Weekly Grinds for 6th Year Students

Live online and classroom based grinds: starting from Monday, 6th September 2021

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From September students will have the option to attend our weekly grinds classes LIVE online, as well as onsite at our Leeson Street campus in Dublin 2*.

Taught by our exceptional teachers our online and onsite classes are fully interactive and our students will have the ability to ask questions and interact with their teacher during their classes.

This year we are excited to announce that all of our grinds classes will be recorded live. Our students will be able to re-watch, pause and rewind these class recordings as often as they wish making them an invaluable revision aid. The live recordings will be available to our students until the end of the state exams in 2022. (The school data policy is available to view here.)

All of our weekly grinds classes will be supplemented by the Institute’s legendary class notes, which will be distributed to students in class and delivered to online students every month.

***EARLY BOOKING OFFER***

Students who enrol in our weekly grinds programme before 13 September 2021 will receive FREE access to our new Elevate Programme (value: €365). This programme is designed to help students achieve their full academic potential through honing in on their strengths and addressing barriers to effective learning. For further information about this unique programme please click here

 

*Classroom based classes will be delivered in accordance with prevailing public health guidelines.

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6th Year students attending our weekly grinds either online or in Leeson Street 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:

Accounting (H)

The course focuses on continuous practise of likely Leaving Certificate Higher level Accounting topics, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme and how students can maximise their grades in the exam. Time is spent studying the Theory section of the course, which is essential if students hope to achieve a H1 grade in the exam. Comprehensive notes with fully worked solutions will also be provided.

Topics from:

  • Club Accounts.
  • Service Firms.
  • Farm Accounts.
  • Incomplete Records.
  • Cash Budgeting.
  • Product Costing.
  • Tabular Statements.
  • Ratio Analysis.
  • Marginal Costing.
  • Flexible Budgeting.
  • Production Budgeting.
  • Depreciation/Revaluation.
  • Control Accounts.
  • Cash Flow Statements.
  • Suspense.
  • Published Accounts.
  • Final Accounts.

 

Applied Maths (H)

These classes cover nine out of ten topics from the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Applied Maths exam (students only have to answer any six). Emphasis is placed on understanding the methods required to answer each type of question on the exam. Comprehensive notes are provided on all topics, along with fully worked solutions to all questions. As many students taking these classes are not studying Applied Maths in their own schools, homework is offered as an option. Students are given a set of exercise questions at the end of each class which they can submit the following week. Any student who chooses to submit their attempts have these fully marked and returned.

Topics from:

  • Linear Motion.
  • Relative Velocity.
  • Projectiles.
  • Statics.
  • Particle Dynamics.
  • Work, Energy, Power.
  • Collisions.
  • Circular Motion.
  • Simple Harmonic Motion.
  • Differential Equations.
  • Moments of Inertia.

 

Biology (H)

The practical aspects of the course are examined in great detail and the reasons for various procedures are explained. Students are encouraged to participate actively in class by asking questions and taking notes. If a student cannot attend a particular class they have the option of taking that class at an alternative time of their choosing.  All notes are made available to students with genuine reasons for absences.

Topics from:

  • The Cell.
  • Osmosis.
  • Cell Division.
  • Scientific Method.
  • Flowering Plants.
  • Germination.
  • Food & Nutrition.
  • Blood.
  • Photosynthesis.
  • Water Transport.
  • Respiration.
  • Excretion.
  • Nervous System.
  • Eye & Ear.
  • Hormones.
  • Reproduction.
  • Meiosis & DNA.
  • Genetics.
  • Evolution.
  • Ecology.
  • Microbiology.
  • Skeleton.

 

Business (H)

These classes prepare students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Business exam.

The course is divided into the following seven sections:

Unit 1 – Business Laws:

  • People in Business
    Relationships between key stakeholders (investors & entrepreneurs or employers & employees).
    The Law of Contract.
  • Consumers Laws
    The Consumer Protection Act 2007.
    The Sale of Goods and the Supply of Services Act 1980.
    The relationship between retailers & consumers.
  • Industrial Relations
    Employer & employee relationships.
    Trade unions & industrial disputes.
    The LRC/WRC & the Labour Court.
    Unfair dismissal & discrimination.

Unit 2 – Enterprise:

  • Enterprise
    Characteristics & skills of entrepreneurs characteristics.
    The notion of intrapreneurship.

Unit 3 – Management:

  • Introduction to Management
    Characteristics of a manager.
    How managers and entrepreneurs differ.
  • Management Skills 1
    The skills of Leadership and Motivation.
    Delegation.
  • Management Skills 2
    The skill of Communications.
    Business documents.
    Information Communication Technology.
  • Management Activities
    Planning.
    Organising.
    Controlling.

Unit 4 – Management in Action:

  • Human Resource Management
    Six functions of a HR manager.
  • Change
    Modern business techniques and systems.
    Modern facilitating mangers.
    Strategies to introduce change into a business.
  • Taxation
    Tax calculations.
    Taxes a business must pay.
  • Insurance
    The principles of insurance & risk management.
    Types of insurance a business can use to financially protect itself.
  • Finance
    Types of short, medium & long term finances available to a business.
    Cash Flow Forecast analysis & calculations.
  • Ratios
    Calculation of six major accounting ratios.
    How to interpret the results.

Unit 5 – Marketing:

  • Identifying Opportunities
    Methods to generate new business ideas.
  • Marketing
    Market research.
    Market segmentation.
    Target markets.
    Marketing strategies.
    The marketing concept.
  • Product & Price
    First two elements of the marketing mix – Product & Price.
  • Place & Promotion
    Next two elements of the marketing mix – Promotion & Place.
  • Break Even Charts
    How to do break even calculations.
    How to draft a break even chart.
  • Expansion
    Why a firm will expand.
    Organic & inorganic methods of expansion.
  • Getting Started
    How to get money to set up your firm.
    Production options (job, batch & mass production).
    Formulating a Business Plan.

Unit 6 – The Domestic Scene:

  • Business Scene
    Primary, secondary & tertiary sectors of the economy.
  • Business Organisations
    Focus on nine organisational structures.
  • Ethics
    Business ethics.
    Business social responsibility.
  • Government & the Economy
    Government role in the economy.
    The six economic variables.
  • Community Development
    Developing urban & rural disadvantaged areas.

Unit 7 – The International Scene:

  • International Trade
    Trade.
    Balance of payments.
    Trading blocs.
    Opportunities & challenges firms face in international trade.
  • Globalisation
    The impact of globalisation on Irish firms.
    Global adaptions to the marketing mix.
    Transnational companies & their impact on economies.
  • European Union
    The benefits and challenges of the EU to Irish firms.
    EU institutions and decision making process of the EU.
    The Common Policies of the EU.

 

Chemistry (H)

This course focuses on all aspects of the Leaving Certificate Chemistry syllabus, with particular emphases on exam technique and past papers. Chemistry practicals are also discussed in detail.

Topics from:

  • History of the atom / Bohrs Theory.
  • Bohrs Theory review / periodic table trends.
  • Radioactivity / Stoichiometry.
  • Stoichiometry / Acid Base.
  • Acid Base / Volumetric Analysis.
  • Volumetric Analysis.
  • Volumetric Analysis / Redox.
  • Redox / Rates of Reaction.
  • Rates of Reaction & graphs.
  • Equilibrium.
  • Equilibrium further calculations.
  • Water.
  • Water titrations & treatment.
  • Organic chemistry introduction.
  • Further Organic chemistry, aldehydes, Ketones & Carboxylic acids.
  • Organic chemistry practicals.
  • Organic chemistry / Thermochemistry / Fuels.
  • Organic Chemistry mechanisms.
  • Organic Synthesis.
  • Limiting & excess Reagents.
  • Industrial & atmospheric chemistry.
  • Short answer Questions from Q4.

Please bring periodic table and calculator

 

Classical Studies (H)

The aim of this course is to provide insights for the students into the ancient Greek & Roman worlds through the study of literature, philosophy, architecture, art and the politics of those ancient races. Weekly homework is required, involving essays based on exam questions. Monthly tests take place and mini-tests are also held regularly. All students are encouraged to sit the Mock exam in this subject in March. A revision of all aspects of the course is conducted in the final weeks of the academic year.

Topics from:

  • Alexander the Great.
  • Greek Drama.
  • The Philosopher in Society – A study of Plato and Socrates.
  • Roman Art and Architecture.

 

Economics (H)

NOTE: Students cannot take this subject independently after October 2020.

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.

Introduction:

  • What is Economics about?
  • Introducing supply & demand.
  • Introducing factors of production.
  • A brief history of economics in the last 100 years.

Macro-Economics:

  • Government
    Theory of government.
    The government’s economic objectives and policies.
    How much government involvement should be there?
    Privatisation .
    Government finances.
    The National Budget.
    The National Debt.
    Taxation.
  • Banking
    Functions and characteristics of money.
    History of money and banking.
    How a bank can create purchasing power in the economy.
    How the Central Bank can control the banking system.
    The European Central Bank and the operation of monetary policy.
  • Inflation
    Measurement of inflation using the CPI.
    User and limitations of the CPI.
    Causes, problems & solutions of inflation.
  • National Income
    Measurement of National Income.
    Uses & limitations of the National Income statistics.
    Determination of National Income.
    The Multiplier Theory and Worked numeric examples.
  • International Trade
    Reasons for international Trade.
    Law of Comparative Advantage.
    Protectionism V’s Free Trade.
    Balance of Payments.
    Exchange rates systems.
    Determination of exchange rates.
  • The European Union
    History of European integration.
    Advantages & disadvantages.
    Enlargement of the EU.
    The Euro.
    Other EU policies.
  • Developing Economics
    Problems & developments in the Third World.
    How UE trade policies infringe in growth in these regions.
    Third World debt & possible solutions.
    Population explosion and its consequences.

Micro-Economics:

  • Demand, Supply & Equilibrium, Utility Elasticity
    Factors influencing demand & supply.
    The interrelationship between these variables.
    Utility use & measurement.
    Price Elasticity of Demand.
    Other forms of elasticity.
  • Market Structures
    Cost structures of the firm.
    Equilibrium.
    Perfect Competition.
    Monopoly.
    Imperfect Competition.
    Oligopoly.
    Price Discrimination.
  • Factors of Production
    The demand for the factors of production, MPP, MRP.
    Land, features & effect.
    Labor.
    Enterprise.
  • The History of Economic Thought
    Adam Smith.
    The Classical School.
    Karl Marx.
    Alfred Marshall.
    John Maynard Keynes.
    Monetarism.

 

English (H)

This class is designed to give 6th Year students a comprehensive understanding of the coursework that is set for examination in Leaving Cert Higher Level English 2021.

Topics from:

  • Writing
    How to identify key features of writing in the Language of Narration, the Language of Argument and the Language of Persuasion.
    How to use this information to analyse Reading Comprehension passages.
    How to use this information to structure and write compositions and functional writing (QB) creative writing exercises.
  • Central Text
    Comprehensive notes provided on King Lear (the only Central Text dealt with in this class).
  • Poetry
    Poets TBC.
  • Comparative
    Analysis of the modes set for examination in 2021 – Theme or Issue, General Vision and Viewpoint and Literary Genre.
    Notes and model answers provided on all sections.
  • Detailed notes also provided on:
    Essay Writing.
    The A and B questions.
    King Lear as the Single Text.
    Selection of poems from all 8 poets.
    The Unseen Poem.
    The 3 Modes of comparison.
    Structuring the comparative question.
    Samples of effective comparative essay writing in each of the three modes of comparison.

Students are encouraged to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher throughout the year.

 

French (H)

This course covers all the four competencies necessary for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher level French exam – Aural, Oral, Reading and writing. While the content is similar to the 5th year course, the complexity of material covered is designed to reflect the demands of the Leaving Certificate.

Topics from:

  • Letter writing.
  • Diary entries.
  • Abstract topics.
  • Response pieces.
  • Comprehensions (method and content).
  • Listening comprehensions.
  • Oral French.

 

Geography (H)

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

Topics from:

Core Unit 1 – Physical Geography

  • Physical Geography
    Plate Tectonics.
    Earthquakes & Volcanoes.
    Folding and Faulting.
    The Rock Cycle.
    Human Interaction with the Rock Cycle.
    Weathering.
    Karst Landscapes.
    Landform Development.
    Human Interaction with Surface Processes.
  • Geographical Skills
    Map Reading
    Aerial Photograph

Core Unit 2 – Regional Geography

  • Types of Region
    Case Study – Irish Region: West of Ireland.
    Case Study – Irish Region: Greater Dublin Area.
    Case Study – Non-Irish European Region: The Paris Basin.
    Case Study – Non-Irish European Region: The Mezzogiorno.
    Case Study – Sub-Continent Regions: India, Brazil and South-West USA.
  • Geographical Skills
    Graph Interpretation.
    Statistical Interpretation.

Elective Units
Students only study one Elective Unit: Both Units will be covered. Students need only study the elective covered in their own school.

  • Human Elective
    Population Density and Distribution.
    Population Growth.
    Migration.
    Over-population.
    Urban Growth.
    Urban Land-Use.
    Urban Problems.
    Ordnance Survey Maps.
    Aerial Photographs.
  • Economic Elective
    Economic Development – Developed Economies.
    Economy and Environment.
    Impact of Globalisation.
    MNC’s.
    Sustainable Development.
    Ordnance Survey Maps.
    Aerial Photographs.

Option Units
Students only study one Option Unit. The large majority study the Geoecology Unit. Students studying other Options will be facilitated.

  • Geoecology
    Formation of Soils
    Characteristics of Soil
    Soil Processes
    Soil Types
    Human Impact on Soils
    Biomes
    Human Impact on Biomes

 

German (H)

This course helps students achieve their maximum potential in their Leaving Certificate Higher Level German exam. The classes are exam focused and homework is given throughout the year.

Topics from:

  • Oral Exam
    Exam format.
    General questions.
    Role play.
    Picture sequence /  project work.
    Option to discuss a film or novel in the oral will be covered.
  • Aural Comprehension
    Practice using CDs and authentic listening material.
    Focus on listening skills required for the test.
    Reading comprehension.
    Introduction to journalistic and literary styles of texts.
  • Writing
    Answering skills & techniques for the written exam.
    Letter writing.
    short essay.
    Opinion of issue practice.
  • Grammar
    Techniques needed for the examination.
    Formal grammar.

 

History (H)

This course is designed to help student prioritise work that needs to be done in preparation for their Leaving Certificate Higher Level History exam in June 2023 in an organised and structured way. This course is suitable for students who are undertaking History in their school. The course structure, teaching and notes are also applicable for students who wish to study History as an extra subject outside their regular timetable.

In the Fifth-Year teaching programme, emphasis is given to two course modules. Where time permits, all three topics from the compulsory documents section of the Leaving Cert exam paper will also be taught.

The three Leaving Cert History modules that feature in Fifth Year are

  1. Dictatorship and Democracy, 1920-1945.
  2. Sovereignty and Partition, 1912-1949.
  3. Politics and Society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993 (Compulsory documents section will feature from this module in the 2022 and 2023 state examinations).

Module 1: Dictatorship and Democracy, 1920-1945.

Topics that feature from the Dictatorship and Democracy module include:

  • Mussolini’s Italy.
  • The Weimar Republic.
  • The Rise of Hitler, his totalitarian regime, and life in Nazi Germany.
  • Nazi Propaganda.
  • Case Study: The Nuremberg Rallies.
  • The characteristics of fascism.
  • Fascism and the Church.
  • Britain between the Wars.
  • Case Study: The Jarrow March
  • Stalin’s Russia – ‘Fear and Transformation’.
  • Case Study: Stalin’s Show Trials.
  • Propaganda in Stalin’s Russia.
  • France between the Wars.
  • Víchy France.
  • Anglo American Culture and developments in cinema, 1920-1945.

 

Module 2: Sovereignty and Partition, 1912-1949.

Topics that feature from this Irish module include:

  • Unionist resistance to Home Rule, 1912-1914.
  • The 1916 Rising.
  • The rise of new Sinn Féin, 1916-1918.
  • The War of Independence.
  • Case Study: The Treaty Negotiations.
  • The contribution of Countess Markievicz, Padraig Pearse, Arthur Griffith, and Michael Collins to Irish affairs.
  • Socio-economic developments in the Irish Free State.
  • Case Study: The 1932 Eucharistic Congress.
  • Social morality in the Irish Free State.
  • Law and Order in the Irish Free State.
  • Steps to assert Irish sovereignty, 1922-1949.
  • Anglo-Irish relations, 1922-1949.
  • The path to partition, 1912-1949.
  • The contribution of Cosgrave and de Valera to Irish affairs.
  • Case Study: The Belfast bombings, 1941 and a comparative analysis with the war experience in Dublin.

 

Module 3: Politics and Society in Northern Ireland, 1949-1993. (Compulsory Documents Case Study Section) Emphasis will be given to the three document case studies. Other areas of the course will also feature to enable the student to achieve a more comprehensive understanding of events that influenced each of the case study topics.

  • Cultural identity and symbolism in Northern Ireland.
  • Case Study: The Apprentice Boys of Derry.
  • The O’Neill era.
  • Case Study: The Coleraine University controversy.
  • The Civil Rights Movement.
  • The outbreak of the Troubles and the collapse of Stormont, 1969-1972.
  • Case Study: The Sunningdale Agreement 1973.
  • Impact of the Troubles on Northern Ireland and political efforts that tried to establish peace.

Key personalities, core course content and material outside the syllabus will be analysed to give the student extra insight and understanding of these modules to aim for the higher grades in the state exams.

Throughout the year, students will gain access to data, content and personalities that often do not feature in mainstream textbooks. The students will have a stronger grasp of each course topic and a greater range of content with which to answer any exam question.

Information and tips regarding managing content, effective writing and essay structure will be referred to throughout the year.

Students will be instructed how to address and effectively answer the compulsory documents section of the exam paper.

 

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:

  • Nutrition & food studies.
  • Family resource management.
  • Consumer studies & social studies.
  • Food studies (dairy, cereals, food prep & cooking processes, food processing & packaging, food spoilage).
  • Elective 1 or 3 (depending on class group preference).
  • Food studies (additives, preservation, food legislation, food safety & hygiene, meat.
  • Textile studies.
  • Exam focus.
  • The marking scheme and how it is applied.
  • Answering techniques.
  • Level of detail required to ensure success.

 

Irish (H)

These classes cover all areas of the Leaving Certificate Higher level Irish exam.

Students receive sample answers in all areas of Poetry and Prose, with significant emphasis on exam technique. Weekly emphasis on the Oral and Aural sections, which cover 50% of the entire exam, is also included.

Topics from:

  • Aiste   Díosóireacht   Scéal   Oráid
  • Gramadach
  • Léamhthuiscint
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht bhreise
  • Cluastuiscint

 

 

Maths (H)

The course covers all the essential methods, formulae and procedures required for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths papers. Comprehensive notes are provided on a weekly basis, with fully worked solutions.

Topics from:

  • Numbers & Algebra.
  • Algebra.
  • Algebra & Functions.
  • Algebra & Graphs.
  • Algebra: Powers and Logs.
  • Geometry.
  • Geometry: Constructions.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Probability.
  • Differentiation.
  • Sequences & Series.
  • Financial Maths.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Integration.
  • Statistics.
  • Inferential Statistics.

Please bring log tables and calculator

 

Maths Fast-Paced (H)

This course is for students expecting to achieve at least a H2 grade in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Maths paper in June. More time is spent in the fast-paced class on more challenging questions and methods, and less time on the more basic procedures. Students are encouraged to ask questions when issues arise, as this can be of benefit to all students. Comprehensive notes are provided on a weekly basis, with fully worked solutions.

Topics from:

  • Numbers & Algebra.
  • Algebra.
  • Algebra & Functions.
  • Algebra & Graphs.
  • Algebra: Powers and Logs.
  • Geometry.
  • Geometry: Constructions.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Co-ordinate Geometry.
  • Probability.
  • Differentiation.
  • Sequences & Series.
  • Financial Maths.
  • Complex Numbers.
  • Integration.
  • Statistics.
  • Inferential Statistics.

 

Maths (O)

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

Paper 1 – Topics from:

  • Algebra.
  • Complex numbers.
  • Calculus (Differentation).
  • Number Patterns.
  • Financial Maths.

Paper 2 – Topics from:

  • Coordinate Geometry of the Line.
  • Coordinate Geometry of the Circle.
  • Trigonometry.
  • Probability.
  • Statistics.

 

Physics (H)

These classes cover all material on the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Physics syllabus. Strong emphasis is placed on the exam and past paper questions. Classes are taught in a friendly, relaxed and structured manner that is conducive to understanding the principles of physics. Detailed, accessible notes are provided on all topics, and fully worded solutions are provided for all past paper questions dating back to 2002, the first year that the present syllabus was examined.

Topics from:

  • Mechanics 1
    Linear motion.
    Newton’s laws.
  • Mechanics 2
    Moments.
    Circular motion.
    Planetary motion.
    S.H.M.
  • Sound and Waves
    Doppler Effect.
    Standing waves.
    Sound intensity.
  • Light
    Reflection.
    Refraction.
    Diffraction.
  • Electricity 1
    Nature of charge.
    Coulomb’s law.
    Capacitance.
  • Electricity 2
    Resistivity.
    Resistance.
    Conductivity.
    Semiconductors.
  • Heat and temperature
    Thermometers.
    S.H.C.
    Latent heat.
  • Electromagnetism
    Magnets.
    Electromagnetic induction.
  • Modern Physics
    Photoelectric effect.
    X-rays.
    Radioactivity.
    Nuclear energy.
  • Particle physics
    Cockcroft and Walton.
    Mass-energy.
    Quarks.
  • Exam Focus
    How to study physics.
    How to prepare for the exam.
    How to correctly read exam questions.
    How to “answer what is asked”.

Please bring log tables, past papers and calculator

 

Politics & Society (H)

This course operates in a manner that places more responsibility on its students to engage with content and concepts than a traditional ‘grinds’ environment. Central to its specifications are the theories of 16 Key Thinkers, who range from political philosophers like Thomas Hobbes, John Locke and Karl Marx, to modern Feminist thinkers such as Sylvia Walby and Martha Nussbaum.

Handling supporting data (Section B, the “Data-Based Question”) and integrating relevant contemporary case studies from home and abroad into Section C (“Discursive Essays) form the backbone of the course content covered in these grinds. This is supplemented by a detailed examination of national, international, and supranational institutions, treaties, and Non-Governmental Organizations.

The course explores four interconnected strands thought the 29 weeks:

  • Power & Decision Making
  • Human Rights & Responsibilities
  • Globalisation and Localisation
  • Active Citizenship.*

*In addition to traditionally examined materials, the subject also includes an “Active Citizenship Project” worth 20% of the students’ final grade. Given the very wide range of possible topics that students investigate in this process, this revision course offers guidance on the projects, such as layout, focus and drafting of each section, and clear engagement with the marking scheme, but the projects will not be undertaken within this structure.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

***Any students undertaking Politics and Society as a subject outside their normal timetables school subjects must ensure that they have a cooperating teacher in their own school who will be in a position to “sign-off” on their Citizenship Project and verify that it has been completed by the student. They must also ensure that they have informed their school principal that they intend to sit the exam and that their school exam centre will be in a position to facilitate this.***

 

Spanish (H)

This course prepares students for success in the Leaving Certificate Higher Level Spanish exam. Initial emphasis is placed on developing grammar skills. Once this important foundation has been established, students then practice with past papers and learn strategies to maximize their marks in the Oral, Aural, Reading and Written sections.

Topics from:

  • Overview of the exam paper.
  • Grammar
    Sentence building.
  • Reading Comprehension
    Strategies.
    Key vocabulary.
  • Oral exam
    Role-plays.
    Interview preparation.
    Opinion piece.
    Topics.
    Structure.
    Mind maps.
    Vocabulary.
    Idiomatic expressions.
    Common errors.
  • Writing
    Techniques for Dialogue construction.
    Formal letters.
    Diary entries.
    Notes.
  • Aural comprehension
    Strategies.
    Vocabulary for the weather report.
    Practice with past exam papers.

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 75 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 a 5th Year part-time student join a 6th Year class if the subject is not available at 5th Year level?

A: Yes, if they join the 6th Year class at the start of the Academic Year. Consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum.

 

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.

Our on-site weekly grinds classes will be delivered in our state-of-the-art Leeson Street Campus every Saturday*. Please refer to the timetable for the schedule of classes.

In addition to expert in-class tuition students attending our on-site classes will receive the Institute’s legendary class notes to support their learning. All on-site classes will be recorded live each week. Students will have access to these recordings and will be able to pause, rewind and re-watch their classes as part of their study regime. These live recordings will be available to our students until after the State Exams in 2022.

*All classes will be delivered in line with prevailing public health guidelines.

If you have booked grinds at Leeson Street please send a headshot photo of the student to photos@institueofeducation.ie and your admission card will be posted to you.  You will not be able to attend your class without your admission card, so please do not forget it.

The Institute of Education
79 – 85 Lower Leeson Street
Dublin 2
D02 PX56

Leeson Street Grinds FAQs

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Q: What subjects are available in Leeson Street?

A: Please click here to view the timetable of subjects on offer at Leeson Street.

 

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

A: Yes, you can enrol in other classes online. Click here for details.

 

Q: Are the class notes available online?

A: No, a hard copy will be provided to each student from the teacher 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. Please contact our office to arrange changes on 01 661 3511.

 

Q: How long is each weekly grinds class?

A: Each class lasts 75 minutes.

 

Q: Can I sample a class to see if I like it?

A: Yes, you can sample up to 3 classes in one week, free of charge. Advance booking is required. To book your sample class 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, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. 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 timetables tab for more details.

 

Q: Can a 5th Year part-time student join a 6th Year class if the subject is not available at 5th Year level?

A: Yes, if they join the 6th Year class at the start of the Academic Year. Consideration must be given to any changes in curriculum. Please contact our office to arrange this on 01 661 3511.

 

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. Our 6th Year programme covers each subject in full. However, 5th Year students can join our 5th Year class and complete the subject over two years.

 

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 watching the class recordings in their own time and 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 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.

Below are the timetables for each of our weekly grinds locations for the Academic Year 2021/22.

NOTE: All classes are 75 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
NA21st 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

DayTimeSubject
Monday17:30Biology (Higher)
17:30English (Higher)
17:30Maths (Higher)
19:00Chemistry (Higher)
19:00Irish (Higher)
Tuesday17:30Business (Higher)
17:30French (Higher)
17:30Maths (Higher)
19:00Biology (Higher)
19:00English (Higher)
19:00Geography (Higher)
19:00Physics (Higher)
Wednesday17:30Biology (Higher)
17:30Classical Studies
17:30Economics (Higher)
17:30English (Higher)
17:30Home Economics (Higher)
17:30Maths (Higher)
19:00Accounting (Higher)
19:00Chemistry (Higher)
19:00Irish (Higher)
19:00Spanish (Higher)
Thursday17:30Maths (Higher)
17:30Maths (Ordinary)
17:30German (Higher)
17:30History (Higher)
19:00English (Higher)
19:00Biology (Higher)
19:00Maths (Higher)
19:00Politics & Society (Higher)
Friday17:30Maths (Higher)
17:30Irish (Higher)
17:30Biology (Higher)
17:30English (Higher)
19:00Applied Maths (Higher)
19:00Chemistry (Higher)
Saturday9:00Geography (Higher)
9:00Biology (Higher)
9:00History (Higher)
10:30Geography (Higher)
10:30History (Higher)
10:30English (Higher)
12:00Politics and Society (Higher)

 

Leeson Street Timetable

DayTimeSubject
Saturday9:00Accounting (Higher)
9:00Biology (Higher)
9:00Chemistry (Higher)
9:00English (Higher)
9:00French (Higher)
9:00German (Higher)
9:00Irish (Higher)
9:00Maths (Higher)
9:00Physics (Higher)
9:00Spanish (Higher)
Saturday10:30Applied Mathematics (Higher)
10:30Biology (Higher)
10:30Chemistry (Higher)
10:30Economics (Higher)
10:30English (Higher)
10:30French (Higher)
10:30Irish (Higher)
10:30Maths (Higher) - Fast Pace
10:30Maths (Ordinary)
10:30Physics (Higher)
Saturday12:00Biology (Higher)
12:00Business (Higher)
12:00English (Higher)
12:00French (Higher)
12:00Maths (Ordinary)
12:00Maths (Higher)
12:00Maths (Higher) - Fast Pace

Number of SubjectsPrice
1 Subject€995
2 Subjects€1,710
3 Subjects€2,220
Each Subsequent Subject€510

Fees are calculated on a pro-rata basis and reduced throughout the year at the following increments:

  • Week 1 – 4: 100% of base fee applied.
  • Week 5 – 10: 90% of base fee applied.
  • Week 11 – 16: 80% of base fee applied.
  • Week 17 – 29: 70% of base fee applied.

Onsite and online fees will be the same.  Premium will apply for the two-instalment payment option (10%).

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.
  • There is a surcharge of 10% on fees that are paid in installments.
    • Installment 1 – price at booking
    • Installment 2 – 17th January 2022
  • 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.

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