Wednesday 6 September 2017 – Saturday 26 May 2018*
2nd Year Grinds
*Students may join at any stage throughout the year, subject to vacancies.
For almost 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for the Junior Cert exams. These 2nd year grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, provide 2nd year 2017/2018 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.
***Important notice regarding photo ID & admission cards for 2017/2018***
Admission cards are required for entry to all Evening & Saturday Weekly Grinds. To receive your admission card after making an online booking, please forward a passport sized photograph to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please include the student’s full name and date of birth in the message of the email.
Please note: NO CARD NO CLASS: Students who arrive for class without their admission card must pay €10 for a day pass.
Sample a Class:
Any of our Junior or Leaving Certificate weekly grinds can be sampled for one week for a fee of €30. Advance booking is required. Please contact our office on 01 661 3511 for further details.
Monday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Tuesday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Wednesday: 9.00am – 7.00pm
Thursday: 9.00am – 5.00pm
Friday: 9.00am – 7.00pm
Saturday: 8.00am – 1.00pm
Classes commence on Wednesday 6 September 2017. Please note, classes and study will NOT be held on the following dates:
Wednesday 1 November – Sunday 5 November 2017
Wednesday 14 February – Sunday 18 February 2018
Wednesday 20 December 2017 – Sunday 7 January 2019
Classes resume on Wednesday 10 January 2018
St Patrick’s Day:
Wednesday 14 March – Saturday 17 March 2018
Wednesday 28 March – Sunday 8 April 2018
Final Classes / Study:
Sunday 27 May 2018
Each class is 1 hour in duration.
Click on the subject name below to discover the topics being covered.
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
1.States of Matter
2.Elements, Compounds and Mixtures
3.Solutions and Crystals
5.The Air and Oxygen
6.Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide
12.Ionic and Covalent substances
1.Measurement, Equipment and Units
3.Velocity and Acceleration
5.Forces, Work and Power
September – October Mid-term
1. Number Theory
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
February – Easter
Easter – Summer
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
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.
Please note: Class availability is subject to change, please click on the ‘Book Now’ button to view the classes currently available.
|Science (H)||Saturday 9.00 am-10.15 am|
|Maths (H)||Saturday 10.30 am-11.45 am|
|Irish (H)||Saturday 12.00 pm-1.15 pm|
|English (H)||Saturday 1.30 pm-2.45 pm|
Commencement Date: 28 April 2018. (Please note: fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year)
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.