5th Year
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At The Dublin School of Grinds we offer free trials in all our weekly grind subjects. These free classes are provided to offer students an insight into the unrivalled exam preparation delivered by our expert teachers.

Students who attend a free trial will receive a complimentary set of exam focused study notes. We also encourage students to talk to the teacher either before or after the class to address any particular areas with which they may be having trouble.

Students may attend a free trial in up to two subjects.

For students who wish to book more than 2 trials, please call our office on 01 442 4442 to organise extra subjects.

Accounting

Over the course of the academic year, Paul will cover Leaving Cert Accounting topics in thorough detail in the weekly grinds, outlining step by step guides for the students which will help them to complete each topic as easily as possible. This will be accompanied by coverage of the basic fundamentals of Accounting such as double entry rules, categories of accounts and technical definitions, which are essential for the completion of all topics. This is CRUCIAL for all students, especially for any student who has not completed the JC Business Studies course.

Paul Conway About the teacher: Paul Conway is one of the leading Accounting teachers in Ireland and is highly experienced in guiding students to exam success. His unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. He is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks and is known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in the subject.

Agricultural Science

About the teacher: Iain Wallace has spent 15 years teaching Agricultural Science. In this time he has built up considerable experience in the subject working as a local facilitator for the Professional Development Service for Teachers and editing study notes for the Irish Farmers Journal weekly study guides. He utilises this experience to enable his students to master the course content, key answering skills and techniques needed in order to maximise grades.

Applied Maths

The paper is made up of 10 questions:

  1. Uniform accelerated motion
  2. Relative velocity
  3. Projectiles
  4. Newton’s Laws
  5. Collisions
  6. Circular motion and simple harmonic motion
  7. Statics
  8. Moments of inertia
  9. Hydrostatics
  10. Differential equations

Kieran will teach 5 topics in this order: Uniform accelerated motion, Relative velocity, Projectiles, Newton’s Laws, Collisions

Applied Maths is a difficult subject requiring students to have a good standard of Maths. Less than 2000 students sit this exam annually. Students who study this subject have an advantage when studying Science and Engineering in college. Applied Maths involves solving problems that can be quite complex.

Kieran will take you through the techniques to attack complex problems in the simplest way possible. He teaches you to get to the heart of a problem using the most efficient and effective methods. This is critically important as students have only two and half hours to complete the leaving cert paper.

About the teacher: Kieran Mills' experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in the subject. Kieran has 25 years' experience teaching. He has co-written several books, including The Power of Maths series of Junior and Leaving Certificate Textbooks, trusted by thousands of students around the country. Kieran has also been an expert contributor on Maths for RTÉ Radio.  

Biology

As well as receiving a full set of notes, students attending these grinds will receive a specially tailored set of notes, called the Bankers Bible, which can be learned off by heart. This set of notes can be worth up to one-quarter of the Biology exam. You will also benefit greatly from a set of notes called ‘How to beat the Examiner’, which outlines how to benefit from a deep understanding of the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:

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

About the Teacher: Wesley Hammond has established himself as the leading Biology teacher in Ireland. His unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. As an examination corrector, Wesley is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

Business

Students will be given a valuable insight into the marking scheme, focusing on how answers must be structured. This course is essential for 5th year students as it helps prevent them from developing any bad habits in answering questions. The following topics will be covered:

  • People in Business
  • Enterprise
  • Managing 1
  • Managing 2
  • Business in Action
  • Domestic Environment
  • International Environment

About the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the Head of the Business Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. He is the author of the Leaving Certificate Business Revision textbook, and is a popular teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

Chemistry

Topics in these Chemistry grinds are specifically chosen to ensure maximum preparation for the exam in June 2020. Past and possible Leaving Certificate questions will be provided, along with solutions. Strategies to maximise grades will be given, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:

  • Atomic Theory
  • The Periodic Table and Trends in the Periodic Table
  • Chemical Bonding
  • Anion Analysis
  • The Gas Laws
  • Oxidation & Reduction
  • Stoichiometry
  • Volumetric Analysis – Acid & Base / Redox
  • Acids & Bases
  • Rates of Reactions
  • Mandatory experiments will be covered within the above topics as they arise.

  About the Teacher: Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the Chemistry syllabus. Her experience working as an examiner for the State Examination Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. Lynn is a committee member of the Dublin branch of the Irish Science Teachers' Association.

Economics
  • Production & Consumption
  • Supply & Demand
  • Price & Output
  • Factor Incomes
  • National Income and its Fluctuations
  • Money & Banking
  • The Government in the Economy
  • Inflation
  • International Trade & Payments
  • Economics of Population
  • Economic Growth & Development
  • Economic Policies, Problems & Conflict

About the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the Head Economics teacher at The Dublin School of Grinds. In 2012, just 3% of students nationwide got an A1 in Leaving Certificate Economics; however, 32% of Rónán's students achieved A1s. Rónán is the author of the Leaving Certificate Economics Revision textbook, and is a popular  teacher amongst students due to his ability to help them relate to the subject. Rónán is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.

English

These grinds focus on firstly building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. As our teachers have said over the years: It is a myth that English can’t be trained for. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Essay Writing
  • Questions A & B
  • The Single Text
  • Selection of poems from all 8 poets
  • The Unseen Poem
  • A wide selection of Comparative Texts

Gavin CowzerAbout the teacher: Gavin Cowzer is regarded as a leading English teacher in this country. Having developed a passion for this subject, including obtaining a Master’s degree, Gavin’s teaching style is focused on covering the syllabus in a concise way, so that students have the tools to successfully manage the likely exam questions. His experience correcting exams gives his students an edge in a subject which is often assumed to be an art. However it is clear that there is a strict science behind doing well in the English exam and Gavin’s students will be guided by this little-known fact.

French
  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
  • Aural Comprehension (exam techniques & vocabulary)
  • Oral exam preparation topic by topic
  • Le Document option
  • Diary Entry written task i.e. Journal Intime
  • Le récit
  • Abstract Topics (social problems & current affairs)
  • Response Essay Pieces (structure, essay plans, vocabulary, sample answers) 

About the Teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. She has written several Leaving Certificate textbooks, and is a member of the French Teachers' Association of Ireland. Lisa has given teaching workshops to teachers nationwide.  

Geography

These Geography grinds are for 5th Year and 6th Year students. 5th Year students are welcome to attend the class for free trial. These grinds cover the subject in full. Students can also meet the teacher after class if they have any queries about the course. If students are interested in taking up a new subject, it is strongly recommended they do so at the start of the academic year in 5th Year.

By the end of these Geography grinds, you will have multiple essays with 15 SRPs in each. You will receive a pull-out sheet at the end of each essay in which you can write your 15 SRPs using the notes and a trigger-word section. The following topics will be covered:

  • Plate Tectonics
  • Earthquakes & Volcanoes
  • Folding & Faulting
  • The Rock Cycle
  • Weathering
  • Karst Landscapes
  • Landform Development
  • Human Interaction with Surface Processes
  • Map Reading
  • Aerial Photograph
  • Regional Case Studies
  • Elective – Human & Economic
  • Option Unit

About the Teacher: Wesley Hammond's unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the marking scheme and syllabus content. As an examination corrector, Wesley is adept at understanding the avoidable mistakes for which students frequently lose marks.

History

 

Kieran gives expert advice on exam management, essay writing technique and the exam marking scheme. He will also provide tips on how to address and manage the compulsory Documents Based Section of the exam paper. Kieran gears the topics towards the 2019 Leaving Certificate exam and instructs students how best to present an answer that details a wide knowledge of the course syllabus. Helpful and concise notes are provided; so too are sample answer essays that address a wide range of topics. Kieran is always prepared to take questions from students after class and advise them on any areas of concern they may have with their History programme.

About the teacher: With over 16 years of teaching experience, Kieran Roche brings his extensive experience as a History expert to The Dublin School of Grinds. Kieran has worked for the State Examination Commission as both a corrector and an examiner, giving him a unique insight into the State Exams. As well as his work for the State Examination Commission, Kieran has been published in, and regularly contributes to, History Ireland Magazine. 48% of Kieran’s students achieved an A1 grade in a recent Leaving Certificate Examination. Nationwide, just 7% of students received an A1. 

Irish

Séadhan 5th year Irish class has become very popular with students due to his knowledge of the course and style of teaching. Séadhan is an Oral Irish examiner for the State Examinations and his insight into the Irish Oral Exam (worth 40%) will be crucial for students to gain confidence and achieve in this part of the course. Over the course of the academic year, Séadhan will cover in detail Sraith Picitúr 9 – 20 and also all of the spoken topics in the exam. He will ensure students get all the tricks, tips and shortcuts to succeed that only an examiner could know.

 

The aim of this course from the written section will be to cover eight of the ten poems and stories to ensure students will have the the majority of the course finished from the weekly grinds and be at a huge advantage for the September of 6th year. Aswell as this Séadhan will also do four Leaving Cert Essays with students and will also set aside time for previous exam questions. Students will get exam focused notes designed to give students confidence in the subject.

About the Teacher: Rónán Murdock is the author of several Irish textbooks, is an experienced Irish speaker and has taught at a Gaelscoil. He is a popular teacher amongst students because of his ability for instilling confidence in them due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme.  

Maths (H)

Students will work from specially designed notes and sample questions covering all of the key points and types of question in each topic. By showing them how Maths is examined and marked at Higher Level, Rob aims to show students that you don’t have to be brilliant at Maths to achieve great results on the Leaving Cert papers.

Kieran Mills Applied Maths Grinds in DublinAbout the teacher: Kieran Mills' experience of correcting with the State Examination Commission gives him an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students. He is popular amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in the subject. Kieran has 25 years' experience teaching. He has co-written several books, including The Power of Maths series of Junior and Leaving Certificate Textbooks, trusted by thousands of students around the country. Kieran has also been an expert contributor on Maths for RTÉ Radio.

     

Physics
  • Light and Sound (Waves)
  • Electricity (including Electromagnetism)
  • Modern Physics
  • Particle Physics (Option)
  • Heat
  • Mechanics

About the Teacher: Kieran Mills has 25 years' experience teaching Physics. He has co-written several books including Leaving Certificate Sample Papers. He is also the co-author of the Physics Experiment Book, which is given free of charge to all Physics students at The Dublin School of Grinds. Kieran has been an expert contributor on Physics on RTÉ Radio.

Spanish

These Spanish grinds focus on manipulating the exam to your advantage. Firstly, these grinds focus on building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then on providing the confidence to be able to supply it. You will learn what your examiner is looking for and be given notes on key topics. The following topics will be covered:

  • Grammar
  • Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content) 
  • Oral Exam Preparation topic by topic & Role-plays
  • Opinion Piece (structure, plans, vocabulary & sample essays)
  • Dialogue Construction (repetitive structures, vocabulary & tenses) 
  • Diary Entry & Notes
  • Aural Comprehension (exam technique & vocabulary) 

About the teacher: Lisa Fitzpatrick is the Head of the Foreign Languages Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. She has written several Leaving Certificate textbooks and is a member of the Spanish Teachers' Association of Ireland. Lisa has given teaching workshops to teachers nationwide.  

German

These Grinds will help 5th year German students achieve the best possible result in their Leaving Cert exam. We provide you with a host of past and potential exam questions along with the solutions. There will be emphasis put on your plan leading up the the exam and a focus placed on the following topics:

  • Fundamental knowledge of grammar put into practice in the writing techniques needed for the examination.
  • Reading Comprehensions (exam techniques & content)
  • Oral Exam Preparation topic by topic 
  • Aural Comprehension (exam technique & vocabulary)

Significant time is dedicated to preparing for the Oral Examination. This preparation includes:

  • Free mock oral examinations during the year, one taking place before Christmas and one after. Each student is given a feedback sheet
  • Oral exam preparation starts at the beginning of the academic year

 

About the Teacher: Genevieve Farrell is the head German teacher at the Dublin School of Grinds. She has 14 years experience teaching German and is the author of "Complete German Grammar" text book. Her unique style of teaching instils confidence in students, by providing them with the skills and techniques required to master the German syllabus.

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Accounting
(Higher)
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science
(Higher)
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Biology
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Business
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry
(Higher)
Tuesdays
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Economics
(Higher)
Mondays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
French
(Higher)
Wednesdays
5:00pm-6:15pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Geography
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
History
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H)
(Higher)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Wednesdays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Physics
(Higher)
Tuesdays
7:15pm-8:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish
(Higher)
Mondays
8:15pm-9:30pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
German
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza

THESE CLASSES ARE FREE.

For students who wish to book more than 2 trials, please call our office on 01 442 4442 to organise extra subjects.