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About these 6-Hour Junior Certificate Crash Courses

The Dublin School of Grinds is running six-hour, intensive Junior Certificate crash courses at the end of May and the beginning of June. These courses give 3rd Year students the best possible advantage as they prepare for the all-important State Examinations. One last ounce of effort could make all the difference.

These courses are designed to:

  • Provide students with a final boost of confidence before exam day
  • Give students an exam strategy plan to help them maximise their grade on the day
  • Offer students one last opportunity to avail of expert teaching before the State Examinations

Note: At these courses our teachers will predict what questions are most likely to appear on your exam paper. These questions will be covered in detail and our teachers will provide you with model A1 answers.


Course dates & venue

Courses take place over two consecutive weekends: Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th May and Saturday 3rd/Sunday 4th June.

The venue for our 6-Hour Crash Courses is the Stillorgan Plaza, just across from Stillorgan Shopping Centre, in the heart of South Dublin. For full directions and a map, click here.


Business Studies

This course will give students the tools necessary to excel in the upcoming exam. Students will have an insight into the questions that will most likely appear. The course will be extremely exam-focused. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Trading Profit and Loss Accounts
  • General Ledger
  • Forms of Business
  • Economics and Trade
  • The Consumer
  • People at Work
  • Business Documents
  • Marketing

About the teacher: As an experienced examiner, Martin Quinn brings with him a deep understanding of the curriculum and marking scheme. Martin's extensive knowledge of the Business Studies syllabus, complemented by his ability to relate to students, means he is fully equipped to prepare students to achieve their maximum capabilities.

English

This course is built on the fact that almost half of all the questions students will be answering on is material that they have never seen before. Students will receive fully worked notes and past paper examples of the most popular questions. All notes place a heavy emphasis on the value of understanding the marking scheme, and on using that knowledge to write a well-structured answer for the examiner.

The following topics will be covered:

  • Drama – Seen & Unseen
  • Poetry – Seen & Unseen
  • Fiction – Seen & Unseen
  • Comprehension
  • Media Studies
  • Functional Writing

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

Students will be given an insight into the DOs and DON’Ts for exam day, focusing on simple shortcuts to raise their grade and avoid common mistakes. The course will focus on all aspects of the written exam. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Aural Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Section (Letters and Postcard/Note)

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.  

Irish

This course is designed with the key objective of making this exam more approachable for students through developing universal answers which will cover them for any question which may appear in June. Students will receive an exam day plan highlighting the DOs and DON’Ts for exam day, focusing on simple techniques that they can use to raise their grade. The following topics will be covered:

     Paper 1 

  • Cluastuiscint (Aural)
  • Léamhthuiscint (Reading Comprehension)
  • Trialacha Teanga (Grammar)
  • Ceapadóireacht (Essay)

     Paper 2

  • Prós (Prose)
  • Filíocht (Poetry)
  • An Litir (Letter)

About the teacher: Matthew Collins' ability to relate to students is complemented by his experience teaching in a Meanscoil Lán-Gaeilge as well as Coláistí Samhraidh during the summer.

Matthew's teaching style has a particular focus on maximising marks in the exam and his in-depth knowledge of the syllabus and marking scheme means he is fully equipped to prepare students to achieve their maximum capabilities.

Maths

With Project Maths beginning to settle, predictable trends are now being identified. We will show you the shortcuts to take full advantage of this. The following topics will be covered:

Paper 1

  • Sets
  • Taxation
  • Algebra
  • Patterns & Sequences
  • Functions & Graphs

Paper 2

  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Area & Volume
  • The Line
  • Trigonometry
  • Geometry

Note: Students will also receive Carl’s predictions for Junior Cert 2017.

About the Teacher: Having worked for the State Examination Commission, Carl brings his reputation as an authority on the Maths Syllabus to The Dublin School of Grinds. As a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers' Association, he is a popular teacher amongst students due to his mastery of the Project Maths Syllabus, and is well-known for his ability to stimulate students' interest in Maths.

Science

This course will ensure students get the most marks possible in a tricky, no-choice exam where all questions must be answered. Students will study topics from all three sciences, with an emphasis on the following:

Biology

  • Plant Structure, Sensitivity & Transport
  • Plant Reproduction
  • Food

Chemistry

  • Ionic & Covalent Bonding
  • Atoms, Elements & Compounds

Physics

  • Electricity
  • Calculations
  • Force, Work & Power
  • Mass, Density & Flotation

About the Teacher: David Lewis' ability to relate to students, engaging with them in ways that put students at ease, results in his students gaining a greater understanding of the Science syllabus. As an examination corrector, David is adept at understanding the mistakes for which students frequently lose marks. He is the author of several sample examination papers.

Spanish

At this course students will get notes covering all topics on the course, with a specific set of notes highlighting the most frequent questions. Students will be guided through the exam layout, focusing on what topics must be prioritised. There will be a focus on how answers must be structured.

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.  

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Business Studies
(Higher)
Saturday 27th May
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Saturday 27th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
French
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Irish
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Maths
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Science
(Higher)
Saturday 3rd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish
(Higher)
Sunday 4th June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza

Course Fees:


  • 1 Course: €105
  • 2 Courses: €190
  • 3 Courses: €275
  • 4 Courses: €360
  • 5 Courses: €445