Junior Cert August Intensive Preparation


Monday 22 August – Thursday 25 August 2016
Junior Certificate 2017

For over 40 years, The Institute of Education’s August Intensive Preparation Course has been preparing students for their Junior Certificate year and helping them to improve their exam grades. These classes, taught by our experienced and expert teachers, are designed for students sitting the Junior Certificate in June 2017.

Students may attend up to 3 classes per day. Classes are one and a quarter hours in duration.

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Each Class is 1.25 hours in duration. Examination techniques including how to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.

During the 4 days notes will be given on:

How to read actively: Key Skills & Reading Comprehension
Poetry: Studied & Unseen
Personal Writing
Drama: Studied & Unseen
Media Studies

Notes & Model answers also provided on Fiction & Functional Writing

The revision courses for Junior Cert French which take place during August, Christmas and Easter in the Institute offer students a very condensed, but intensive, revision of all elements of the French language.

While all four competencies of language acquisition (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are targeted during the week of the course, the emphasis is mostly on improving the grammatical knowledge of the cohort and using the knowledge gained to hone examination technique. I believe a solid knowledge of grammar forms is essential to success in all areas of language acquisition and, in the light of this belief, I aim to build my students’ confidence in mastering both basic and difficult grammatical concepts during the week of the course.

Each day is designed with the expectation that students will spend roughly 3 hours outside the classroom refining their knowledge of what is covered during the 1hr1/4 spent with me. During the course, I offer students detailed resources to help with mastering:

The Note
The Postcard
The Informal Letter
Reading Comprehensions
Listening Comprehensions
Oral French

In addition to these resources given during the Revision Course, I also offer students attending the course access to my website. On the website, students will find comprehensive study and revision packs to help further their progress in the language.

We cover the verb tenses first of all i.e past, present, future & conditional.
We also deal with all other major aspects of grammar and give comprehensive notes on everything the students will need.

This is the composition part of the exam.
Students choose between Scéal, Aiste, Alt or Díospóireacht.
We concentrate on building a wealth of nathanna cainte (phrases) and seanfhocail ( proverbs) to enrich the writing of the student. We teach the student how to decipher which title is best for them on exam day.

This is an important part of the exam as it crosses into the prose & poetry section too.
We teach students how to attain the highest mark in each question with good answering skills and technique. We go through common words and phrases to look out for in questions, and to use in answers.

Practise makes perfect with the Listening Comprehension so we give the students all the tools they will need to do lots of practise at home. We go through common questions, placenames, Irish organisations and other vocab that is relevant to the listening section.

There are two sections to each of these components; seen & unseen.
This is often the section that worries students the most so we try to break it down and make it more accessible to them. We also give the students templates for answering questions well on exam day.

The letter is the final part of the exam. Much of what we have done already will feed into it.
We will focus on the layout and structure of the letter and look at how to bring all we have learned so far into it.


(i) Solving linear equations
(ii) Solving quadratic equations
Specific focus on rational equations simplifying to quadratic equation

(i) Revision of theorems covered in First and Second Year
(ii) Focus on circle theorems and corollaries (Pre-empting Third Year material)
Using similar triangles (Pre-empting Third Year material)

(i) Mean, mode, median
Specifically the impact of the addition/subtraction of data to the set and the impact of this on mean, mode and median

Section A: Topics From:
(i) Light: Science of rainbows, reflection and bending of light using prisms and mirrors.

(ii) Sound: How sound is created by vibrations and how useful sound can be in judging distances and locating organs inside the body.

(iii) Forces and Moments: Investigating and discovering the ways in which movement of objects occur. The effects of pushing/pulling/gravity/magnetism can have on objects.

(iv) Pressure: Students discover why ear aches are common when we fly in airplanes or dive into swimming pools. The topic also investigates atmospheric pressure and how it will change depending on how much air is pressing down on top of your head and its impact on our weather every day.

(v) Magnetism: exploring the uses of Magnets; discovering how they work and how the earth itself has a magnetic field that all magnetic objects are reactive to!

(iii) Static and Current Electricity, Electronics: Students discover how static electricity is a build up of ‘charges’ on an object/person. This build up is encouraged to move when it comes near to an opposite charge and is attracted to it leading to sparks or on a bigger scale – lightening. This type of electricity is used in circuits with batteries and wires and small electronic devices that allows us to power radios/tvs/Xboxes/playstations.

(iv) Heat, Temperature, and Transfer of Heat: Students develop their understanding of the difference between heat (being a form of energy) and temperature (a measure of how hot or cold a body is). They investigate how heat can cause the movement of particles within an object and so allow energy to be transferred through solids, liquids and gases. Students discover that solids, liquids and gases expand when heated and contract when cooled except water which expands when cooled below 4 °C. The use of insulating materials in the home is discussed and investigated.

(v) Measurement ad Density: the essential skill of measuring and area, volume and density are explored and the science behind why some fruit, metal ships and other unexpected objects float is investigated.

(vi) Velocity and Acceleration: Students gain an appreciation for speed and how an object can speed up and slow down at different stages along a journey. They learn to explain by experimenting, taking results and graphing their results.

(vii) Work, Energy and Power: Exploring the origins of energy such as fossil fuels and solar (sun) and understanding the effects of their use on the planet. Using the energy to power our appliances and how much they cost to run.

(viii) Food and The Digestive System: Students are encouraged to consider the food they eat and compare to the healthy eating profile (food pyramid). Students identify and locate different parts of the body and explore how enzymes work to make food more accessible to cells.

(ix) Breathing and Respiration: Students discover that sugar is converted into energy in the body in the reaction we call Respiration. We produce Carbon Dioxide at the same time as a by-product. When we exhale we release this gas and replace it with Oxygen when we inhale.

(x)The Blood System: Students explore the many functions of blood eg. Transport, defense and clotting blood in animal bodies. They discover that the heart acts as a pump sending blood where it is needed.

(xi) Photosynthesis and Tropisms: Plants move towards sunlight and water and use this Students discover that plants are can make their own food using sunlight, carbon dioxide, water and special cells in their leaves. Once produced inside the plants we can harvest them and use them as food for humans.

(xii) Plant and Animal Cells: Investigating and exploring the contents of the basic building blocks of every organism in the plant and animal kingdom.

Section B: Topics From:
(i) Periodic Table, Elements and Metals and Non-Metals: Students gain a knowledge and understanding of the list of elements known to man, how they are classified in to metals and non-metals; discovering their similarities, differences and their unreactive or explosive nature.

(ii) Atomic Structure, Ionic and Covalent Bonding; Compounds and Mixtures: New discoveries about the contents of an atom and how they can join together with other atoms to make bigger and more complicated structures such as salt, water, proteins and fats are explored.

(ii) Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide: The mixture of gases that support life on this planet specifically Oxygen and Carbon dioxide are prepared and examined in the laboratory.

(iii) Separation of Mixtures: Students investigate and explore different methods available to separate a range of materials (soluble and insoluble) from one another.

(iv) Fossil Fuels: Students gain an understanding of the origins and uses of fossil fuels and the problems associated with their use.

(v) Water: Discovering the properties of water how it should be measured and how it behaves in different temperatures and pressures; how it can create limescale and cause problems for homeowners and business owners alike; how it may be separated into its components using electricity and how it is the best solvent on the planet.

(vi) Solutions and Crystals: Students discover how to produce a saturated solution and from it create crystals of different sizes.

(vii) Acids and Bases: Students discover, using indicators, that substances may be acidic or basic; they discover the differences between them and explore how one can neutralize the other rendering them harmless.

(viii) Plastics: Students discover the unique nature of plastics produced from Hydrocarbons. They are produced by joining of one single molecule called a monomer to another.

(ix) Ecology; Microbiology and Biotechnology: Students explore the outside environment and use special techniques and equipment in order to collect, record and identify living organisms. Students will understand what part bacteria, fungi and viruses play (good and bad) in the environment and how useful they can be in manufacture of products such as cheese, antibiotics and beverages.

(x) Plant Biology- Structure and Transport; Reproduction: Studying plants in detail allows students to appreciate the role of plants in our environment and understand how they share many characteristics with animals.

(xi) Human Biology – Skeleton, Excretion: Students discover the human body in terms of structure and movement using muscles and the skeleton in addition understanding that we remove wastes from our bodies by breathing out, sweating and urinating.

(xii) Senses and Nervous System: Students learn that the sense organs are extensions of the brain which is part of the Nervous system. These organs gather information and send it to the brain via the spinal cord in order protect the body from harm.

(xii) Reproductive System and Genetics: Students will understand the reproductive system of humans and understand how genetic information is passed from generation to generation in the DNA of the individuals.


10.00am – 11.15am:Maths (H)
11.30am – 12.45pm:English (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
1.15pm – 2.30pm:Science (H)


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Please note:
Laser/Credit Card payments accepted
A handling fee of 1.85% of the course cost will be applied all payments made by Credit Card. Payments made by debit card will not be subject to this fee.
10% reduction for two or more members of the same family. Please contact our office to avail of this discount.
Fees are non-transferable


Q: Can I be admitted to class without my card?
A: NO CARD, NO CLASS. It is every student’s personal responsibility to ensure they have their card with them each time they attend classes at the Institute. We have the right to refuse admission to any student who does not comply with this regulation. A day pass costs €10. A replacement card costs €20.

Q: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the August preparation Course?
A: Yes, all students attending our Intensive Revision Courses can avail of Free Supervised Study in our Study Halls.

Q: Is there a place I can get lunch?
A: Yes, we have an onsite canteen serving a variety of sandwiches and drinks. Also, locally, there are sandwich bars and shops.

Q: Are the classes conducted ‘lecture style’ or are students free to ask questions?
A: Our teachers are very approachable and students are free to ask questions.

Q: My son/daughter is unwell and cannot attend.  Can I have a refund?
A: No, there are no refunds.  However, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, a credit note can be put on the student’s file for future use or for use by a sibling.

Q: My son/daughter cannot attended the course.  Can we buy the notes?
A: No. Teaching is a central part of all our courses. The notes are to facilitate recall and revision of the day’s work covered by the teacher.

Q: Am I entitled to the notes from classes that I was absent from?
A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this. Administration staff do not have access to class notes.

Q: Some class timetables refer to Sections A & B. What does this mean?
A: Due to syllabus length, some subjects are split into sections. This is to ensure that topics can be given sufficient time in class. Students can choose the section that best suits their needs.


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