Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2021 August Intensive Preparation


August Grinds: Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2021

For 50 years, The Institute of Education has been preparing students for exam success. Taught by our experienced and expert teachers, the August Intensive Preparation Course is designed for students sitting their exams in June 2021.

Students may attend up to 3 classes per day. Classes are 1 hour in duration.

Upcoming August Courses:

Leaving Cert 2021 August Intensive Preparation Course>>
Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2021 August Intensive Preparation Course>>
Students entering 1st Year: The Institute Camp>>
Students entering 2nd Year: The Institute Camp>>
Maths Academy>>



Each class is 1 hour in duration, and examination techniques – including how to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.

These grinds are designed to introduce students to the requirements of the new Junior Cycle English exam, and an 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.
These grinds offer students very condensed, but intensive, revision grinds of all elements of the French language.

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 hour spent in class. 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 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.

In these grinds we cover the verb tenses first of all i.e past, present, future & conditional, and 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, 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.

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


Biological World: Respiration and Gas exchange in humans – describe the structure, function, and interactions of the organs respiratory system. Evaluate how human health is affected by environmental factors.

Chemical World: Chemical Reactions and Rates of reactions; develop and use models to describe the atomic nature of matter; demonstrate how they provide a simple way to account for the conservation of mass, changes of state, physical change, chemical change. investigate the effect of a number of variables on the rate of chemical reactions including the production of common gases and biochemical reactions.

Earth and Space: Cycling of matter and climate change – describe the cycling of matter, including that of carbon and water, associating it with biological and atmospheric phenomena, illustrate how earth processes and human factors influence Earth’s climate, evaluate effects of climate change and initiatives that attempt to address those effects.

Physical World: Work Energy and pressure; identify and measure/calculate mass, weight, force, pressure. Everyday applications of work, energy and pressure. Understand how a device transforms energy from one form to another in order to perform a function; describe the energy changes and ways of improving efficiency.


Please note: The following is an indicative timetable. The updated timetable for 2020 will be posted shortly.

Monday 19 August – Thursday 22 August 2019

10.00am – 11.00amFrench (H)
Irish (H)
Maths (H)
11.15am – 12.15pmEnglish (H)
Maths (H)
Science (H)
12.30pm – 1.30pmEnglish(H)
Maths (H)
Science (H)


Fees for 2020 will be posted shortly.

Please note:

  • Credit Card payments accepted
  • 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: 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.

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Booking is not currently available for this course. For further information on grinds and part-time courses please contact our main office on 01 661 3511.