Monday 21 – Thursday 24 August 2017
August Grinds: Leaving Certificate 2018
For almost 50 years, The Institute of Education’s August Grinds have been preparing students for their final year and helping them to improve their exam grades. These classes, taught by our experienced and expert teachers, are designed for students sitting the Leaving Cert the following June.
Students may attend up to 3 classes per day. Classes are one and a half hours in duration.
Each class is 1.5 hours in duration.
Click on the subject name below to discover the topics being covered.
Examination Techniques: How to answer questions, manage time etc. are dealt with in all subjects.
Acids and bases – Arhennius and Bronsted-Lowry
Redox reactions – oxidation numbers and balancing
Electronegativity and bonding
Stoichiometry – the mole concept
Volumetric analysis – acid base experiments
Water – hardness, pollution, colorimetery
Rates of reactions – factors that affect rates
Chemical equilibrium – Le Chatelier, Kc, Haber process
Organic fuels and heats of reaction – alkanes, alkenes and alkynes, Hess’ Law
1. Demand and Supply – Students will have a thorough understanding of the forces that determine market prices and so on.
2. Elasticity – Students will have full knowledge of how changes in price, income and the prices of other goods will impact on demand and supply.
3. Costs of production – Students will have a thorough understanding of average costs and marginal costs, of long-run and short-run, of economies and diseconomies of scale and profit maximisation.
4. Competition – Students will study all the forms of competition from perfect competition to monopoly and any form in between.
5. Factors of Production – Land, Labour, Capital and Enterprise will be studied with special emphasis on Labour.
1. National Income – The calculation of national income, the circular flow of income, the multiplier and the uses and weaknesses of national income statistics.
2. The Government – The budget, the national debt, the taxation system, privatisation versus nationalisation, direct tax versus indirect tax and so on.
3. International Trade -The law of comparative advantage, exchange rates, the balance of payments, the terms of trade and the importance of international trade to a small open economy.
4. Money and Banking – Credit creation, consumer price index, banking regulation, the European central bank.
5. Miscellaneous Section – Population and emigration, the history of economic thought, economic systems.
Time management in the different sections of the examination papers. Students are free to discuss any difficulties or problems encountered in English with the teacher.
Reading skills: 30%
Writing skills: 25%
Listening skills: 20%
Essays – Topical themes are covered such as the following examples:
1. Fadhbanna ár Linne
2. Cursai Polaiíochta
3. An Coras Oideachais
4. Daoine gan Didean
5. An corás sláinte
Scéal: Taisteal – Brú – áthas ‘is glas iad na conic I bhfad uainn’ are some examples.
Díospóireacht & oráid are also covered and samples given in class
Filiocht: Filiocht Roghnach
All 5 prescribed poems covered under the following headings:
3. Poetry techniques
4. Colour/sound/movement (if applicable)
All 5 prescribed works covered with indepth analysis on characters
Notes supplied to these covering that question but not necessarily covered in class
1. Na caracgtair
2. Téamaí áirithe
3. Teicnicí Dramatúla
Notes supplied on the other texts:
2. Toraíocht Dhiarmada & Gráinne
3. A thig ná tit orm
But they are not taught on the course
2. Genre Litríochta
Specific & topical vocabulary suited to the question
August Grinds 2017
|10.00am – 11.30am||Business (H)|
|11.45am – 1.15pm||Accounting (H)|
|1.45pm – 3.15pm||Biology (H)|
|1 Subject||2 Subjects||3 Subjects|
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 August preparation 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.