Monday 21 August – Thursday 24 August 2017
Junior Cert Grinds 2018
For almost 50 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 Junior Cert grinds, taught by our experienced and expert teachers, are designed for students sitting their exams in June 2018.
Students may attend up to 3 classes per day, with classes lasting 1.5 hours in duration.
Want examples of what you might learn on this course? Our teachers have put some great sample notes online:
Each Junior Cert is 1.25 hours in duration, and examination techniques – including how to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.ENGLISH
While all four competencies of language acquisition (reading, writing, speaking and listening) are targeted during the 4 days 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 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 1.25 hours spent in class. During the course, I offer students detailed resources to help with mastering:
The Informal Letter
In addition to these resources given during the Junior Cert grinds, 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.
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, and 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, place names, Irish organisations and other vocab that is relevant to the listening section.
FILÍOCHT & PRÓS
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, and 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 with a 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, but specifically the impact of the addition/subtraction of data to the set and the impact of this on mean, mode and median
Content will be added shortly.
|10.00am – 11.15am:||French (H)|
|11.30am – 12.45pm:||English (H)|
|1.15pm – 2.30pm:||English(H)|
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Q: Will 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, and a replacement card costs €20.
Q: Are Supervised Study facilities available to students on the August preparation Course?
A: Yes, all students attending our grinds 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. In certain circumstances, if you return the student’s admission card to us immediately, along with a short letter of explanation, at the discretion of management, it is possible that a credit note will 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 the classes that I was absent from?
A: Yes, however you must deal directly with your teacher in relation to this, as administration staff do not have access to class notes.
Q: Some class timetables refer to Sections A & B. What does this mean?
A: Some classes are split into sections, this is as a result of the length of the syllabus. This is to ensure that all of the topics can be given sufficient time in class, and that students will choose the section that best suits their needs.