Christmas Grinds for 5th & 6th Year Students

Taking place the week after Christmas, this 5-day intensive course provides 5th and 6th year students with expert tuition, high quality notes and key techniques to enable them to achieve their maximum potential in their exams in June. Students can also avail of free supervised study during the week of the course, creating an ideal daily revision routine over the Christmas break.

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

Booking is not yet available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.

Students attending this course 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.

 

To learn more about what will be covered on this course, please select from the subject list below:

 

5th Year Classes

 

Biology (H) 5th Year

This course is designed for 5th year students studying Higher Level Biology. Classes are exam-centered and particular attention is paid to past papers. The course is delivered by an experienced examiner of Leaving Cert Higher Level Biology who places strong emphasis on exam technique/keywords and the marking scheme. Worksheets will also be given to help students gain an understanding of experiments associated with the higher level Biology course.

Topics from:

  • Scientific method.
  • Cell structure.
  • Cell diversity.
  • Food.
  • Enzymes & advanced enzymes.
  • Movement of molecules.
  • Energy carriers.
  • The breathing system.
  • Human nutrition (digestive system).
  • Blood & circulatory system including heart.
  • Lymphatic system.
  • Monera.
  • Fungi.
  • Viruses.
  • Plant structure and transport.

 

English (H) 5th Year

This course provides a detailed analysis of the prescribed material for Leaving Certificate English in 2021, with emphasis on providing the student with a solid foundation for further progress in 6th year.

Topics from:

  • Elements of Composing Paper I
    Story, Debate, Reflection.
  • Critical Literacy Paper I
    Comprehension & Analysis.
  • Prescribed Poetry
  • Unseen Poetry
    Key Skills.
  • The Single Text
    Themes and Characters in Hamlet.
  • The Comparative Study
    Essential Features of the Three Modes.

 

French (H) 5th Year

This course gives a comprehensive overview of key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level French syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Grammar
    6 core tenses- their formation and use.
  • Reading comprehension
    Key aspects of reading comprehension.
    Exam technique.
  • Listening comprehension
    Key aspects of exam technique and vocabulary.
  • Written production
    All areas of the written exam covered, including diary entries, informal and formal letters and abstract topics.
  • Oral production
    Key exam techniques and strategies for success in the oral exam.

 

Irish (H) 5th Year

This course prepares students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish exam.

Topics from:

  • Grammar
    Core tenses: The noun and adjective, focusing on their application in written and spoken Irish.
  • Listening comprehension
    Exam technique and vocabulary.
  • Reading comprehension
    Sample comprehension covering key aspects of this question.
  • Oral Irish
    Some picture sequences and key topics.
  • Written production
    Sample written pieces will be discussed with vocabulary and ideas relevant to various other compositions.
  • An introduction to prescribed prose and poetry

 

Maths (H) 5th Year

In this course students cover key elements of the Senior Cycle Higher Level Maths syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Algebra 1.
  • Algebra 2.
  • Powers and Logs.
  • Co-ordinate geometry of the line.
  • Trigonometry.

 

6th Year Classes

 

Accounting (H)

This course covers the most important areas on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Accounting syllabus. It includes comprehensive notes with questions and detailed solutions, which will empower students to answer Leaving Certificate Higher Level questions to a H1 standard.

Topics from:

  • Final Accounts
    The main adjustments will be covered.
  • Ratio Analysis
    Students will be able to determine if a company is financially sound or not.
  • Costing/Budgeting
    Students will be able to calculate the prices of goods for tendering purposes.
  • Club/Service Accounts
    Students will have the ability to complete the accounts of non-trading organisations, doctors, fitness centres etc.
  • Cashflow Statements
    Students will be shown the main differences between cash and profit.
  • Correction of Errors/ Tabular Statements and Incomplete Records
  • Control/ Revaluation/ Depreciation and Farm Accounts

 

Agricultural Science (H)

This course covers key elements of the Leaving Certificate Agricultural Science syllabus.

Topics from:

  • Covering Soil Science Principles
  • Genetics
    Practice of Genetic Crosses and definitions.
  • The three main Animal Enterprises
    Dairying, beef production and sheep production.
  • Grass
    Grassland management, silage and hay production.
  • Farm crops with emphasis on barley and potatoes

 

Biology (H)

This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Leaving Certificate Higher Level Biology exam.

Due to syllabus length, Biology is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – Topics from:

  • Photosynthesis.
  • Respiration.
  • Blood/ Immunity.
  • Food/ Nutrition.
  • Plant material.
  • Cell division/ tissues.
  • Osmosis.
  • Cell organelles.

Section B – Topics from:

  • DNA/Protein synthesis.
  • Genetics.
  • Hormones/ reproduction.
  • Ecology.
  • Bacteria/ fungi/viruses.
  • Excretion
  • Nervous system.
  • Practicals.

 

Business (H)

This course prepares students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Business exam.

Due to syllabus length, Business is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – Topics from:

  • Preparation for A.B.Q.
  • Ratios and Cash Flow.
  • Human Resource Management.
  • Changing Role of Management.
  • People in Business.
  • Household and Business Finance/ Insurance Taxation.
  • Industrial Relations.
  • Management Skills and Activities.
  • Consumer Conflict.

Section B – Topics from:

  • Detailed Preparation for Short Questions.
  • Identifying Opportunities.
  • Marketing.
  • Getting Started.
  • Expansion.
  • Business Scene.
  • Business Structures.
  • Community Development.
  • Government and the Economy.
  • Social and Ethical Responsibility of Business.
  • European Union.

 

Chemistry (H)

This course covers key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Chemistry paper.

Due to syllabus length, Chemistry is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – Topics from:

This section focuses on the stoichiometry skills based component of the Chemistry course. It provides the mathematical skills (moles etc.) needed to solve the stoichiometry questions that may appear on the exam paper.

  • Stoichiometry.
  • Heats of Reaction.
  • Equilibrium.
  • pH.
  • Acids/ Bases/ Salts.

Please bring periodic table and calculator

 

Section B – Topics from:

This section covers some of the main mandatory experiments examined in the compulsory Section A of the exam paper.

  • Volumetric Analysis.
  • Organic Chemistry.
  • Oxidation/ Reduction.
  • Water.

Please bring periodic table and calculator

 

Economics (H)

This course allows students to gain an in-depth knowledge of the important sections on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Economics syllabus and prepares them for answering questions to the highest standard.

Due to syllabus length, Economics is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A (Micro-Economics) – Topics from:

  • Demand and Supply
    Students will have a thorough understanding of the forces that determine market prices.
  • Elasticity
    Students will have full knowledge of how changes in price, income and the prices of other goods will impact on demand and supply.
  • Costs of production
    Students will have a thorough understanding of average costs and marginal costs, of long-run and short-run, of economies and diseconomies of scale and profit maximisation.
  • Competition
    All the forms of competition from perfect competition to monopoly and any form in between.
  • Factors of Production
    Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise, with special emphasis on Labour.

Section B (Macro-Economics) – Topics from:

  • National Income
    The calculation of national income.
    The circular flow of income.
    The multiplier.
    The uses and weaknesses of national income statistics.
  • The Government
    The Budget.
    National debt.
    The taxation system.
    Privatisation versus nationalisation.
    Direct tax versus indirect tax.
  • International Trade
    The law of comparative advantage.
    Exchange rates.
    The balance of payments.
    The terms of trade and the importance of international trade to a small open economy.
  • Money and Banking
    Credit creation.
    Consumer price index.
    Banking regulation.
    The European central bank.
  • Miscellaneous Section
    Population and emigration.
    The history of economic thought.
    Economic systems.

 

English (H)

This intensive course prepares students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level English exam.

Topics from:

  • Essay Question
    Study of effective writing in different essay genres.
  • Comprehending
    The (A) question: Examining features of writing style and comprehension skills.
  • Composing
    The (B) question: Study of the skills needed for short composing tasks and the presentation of a point of view.
  • Shakespearean drama- Hamlet
    Key essays on themes and characters together with important quotations.
  • Poetry
    Notes on the 8 poets with a minimum of 5 poems on each poet. Sample answers on each.
  • Comparative Study
    A wide selection of Comparative texts with analysis of the 3 modes of comparison together with sample answers.

Time management in the different sections of the examination papers will also be covered and students are free to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher.

 

French (H)

This course will focus on preparing students for the Leaving Certificate Higher Level French paper in June.

Topics from:

  • The exam paper – technique and time management.
  • Key questions for the listening comprehension tests and how to answer them.
  • Opinion piece writing.
  • Diary writing.
  • E-mail writing.
  • Revision of key tenses, present of the indicative past tenses and future, conditional.
  • Notes for the ‘’ aural’’.

 

French Oral (H)

This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Cert French oral examination.

Topics from:

  • Family, Area, School, Hobbies, Weekend, Holidays, and many more.
  • Vocabulary on current affairs topics.
  • The Document.
  • Grammar.

 

Geography (H)

This intensive course prepares students for exam success in Leaving Certificate Higher Level Geography.

Due to syllabus length, Geography is divided into Section A, Section B and Section C. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A (Patterns & Processes in the physical environment) – Topics from:

  • Plate Tectonics.
  • Volcanoes.
  • Earthquakes.
  • Rock types & Human interaction with the Rock Cycle.
  • Karst landscapes.
  • Formation of a landscape feature.
  • Human Interaction with physical processes.

Section B (Regional Geography) – Topics from:

  • Core Ireland.
  • Peripheral Ireland.
  • Core European Region.
  • Peripheral European Region.
  • Complexity of Regions.

Section C (Elective Unit: Patterns & Processes in the Human Environment) – Topics from:

  • Population change.
  • Demographic Transition Model.
  • Population Pyramids.
  • Overpopulation.
  • Maps & Aerial photographs.
  • Migration.
  • Racial, ethnic and religious issues.
  • Central Place Theory.
  • Changing functions and services overtime.
  • 3 Theories of Urban Land use.
  • Urbanisation.
  • Geoecology.

 

German (H)

Classes in this intensive course are exam-focused and students are encouraged to gain confidence in their language skills.

Topics from:

  • Reading comprehension
    Students are introduced to both journalistic/ literary styles of texts, with in-depth concentration on answering skills/techniques.
  • Aural comprehension
    Listening skills required for LC Aural.
  • Written
    How to structure German sentences, with special emphasis on written tasks for the exam.
  • Written themes/ in-depth written technique covered
  • How to get the H1 grade in the exam
  • Grammar
    Cases.
    Tenses.
    Word order.
    Relative pronouns.
    Passive.
    Subjunctive.

 

German Oral (H/O)

This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Certificate German oral examination.

Topics from:

  • All general questions will be covered in detail.
  • Key grammatical elements.
  • All picture sequences.
  • All role-plays.
  • Option to discuss a German film or novel.
  • Project work with (individual attention) during and after course.

 

History (H)

This course is designed to help student prioritise work that needs to be done in preparation for the Leaving Certificate Higher Level History exam in June in an organised and structured way.

Due to syllabus length, History is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A- Topics from:

  • Europe and the wider world
    Topic 3: Dictatorship and Democracy in Europe,1920-1945.
    Topic 6: The United States and the World, 1945-1989.

Section B – Topics from:

  • Irish History
    Topic 2: Sovereignty and Partition , 1912-1949.
    Topic 6: Northern Ireland.

 

History of Art (H)

This course gives a comprehensive overview of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Art History syllabus.

Section I (Irish Art) – Topics from:

  • Pre Christian Ireland
    Neolithic.
    Bronze Age.
    Iron Age.
  • Christian Ireland
    Metalwork.
    Manuscripts.
    Stone carving.

Section II (European Art) – Topics from:

  • Pre Renaissance
    Cimabue.
    Giotto.
  • Early Renaissance
    Maraccio.
    Uccello.
    Donatello.
  • Renaissance post 1450
    Piero della Francesca.
    Botticelli.
  • High Renaissance
    Leonardo.
    Michelangelo.
    Raphael.

Section III (Appreciation of Art and Design) – Topics from:

  • Exhibition curation , display and interpretation.
  • Public sculpture.
  • Graphic Design.

 

Home Economics (H)

This course covers the theory section using very precise notes. Past exam questions linked to the area being studied are analysed, providing a valuable insight into how the marking scheme is applied.

Topics from:

  • Macro-nutrients
    Protein.
    Lipids.
    Carbohydrates.
  • Micro-nutrients
    Minerals.
    Vitamins.
    Water.
  • Diet and health
    Energy.
    Dietary guidelines.
    The Irish diet.
    Menu planning.
  • Food groups
    Protein foods and energy foods.
  • Microbiology
    Food preservation.

 

Irish (H)

This course aims to  maximise the student’s ability to achieve the highest possible grade in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Irish exam.

  • Comprehensive questions and answers are covered in all sections, with specific emphasis on how marks are allocated.
  • All grammatical areas required for a H1 grade will be covered, with full and comprehensive notes supplied.
  • In relation to the ’literature’ sections of the exam, in-depth notes are supplied and explained throughout the course.

Topics from:

  • Ceapadóireacht.
  • Léamhthuiscint.
  • Gramadach.
  • Filiocht.
  • Prós.
  • Cluastuiscint.
  • An Triail.
  • Filiocht: Ceist 4F.

 

Irish Oral (H/O)

This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Certificate Irish oral examination.

Topics from:

  • Fáiltiu.
  • Aithris Filíochta.
  • Sraith Pictiúir.
  • Comhrá.

 

Applied Maths (H)

This course aims to build on students’ knowledge of each of the five topics covered. Each day will focus on the approaches used to solve each question in the marking schemes. Emphasis will also be put on exam strategies.

Topics from:

  • Accelerated Linear Motion.
  • Relative Velocity.
  • Projectiles.
  • Newton’s Laws and Connected Particles.
  • Collisions.

Please bring maths tables and calculator

 

Maths (H)

This course covers the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths Papers 1 & 2.  Comprehensive notes are presented and fully worked solutions, with a huge number of examples, are provided.

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

Maths (H) Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Algebra 1.
  • Algebra 2.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Differentiation 1.
  • Differentiation 2.

Maths (H) Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Trigonometry 1.
  • Trigonometry 2.
  • Probability.
  • Statistics.

Bring maths tables and calculator

 

Maths (H) Fast Pace

This course is designed for students whose ambition is at least a H3 in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths exam. Emphasis is placed on the understanding of the methods and on the application of these methods to practical problems. Also stressed is the ability to recognise appropriate methods when presented with new looking questions. Comprehensive notes are presented and fully worked solutions, with a huge number of examples, are provided.

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

Maths (H) Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Algenra 1.
  • Algebra 2.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Differentiation 1.
  • Differentiation 2.

Maths (H) Paper 2 – Topics from:

Topics from:

  • Trigonometry 1.
  • Trigonometry 2.
  • Co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Probability.
  • Statistics.

Please bring maths tables and calculator

 

Maths (O)

This course covers the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Ordinary Level Maths exam.

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

Maths (O) Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Arithmetic and Money.
  • Algebra.
  • Sequences and Series.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Calculus (differentiation).

Maths (O) Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Coordinate geometry of the line.
  • Coordinate geometry of the circle.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Statistics.
  • Probability.

Please bring maths tables and calculator

 

Physics (H)

This course gives an intensive overview of key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Physics exam.

Due to syllabus length, Physics is divided into two separate sections, Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A – Topics from:

  • Mechanics 1
    Linear Motion, Newton’s laws of Motion and conservation of momentum.
  • Mechanics 2
    Pressure, moments of forces, circular motion, planets and simple harmonic motion.
  • Sound and Waves
    Doppler Effect, stretched strings and sound intensity.
  • Light
    Reflection, refraction, diffraction and nature of light.
  • Heat and temperature
    Thermometers, specific heat capacity and specific latent heat.

Section B – Topics from:

  • Electricity 1
    Charge, Coulomb’s law and capacitance.
  • Electricity 2
    Current, resistance, conductivity and semiconductors.
  • Electromagnetism
    Force on a current carrying conductor in a magnetic field and electromagnetic induction.
  • Modern Physics
    Photoelectric effect, X-rays, radioactivity and nuclear energy.
  • Particle Physics
    Nuclear reactions, mass energy conversions and nuclear particles.

Bring maths tables, past papers and calculator

 

Religious Studies (H)

This course gives an intensive overview of key elements of the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Religious Studies exam.

Due to syllabus length, Religious Studies is divided into Section A and Section B. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Section A  (Written Paper) – Topics from:

  • Search for Meaning & Values.
  • Christianity.
  • World Religions.
  • Moral Decision Making.
  • Religion & Gender.
  • Issues of Justice & Peace.

Section B – Topics from:

  • Coursework.

 

Spanish (H)

This course is designed to prepare students for the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Spanish exam.

Topics from:

  • Overview of the exam paper.
  • Key grammar points for each part of the exam
  • Reading Comprehension
    Strategies and key vocabulary.
  • Opinion piece
    Topics, mind maps, structure, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions, common errors.
  • Writing techniques
    Dialogue construction.
    Formal letters.
    Diary entries.
    Notes.
  • Aural comprehension
    Strategies, vocabulary for the weather report and practice with past exam papers and mock exams.
    Work on common errors.
  • Advise for the exam
    Time management.
  • Handout given on Oral Examination

 

Spanish Oral (H/O)

This course is intended to build student confidence and conversational technique, ensuring a more relaxed and confident performance in the Leaving Cert Spanish oral examination.

Topics from:

  • Understanding the oral exam.
  • Expanding on common topics.
  • Sample answers.
  • Tips on how to best perform on the day.
  • The use of technology in preparation for the exam will also be discussed.

Course Dates: Monday 30 December 2019 – Friday 02 January 2020

The updated timetable for 2020/21 will be posted shortly.

 

Class Times: 9am – 10.15am

TimeSubject
9am-10.15amApplied Maths (H)
Biology (H) A
Business (H) A
English (H)
English (H) 5th Year
Geography (H) A
History (H) A
Irish (H)
Maths (H) 5 Year
Maths (O) P1
Maths (H) Fast Pace P1
Maths (H) P1

 

Class Times: 10.30am – 11.45am

TimeSubject
10.30am-11.45amAg Science (H)
Applied Maths (H)
Biology (H) B
Business (H) B
English (H)
English (H) 5th Year
French (H)
Geography (H) C
History (H) B
Art History (H)
Home Ec (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) 5th Year
Maths (O) P2
Maths (H) Fast Pace P2
Maths (H) P2

 

Class Times: 12pm – 1.15pm

TimeSubject
12pm-1.15pmAccounting (H)
Biology (H) A
Business (H) A
Chemistry (H) A
Economics (H) A
English (H)
French (H)
German (H)
Irish (H)
Irish (H) 5th Year
Maths (H) P1
Physics (H) A
Spanish (H)

 

Class Times: 2pm – 3.15pm

TimeSubject
2pm-3.15pmAccounting (H)
Biology (H) 5th Year
Biology (H) B
Business (H) B
Chemistry (H) B
Economics (H) B
English (H)
French (H)
Geography (H) B
German (H)
Irish (H)
Irish Oral (H/O)
Maths (H) P2
Physics (H) B
Spanish (H)

 

Class Times: 3.30pm – 4.45pm

TimeSubject
3.30pm-4.45pmBiology (H) A
Chemistry (H) A
Economics (H) A
English (H)
French (H)
French (H) 5th Year
French Oral (H/O)
Geography (H) B
German Oral (H/O)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P2
Physics (H) A
Religion (H) A
Spanish Oral (H/O)

 

Class Times: 5pm – 6.15pm

TimeSubject
5pm-6.15pmBiology (H) B
Chemistry (H) B
Economics (H) B
English (H)
French (H)
Geography (H) B
Irish (H)
Maths (H) P1
Physics (H) B
Religion (H) B

Fees for 2020 will be posted shortly.

  • 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: 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: 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 Christmas 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.