5th Year
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The Dublin School of Grinds provides weekly 5th Year grinds in a wide range of subjects. Grinds are 75 minutes in duration and are held in a class-based environment. Our grinds give students a head-start before the move to the Leaving Certificate in 6th Year.

Weekly grinds also include a special one-on-one service to all students, for a period of time after every class. This is a specialised, individual service, which we encourage all our students to take advantage of.

The foundation of our weekly grinds is ‘exam focus’. Our teachers strip away the unnecessary sections of each subject and focus solely on the core, examinable material, the aim of which is increasing students’™ exam performance.

There are other subjects designed for 6th Year students, which 5th Years can attend. These are as follows: Agricultural Science, Geography and History.

Grinds commence the week of Monday 3rd September 2018. If you have any queries feel free to call us in the office on 01-442 4442.

Accounting

These grinds give students an insight into what they can expect in June 2019. A key element will be to focus on the previous exam questions and also on how to pick up easy marks. Each student will receive a full set of notes, which will be essential to improving exam grades. The following topics will be covered:

  • Club Accounts
  • Service Firms
  • Farm Accounts
  • Incomplete Records
  • Cash Budgeting
  • Product Costing
  • Tabular Statements
  • Ratio Analysis
  • Marginal Costing
  • Flexible Budgeting
  • Production Budgeting
  • Depreciation/Revaluation
  • Control Accounts
  • Cash Flow Statements
  • Suspense
  • Published Accounts
  • Final 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.

Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

Leaving Cert Agricultural Science, or “Ag Science”, looks at the science and technology of farming. The subject has grown in popularity in recent years as Agriculture has become one of the major growth sectors in our economy, providing many jobs.

Many students are now taking Ag Science up as an extra subject outside of school because:

  • There is excellent overlap for students already studying Biology and/or Geography
  • Continuous assessment of the practical elements of the course accounts for 25% of the overall mark
  • It is recognised as a Laboratory Science subject for almost all 3rd Level courses, including Nursing

The Dublin School of Grinds will provide students with everything they need to maximise their marks in the practical and written aspects of this course, from detailed and comprehensive study notes to dedicated field trips.

Practical Portfolios will be worked on within class time and as part of the course, students will undertake laboratory experiments and two farm visits.

Students attending this course receive the following:

  • A weekly 90-minute class
  • Two mock exams
  • Two farm visits
  • All necessary laboratory practicals
  • An intensive, 5-day Easter Revision Course, taking place during the Easter holidays.

Course Content

The following topics are covered:

  • Animal Diseases
  • Animal Physiology
  • Animal Production (Cattle, Sheep, Pigs)
  • Classification of Organisms
  • Crop Production
  • Fertilisers, Pollution & the Environment
  • Genetics
  • Grassland
  • Plant Physiology
  • Soil Science

The Exam

75% of the marks go for the written paper examining the topics above.

The other 25% is based on an assessment of your work. Your teacher is required to grade you. An external assessor will then validate your teacher’s grades, usually in May of 6th Year.

This assessment of work can be broken into three parts:

  1. Identification of plant and animal types associated with agriculture (usually a written exam or interview where you must identify 5 plants and their respective families and 10 animals and describe their importance to agriculture.
  2. Practical experience with crops, livestock, house and farmyard layouts. This usually takes the form of a written project.
  3. Investigations and experiments relating to ecology, soil science, animal physiology, plant physiology, genetics and microbiology are carried out. These are normally recorded in a lab copy which is then assessed, sometimes in conjunction with an interview.

Ross O'Connor has over eight years’ experience teaching Agricultural Science. He has also gained widespread international experience working as a Production Manager in both ‘Alltech’, one of the top ten animal nutrition companies in the world, and also the ‘Kerry Group’, a leader in global food ingredients and chilled foods supply.  Ross draws on these experiences, as well as those gained as a part-time farmer, to make classes relevant, up to date and meaningful.  He hosts field trips on his family farm in Co. Wicklow throughout the academic year which contribute to project work requirements.  Ross has also previously written for the Irish Farmers Journal Study Guide.  

Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)

More details will be shared on Accounting as an extra subject soon.

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.

Applied Maths

With the Applied Maths syllabus not having changed in decades, this is a subject that can be rigorously trained for. By attending these grinds, students will have an intimate knowledge of what to expect in the exam in June 2019, with a particular emphasis on the marking scheme and question appearance this year. You will receive comprehensive notes including probable exam questions, as devised and selected by our teacher. The following topics will be covered:

  • Uniform Accelerated Motion
  • Newton’s Laws
  • Projectiles
  • Collisions
  • Relative Velocity

 

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.

 

Sinead Nolan 6th Year Chemistry Grinds in Dublin

About the Teacher: Sinéad Nolan is the Head of the Chemistry Department at The Dublin School of Grinds. With over 10 years' experience, Sinéad has taught students who have achieved full marks (400/400 = 100%) in their Leaving Certificate Examination.

   
Lynn Anderson

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.

Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)

Students doing this subject will be taught comprehension, problem-solving and creative thinking skills through the analysis of 2- and 3-dimensional graphics. Students will become comfortable with freehand sketching skills, traditional draughting equipment and CAD.

The following topics will be covered over the course of the academic year:

  • Geologic Geometry
  • Structural Forms
  • Dynamic Mechanisms
  • Applied Graphics
  • Assemblies
  • Surface Geometry

About the Teacher: Darran Sheils is the Design and Communication Graphics teacher at The Dublin Academy of Education. With almost 20 years of teaching experience, Darran has been teaching DCG since the subject’s inception in 2008. His background in graphics, art and design makes him uniquely qualified to nurture both the technical and the creative aspects of the subject. In recent Leaving Certificate results, one third of Darran’s students achieved an A grade. 3 times the national average. The passion, understanding and attention to detail he instils in his students has led many of them into careers in architecture, engineering and product design.

Economics

Students will get exam focused notes covering all the main topics. This course will provide students with the essential foundations of these important topics, which links into many other sections of the syllabus. The following topics will be covered:

  • 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 English grinds focus 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.

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

By the time you leave these grinds you will possess a host of past and likely exam questions, including full solutions. There will be a heavy emphasis on your game plan for the exam and a focus on the Chief Examiner’s reports and marking schemes. The following topics will be covered:

  • 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.

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.

Irish

Students will get notes on the composition covering the most common questions. The course will cover simple shortcuts to help students raise their grade along with guidance on how to avoid the common mistakes made. Students will also be given guidance on what areas to prioritise in 5th year along with a breakdown of the marks allocated for each section. The following topics will be covered:

  • Oral Exam Preparation
  • Aiste
  • Diospoireacht
  • Sceal
  • Oraid
  • Grammar
  • Comprehensions
  • Filíocht
  • Prós
  • An Triail
  • Filíocht Breise
  • Cluastuiscint

 

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)

These grinds are emphasised by their exam-focused nature, with a huge focus on taking advantage of the marking scheme. The following topics will be covered:

Paper 1 Topics

  • Section 1. Number     
  • Section 2. Algebraic expressions
  • Section 3. Algebraic equations
  • Section 4. Sequences and Series
  • Section 5. Financial Maths

Paper 2 Topics

  • Section 1. Geometry
  • Section 2. Measurement
  • Section 3. Trigonometry
  • Section 4. Co-ordinate Geometry

 

Rob Browne, Head Maths Teacher and The Dublin Academy of EducationAbout 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.

Physics

In these grinds, we will break down Physics to its fundamentals. It will be shown that the Physics course is no more advanced than Junior Cert standard Maths and the learning of definitions and experiments. The following topics will be covered:

  • 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.  

Subject
Level
Day
Time
Location
Accounting
(Higher)
Thursdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Agricultural Science as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Monday
5:30pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Accounting as an Extra Subject (5th Year)
(Higher)
Fridays
4:45pm-6:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Applied Maths
(Higher)
Thursdays
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
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Design and Communication Graphics (5th Year)
(Higher)
Thursdays
5:00pm-8:00pm
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)
Mondays
6:30pm-7:45pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
Saturdays
10:45am-12:00pm
Location: Stillorgan Plaza
German
(Higher)
Wednesdays
6:30pm-7:45pm
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
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