Weekly Grinds for 1st Year Students

Live online and classroom based grinds: resume from Monday, 10th January 2022

Every week hundreds of students all over Ireland attend our Weekly Grinds classes online and at our Leeson Street Campus. Taught by our exceptional teachers our online and onsite classes are fully interactive allowing our students to ask questions and interact with their teacher during their class.

All of our grinds classes are recorded live enabling our students to re-watch, pause and rewind their classes as often as they wish. The live recordings will be available to our students until the end of the state exams in 2022.

All students joining our weekly classes now will receive access to recordings of all the classes that have already taken place since the start of the course.

Online tuition will be supplemented by the Institute’s legendary class notes, which will be delivered to students every month. All students joining our weekly classes now will also receive the full suite of notes to accompany the recordings of the classes that have already taken place since the start of the course.

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1st Year students attending our weekly grinds online will receive the following benefits:

  • Expert Leaving Certificate tuition from the Institute’s highly qualified and experienced teachers
  • Access to live recordings of every class – meaning students will never miss a class
  • The Institute’s legendary class notes to support online and in-class tuition
  • A deeper understanding of their chosen subjects
  • Strategies for maximising academic performance and exam success

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.



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
Types of Data
CBA Guidelines

Nutrition + Health
The Digestive System
Respiration and the Breathing System

The Periodic Table
Compounds and Mixtures
Ionic and Covalent Bonding
Chemical Reactions


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 (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

This year we look forward to welcoming 1st year students from all over Ireland to our weekly LIVE online grinds classes.

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: 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 2022.


Q: Are there any specific requirements to attending online grinds?

A: We would advise that all students enrolling in our online grinds have the following:
• Access to a reliable wifi service.
• Access to a PC, Laptop, Tablet, or similar device.
• We would not recommend using a mobile phone.
• Headphones/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: 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. 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: 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, free of charge. Advance booking is required. To register your interest please click here.


Q: How much is the fee per class?

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.


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.


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: 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. Please refer to the timetable for more details.


Q: Can part-time students take up an extra subject or a subject that is not available to them in their own school?

A: Yes, with consideration being given to the suitability of the subject. It is advisable that students take on a new subject at the start of the academic year and notify their teacher. Our 6th Year programme covers each subject in full.


Q: What subjects would you recommend to take on as an extra subject?

A: The most popular subjects would be: Applied Maths; Economics; Business; Accountancy; Classical Studies and Agricultural Science.


Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?

A: Our classes are interactive and our teachers use a variety of methods to ensure that students can ask questions and contribute 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 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 revision 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: Teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year, and should be able to advise on this.


Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend further classes. Can I have a refund?

A: Should a student decide to discontinue their course at any stage, a refund will be processed for all remaining classes paid for in advance.


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 2021/22.

NOTE: All classes are 60 minutes in duration.

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

Weekly schedule

WeekWeek CommencingNote
16th Sept 2021First Week
213th Sept 2021
320th Sept 2021
427th Sept 2021
54th Oct 2021
611th Oct 2021
718th Oct 2021
N/A25th Oct 2021Mid-Term
81st Nov 2021
98th Nov 2021
1015th Nov 2021
1122nd Nov 201
1229th Nov 2021
136th Dec 2021
1413th Dec 2021
N/A20th Dec 2021Christmas
N/A27th Dec 2021Christmas
N/A3rd Jan 2022Christmas
1510th Jan 2022
1617th Jan 2022Installment Due
1724th Jan 2022
1831st Jan 2022
197th Feb 2022
2014th Feb 2022
N/A21st Feb 2022Mid-Term
2128th Feb 2022
227th March 2022
N/A14th March 2022St. Patrick's Day
2321st March 2022
2428th March 2022
254th April 2022
N/A11th April 2022Easter
N/A18th April 2022Easter
2625th April 2022
272nd May 2022
289th May 2022
2916th May 2021Final Week

Online Timetable

Monday18:45Irish (Common)
Wednesday17:30Science (Common)
Thursday17:30English (Common)

Number of SubjectsPrice (as at January 2022)
1 Subject€680
2 Subjects€1,165
3 Subjects€1,490
4 Subjects€1,820
5 Subjects€2,150
Each Subsequent Subject€328

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.
  • Should a student decide to discontinue their course at any stage, a refund will be processed for all remaining classes paid for in advance.
  • Fees are non-transferable.