The Maths Department at The Institute of Education includes some of the highest qualified and most experienced teachers in Ireland, who have years of proven success preparing students for the Leaving Certificate exams.
Many are the authors of Junior Cycle and Leaving Certificate textbooks for Maths and Applied Maths and frequently consult with the State Examination Commission and correct exam papers.
Our aim is to encourage all our students to become independent learners, and to be confident in their exam technique and problem solving abilities.
Why study maths for the Leaving Certificate?
Maths is a compulsory subject in the Leaving Certificate. A pass in ordinary level is an essential requirement for almost all third-level courses, and many university courses require higher levels of achievement for specific courses. For students opting to study higher level for the Leaving Certificate, 25 bonus points are awarded for H6 grades and above.
What sort of student does maths suit?
Maths is a subject that suits students who are organised, pay attention to detail and approach problems in a logical way.
What is the approach to teaching maths at the Institute?
At the Institute we concentrate on explaining the key mathematical ideas in a clear and concise way. Students are shown how to tackle a range of questions in each topic, with specific attention paid to past papers and the marking scheme. Students are also shown how to recognise what is involved in new questions, and how to proceed to a solution. Regular testing and homework is a constant feature of the classes, and students are provided with precise, exam-focused notes for every topic covered.
Why study applied maths for the Leaving Certificate?
Studying this subject is of enormous benefit to students who intend to progress to third-level courses in engineering, maths, physics, science, architecture and computer science, and other related courses.
What sort of student does applied maths suit?
This is a subject most suited to students who have an above average ability with maths, but who also love tackling complicated practical problems, breaking them down into manageable parts and finally getting a solution.
What is the approach to teaching applied maths at the Institute?
At the Institute we start by clearly explaining all the key concepts in each topic on the course. We then demonstrate how these concepts can be used to tackle exam type questions. Regular testing and homework is a constant feature of the classes, and students are provided with precise, exam-focused notes for every topic covered. Great emphasis is placed on helping students individually with any difficulties they may experience over the duration of the two year course.