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The secret to success: the value of grinds with Dalmac

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The secret to success: the value of grinds with Dalmac

Grinds with Dalmac are interactive and comprehensive, putting you in a great position to succeed in whatever examination you are preparing for

Grinds are a critical part of so many students’ study plans, and for good reason. Grinds give you a solid grounding in your chosen subjects, teach you valuable study techniques, and give you more insights than you would generally find in the classroom.

We all want to optimise our study, and grinds are the best way to do that. In this blog post, we will outline four reasons why grinds with Dalmac Grinds Academy are so effective, as you plan for the academic year ahead.

  1. Quality teachers

Quality teachers really help to give you a fantastic knowledge of the curriculum, providing you with a great foundation on which to get impressive results. Our teachers of grinds with Dalmac are highly experienced and have written detailed programmes to cater for all students’ abilities and requirements.

Our teachers are fully qualified, Garda-vetted and registered with the teaching council. They also have experience in correcting State exams, so know exactly how best to prepare our students for the Junior Cert and Leaving Cert. In short, they are the best guides to help you navigate a year that can be stressful and worrisome without the right supports.

  1. Support network

Everyone is different when it comes to preparing for exams in June. We know this, so that is why we offer support throughout the year to ensure your head stays above water.  For example, we don’t just give out notes; we explain concepts, methodologies and definitions, depending on the subject concerned. We want our students to be completely at ease with their chosen subjects.

It is important not just that our students merely study, but that they study in a way that suits them. That’s where our experience comes in, with plenty of helpful tips and advice on how to get the most out of grinds with Dalmac.

  1. Great facilities and options

Our academy is located in a state-of-the-art building in Rush, north County Dublin. We have four dedicated classrooms so students have the best chance to maximise their time getting grinds with Dalmac.

If you are based in north County Dublin, our location on Lower Main Street in Rush is just perfect. Our fantastic academy is the perfect place in which to get grinds for your Junior or Leaving Cert.

We also cater for a significant number of subjects. As well as the core subjects of maths, Irish and English, we also offer grinds for French, German, Spanish, physics, biology, science and chemistry.

  1. Expert planning

We know that students are busy in an exam year to say the least, and that’s why we offer grinds with Dalmac on Mondays to Saturdays in the evening time. And remember, we don’t just deal with written exams – we also can help you prepare for oral and aural exams. Our study programme is also designed to be consistent throughout the year to avoid any kind of last-minute cramming. There is a definite advantage to starting grinds early in the academic year.

Of course, notes are a crucial part of any exam year, and our notes are both detailed and specific, ensuring that no stone is left unturned in your quest to maximise your points total.

It is fair to say that grinds with Dalmac will offer you the best possible grounding for your exams. Contact us today for more information on what we do and how we do it.

The Dalmac Grinds Academy is based in Rush, offering the best grinds in north Dublin. For more information, see http://dalmacgrindsacademy.net/ . Call us today on 01-8431697 or email info@dalmacgrindsacademy.ie to secure your place.

Leaving Cert checklist: important things to remember this year

There are lots of important dates and considerations that Leaving Cert students need to bear in mind during the year. This handy checklist with crucial website links will help

Christmas is just around the corner which generally means a time to relax and enjoy a lot of special family time. But as we all know, exam years are a different kettle of fish, with lots of things to consider! So it’s a good idea to be organised and remember important dates and occasions that will help you be prepared for June as you study. This Leaving Cert checklist will help you make sure you’re properly prepared.

Open days

Open days are a fantastic way to familiarise yourself with campuses around the country and give a great insight into university life. Remember, if you plan on going to university or college, you should prepare yourself for an entirely different way of learning, studying and socialising.

When considering open days, make sure you go to as many as possible, and generally be inquisitive to give yourself the best chance of making the right choice. Make sure you do your research before going to open days and ask lots of questions. People at open days are there to help you, so make the most of the opportunity!

This first element of your Leaving Cert checklist is one you need to remember, as open days are already happening in third-level institutions around Ireland.


Your Central Applications Office (CAO) application is obviously a hugely important part of your Leaving Cert checklist, and now is the time to start thinking about it in earnest.

There are a number of key dates to consider. If you know the course you’d like to study, you can apply online at cao.ie by January 20th to avail of a discounted application fee of €30. The normal closing date for applications is February 1st, 2018.

But don’t fret if you miss the deadline: the closing date for amending course choices is March 1st, 2018, and the deadline for late applications is May 1st, 2018. For more details, see the CAO website.

Career guidance

In tandem with your CAO application on your Leaving Cert checklist is career guidance. This is a huge part of anyone’s career development, not just something to consider in a Leaving Cert year.

Part of your career guidance process should include aptitude tests to evaluate where your strengths and weaknesses lie. You should also talk with your school’s guidance counsellor about what you genuinely enjoy studying and learning – that’s the best way for choosing a career that might suit you.

But do remember that plans change and what you decide to study may not necessarily lead to the career path you go down!


Grinds are a huge part of your preparation for the Leaving and Junior Certs, and now is certainly the time to begin planning for grinds, if you haven’t already.

Christmas can be a difficult time to maintain good study habits, so establishing a solid grounding with grinds will really stand to you. Dalmac Academy grinds in north Dublin are staffed with the best teachers offering excellent advice and study techniques and tips. Have a read of our blog for more information on why grinds are so important.


Your exam timetable is a crucial part of your Leaving Cert checklist, and will dictate how you structure your study time in the run-up to the exams in June. The Leaving Cert will commence on Wednesday, June 6th, 2018, and the exam timetable will be released on December 18th, 2017. See this link for more information.

Points system

Bear in mind that a new points system applies for the Leaving Cert. This came into effect for the first time last year, and aims to ease the pressure somewhat on students, and initiate a fairer system for students of all capabilities. For more on the new points system, see this informational page. It’s also handy to check out this points calculator to compare points totals with those of different years.

The Dalmac Grinds Academy is based in Rush, offering the best grinds in north Dublin. For more information, see http://dalmacgrindsacademy.net/ or call us on 01-8431697 or email info@dalmacgrindsacademy.ie.

Make your time count: five ways to perfect your study technique

Our grinds school here in north Dublin will give you an excellent foundation to succeed in your exams, but your study technique needs to be effective

By now, you’re well into the school year, and your main focus will be either on the Leaving Cert or Junior Cert. You may very well be studying in school or taking in grinds in north Dublin or elsewhere, but the one word on your mind will be “study”.

However, as we all know, it can be tough to concentrate for several hours at a time as well as consistently throughout the long school year. So what’s the best way to perfect your study technique? We have outlined a number of things you can do to make sure you’re getting the best out of your study hours.

  1. Exercise

The benefits of exercise are well known and help the body to switch off after an intense period of concentration. It doesn’t matter whether you’re lining out for your local club or school team, having a kickabout in the park, or even going for a long walk, exercise will help you tune out for a while, so you can get back to the books with a clear head.

  1. Put away that phone!

The smartphone is fast eroding our ability to concentrate. So, while it’s very tempting to have your phone by your side while you’re studying, the best thing to do is switch it off while you’re revising and give your subjects your full attention.

There are, of course, plenty of apps that can help your study technique, so we don’t recommend a blanket ban.

  1. Study groups

People differ when it comes to perfecting their study technique. Some of us need to be alone with the door closed in silence, but some are the opposite. If you find that you get more out of your study sessions with friends or other students from your school, then initiate a study group for the weekend or any time you’re not in school or at grinds.

  1. Take regular breaks

No matter what anyone tells you, no one can study non-stop for hours without taking a break. Similarly to our first point about exercise, taking regular breaks is important to give your brain a break from studying. Just remember that making a cup of tea or having a quick chat shouldn’t take all evening!

  1. Understand your body clock

When you’re planning your study time at weekends or on holidays like the mid-term or Christmas, make sure you start at a time that’s best for you. Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, there is no “right” time to study – it’s all about getting the most out of those study sessions.

  1. Podcasts and more

Studying isn’t necessarily about burying your head in a book and taking notes. Different mediums like podcasts and videos can also really help you to get the most out of your study time.

  1. Sleep well

Sleeping well is one of the key factors to perfecting your study technique. If you’re finding that sleep is hard to come by, make sure you follow the points above to help you catch some shut-eye and keep yourself refreshed.

  1. Eat well, study well

If you want to make the most out of your study time, make sure you are eating regularly and as healthily as possible. There is no point surviving on sugary snacks, sweet drinks and coffee. You are much better off eating regular meals at regular times and, if you have to snack, choose fruit over chocolate bars. You will feel much better and your study will benefit too!

The Dalmac Grinds Academy is based in Rush, offering the best grinds in north Dublin. For more information, see http://dalmacgrindsacademy.net/

A marathon, not a sprint: five tips to get through exam year.

You may be only a few weeks into the school year, but it is worth thinking now about how you want to achieve the best results possible next June. There are a number of ways that will help you succeed, from taking part in our grinds in north Dublin to common-sense techniques. Let’s take a look.

  1. Plan ahead

The Junior and Leaving Certs may seem a long way off right now, but you will be amazed at how quickly the months pass. Then, suddenly, school finishes, June arrives and it’s time for the big day and that first exam.

It is worthwhile planning ahead now so you have a good idea of what you should be doing at different times of the year. This includes study plans for the holidays, blocking off time for studying particular subjects and making sure you take adequate break periods throughout the year.

Buy a year planner or use one on your smartphone to plan ahead. And, of course, you can change and adapt it as the months so you can concentrate on any areas of weakness. The teachers of our grinds in north Dublin can help with your planning as the year progresses.

  1. Keep studying

It really is worthwhile studying throughout the year and not leaving everything till the last minute – or even the night before. Realistically speaking, you will inevitably end up doing some cramming but it is so much better to be well prepared. Don’t forget Roy Keane’s adage: “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail.”

In particular, keep an eye on the subjects you find more difficult and do a few test papers well in advance of exam time so you know sooner rather than later what you will have to do during the exams themselves.

  1. Do grinds

Getting extra tuition in your subjects during the year can be really helpful. Grinds will help you to focus on what’s going to come up on particular exam papers and will allow you to concentrate your efforts in those areas.

We all have weaknesses in certain subjects and if you can identify those and work on them at your grinds, you will give yourself a much better chance of achieving a higher grade.

Grind teachers, like those here at Dalmac Grinds Academy, are usually really experienced teachers who can assist you to hone on in on the key elements of papers. These grinds in north Dublin also provide excellent revision notes which will be invaluable as the exams approach.

  1. Communicate

You are not alone! There are teachers, students, parents, family and friends around who know what you are going through and who will be there to help. Talk to your teachers throughout the year about how best to prepare for the exams.

Ask your friends and school mates what they are doing to maximise their chances of doing well. Share notes, tips and advice with each other. No matter how people pitch the Leaving Cert to you, you are all on the same side and all trying to do the best you can. Help each other get there!

  1. Take care of yourself

Yes, it is really important to study and work hard throughout the year. However, it is equally important that you look after yourself too. Have fun and go out and socialise. Play sport whenever you can. Take breaks from studying.

Don’t study late into the night if you are very tired; you are not really taking much in anyway and you are just making yourself tired for tomorrow. Eat well and don’t skip meals or snack all the time.

If you are interested in grinds in north Dublin, get in touch with us on 01-8431697 or email info@dalmacgrindsacademy.ie

Five reasons why you should do grinds for Leaving Cert and Junior Cert

Over the past week, thousands of students across the country have accepted places in university to study their preferred courses. But, of course, not everyone has been lucky, and some students face the reality of repeating the Leaving Certificate to get what they want.

If you find yourself in that position or if you’re entering 3rd, 5th or 6th year in school, your focus will be on your study programme. We all want to optimise our study, and grinds are the best way to do that. In this blog post, we will outline five reasons why grinds are good for you, as you plan for the academic year ahead.

  1. Familiarity breeds success

Grinds give you the opportunity to take a deeper dive into the subjects you are studying. Instead of going over the material once or twice in school, with our grinds in north Dublin, you can really immerse yourself in your chosen subjects.

This way, you can take your time over a particularly difficult part of the curriculum, and be confident no matter what questions come up on the exam paper. This is particularly true if you are repeating the Leaving Cert, as you’ll have the chance to improve on your performance in June.

  1. Quality teachers make a difference

It’s up to you, and you alone, how you study for any examination. But quality teachers really help to give a fantastic knowledge of the curriculum, giving you a great foundation on which to get impressive results. Our teachers of grinds in north Dublin are highly experienced and have a brilliant track record in getting the very best from our students. With them to guide you, your study plans are in the safest of hands.

We also offer support to both students and teachers throughout the year, to ensure that your head stays above water.

  1. Study techniques matter

Studying for any major examination can be a frustrating experience. Sometimes, it feels like we are just staring at the material and we’re not taking anything in. Our grinds in north Dublin can teach you some valuable study techniques that you can use that will enable you to maximise your study time. We also value peer-to-peer collaboration and a real commitment to learning in our interactive classes.

There are already some good resources for this online, but practice makes perfect. Our teachers will give you every insight you need to make sure that your study time is not wasted. They will also provide you with excellent study notes which will be essential for revising when exam time comes.

  1. Slow and steady wins the race

There is a definite advantage to starting grinds early in the academic year. Too many students front-load sports and other pursuits in the academic year, and find themselves overwhelmed in the spring when the exams are close.

Cramming is a dangerous thing to do. It is much more preferable to start your study programme early in the year, so that you’re fully prepared and relaxed once the exams come around in June. Our comprehensive notes and dedicated plan will help you to do that.

  1. Don’t settle for second best!

After you get your exam results, it can be tempting to settle for a course you don’t really want to do, just because going into university is a nicer thought than repeating the Leaving Cert. But it is worth reconsidering. If you have your sights set on a particular course, you should perhaps do everything in your power to get that course.

Repeating the Leaving Cert is really just nine months of additional schoolwork before taking the plunge into the university life. It’s not a lot to do if you have a dream course that will affect the rest of your life.

The Dalmac Grinds Academy is based in Rush, offering the best grinds in north Dublin. For more information, see http://dalmacgrindsacademy.net/

New Grinds Academy

New Grinds Academy!

Opening September 2016 in Rush. Now taking Bookings!!!


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