May Grinds: Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020

For 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for exam success. Our Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020 May grinds are a key part of this curriculum.

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Taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, these intensive, exam focused classes are for students about to sit Higher Level Maths, English or Science in the Junior Cycle and Junior Cert exams. Students are provided with high quality notes and key techniques to enable them to achieve their maximum potential in the exams.
Students may opt do one, two or three days of the course.

English (H)

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.

Maths (H)

Topics from:

1. Number Systems/Inequalities (1hour)
2. Quadratic Functions (1hour)
3. Trigonometry (1hour)
4. Geometry [Similar Triangles/Congruency*] (1hour)
*Time restrictions allow for only one of these to be covered. Teachers makes a judgement call based on what is likely to appear in examinations.

Science (H)

Topics from:

1. Biology section: Digestive system, sexual reproduction and Genetics
2. Chemistry section: atoms molecules; mixtures and compounds and bonding.
3. Physics section: electricity (static and current), electronics and heat.
Time will also be spent looking at the exam paper layout, and students will be given advice on timing and technique during the exam.

Please note: The following is an indicative timetable. The updated timetable for 2020 will be posted shortly.

English (H)

  • Friday 24th May 2019 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

Maths (H)

  • Saturday 25th May 2019 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

Science (Common)

  • Monday 27th May 2019 from 10.00am – 1.00pm

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: 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.