Weekly Grinds for 1st Year Students

Live online grinds to help 1st Year students achieve greater academic success.

Join our 1st year students from all over Ireland who attend our weekly grinds classes to boost their academic performance.
Join today and you will also get access to all the class recordings and notes from all previous classes from September up to when you join.

1st year Students attending our weekly grinds will also receive:

  • Access to expert teachers
  • Answers to their questions
  • Comprehensive notes
  • Recordings of all live classes to rewatch right up to the end of the 2023 Junior Cycle exams

Our formula for success:

Expert Teachers + Exam Focused Notes + Live Class Recordings = Better Academic Results

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


Irish (C)

This course will provide first year students with essential skills to develop their Irish language at the early stages of the Junior Cycle. The course will focus on all of the key language skills – reading, writing, listening and oral. This course will also cover literature which is a central aspect of the new Junior Cycle Irish course.

The course will also have a strong focus on grammar which is a key component in being able to produce written pieces. Grammar covered will include sentence structure, the primary tenses, questions, negatives, the saorbhriathar, the séimhiú and urú, numbers, the possessive adjective and prepositions. By the end of the course, students will feel more confident in writing their own sentences in Irish.

To complement the class notes, students will also have access to videos to reinforce course material.


Maths (C)

This course will cover all the main topics from the 1st Year Maths curriculum.

Topics Include:

  • The Number System + BOMDAS – Natural Numbers, Integers, Real Numbers (Fractions, decimals, percentages)
  • Introduction to Algebra
  • Introduction to Basic Equations
  • Sets
  • Probability
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Distance, Speed and Time
  • Statistics
  • Representing Data (graphs)
  • Perimeter, Area and Volume
  • Geometry – Points and Angles, Lines and Triangles
  • Patterns and Transformation Geometry


Science (C)

This course is structured to give the students the knowledge to achieve their potential. This is the first of three years in the Junior Cycle and an important one in forming the foundations needed for success.

  • Introduction to Science
    • Nature of Science
    • Laboratory Rules
    • Equipment
    • Types of Data
    • CBA Guidelines
  • Biology
    • Nutrition + Health
    • The Digestive System
    • Microorganisms
    • Respiration and the Breathing System
  • Chemistry
    • The Periodic Table
    • Compounds and Mixtures
    • Ionic and Covalent Bonding
    • Chemical Reactions
  • Physics
    • Measurements
    • Distance/Speed/TimeForces
  • Earth and Space
    • Interactions between Earth/Moon/Sun
    • Recycling of Nutrients in Nature


English (C)

This course will aim to give first year students the essential skills to improve at the early stages of their Junior Cert cycle.

Topics Include:

Writing Skills and Paragraphing
Poetry Skills
Personal Writing and Short Story Skills
Media Studies
Language skills ( story writing, functional writing, and comprehension)

Topics Include:

  • Writing Skills and Paragraphing
  • Poetry Skills (Theme of Conflict)
  • Personal Writing and Short Story Skills
  • Media Studies
  • Language skills ( story writing, functional writing and comprehension)
    • The ingredients of the short story
    • Useful exercises to help me improve

Our live online classes are delivered as per the timetable. All classes are taught by our expert teachers using Microsoft Teams. This technology is reliable, intuitive and familiar to many students. It allows the teachers to dedicate their full attention to teaching and students to focus on learning.

This method of class delivery offers many advantages to students:

Interaction: Each student can interact with their teacher before, during and after class. Similarly, teachers can interact with their students either individually or as a class group

Progression: This two-way communication enables teachers to accurately gauge students’ ongoing progress and understanding

Clarification: Students may message their teachers directly if they prefer to seek further explanation on a particular point without interrupting the class

Over 4,000 students attended online classes with us in the last 12 months. 97% of students who did so said that they were very satisfied with the class delivery and format.

Our commitment to you: whether you choose to attend our weekly grinds online or on-site you can be assured that the outcome will be exceptional

Please note:
Login details for online classes will be issued to students by email before the start of the course.

We have provided answers to other Frequently Asked Questions below, but if you have any other questions, please contact info@instituteofeducation.ie.

Online Grinds FAQs

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Q: What subjects are available Online?

A: Please click here to view the timetable of subjects on offer online.


Q: How do I access my online grinds classes?

A: Students enrolled on the course will receive an email from us containing their unique login details and link to access their chosen subjects through our online student platform, Moodle. Login credentials will be sent in advance of the course start date.  Only those details sent to you will enable you to successfully access classes online.


Q: How are the online classes hosted?

A: All online classes are hosted live on Microsoft Teams. The links to the weekly classes are accessed via Moodle. Students must sign into both Moodle and MS Teams with the @instituteofeducation.ie login credentials sent to the student.


Q: Are the online grinds pre-recorded?

A: Each online class is taught live with the teacher and class group as per the timetable. Recordings of each class will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid until the end of June 2023.


Q: Will I have access to recordings of the live classes?

A: Yes, recordings of classes will be available after each live class is completed. All classes are also recorded live. You will be able to re-watch, pause and rewind the class recordings as often as you wish, making them an invaluable revision aid. The live recordings will be available until the end of the state exams in 2023.


Q: Are there any specific requirements for attending online classes?

A: We advise that all students enrolling in our online classes have access to the following:

    • Access to a reliable Wi-Fi service
    • Access to a PC, Laptop, Tablet or similar device (We would recommend not to use a mobile phone)
    • Headphone/Earphones


Q: If I'm attending the online grinds will I have access to the notes?

A: Yes, students enrolled in online grinds will receive a monthly delivery of notes for each chosen subject. Please allow five working days for delivery from the time of booking.


Q: If I enrol in an online class, can I also avail of classes at Leeson Street?

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes at Leeson Street. Click here for details.


Q: How do I access my online grinds classes?

A: Students enrolled on the course will receive an email from us containing their unique login details and links to access their chosen subjects. Login credentials will be sent in advance of course start date. Only those details sent to you will enable you to successfully access classes online.


Q: Are the online grinds pre-recorded?

A: No, each online grinds class is streamed live as per the timetable. Recordings of classes will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid.


Q: Will I have access to recordings of the live grinds classes?

A: Yes, recordings of classes will be available after each live class is completed. These can then be replayed as a revision aid. These will be available up until the end of the State exams 2023.


Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be posted out to each student for the subjects they enrol in, on a monthly basis.


Q: If I am doing weekly grinds, can I change my choice of subject or class-time during the year?

A: Yes, we will allow class changes up to Easter, subject to available places.  Please contact our office to arrange any changes on 01-661 3511


Q: How long is each weekly grinds class?

A: Each class lasts 60 minutes.


Q: How much is the fee per subject?

A: This depends on the number of subjects taken. Please refer to the fees table to see a list of fees.


Q: How many weeks of tuition are there in the weekly grinds course?

A: There are 29 weeks of tuition (29 classes) between September and May. Students will have 1 class per subject booked per week.


Q: If I start weekly grinds later in the year, will this be reflected in the fees I pay?

A: Yes, fees are reduced 3 times throughout the year. The website always displays the most current and up-to-date pricing.


Q: Is attendance at weekly grinds and part-time courses monitored?

A: Yes, attendance is monitored for each class attended. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to attend class.


Q: What style are the classes conducted in? Can students ask questions?


  • Our classes run in a more lecture style than most students might be used to in school, but they are also interactive, and teachers will use a variety of methods to ensure that students can learn and understand and feel comfortable asking questions and contributing to the class.


Q: For weekly grinds, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?

A: No, in the weekly classes each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May.  Students can catch up on what they have missed by reviewing the previous class recordings and notes.


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: Yes, teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year, and should be able to advise on this.


Q: My son/daughter cannot attend 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.

Below are the timetables for each of our weekly grinds locations for the Academic Year 2022/23.

NOTE: All classes are 60 minutes in duration.

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

Weekly schedule

WeekWeek CommencingNote
15th Sept 2022First Week
212th Sept 2022
319th Sept 2022
426th Sept 2022
53rd Oct 2022
610th Oct 2022
717th Oct 2022
824th Oct 2022
N/A31st Oct 2022Mid-Term
97th Nov 2022
1014th Nov 2022
1121st Nov 2022
1228th Nov 2022
135th Dec 2022
1412th Dec 2022
N/A19th Dec 2022Christmas
N/A26th Dec 2022Christmas
N/A2nd Jan 2023Christmas
159th Jan 2023
1616th Jan 2023
1723rd Jan 2023
1830th Jan 2023
196th Feb 2023St. Brigid's Bank Holiday*
N/A13th Feb 2023Mid-Term
2020th Feb 2023
2127th Feb 2023
226th March 2023
N/A14th March 2023St. Patrick's Day
2320th March 2023
2427th March 2023
N/A3rd April 2023Easter
N/A10th April 2023Easter
2517th April 2023
2624th April 2023
271st May 2023May Bank Holiday**
288th May 2023
2915th May 2023Final Week

*Classes will be taught on Bank Holiday Monday 6th Feb ’23
**No classes on Bank Holiday Monday 1st May’23. Classes will be taught instead on Monday 22nd May.

Online Timetable

Monday17:30Irish (Common)
Tuesday17:30Maths (Common)
Wednesday17:30English (Common)
Thursday17:30Science (Common)

Number of SubjectsPrice
1 Subject€650
2 Subjects€1,110
3 Subjects€1,425
4 Subjects€1,735
5 Subjects€2,050
6 Subjects€2,360
Each Subsequent Subject€315

Onsite and online fees are the same.

All students joining our weekly classes now will receive access to recordings of all the classes for which they have enrolled.  In addition, they will have access to recordings of the classes that have already taken place since the start of the course. This is an invaluable aid when it comes to revision.

Please note:

  • 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.
  • In the event that on-site classes cannot be delivered, students may attend our online classes. A refund will be issued to reflect the difference in fees.
  • Fees are non-transferable.