Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020 Christmas Intensive Revision


Monday 30 December 2019 – Friday 03 January 2020
Christmas Grinds: Junior Cycle & Junior Cert 2020

For 50 years, The Institute of Education’s Christmas Intensive Revision Course has been preparing students for exam success. These Christmas grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, are designed for students sitting the Junior Cycle and Junior Cert exams in 2020.

Students may attend up to 5 classes per day. Classes are 1 hour in duration and free supervised study is available to students throughout the week.

All Christmas revision classes will take place on our main school campus, 79-85 Lower Leeson Street, Dublin 2.


Topics from:
– Final Accounts & Balance Sheet
– Club Accounts
– Books of First Entry & Ledgers
– Business Documents
– Household Budget
– Economics
– Consumers
– At Work
– Banking
– Insurance

Notes will be given on other topics


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.

Topics from:
– Listening and Reading Comprehensions
– Letter, Postcard, Message
– Grammar

Topics from:
– Aiste / essay
– Léamhthuiscint / comprehensions
– Scéal / story
– Díospóireacht / debate
– Cluastuiscint / aural
– Gramadach / grammar
– Prós Liteartha / literary prose
– Filíocht / poetry
– Litir / letter
Topics from:
– The Age of Discovery – Causes; Main Explorers; Consequences
– The Reformation – Causes; Martin Luther; Counter-Reformation
– The Plantations – Causes; The Ulster Plantation; Consequences
– The Age of Revolution – Causes; Main developments; Impact of Revolution
– The Industrial Revolution – Agricultural Revolution; Why Britain? Social and
– Economic Changes; Ireland in the 1840’s – The Great Famine?
– Ireland in the 20th Century – Main Political Developments, e.g. Easter Rising; Independent – Ireland; Northern Ireland.
– International Relations in the 20TH Century – The dictatorships of Mussolini and Hitler; World War 2; The main developments in the Cold War.
– Ireland – Social Change in the 20TH Century.

This class provides an opportunity for students to consolidate prior learning and maximise their potential for exam success.

Paper 1 – Topics from
– Algebra – to include factorising, solving quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, long division and related problems.
– Functions – graphs of linear and quadratic functions, solving related problems
– Arithmetic – Profit and loss, income tax, compound interest, currency exchange
– Sets – understanding set notation, working with Venn diagrams, solving related problems
– Pattern – identifying type of pattern, working with patterns

Paper 2 – Topics from
– Area and volume – application of formulae, related problems.
– Trigonometry – solving right-angled triangles, applying formulae to in-context problems
– Coordinate geometry of the line – application of formulae, drawing lines, related problems
– Probability – Fundamental principle of counting, probability scale, tree diagrams,
– Statistics – Displaying data, mode, mean, median, range and inter-quartile range.


This course is structured to ensure students achieve the best results possible in their Junior Cycle Science exam. Topics from all four sections of the syllabus, Physics, Chemistry, Biology and Earth & Space are covered in detail.

As the common level exam is worth 90% of the total grade, 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 problem solving type questions in the new Junior Cycle Examination

Students will receive clear and concise notes and solutions will be provided to examination questions.

Section A:
– Biology – Human Reproduction, Passing on Characteristics.
– Chemistry – Bonding, Rates of Reactions.
– Physics – Heat, Electronics.
– Earth and Space – Water and Carbon Cycles, Climate Change.

Section B:
– Biology – The Breathing System, Ecology.
– Chemistry – Energy Transfer in Chemical Reactions, Environmental Impact of Materials.
– Physics – Electricity (Current Electricity), Issues that arise from generation and use of electricity.
– Earth and Space – Galaxies, Stars and the Solar System, Comets Asteroids and Meteors.

The Assessment Task
As part of the Junior Cycle Science Exam, each student is required to undertake an Assessment Task (AT). The AT itself is based on the second Classroom Based Asessment (CBA) – the Science in Society Investigation (SSI) – and is worth 10% of the students’ final grade.

The 2nd CBA is carried out in December of third year and the AT will be carried out in April of 3rd year.


Monday 30 – December 2019 – Friday 03 January 2020

Please Note: Classes will operate 1 hour later on New Year’s Day. 



10:00am – 11:00am1
11:15am – 12:15pm2
12:30pm  –  1:30pm3
2:15pm – 3:15pm4
3:30pm – 4:30pm5



9.00am – 10.00am

  • Business Studies (Common)
  • English (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher)Paper I
  • Science (Common) Section A


10.15am – 11.15am

  • Business Studies (Common)
  • English (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper II
  • Science (Common) Section A


11.30pm – 12.30pm

  • English (Higher)
  • French (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper I
  • Science (Common) Section A
  • Science (Common) Section B


1.15pm – 2.15pm

  • English (Higher)
  • French (Higher)
  • History (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper II
  • Science (Common) Section B


2.30pm – 3.30pm

  • English (Higher)
  • History (Higher)
  • Irish (Higher)
  • Maths (Higher) Paper I
  • Science (Common) Section B


Christmas 2019 Offer
Early Booking offer: Book by the 29th of November and save 20%!



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: 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 Christmas 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: 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.

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