2nd Year Weekly Grinds


2nd Year Grinds
Monday 2 September 2019 – Saturday 17 May 2020*

*Students can enrol throughout the year, subject to vacancies

*To complete your enrollment, please email your photo (head shot) to photos@instituteofeducation.ie, you should include your name and Date of Birth in the subject line.

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.


This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Science exam.

All topics in each of the five sections of the syllabus are covered in detail: (i) Nature of science (ii) Earth & Space (iii) Physical world (iv) Chemical Word and (v) Biological World.

The focus is on exam technique, with constant exam question practice an integral part of every class. This ensures the students gain experience and confidence to tackle the examination. Students will receive clear and concise notes with sample solutions to examination questions and notes which will include other revision material.

There is an emphasis on contemporary science and inquiry science in line with the new format of the Junior cycle. Scientific skills involving graphing, scientific method and designing experiments also feature.

Nature of Science:

  • Lab Safety and apparatus.
  • Reliability, accuracy, precision, fairness and ethics.
  • Experimental design.
  • Critically analysis of data to identify patterns and relationships, identify anomalous observations, draw and justify conclusions
  • The role of science in society; and its personal, social and global importance; and how society influences scientific research.
  • Evaluation of media-based arguments concerning science and technology

Earth & Space:

  • Water & Carbon cycles.
  • How earth processes and human factors influence the Earth’s climate, evaluate effects of climate change and initiatives that attempt to address those effects.
  • Celestial bodies.
  • Modeling the Earth, Moon and Sun.
  • Interpret data to compare the Earth with other planets and moons in the solar system, with respect to properties including mass, gravity, size, and composition.
  • Space and the big bang theory.
  • Current hazards and benefits of space exploration and discuss the future role and implications of space exploration in society.

Physical World:

  • Measurements and units.
  • Area, Volume and Density.
  • Distance, Speed & Time.
  • Energy conservation and analysis of processes in terms of energy changes and dissipation.
  • Electricity & static electricity.
  • Ethical and sustainability issues that arise from our generation and consumption of electricity.

Chemical World:

  • Periodic table.
  • Elements, Compounds and Mixtures.
  • States of Matter.
  • Separating solutions.
  • Metals and non-metals.
  • Atomic structure.
  • Prediction of the ratio of atoms in compounds of two elements.
  • Solubilities, conductivity, melting points and boiling points.
  • Investigation of the effect of a number of variables on the rate of chemical reactions including the production of common gases and biochemical reactions.
  • Chemical reactions in terms of energy, using the terms exothermic, endothermic and activation energy, and use simple energy profile diagrams to illustrate energy changes.
  • Humans contribution to sustainability through the extraction, use, disposal, and recycling of materials

Biological World:

  • The cell and microscope.
  • Breathing system.
  • Circulatory system and blood.
  • Digestive system.
  • Ecology and habitat study.
  • Pollution and conservation.
  • Food and human health.
  • Photosynthesis and Respiration.
  • Sexual reproduction and Genetics.
  • Plants and asexual reproduction.
  • Evaluation of how humans can successfully conserve ecological biodiversity and contribute to global food production; appreciate the benefits that people obtain from ecosystems



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.


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

OPTION 1: Payment in Full (week beginning 9th September 2019)
Please note: Fees reduce on a weekly basis throughout the year

1 Subject€625
2 Subjects€1,005
3 Subjects€1,195
4 Subjects€1,415

OPTION 2: Pay be Installment

Installment 1
09/09/19 – 16/11/19
Installment 2
20/11/19 – 16/02/20
Installment 3
16/02/20- 16/05/20
1 Subject€240€265€240
2 Subjects€375€415€375
3 Subjects€465€515€465
4 Subjects€535€595€535

Please note:

  •  All Institute of Education fees include exclusive notes compiled by the Institute’s highly experienced teachers, many of whom are authors of school text books. These notes are only available to students taking Institute courses and are strictly under copyright.
  • 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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