Junior Cert Easter Intensive Revision


Course 1: Monday 10 – Friday 14 April 2017
Course 2: Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April 2017
Junior Certificate 2017

For 48 years, The Institute of Education’s Easter Revision Course has been preparing students for their Junior Certificate and helping them to improve their exam grades. These grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, are for students sitting the Junior Certificate in June 2017. The course is designed to improve exam technique, increase subject knowledge, address problem areas and boost confidence.

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Topics from:

1. Household Budgets: Students will learn how to control expenditure and remain within their likely income.
2. Day Books/Ledger and Trial Balance: Students will be shown how to keep detailed records of Business transactions.
3. Final Accounts/Balance Sheets: Students will be shown how to calculate profit and list assets/liabilities at the end of the year.
4. Business Documents: Invoices, credit notes, receipts, statements, cheques etc.
5. At Work: Unions, conflict resolution, pay slips, tax etc.
6. Economics: National budget, foreign trade factors of production, unemployment, inflation
7. Banking/Insurance/Consumer: Here students will earn about bank statements, direct debits, standing orders, current and deposit accounts, borrowing, hire purchase etc.
8. Calculations, premium principles under insurance.
9. Laws, how to be an effective consumer


In line with the programme of reform at Junior Cycle a new subject specification has been introduced in Junior Cycle English. The new specification will be examined for the first time in 2017. Please click here to read about our approach to teaching the new course>>

This course is designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle English exam. Emphasis will be placed on developing key skills as outlined in the curriculum.

Students will be given guidelines on how to plan and construct effective writing exercises. Special focus will be on Reading Comprehension, Creative Writing, Poetry, Drama and Fiction. Key notes will be provided on a selection of the studied texts from the prescribed material for Drama and Fiction.

This revision course offers 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.

1. Plate Tectonics – this includes Plate Boundaries, Volcanoes, Earthquakes and Fold Mountains
2. Rocks and Weathering – this topic will revise the formation of igneous,  sedimentary and metamorphic rocks; Physical and Chemical Weathering; the formation of Karst landforms.
3. River Processes and Landforms – focusing on erosion and deposition landforms
4. Coastal/Glacial Processes and Landforms – focusing on erosion and deposition landforms
5. oils – focusing on soil formation; soil composition; soil types; soils and vegetation.
6. Weather and Climate – this topic will revise weather characteristics; weather systems; the water cycle; types of rainfall; recording weather data; climate types; influences on climate.
7. Population – the focus of revision will be on population growth; understanding population pyramids; population distribution and density; migration
8. Settlement – this topic will include revision of settlement types; influences on settlement; functions of settlement;  case studies of settlement
9. Urbanisation – revision will include urban functions; land use; problems of cities
10. Primary Economic Activity – This will revise water as a resource; irrigation; oil exploration; farming, fishing and Ireland’s peatlands.
11. Secondary Economic Activity – revision will focus on influences on industrial location; changing location over time; the role of women in industry; the impact on the environment.
12. Tertiary Economic Activities – the focus of revision will be on tourism.
13. Economic Inequality – this will include problems of economic development and economic inequality within countries.
14. Map Work – revision will include sketch maps, historical settlement; settlement patterns, the development of towns
15. Aerial Photograph – revision will include sketch maps, land use in towns, transport

Each class will include a revision of Map Work and Aerial Photograph. Emphasis will be given to developing an exam technique. Previous exam questions will be referred to in order that students are familiar with the exam format. Students will learn how to improve exam answers and be aware of the timing of answers.

1. The Age of Discovery – Causes; Main Explorers; Consequences
2. The Reformation – Causes; Martin Luther; Counter-Reformation
3. The Plantations – Causes; The Ulster Plantation; Consequences
4. The Age of Revolution – Causes; Main developments; Impact of Revolution
5. The Industrial Revolution – Agricultural Revolution; Why Britain? Social and
6. Economic Changes; Ireland in the 1840’s – The Great Famine?
7. Ireland in the 20th Century – Main Political Developments, e.g. Easter Rising; Independent Ireland; Northern Ireland.
8. International Relations in the 20TH Century – The dictatorships of Mussolini and Hitler; World War 2; The main developments in the Cold War.
9. Ireland – Social Change in the 20TH Century.

Additional Comments: Topics from First Year will be provided for by notes to allow more attention in class to be devoted to Second and Third Year Topics. There will be a particular focus on People in History when topics are covered. Emphasis will be given to developing exam technique for students, i.e., timing of answers, structure of answers, examining previous exam questions, etc.


Topics from:

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.

Due to syllabus length, Maths is divided into two separate sections, Paper 1 and Paper 2. Each section is treated as a separate subject when calculating fees.

Paper 1
1. Algebra
2. Patterns
3. Functions + Graphing
4. Sets (Excluding Probability)
5. Perimeter,Area and Volume (Paper 2 Content)
6. Excluded from paper 1: Arithmetic and Number

Paper 2
1. Line
2. Geometry
3. Statistics
4. Trigonometry
5. Excluded from paper 2: Probability


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.


Course 1: Monday 10 – Friday 14 April 2017
Course 2: Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April 2017

Course 1: Monday 10 – Friday 14 April 2017

9.00am – 10.15amBusiness Studies (H)
English (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Science (H) B
10.30am – 11.45amBusiness Studies (H)
English (H)
French (H)
History (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2
Science (H) A
12.30pm – 1.45pmEnglish (H)
French (H)
History (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Science (H) B
2.00pm – 3.15pmEnglish (H)
Geography (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2
Science (H) A

Course 2: Tuesday 18 – Saturday 22 April 2017

9.00am – 10.15amBusiness Studies (H)
English (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Science (H) A
10.30am – 11.45amEnglish (H)
French (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2
Science (H) B
12.30pm – 1.45pmGeography (H)
Maths (H) Paper 1
Science (H) A
2.00pm – 3.15pmHistory (H)
Maths (H) Paper 2
Science (H) B

Lunch Break: 11.45am – 12.30pm.



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 Easter Revision 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: In the Easter Revision course will the classes in Course 1 & Course 2 cover the same material?
A: Yes, the same material will be covered on each course.

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.

Q: If I did the August course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter Course?
A: It depends, more of the syllabus will be covered during the Easter course.

Q: If I did the Christmas course should I do the same subject/ subjects on the Easter course?
A: Typically students will take different subjects at Easter than they did at Christmas.