Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018
Christmas Grinds Junior Cert 2018
For 48 years, The Institute of Education’s Christmas Intensive Revision Course has been preparing students for their Junior Certificate and helping them to improve their exam grades. These Christmas grinds, taught by our experienced and skilled teachers, are designed for students sitting the Junior Cert 2018.
Students may attend up to 4 classes per day. Classes are one and a quarter hours in duration and free supervised study is available to students throughout the week.
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.
All of the five strands of the Project Maths syllabus (Statistics and Probability, Geometry and Trigonometry, Number, Algebra and Functions) are covered. Particular emphasis is placed on the linkage between the strands, how this linkage has presented in past exam papers, and how it may present in the examination in June.
Classes are interactive in nature and students are encouraged to participate in their own learning. Clear and detailed notes are provided which will allow students to use their revision time efficiently.
Course A – Topics from:
– Co-ordinate Geometry of the line, application of formulae, drawing lines, related problems
– Geometry – proofs, related problems, construction
– Trigonometry – using sin, cos and tan to solve triangles, related problems, constructions
– Probability – Fundamental principle of counting, probability scale, tree diagrams, relative frequency, problems
Course B – Topics from:
– Algebra – to include solving quadratic equations, simultaneous equations, long division and related problems
– Statistics – to include displaying data, mode, mean, median, range and inter-quartile range
– Area, perimeter, volume and surface area, related problems
– Graphs-of linear and quadratic functions, solving related problems
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 as well as other revision material.
All practical aspects of the coursework are revised and helpful tips are provided to assist students complete their investigations thus maximising their marks in the final examination.
Course A (Physics & Biology) – Topics from:
– Light, Sound
– Forces, Moments, Pressure
– Magnetism, Static and Current Electricity, Electronics
– Heat, Temperature, Transfer of Heat
– Density, Velocity and Acceleration
– Work, Energy and Power, Measurement
– Human Biology – Food and The Digestive System; Breathing and Respiration; The Blood System
– Photosynthesis and Tropisms; Plant and Animal Cells.
Course B (Chemistry & Biology) – Topics from:
– Periodic Table, Atomic Structure, Ionic and Covalent Bonding
– Air, Oxygen, Carbon Dioxide; Fossil Fuels
– Elements, Compounds and Mixtures; Separation of Mixtures
– Water; Solutions and Crystals; Acids and Bases
– Metals and Non-Metals; Plastics
– Ecology; Microbiology and Biotechnology
– Plant Biology –Structure and Transport; Reproduction
– Human Biology – Skeleton, Excretion; Senses and Nervous System; Reproductive System and Genetics
As part of the Junior Certificate Science examination each student is required to undertake two specified investigations in their 3rd year and to submit a pro forma report on these for assessment.
These investigations, account for 25% of the students final Junior Certificate grade, and are based on the topics and learning outcomes in the syllabus. The investigations, which require substantial time investment, by the student, during the year, are set by the examining body and vary from year to year.
The Institute of Education will be offering 2 x 1 hour tutorials, free of charge, to students enrolled on our Christmas Science course. These tutorials will focus on the Coursework B component of the syllabus. The tutorials will be held on Thursday and Friday of the Christmas course 3.30pm – 4.30pm. Students can attend one of the tutorials.
Course dates: Tuesday 2 – Saturday 6 January 2018
|9.00am – 10.15am||Business Studies (H)|
Maths (H) A
Science (H) A
|10.30am – 11.45am||Business Studies (H)|
Maths (H) B
Science H) B
|12.30pm – 1.45pm||English (H)|
Maths (H) A
Science (H) A
|2.00pm – 3.15pm||English (H)|
Maths (H) B
Science (H) B
|1 class||2 classes||3 classes||4 classes|
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.