Summer Online Grinds for 6th Year Students

Monday 22 June – Friday 17 July 2020

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At The Institute of Education we understand the challenges that students have faced over the last number of months. That’s why we have completely redesigned our summer courses for this year, identifying the most effective ways of delivering our exceptional teaching while allowing students to stay within the comfort of their own home.

The Summer 2020 Online Preparation Course is a short, engaging, exam orientated course aimed specifically at students entering 6th year of the Senior Cycle.

The course provides students with a unique blend of daily live online classes and pre-recorded video tutorials, all supported by The Institute of Education’s legendary exam-focused notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge in advance of the course.

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Students attending our 6th Year Summer Online Grinds receive the following benefits:

  • A unique blend of daily live classes and pre-recorded video content, all delivered by our expert teachers.
  • The opportunity to interact with teachers and ask questions during daily online live classes.
  • Access to pre-recorded video content to support class-room tuition, which students can review in their own time and play, pause and replay multiple times.
  • Comprehensive, exam-focused course notes, which will be printed and delivered free of charge nationwide.

 

To learn more about what will be covered in each subject, please select from the list below:

 

Biology

This course is structured to provide students entering 6th year with the confidence that is
essential for achieving their full potential in their Leaving Certificate Biology exam. It will
give students a head start in 6th year by gaining the important knowledge on the key topics
that are nearly always present on the exam paper.

For students who feel not enough of the course was covered in 5th year or found Biology
difficult, this one week course will help you start 6th year feeling prepared for the Leaving
Certificate Biology exam. For students attending this course hoping to achieve top marks,
challenging questions with exam focused answers based on the marking scheme will be
carried out.

Each student will get a set of notes on the topics listed below along with every exam
question on that topic. These notes will contain what the student needs to know, nothing
more or nothing less. At the end of the week students will also be aware of the number of
questions that are asked from unit one, unit two and unit three which will influence their
study plans greatly.

Unit 1:
• Scientific Method
• Food
• Ecology

Unit 2:
• Cell Division
• Enzymes
• Photosynthesis
• Respiration
• DNA and RNA

Unit 3:
• Plant structure
• Plant Transport
• Excretion
• Blood and The Heart
• Human Digestion
• Human Reproduction

 

English

Day 1

We will commence with a 30 minute video in which the different elements of the course and the exam are explained.

A clear focus on the marking scheme and good practice will be outlined.

 

Poetry:

  • 10 minute introduction to the section. The poets prescribed for study will be listed.
  • 30 minute video. Question types, essay writing strategies and common errors in the section will be outlined.
  • Prescribed poet #1 – Seamus Heaney
  1. A brief introduction to style and thematic concerns.
  2. Poem #1 ‘Mossbawn: Sunlight’ deconstructed and explained.
  3. Poem #2 ‘A Constable Calls’ deconstructed and explained.
  4. Examination of past question and model paragraphs.
  • Prescribed Poet #2 – Eavan Boland
  1. A brief introduction to style and thematic concerns.
  2. Poem #1 ‘This Moment’ deconstructed and explained.
  3. Poem #2 ‘Child of our Time’ deconstructed and explained.
  4. Examination of past question and model paragraphs.
  • An approach to Unseen Poetry

 

Day 2

We will focus on two of the language genres prescribed for Paper 1 study. We will outline the characteristics of:

  1. Persuasive language
  2. Argumentative language

Overview:

  • 10 minute introduction to Paper 1, with a particular focus on the Reading Comprehension QA ‘style questions’. Question types, answer strategies and common errors in the section will be outlined.
  • 10 minute video introducing the key elements of Argumentative and Persuasive writing.
  • Answering a ‘style question’
  1. An examination of 2015 Text 1 – Effective speech writing.
  2. An examination of 2016 Text 1 – Persuasion in a visual text.
  3. A deconstruction of H1 standard responses.
  • A 10 minute video containing an introduction to the Paper 1 ‘Composing’
  • An approach to effective speech-writing (composing.)
  1. A deconstruction of a H1 standard student response to a speech task.
  2. A deconstruction of a problematic student response, outlining common errors.

 

Day 3

On day three we will introduce the Comparative study. The prescribed modes for examination in 2021 are:

  1. Theme or Issue
  2. The Cultural Context
  3. General Vision and Viewpoint

Overview:

  • 10 minute introduction to the section, exploring the general concept of comparative study and writing, along with the list of texts prescribed for study in 2021.
  • 20 minute video in which the concept of ‘Cultural Context’ is explored and explained.
  • A deconstruction of a Cultural Context task from a past exam, looking at Marking scheme instructions and H1 standard student responses.
  • 20 minute video in which the concept of ‘Theme or Issue’ is explored and explained.
  • A deconstruction of a Theme or Issue task from a past exam, looking at Marking scheme instructions and H1 standard student responses.
  • 20 minute video in which the concept of ‘General Vision and Viewpoint’ is explored and explained.
  • A deconstruction of a General Vision and Viewpoint task from a past exam, looking at Marking scheme instructions and H1 standard student responses.

 

***It is important to note that this work will not address any three specific texts. As students will study a variety of texts for the exam, a variety of texts will be used to illustrate the points made in the lessons.

 

Day 4

On day 4 we will explore ‘King Lear’, by William Shakespeare. This is the single text that will be studied by the vast majority of students.

Overview:

  • 10 minute introduction to the section, looking at the key areas to prepare.
  • 30 minute video which explores and explains the events and key quotes of Act I, sc(i), the exposition.
  • A look at past examination questions, outlining how to break a question down into its constituent parts. An approach to planning.
  • 30 minute video which explores the events and key quotes of Act V, sc(iii), the dénouement.
  • Character analysis – Edmund and Edgar. An exploration of their role, and explanation of the key quotes associated with the characters.
  • Approaching a question – Language and Imagery in ‘King Lear’.
  • Approaching a question – Justice and Injustice in ‘King Lear.’

 

Day 5

We will return to Paper 1 where we will explore two more language genres:

  1. Narrative language
  2. Aesthetic language

The elements of effective personal essay writing will also feature.

Overview:

  • 10 minute video introducing the key elements of Narrative and Aesthetic writing
  • Answering a ‘style question’
  1. An examination of 2016 Text 2 – effective narrative and aesthetic writing.
  2. A deconstruction of a H1 standard response.
  • Composing – the ‘Short Story’ task. A breakdown of question types and a deconstruction of an effective student response.
  • 30 minute video – an approach to the ‘Question B’ task.
  • Composing – ‘The Personal Essay’ task. A breakdown of question types and a deconstruction of a successful response to the 2019 Personal Writing essay task.

 

 

French

This five-day course will bring you right where you need to be to comfortably start thinking about the leaving certificate of 2021. Each day, you will discover a new skill with videos, exam technique notes, grammar notes and vocabulary and live teaching:

 

DAY 1 :

  • Approaching the paper
  • Managing your time
  • Answering properly a reading comprehension
  • Understanding literary and journalistic styles
  • Presenting a document in the oral
  • Achieving clarity and spontaneity in written and oral

 

DAY 2 :

  • Using the present of the indicative and of the subjunctive
  • Writing a reaction piece
  • Speaking about yourself / what you do / your interests and your worries

 

DAY 3 :

  • Using the passé composé and understanding its rules.
  • Writing a diary.
  • Speaking about what you did that morning / last weekend/ last summer.

 

DAY 4 :

  • Using all the past tenses together (passé composé /imperfect / past perfect.)
  • Writing a story
  • Describing what you used to do

 

DAY 5 :

  • Using the future, the conditional and the IF sequence
  • Writing an email
  • Saying what you will do next weekend / next year / what would you do if

 

Learning French requires willingness to work regularly at absorbing new vocabulary, reading different types of texts and experimenting with what has been learnt in order to express your own opinion. This short course will provide you with the technique you need to maximize the learning you will do through the year.

 

German

 

This 6th year German course will develop and reinforce the four language skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing, while concentrating on the skills and Grammar required for the Leaving Certificate Exam 2021.

The course will cover:

  • Journalistic and literary reading comprehension practice with in-depth concentration on answering skills and techniques for the exam paper
  • Leaving Certificate German Oral format and marking scheme will be covered in detail including some roleplays and pictures sequences for 2021
  • Productive writing techniques and essential Grammar needed for the written paper
  • Essential Grammar areas including: Tenses/ Cases / Word Order / Relative pronoun
  • Aural comprehension practice with emphasis on essential skills required for the aural exam using online authentic listening material
  • The course will concentrate on building up and developing the student’s communicative skills in written and oral proficiency

Day 1:

Video

  • 25/30 minutes duration
  • Covering the overall marking scheme
  • Answering techniques / Skill of written paper
  • How to get the grade on the day of exam

 

Handout

  • One handout booklet per day covering everything for that day.

 

Class

  • Cover exam paper 2019 in class and marking scheme
  • Roleplay / Picture sequence 2021
  • Written themes/ oral syllabus introduced
  • Introduction to formal grammar on exam paper
  • Oral theme covered

 

Day 2

Video (i)

15 minutes introduction to word order

 

Video (ii)

15 minutes on Present tense

 

Class:

  • Present tense used in written and oral
  • Importance of word order and issues that can occur
  • Sentence formation using conjunctions / word order
  • Approach to productive writing after comprehension
  • How not to lose marks in productive written section
  • Picture Sequence/ Role play 2021
  • Oral theme

 

Day 3:

 

Video (i)

15 minutes on Perfect tense

 

Video (ii)

15 minutes introduction to cases

 

Class

  • Formation /usage of the perfect tense
  • Introduction to the cases/ exam questions
  • Aural technique / practice on skills
  • Future tense / oral exam
  • Letter writing technique
  • Roleplay / picture sequence 2021
  • Perfect tense usage in oral exam

 

Day 4

Video (i)

  • 15 minutes Imperfect tense

 

Video (ii)

  • 15 minutes Cases part 2

 

Class

  • Formation of the Imperfect tense.
  • Cases part 2 / exam questions
  • Reading comprehension/ Imperfect tense usage
  • Picture sequence / role play 2021
  • Tips on how to approach and improve listening skills
  • Oral theme

 

Day 5

 

Video (i)

  • 15 minutes on Word order 2 / sentence formation

 

Video (ii)

  • 15 minutes on Relative pronoun

 

Class

  • Formation of the relative pronoun sentences
  • Word order / Conditional tense in Oral exam
  • Roleplay /Picture Sequence 2021
  • Reading comprehension check list
  • Deutsche Welle media resources for listening
  • Oral theme

 

 

Irish

This course is designed to give students insights and methodologies on how best to approach the various aspects of the Leaving Certificate Irish syllabus.

During the five days of this course we will cover the following topics:

  • Aiste
  • Léamhthuiscint
  • Gramadach
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht Bhreise
  • An Scrúdú Cainte

 

Maths

This course is designed for students who have completed a 5th year programme.  Schools do not all teach the same content, in the same order, in 5th year.  With that in mind, this course will revise the most common material covered in 5th year by most schools and also introduce concepts and material that will be new to the students.  By the end of the course, the students will be well prepared for starting into their 6th year Maths programme in September.

 

 

The material covered each day will be as follows:

Day 1 – Algebra : Solving equations

Day 2 – Algebra : Surds, Indices and Logs

Day 3 – Functions and Calculus

Day 4 – Coordinate Geometry of the Line and the Circle

Day 5 – Trigonometry

 

Spanish

This course will help students to get a head start on their preparations for the Leaving Certificate. During the course we will cover the following topics:

  • General overview of the exam paper
  • Key grammar points

Verbs: present, future, conditional, 3 past tenses, subjunctive, imperative and gerund

Some special verbs: gustar, ser and estar

Pronouns

  • Vocabulary: Synonyms and False Friends

 

Reading Comprehension

Exam techniques and vocabulary from past papers.

 

Writing

  • Opinion piece (Structure, topics, vocabulary, idiomatic expressions…)
  • Writing techniques for Dialogue construction, Diary entries and Notes.
  • Sentence building. Work on common errors.

 

Listening comprehension

  • Vocabulary from past papers
  • Vocabulary for the weather report
  • Strategies to maximise marks

 

Oral

  • Understanding the oral exam.
  • Interview technique – expanding on common topics.
  • Sample answers.
  • Role-play preparation.
  • Tips on how to perform best on the day.
  • Using technology to improve.

DateTimeSubject
Mon 22 June- Fri 26 June 20209.30am- 1pmEnglish
9.30am- 1pmBiology
9.30am- 1pmFrench
9.30am- 1pmGerman
9.30am- 1pmSpanish
Mon 29 June- Fri 03 July 20209.30am- 1pmMaths
9.30am- 1pmIrish
Mon 06 July- Fri 10 July 20209.30am- 1pmEnglish
9.30am- 1pmBiology
Mon 13 July- Fri 17 July 20209.30am- 1pmMaths
9.30am- 1pmIrish
**3 For 2 Special Offer!**
Book your place now and get three subjects for the price of two

SubjectsFee
1 subject€295
2 subjects€575
3 subjects€575
4 subjects€745

Please note:

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  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, enrolled on the same courses. Please contact our office at 01 661 3511 to avail of this discount.
  • Fees are non-transferable

Please click on each question below for an answer: 

 

Q: How long is each course?

A:       Each online course runs over 5 days, Monday – Friday. The course requires 3.5 hours of student engagement per day.

 

Q: What is the format of the course?

A:       The course consists of a blend of live online classes and pre-recorded video content. Students receive approximately 1.5 hours of live tuition each day and two hours of pre-recorded video tutorials. Live online classes are split into two or three sessions per day, starting no later than 9.30am and ending no later than 1pm. The maximum duration of any of the individual pre-recorded video tutorials is 30 minutes.

 

Q: Is there a limit to the number of courses I have access to?

A:       You can enrol for any number and any combination of courses you wish from our Summer 2020 Online Revision Course timetable. You will only have access to the courses and notes for the subjects for which you have enrolled.

 

Q: Is it possible to receive copies of the Institute’s class notes?

A:       Yes. Our online classes are supported by the Institute’s exam-focused class notes which will be delivered to students homes FREE of charge. In order to guarantee delivery of notes in time for the commencement of the course, students are advised to book their place at least two weeks in advance.

 

Q: How will I access my online courses?

A:       We will email you a link to the pre-recorded classes, for which you are enrolled, along with a unique password

 

Q: Who do I contact if I have difficulty accessing my online classes:

A:       If you experience difficulties accessing your classes please email info@instituteofeducation.ie