2nd Year Weekly Grinds


Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*
*Students can enrol throughout the year, subject to vacancies
2nd Year Grinds

**Special Offer**
Book your place by Monday 2 September and get 4 weeks FREE!

*Students may join at any stage throughout the year, subject to vacancies.

For 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for the State exams. These 2nd year grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, provide 2nd year students with consistent, expert tuition throughout the year, ensuring they never fall behind in class and have the confidence and knowledge to succeed at second level.

Sample a Class:
Any of our weekly grinds can be sampled for one week free of charge. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 for further details.

Current Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm
Saturday & Sunday: Closed

Classes commence on Monday 2 September 2019. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:

Mid-Term Breaks:
Tuesday 30 October- Sunday 4 November 2018
Tuesday 19 February – Sunday 24 February 2019

Christmas Holidays:
Tuesday 18 December 2018 – Sunday 6 January 2019
Classes resume on Tuesday 8 January 2019

St Patrick’s Day:
Tuesday 12 March – Sunday 17 March 2019

Easter Holidays:
Tuesday 16 April- Sunday 28 April 2019

Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 19 May 2019


Each class is 1 hour in duration.
Click on the subject name below to discover the topics being covered.


1.Living Things
2.Cells and the Microscope
4.The Digestive System
5.Respiration and Breathing
6.The Circulatory System
8.The Skeletal and Movement
9.The Senses and Nervous System
10.Human Reproduction11.Genetics

1.States of Matter
2.Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
3.Solutions and Crystals
4.Separating Mixtures
5.The Air and Oxygen
6.Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
8.The Atom
9.Periodic Table
10.Ionic Bonding
11.Covalent Bonding
12.Ionic and  Covalent substances

1.Measurement, Equipment and Units
3.Velocity and Acceleration
5.Forces,  Work and Power
7.Static Electricity
8.Current Electricity


September – October Mid-term

1. Number Theory
2. Integers
3. Rational Numbers
4. Financial Maths

November – Christmas
5. Ratios, Rates and Proportions
6. Financial Maths
7. The Coordinate Plane
8. The Line

January – February Mid-term
9. Geometry

February – Easter
10. Algebra

Easter – Summer
11. Statistics
12. Probability
13. Sets



Course content will be available shortly.


2nd Year English weekend classes will prepare the student for the new English Junior Cycle course and make sure they optimise their potential when it comes to the Classroom Based Assessments (CBAs), their portfolio and the exam itself. The course will focus on the skills of writing and clear communication which are essential for good grades in English.

The classes will prioritise the three strands of learning outcomes on the new English Junior Cycle syllabus:

1. Oral Language
2. Reading
3. Writing

There are 13 learning outcomes in each strand; all 39 outcomes will be addressed throughout the year.

The course will also incorporate the new Class Based Assessments in English (CBA1 & CBA2). Aspects of these assessments such as oratory skills, research, preparation, writing speeches, debates and presentations will all be addressed; reflection and personal writing for CBA2 will also be a feature.

The English portfolio, that is an essential part of the new course, will be covered, with special emphasis placed on the student’s writing and how they can improve in this area. The focus here will be on aspects of writing like syntax, vocabulary, grammar, tone, register and structure.

Finally, special emphasis will be given to examination preparation in light of the new course. Time management, planning, structuring answers and general exam tips will be addressed. The fluidity and changing nature of the exam will be an essential part of this section.


Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*
*Students can enrol throughout the year, subject to vacancies

Please note: All weekly grinds for 2nd year students take place on Leeson Street, Dublin 2.

Maths (H)Saturday 9.00 am-10.00 am
English (H)Saturday 10.15 am-11.15 am
Irish (H)Saturday 11.30 am-12.30 pm
Science (H)Saturday 12.45 pm-1.45 pm

Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.


**Special Offer**
Book your place by Monday 2 September and get 4 weeks tuition FREE!

The Institute of Education offers two different options for the payment of fees for our weekly grinds.

OPTION 1: Payment in Full (week beginning 2nd September 2019)
Please note: Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year

1 Subject€645€555
2 Subjects€1,040€895
3 Subjects€1,290€1,115
4 Subjects€1,530€1.320

OPTION 2: Pay be Installment

*Special Offer*
02/09/19 – 16/11/19
Installment 2
20/11/19 – 15/02/20
Installment 3
16/02/20- 16/05/20
1 Subject€160 (SAVE €110)€270€265
2 Subjects€245 (SAVE €175)€420€420
3 Subjects€310 (SAVE €215)€525€515
4 Subjects€355 (SAVE €245)€600€595

Please note:

  • 10% reduction for the second and subsequent members of the same family, attending the same courses. 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: Am I entitled to the notes from the weekly classes that took place before I joined.
A: No, you are only entitled to the notes from the time you join the classes.

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.

Q: If I am doing weekly classes, can I change my choice of subject or class-time during the year?
A: Yes, but an administration charge of €20 will apply.

Q: Can I sample a class to see if I like it?
A: Yes, any of our weekly classes can be sampled for one week. The fee per subject is €30.

Q: How much is the fee per class?
A: This depends on the number of subjects taken.

Q: How many weeks of tuition are there in the weekly classes course?
A: There are 29 weeks of tuition.

Q: If I start weekly grinds later in the year, will this be reflected in the fees I pay?
A: Yes, fees are calculated on a pro rata basis.

Q: Is attendance at weekly classes and part-time courses monitored?
A: Yes, students are required to sign a roll sheet at each class they attend. The Institute however accepts no responsibility for students who fail to report to class or who fail to sign the attendance sheet.

Q: Are there any breaks or holidays during the year for students attending weekly classes or part-time courses?
A: Yes, there are breaks at mid-term, Christmas and Easter. Full details are on our website.

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: How many students will be in the class? What is a typical class size?
A: Class sizes vary depending on the demand for each subject. Class numbers can increase as the year progresses, however this does not have a negative impact on the excellent standard of our teaching.

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: For weekly classes, does the beginning of a new term mean the start of a new course?
A: No, in the weekly classes each subject commences in September and runs through to the end of the academic year in May. Students can catch up with what they might have missed by participating in the Christmas, mid-term and Easter courses.

Q: If I want to join weekly classes during the year, can you tell me what remains to be covered on the course and what the student has missed?
A: No. Teachers have their own individual teaching plan for the year. However, students can do a sample class and enquire from the teacher.

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.

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