Weekly Grinds for 4th Year Students

Live online grinds to help Transition Year students prepare for entry into Senior Cycle.

Join our transition year students from all over Ireland who attend our weekly grinds classes to gain a head-start for 5th year (2024).
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.

Transition year Students attending our weekly grinds will also receive:

  • Access to expert teachers
  • Tuition that bridges the gap between Junior Cycle and Senior Cycle
  • Answers to their questions
  • Comprehensive notes
  • Recordings of all live classes to rewatch right up to the end of the 2023 Leaving Certificate 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 subject, please select from the list below:


English Catch Up and Prepare for Senior Cycle
This course will revise key elements of the Junior Cycle that are necessary for Senior Cycle English and will serve as an introduction to Senior Cycle English.

Key areas will cover:

  • Writing tasks, both creative and functional
  • Comprehension, reading to understand and deliver
  • Engaging with and enjoying poetry
  • Revision of JC Shakespearean drama
  • Introduction to SC Shakespearean drama
  • Fiction-a closer look at the novel; characters, setting, plot, key moments.
  • Introduction to the concept of Comparative Study
  • Film Studies



This course is designed to help students in preparation for high success in their Leaving Certificate Higher Biology course.
The course will help bridge the gap for students between Junior Cert Science and Leaving Certificate Biology.
It will introduce the students to the key elements of the LC Biology course and will include topics from all sections of the syllabus.

These topics will include:

  • Ecology
  • Genetics
  • Human Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Microbiology

The students will gain some practice with past papers and learn strategies and skills that are needed to maximise their marks in exams. Detailed notes and relevant practice questions will be provided.



This course will provide students with the skills needed to begin tackling the Leaving Certificate Irish course. A strong emphasis will be placed on grammar and language skills, with different grammar topics being covered each week to provide a strong basis of functional language that will enable students to be successful in all areas of the course.

Focus will be placed on oral language and vocabulary relevant to composition and comprehension questions. Students will engage with exam papers and marking schemes and discuss common exam mistakes to allow them to maximise their marks. Students will also begin to deal with literature and develop methodologies to deal with and prepare for all types of questions.

Topics from:

  • General language skills, grammar and vocabulary
  • Reading and listening comprehension: methodology, exam papers, key vocabulary and question phrases
  • Literature: samples from the poetry and prose course and important vocab
  • Composition: essays, speeches and debates
  • Study methodology and exam technique
  • Oral language and practice



This course is designed to encompass key elements of Junior Cycle Mathematics which are fundamental for success at Senior Cycle. There will be a strong emphasis on empowering students to gain the knowledge and skills that will benefit them directly for Leaving Certificate Mathematics.

Students will build on their proficiency in critical and creative thinking while focusing on developing computational thinking, and problem solving. Students will be encouraged to develop as learners within Mathematics by adopting a variety of approaches and strategies to increase self-confidence and personal effectiveness.

The course will revise aspects of the Junior Cycle while also focusing on key elements of Senior Cycle Mathematics.

Specific topics will include:

  • Algebra
  • Complex Numbers
  • Trigonometry
  • Co-Ordinate Geometry

Others topics from the syllabus with be visited.

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.

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 grinds 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 particular 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: 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 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: 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 75 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: Can I cancel my classes and get a refund?

A: Note: Classes are taught for 29 weeks. A refund (or partial refund) can be given for requests made on or before Week 17, 28th January 2023. A request for a refund can be made by contacting our office on 01 6613511 or helpdesk@instituteofeducation.ie


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

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


Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly grinds or part-time courses?

A: Yes, the classes schedule generally follows the normal school calendar with breaks at mid-terms, Christmas & Easter.  Please refer to the timetable for more details.


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 will always show the 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?

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


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: 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 75 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.


Subject Timetable

Monday17:30English (H)
Tuesday17:30Maths (H)
Wednesday19:00Biology (H)
Thursday17:30Irish (H)

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.
  • Fees are non-transferable.