORGAN: The Talbot Hotel, Stillorgan Road, Stillorgan, Co Dublin
  • MALAHIDE: The Grand Hotel Malahide, Malahide Road, Co. Dublin
  • MARINO: Marino Institute of Education, Griffith Avenue, Dublin
  • WESTMANSTOWN: Westmanstown Sports & Conference Centre, Westmanstown, Dublin 15


Please note:

  • Students can enrol throughout the year, subject to vacancies.
  • Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.
  • Each Class is 1 hour 15 minutes in duration.

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

OPTION 1: Pay in Full

OPTION 2: Pay by Installment

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

For 50 years, The Institute of Education’s weekly grinds have been preparing students for exam success. These Junior Cycle & Junior Cert grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, can help students to improve their exam grades by improving subject knowledge, addressing problem areas and boosting confidence.

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 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.

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. 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 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.