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About these 6-Hour Leaving Certificate Crash Courses

The final push for CAO points…

The Dublin School of Grinds is running six-hour, intensive Leaving Certificate crash courses at the end of May and the beginning of June. These courses give 6th 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 H1 answers.


Course dates & venue

Courses take place over two consecutive weekends: Saturday 27th/Sunday 28th May and Friday 2nd/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.


Accounting

This course gives students an insight into what they can expect on June 19th. A key element will be to focus on the previous exam questions and also on how to pick up easy marks. Students should bring their book of exam papers to this course. The following topics will be covered:

  • Company Final Accounts including Manufacturing.
  • Published Accounts.
  • Club Accounts.
  • Correction of Errors and Suspense Accounts.
  • Incomplete Records.
  • Cash Budgeting including Production Budget.
  • Service Firm Accounts.
  • Interpretation of Accounts.

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.

Biology

Students will benefit from a set of notes containing all the mandatory experiments on the Biology syllabus. They will also receive comprehensive, exam-focused notes on the following topics:

  • Ecology
  • Enzymes, Photosynthesis and Respiration
  • Excretion
  • Food and Human Nutrition
  • Microorganisms (Bacteria, Fungi, Viruses)
  • Human Reproduction
  • Structure and Transport in Plants

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

The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Enterprise
  • Management Skills and Activities
  • Human Resource Management
  • Communications
  • Accounting Ratios
  • Marketing
  • Business Expansion
  • Types of Business Organisation
  • Government and Business

Students will receive a Time Management Plan, which tells them what topics they must focus on. This course will also show students the common mistakes that are made on exam day and they will be taught to prevent these from happening.

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

Firstly, mandatory experiments will be covered. These experiments can account for between 25% and 37.5% of the exam paper. Past Leaving Cert and possible Leaving Cert questions and solutions will be provided for all topics. Strategies to maximise grades will be provided, with particular emphasis on the marking scheme. The following topics, specifically chosen to ensure maximum choice on June 20th, will be covered:

  • Fuels & Heats of Reaction
  • Equilibrium
  • pH & Indicators
  • Acids and Bases
  • Volumetric Analysis
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Water

About the Teacher: Lynn Anderson engages with and instils confidence in students, due to her mastery of the Biology 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

The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Supply, Demand and Elasticity
  • Costs of Production
  • Market Structures
  • Factors of Production
  • International Trade
  • Inflation and Banking
  • National Income
  • Government Finances

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

The English course focuses on building the techniques that the examiner expects you to be able to both use and analyse. You will be confident that you have our formula with which to navigate the probable exam questions. This course focuses firstly on gaining an awareness of what the examiner wants and then providing the confidence to be able to supply it. It is a myth that English can’t be trained for. The following topics will be covered:

  • Essay writing 
  • Hamlet
  • Comparative
  • Poetry (Seen and Unseen)

Michael Ruaidhri Deasy 6th Year English Grinds in DublinAbout the Teacher: Michael Ruaidhrí Deasy is the Head English teacher at The Dublin School of Grinds. He has been an advisor to some of Ireland's leading textbook publishers regarding the new English Syllabus, and has worked for The State Examinations Commission. In recent Leaving Certificate results, 36% of Michael Ruaidhrí's students achieved an A1. Nationwide, this figure was just 4%. This can be explained by his ability to teach English as a formula that every student can follow, eliminating the air of mystery, and sometimes confusion, around the subject and its marking scheme.

French

There will be a heavy emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on learning how to “minimise mistakes and maximise marks”. Students will also receive Lisa’s predictions for Leaving Cert 2017. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Aural Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Written Section Marking Scheme
  • Essay Tasks
  • Journal Intime/Diary Entry

 

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

By the end of this course, students will be extremely well-equipped to excel in the exam on June 9th. They will receive comprehensive, exam-focused handouts on the topics below, as well as expert advice on the best techniques for tackling the exam on the day. The following areas will be covered in detail:

  • Short questions 
  • Physical geography
  • Regional geography
  • Geoecology (Soils and Biomes)

About the Teacher: Kate Fortune brings her reputation as an authority on the Geography Syllabus to The Dublin School of Grinds. In recent Leaving Certificate results, 90% of Kate's students achieved an A-grade or B-grade in their Leaving Certificate Examination. Nationwide, this figure was just 36.8%. She is regarded as an extremely popular Geography teacher amongst students due to her focus on SRPs (Significant Relevant Points), which are the key to the Geography marking scheme.  

Irish

Students will be given a plan for both exam papers. It will concentrate on simple shortcuts to getting a higher grade and also how to avoid the common mistakes that are made on exam day. The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Ceapadóireacht
  • An Léamhthuiscint
  • Prós
  • An Fhilíocht Litríocht
  • Bhreise (An Triail)

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) Paper 1

You will benefit greatly from a set of notes called ‘How to beat the Examiner’, which outlines how to take advantage of the marking scheme. You receive a set of notes called the ‘Bankers Bible’, which includes all the items that can be learned off by heart (This set alone is worth 5% of the exam). The following topics will be covered:

  • Integration/Functions/Differentiation
  • Sequences and Series and Patterns
  • Financial Maths
  • Complex Numbers
  • Induction
  • Algebra
  • Injective/Surjective/Bijective

Note: Students will also receive Robert’s predictions for Leaving Certificate 2017.

About the teacher: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students' interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn't there. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin. His 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. He has appeared in the media leading discussions on Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods and exams. Robert teaches in a systematic and clear way that relates to students.

Maths (H) Paper 2

You will benefit greatly from a set of notes called ‘How to beat the Examiner’, which outlines how to take advantage of the marking scheme. You receive a set of notes called the ‘Bankers Bible’, which includes all the items that can be learned off by heart (This set alone is worth 5% of the exam). The following topics will be covered:

  • Trigonometry
  • Statistics
  • Probability
  • Co-ordinate geometry of the line
  • Co-ordinate geometry of the circle

Note: Students will also receive Robert’s predictions for Leaving Certificate 2017.

About the teacher: Robert Browne has a unique ability to stimulate students' interest and is renowned for giving students confidence they thought wasn't there. He is a vastly experienced teacher, having taught at education workshops in Trinity College, Dublin. His 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. He has appeared in the media leading discussions on Maths, syllabus content, teaching methods and exams. Robert teaches in a systematic and clear way that relates to students.

Maths (O)

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

  • Algebra
  • Sequences, Series and Patterns
  • Functions and Calculus
  • Complex Numbers

Paper 2

  • The Line
  • The Circle
  • Trigonometry
  • Area and Volume
  • Probability
  • Statistics
  • Geometry

Note: Students will also receive Carl’s predictions for Leaving 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.

Physics

Students will receive summaries for the entire course. These summaries contain the critical information required for the exam on June 19th. Students will also receive our teacher’s predictions for Leaving Cert 2017. The following topics will be covered:

  • Light: Diffraction and Interference
  • Sound: Standing Waves
  • Electricity: Circuits
  • Modern Physics: Nucleus

About the teacher: Eoghan Casey'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. He is known for instilling confidence in students due to his deep understanding of the syllabus and marking scheme. 

Spanish

This course focuses on manipulating the exam to your advantage. Firstly, the course focuses on building an awareness of what the examiner wants and then on providing the confidence to be able to supply it.  The following topics will be covered in detail:

  • Aural Comprehension
  • Reading Comprehension
  • Opinion Piece/Essay
  • Dialogue Construction
  • Diary Entry

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
Accounting
(Higher)
Friday 2nd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Biology
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Saturday 3rd June
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Business
(Higher)
Friday 2nd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Chemistry
(Higher)
Friday 2nd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Economics
(Higher)
Sunday 4th June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
English
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Sunday 4th June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
French
(Higher)
Saturday 3rd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Geography
(Higher)
Saturday 27th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza {FULLY BOOKED}
Irish
(Higher)
Saturday 3rd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) Paper 1
(Higher)
Saturday 27th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Saturday 3rd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (H) Paper 2
(Higher)
Sunday 28th May
9:00am-3:00pm [FULLY BOOKED]
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Sunday 4th June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Maths (O)
(Ordinary)
Saturday 27th May
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza [FULLY BOOKED]
Friday 2nd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Physics
(Higher)
Sunday 4th June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Spanish
(Higher)
Friday 2nd June
9:00am-3:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza

Course Fees:


  • 1 Course: €160
  • 2 Courses: €290
  • 3 Courses: €390
  • 4 Courses: €460
  • 5 Courses: €510