From Tuesday the 2nd to Friday the 5th of January 2018.
Christmas course is based on Paper 2 where we will focus on Probability, Statistics and Area and Volume.
Day 1 is on Statistics. We will look at some of the words you will need to know. Then we will do questions on mean, mode and median.
We will finish of Statistics with presenting data in bar charts, histograms, line plots, stem and leaf and pie charts. You need a maths set.
We will do Probability with a special effort on tree diagrams, sample space and experimental probability.
Area and volume is a nice chapter but with a lot of material. We will look at 2 dimensional shapes and how to get the area and perimeter. With cylinders, cones and spheres we will set how these shapes are used in Junior cert questions.
You will be shown where the most common mistakes are and what you need to learn.
Maths is all about doing so a lot of your time in each class you will be doing the questions out yourself before you are shown the solutions. Any questions are welcome during the classes.
• Ceisteanna coitianta
• Nathanna agus téarmaíocht don chluastuiscint.
• Cleachtadh a dhéanamh sa rang.
Trialacha Teanga Comhthéacsúla
• An Aimsir Chaite
• An Aimsir Láithreach
• An Aimsir Fháistineach
• Modh Coinníollach
Ceapadóireacht - Scéal/ Eachtra
Conas eachtra a scríobh – na topaicí éagsúla
• Post Páirtaimseartha
• Laethanta Saoire
• Eachtra ar scoil
• Eachtra sa bhaile mór
Nathanna agus briathra úsáideacha don scéal/ eachtra
Plean a dhéanamh – Tús – Lár – Críoch
• An aidiacht shealbhach
• Na réamhfhocail
• Na forainmeacha réamhfhoclacha
An Tigh Nua – Ceisteanna agus freagraí samplacha
Filíocht ainaithnid - Ceisteanna coitianta agus freagraí samplacha
• Foclóir/ nathanna úsáideacha don scrúdú
An Gadaí - Ceisteanna agus freagraí samplacha
Díoltas an Mhada Rua - Ceisteanna agus freagraí samplacha
Prós ainaithnid - Foclóir/ nathanna úsáideacha. Ceisteanna coitianta agus freagraí samplacha
• Foclóir/ nathanna úsáideacha don scrúdú
• Ceisteanna, nathanna agus téarmaíocht don léamhthuiscint.
• Leagan amach na Litreach
• Foclóir/ Nathanna úsáideacha don litir
• Séimhiú agus urú
• Na huimhreacha
• Céimeanna comparáide na haidiachta
Appreciating Character, Setting, Story and Action - Shakespearean Drama
Appreciating Audience and Register - Speeches, Posters & Films
Reading Comprehension Strategies - Infographics, Advertising & Fiction
Showing Critical Appreciation - Poetry
Plate tectonics – Here you will revise the processes that lead to the movement of the earth’s plates and the landforms that are created as a result such as volcanoes, earthquakes and Fold Mountains.
Rock formation – This will include the formation of Igneous, sedimentary & metamorphic rock groups, where they are found, examples of these rocks and their different characteristics as well as how humans interfere with the rock cycle. This includes labelled diagrams, previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
Weathering & erosion – This area will focus on the agents of weathering and erosion which are key to understanding how the earth’s crust is shaped. We will look at the differences between both weathering & erosion. This includes labelled diagrams, previous JC long & short questions and sample answers with links to karst regions & river & coastal landforms.
Karst regions – Key case study of the Burren will be explored and will link with weathering to explore the formation of over ground & underground features found in a karst region. This includes labelled diagrams, previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
Work of rivers & the sea – Here you will look at the way rivers & the coast erode & transport material. Highlighted will be key landforms of erosion & deposition that you should know for the JC as well as how humans interact with the processes of erosion, transport & deposition. This includes labelled diagrams, previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
Climates – Focus on hot, temperate & cold climates. Reasons behind it’s location, unique plants & animals and human activities. This will include previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
Population distribution, density and factors of change. – Where people live and why they have decided to settle in the places they have with a focus on key examples. This will include previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
Primary economic activities – Focus on what these activities including and how humans have impacted on these activities including fishing, water and peat bogs. This will include previous JC long & short questions and sample answers.
1st year course
Prehistoric times – Neolithic & Mesolithic people with a focus on homes, food, tools & religion.
Early Christian Ireland – How Christianity came to Ireland, its impacts and the growth of monks, missionaries & monasteries. This includes the jobs and roles of the life of an early Christian monk.
Ancient Civilisations – Focus on the Romans & Celts as examples outside of & inside of Ireland. There will be a special focus on the roles within each society such as children/pastimes, soldiers, religion, food/clothes and impacts on future societies.
Medieval times – The middle ages will focus on castle life of the lord/lady, key areas of the town/castle, the life of a knight/tradesman & monk.
Renaissance – This area will focus on reasons for its beginning, new methods of art/sculpture, Renaissance artists inside & outside of Italy.
Age of Explorers – Reasons for exploration, new technology invented to help with exploration, key personalities such as Columbus, Magellan and the legacy of new discoveries.
2nd year course
Reformation – Abuses within the church, the life of Martin Luther and the counter reformation of the Catholic Church.
Plantations – Reasons why plantations began, key focus on the Ulster plantation in relation to success, rules and impacts.
Age of Revolutions – Focus on Irish, American & French Revolutions including why they began, key personalities such as Washing, Tone and Robespheire, success/failures & impacts.
Irish Famine – Why it began and impacts of the famine.
Industrial & Agricultural Revolutions – How and why these revolutions began, new technology and methods created, key personalities including life for the ordinary person & impacts of these revolutions.
Cells and the microscope
The Skeleton and Movement
The Digestive System
Structure and Transport in Plants
Respiration and Breathing
States of Matter
Solutions and Crystals
Acids and Bases
Air and Oxygen
Measurement and Units
We do half the biology, physics and chemistry course at Christmas and the rest at Easter. This is a big hit with students.
At the end of each chapter we collectively answer pre Junior certificate questions and also the definitions and exam technique for each section.
Algebra is the key to doing well in the Leaving cert. It is the most important topic of them all.
Day one will be on basic key skills -
Multiplication including perfect squares.
Equations - linear, quadratic and cubic.
Moving through more algebra.
Really important idea of Indices
Logs from start to finishes going through in particular worded questions.
A major part of paper 2 is Trigonometry which we are going to break down over the 4 days. We will start with
Degrees and Radians
We will go through how to solve equations.
How to use trigonometry to find either a missing length or missing angle in a 2 dimensional triangle.
We will continue with solving triangles but this time it will be 3 dimensional and problems that involve circles.
We will deal with identities.
You will need to bring a maths tables and a calculator to all classes please.
Algebra is a really important topic on Paper 1 and can be seen as well on paper 2.
We will start with how to multiply out.
We will learn how to deal with fractions.
We will do a very important idea of putting numbers instead of letters.
We will deal with how to find the factors.
You must be able to solve linear equations and quadratic equations.
We will solve inequalities.
Simultaneous equations is a must to do.
We will try to get a small bit done on Indices.
We will start in co-ordinate Geometry of the line which is on Paper 2.
We will go through all the different formula you will need to use and then go through different leaving cert questions
Time permitting we will look at the Circle. This chapter sort of ties in with Algebra and the Line that we will have studied over the previous 3 days.
We will look at all the terminology you will need to use. We will then go through how to find the equation of a circle and the equation of a tangent.
During every class I will go through the theory and show you what you will need to know. More importantly you will be given a chance to do as many questions as we can get through. I will then go through the solutions of the same questions so that if you made a mistake you can see where and why. Bring a calculator and tables to all the classes.
Páipéar a haon: Déanfar plé ar struchtúr na haiste ar pháipéar a haon, conas na hábhair a ullmhú agus conas aiste a chumadh go cruinn.
The first lesson will focus specifically on paper one. Students will learn about the structure of an essay and receive sample essays on the topical issues of today.
An Scrúdú Cainte: Cuirfear béim ar an tsraith pictiúr anseo, nathanna úsáideacha, stór focail oiriúnacha agus seanfhocail a d'fhéadfaí úsáid chun scéalta suimiúla a insint bunaithe ar gach ceann de na sraitheanna pictiúr ar an gcúrsa.
The second lesson will focus primarily on the 'Sraith Pictiúr'. Sample stories will be provided along with key phrases and aspects of grammar that are crucial for a high grade in this section of the Irish oral exam.
An Scrúdú Cainte: Is ar an gcómhrá amháin a leagfar béim sa cheacht seo. Gheobhaidh gach scoláire notaí cuimsitheach a bhaineann leis an gcómhrá chomh maith le frásaí speisialta a bhaineann le gnáthtoipicí an lae inniú.
Day 3 will focus on the conversation section of the Irish oral examination. Students will receive comprehensive notes based on the Irish oral topics. This in turn will enable them to prepare their own conversation to a high degree.
Gheobhaidh gach scoláire achoimre cuimsitheach chomh maith le freagraí samplacha ar: 'An Triail' agus 'A Thig ná Tit Orm'.
Students will receive comprehensive summary's and sample answers on both 'A Thig ná Tit Orm' and 'An Triail'.
Prós agus Filíocht: Déanfar athstaidéar ar gach ceann de na prós agus filíocht ar an gcúrsa.
The final day of the course will examine each of the poems and stories prescribed for paper 2 of the leaving cert exam.
Gheobhaidh gach scoláire a fhreastalaíonn ar an gcúrsa a gcóip féin dos na nótaí. Cloífear leis na nótaí agus cuirfear fáilte roimh cheisteanna le linn na gceachtanna gach lá.
Each student will receive their own set of easy to follow notes from the course. Questions from students are always welcomed throughout the lessons.
Comprehending non fiction & composing personal essays.
Central theme of blindness and insight in "King Lear".
Tackling the comparative question - mode: Literary Genre.
Analysing the poetry of Robert Frost and Eiléan Ní Chuilleanáin.
Additional poetry by Hopkins, Larkin, Montague and Durcan will be offered in a series of blitz days over two Saturdays in January.
Set Work – Tchaikovsky: Romeo & Juliet Fantasy Overture
• Understanding key terms
• Sonata Form and how it applies to this work
• How Tchaikovsky deviates from traditional Sonata Form in this work
• Recognising the themes
• Recognising which section of the work you are listening to
• Musical features within the work
• Strategies for approaching the Tchaikovsky question
• How this question has been examined in the past
Composing – Harmony
• The basic elements of the harmony question – what theory do I need
to know to be able to answer it?
• Major and minor harmonies
• How to approach a full question – strategies
• Good and bad chord progressions – how to maximise your marks
• A look at the marking scheme for this question
• How to write a good bassline for Questions 4 & 5
Set Work – Barry: Piano Quartet No. 1
• Understanding key terms
• How the work is compiled – a focus on compositional and
instrumental techniques that feature in the Piano Quartet
• How to recognise the different sections aurally
• Strategies for approaching the Barry question
Practical (including technology) & Irish Music Part 1
• How the practical exam is marked
• How to prepare for the practical exam
• Unprepared tests
• The technology exam – how and what do I prepare for this?
• Irish Music: Part B (the essay questions) - How to prepare for this
and how to maximise your marks
Grassland 1; grass quality, sowing methods, grassland management. Reference also to past exam questions throughout the lesson.
Grassland 2; silage & hay production focusing on the science behind both processes. Reference also to past exam questions throughout the lesson.
Pig Production; pig breeding, rearing from birth to slaughter to include diet, housing, husbandry practices, disease control etc.etc. Reference also to past exam questions throughout the lesson.
Dairy Production; dairy breeding, rearing from birth to lactation to include diet, housing, husbandry practices, disease control, milk production, milk quality, etc. etc. Reference also to past exam questions throughout the lesson.
Beef Production; dairy breeding, rearing from birth to slaughter to include diet, housing, husbandry practices, disease control etc. etc. Reference also to past exam questions throughout the lesson.
Please note; Tillage, Sheep, Plant Science, Animal Physiology, & Classification of Agricultural Organisms and associated Life Cycles (Liverfluke, Babesia, etc. etc.) will be covered separately during the Easter Revision Course.
Subject to demand, Soil and Genetics may be covered during a separate blitz at a later date.
Types of regions – What are regions and the different types of regions such as economic, physical or human.
Dublin region – Ireland’s core region will be looked at under the headings of physical, primary, secondary, tertiary & human factors.
West of Ireland - Ireland’s peripheral region will be looked at under the headings of physical, primary, secondary, tertiary & human factors.
Paris Basin – European core region will be looked at under the headings of physical, primary, secondary, tertiary & human factors.
Mezzogiorno – European peripheral region will be looked at under the headings of physical, primary, secondary, tertiary & human factors.
Brazil – Sub-continental region will be looked at under the headings of physical, primary, secondary, tertiary & human factors.
The change of boundaries over time – How the expansion of the EU has impacted Ireland.
Factors of development on developed & developing economies – Strong link here to economic geography. The development of the French & Brazilian economies will be looked at here under physical, political, social & cultural factors.
Colonialism & Globalisation – how these have impacted the economic development of Brazil.
MNC & Ireland – Structure & factors influencing location – The factors of location and attractiveness of Ireland to MNC’s will be explored. Case studies on Dell & Danone will be examined in terms of profit/structure and resource/location led MNC’s.
Impact of the EU on Ireland – How European policy has impacted on Ireland. Case studies on the CAP, CFP, ERDF and ESF. Strong link here again to regional
Food, Enzymes & Digestion. These three chapters are interlinked and provide the foundations to many other topics in Biology. Reference to past exam questions will feature throughout the lesson.
Photosynthesis; An in-depth, clear and concise delivery of photosynthesis which features regularly on the Biology exam. To include pathways 1 and 2, light and dark stages. Reference to past exam questions will feature throughout the lesson.
Respiration; An in-depth, clear and concise delivery of respiration which features regularly on the Biology exam, to include both aerobic and anaerobic respiration. Reference to past exam questions will feature throughout the lesson.
Classification & Microbiology; Includes Monera (bacteria), Fungi, and Protista (Amoeba). Reference to past exam questions will feature throughout the lesson.
Please Note; all of Plant Science (5 chapters), Ecology (3 chapters), and Human Reproduction will be covered during the Easter Revision Course.
Subject to demand, a blitz covering all of the Biology Experiments (Section B on the Biology Exam) may be offered separately at a later date.
Mechanics Section A Question 1
-In this section we deal in detail with the 6 possibilities that question 1 can be which is the 6 Mechanics experiments on the course.
Mechanics Section B Qs 6 and 12 (a)
-Here we deal with all the long Mechanics questions and in detail through notes and exam questions analyse the 5 possibilities that is involved in this section
-key derivations and definitions as well as the demonstrations will be dealt with
Heat Section A question 2/3
-Here we deal with the 4 Heat experiments on the course which will either be in question 2 or 3 of section A.
Heat Section B
-A detail set of notes followed by exam questions and technique on the possible long questions for heat in section B
Waves Section A
-Here we deal with the 9 wave experiments on the course which is a definite as either question 2 or 3 in Section A each year.
Waves experiments continued
Waves Section B
-Here we cover through notes and exam questions the long wave questions which generally come up in question 7 or 8 each year
**we also analyse all the definitions, exam technique and derivations on the course
The format of the week is a comprehensive set of notes and students experience a teacher applying the notes to exam questions as well as mock papers through out the week.
Protein: elemental & chemical composition, joining 2 amino acids, essential & non essential amino acids, biological value, protein sources, structure of protein, classification of protein, properties, effects of heat, functions, complementary value, deamination, digestion, absorption & utilisation
Eggs: Structure, nutritional & dietetic value, properties & quality assurance scheme
Food choices & answering technique if asked in compulsory question 1
Iron, Calcium, Trace Elements, Vitamin C
Fruit & Vegetsbles: classification, nutritional & dietetic value, options for choosing, culinary uses, ripening & decaying,
Methods of perservation suitable for fruit & vegetables: details on process, underlying principles & effects
Retaining vitamins & minerals when preparing & cooking fruit & vegetsbles
Family Reource Management: purpose, types of management systems, family as management unit, components of management & applying the management framework to management situations (using inputs, throughputs & outputs), factors affecting management
Family: definition, universality, types, family functions & state interventions to suppport family functions, social, economic and technological changes & their impact on family & family life
-In this section we deal with Question 1 in Section A the titrations through comprehensive notes and also exam questions.
-We deal with question 2 and question 6 in organic chemistry 1 through in depth notes and doing exam questions.
Mole concept and Stiochemistry
-this is one of the main maths sections on the exam and a detailed set of notes is provided as well as doing exam questions from pervious exam papers
-A very important question in section B, a good exam techniques is required for this section and a detailed set of notes
Oxidation and Reduction
-here we deal with a topic that is common on the exam papers through notes and exam technique.
A compressive set of definitions and as well exam technique to achieve a H1 will be given/discussed and analysed in detail.
Journal Intime– Students will be shown how to maximise their
results in this question. Key phrases; tenses and structure of le
journal intime will be revised.
Rédaction – sample answers and general vocabulary will be given
as well as more notes and explanation of more difficult tenses
(subjunctive and plus-que-parfait) for the essay-type question.
Compréhension Écrite – students will be shown how to prepare
for the reading comprehensions and how to tackle the questions.
They will be given samples with answer and some
comprehensions to try themselves.
Compréhension Auditive – student will be given vocabulary that
comes up in the aural test (example – news items, etc). They will
get a chance to practise for this part of the exam.
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