St Aidan's Community School

Continuing Learning During School Closure

Continuing Learning During school Closure
13-March-20

St Aidan’s Community School

Continuing Learning During School Closure Period

We understand that this is a very worrying time for students, parents and guardians and in particular for those who have state exams in June. I would like to reassure students somewhat by saying that it is very possible to continue learning even while schools are closed.

  • Teachers are now, in so far as possible, working from home and a lot of work from home is possible because we have the Google Classroom.

Teachers did however prepare for the closures and because of this we have the following guidelines so that students can continue their learning.

Books/Work Packs/Exam Papers

  • Students have taken their books home with them and teachers have set work to be done using text books.
  • Students in exam classes should be working from their exam paper books. Quite simply they should just work their way through the exam questions doing all questions in full. They should complete the exam questions using their books and notes not under exam conditions.

Online Resources

If your child has access to internet and a device (including a phone) there are a number of learning resources available to them.

Google Classroom

Teachers have enrolled their students in their Google Classroom. By logging onto the Google Classroom in a particular subject students can access notes and other learning materials. They can be set assignments and they can return these assignments online so that the teacher can correct them

Websites

www.examinations.ie – the website has a menu in green on the left side of the page and the option ‘Examination Material Archive’ includes past exam papers for Junior and Leaving Cert and also marking schemes

The following websites have excellent learning material for students. Most of these are free of charge Some do involve payment but I want to stress that our advice is that students do not need to pay for online resources. There is plenty of support free of charge

Studyclix.ie

The most popular of Ireland’s study websites. The site has expanded to cover almost all Leaving and Junior Cert subjects, each of which is broken down topic by topic. Learning tools include a combination of notes, videos, past exam questions and a forum where students can help each other to learn. Marking schemes are also available on the site. StudyClix offers a basic free package.

For €35, there’s a paid version which gives students a StudyClix Plus account for 12 months with access to past papers, questions by topics, marking schemes and more. Finally, there’s a premium version for €55 which includes access to past mock papers.

Examlearn.ie

In the beginning, it provided Junior Cert notes, but it quickly expanded to cover Leaving Cert revision notes. The content was primarily developed by secondary students and for secondary school students, and features quizzes, a free exam paper finder, exam topic section and, best of all, over 250 free maths tutorials on YouTube.

The site offers detailed notes across nine subjects, A-grade sample answers, past exam papers, e-quizzes, questions by topic and study advice. Outside the free content, €40 allows students access to all content for a year.

HomeSchool.ie

This site is an online tuition service providing lessons and teacher support at primary and secondary level. Each week, students receive a pre-recorded video lesson alongside interactive PDF notes and sample answers.

The teacher is on hand to guide students through any tricky areas and sets a weekly homework task. The entire syllabus is covered in a single year, making it a particularly good option for a student who wants to study a subject that isn’t offered by their school.

The cost for these one-on-one grinds is €99 per subject per year – it’s significantly cheaper than traditional grinds while still providing individualised attention.

Jumpagrade.com

It asks students to complete a needs analysis, helping identify where they need the most help and support. Tutors then allocate homework, with students uploading photos of their work and receiving personalised feedback within 48 hours.

Students can review all their work on a personalised dashboard. Parents may love that they are cc’d in on all emails (although students may have reservations about this).

The cost is €25 per subject per week for a basic service and €55 per week for a premium service with study plan and personalised revision notes. The company says it is also offering a novel guarantee: any student who does not reach their target grade in Leaving Cert and Junior Cert exams will get their money back.

Study websites are helping to make access to grinds easier. Photograph: iStock

StudyNotes.ie

This site offers revision notes, flashcards, quizzes, a study planner, discussion forum, video tutorials and a note-taking facility.

Both students and teachers can use the platform to share their notes and resources, which are vetted by a team of educators before going on the site. The site covers most of the Leaving and Junior Cert exam subjects but is dependent on what has been uploaded, and the quality of the content can vary. Unlike the other players in the market, however, StudyNotes.ie is free.

ExamSupport.ie With over 400 hours of video and tutorials, as well as exam answers.

iRevise.com Formerly Mocks.ie, this site offers free and premium options with notes, sample answers and video tutorials.

LeavingCertMindMaps.ie and JuniorCertMindMaps.ie, a highly-effective visual learning aid with prices starting from €9.95 per map.

LeavingCertIrish.com Stuck with your sraith pictiúr? Anxious about your orals? John Gavin’s excellent site offers free notes and supports – while there is a premium section for more detailed support.

The MathsTutor.ie This video-based site helps simply complex maths challenges at Junior and Leaving Cert level.

Kahoot.com- Some students will be familiar with this website as teachers already use it in classes. The website also currently includes a guide to distance learning.

Junior Students will find the following maths websites and activities useful

www.mathsstarters.net/numberoftheday

www.mathsstarters.net/bingo

There are also some websites which can guide students as to how to study.

ExamStudyPlusThis website uses a tried-and-tested system devised by Kevin Flanagan, author of the bestselling book Maximum Points, Minimum Panic, which focuses on note-taking for top grades, distraction-free study, retaining information, learning while you relax and answering exam questions. The course costs €29, or for €8 per month students can get the full course plus access to coaching with study experts.

MyStudyPal.ieThis newcomer has a different offering. Designed by 19-year-old student Mark Nealon, it helps plan the revision timetable by topic, devise a personalised study plan and track study progress. Social plans can be added to the calendar too. The site offers a free 30-day trial, and after that it’s €29.99 per year for students.

CleverNotes.ie This is a simple and free site offering advice on taking good notes efficiently.

KhanAcademy.orgThis site produces short educational YouTube videos and is by far the most familiar and successful. It is used to provide or supplement education to people of all ages across the world; it’s also very popular with teachers in the classroom.

Alison.comThis Galway-based e-learning provider with more than 1,000 free courses is available for over 11 million registered learners, who have access to courses from universities and private companies across the world.

Duolingo.com Last year, Junior Cert student Eimear Kennedy got top marks for Italian – even though it wasn’t even on the curriculum at her school. Instead, she studied using the Duolingo website and app, and then moved on to YouTube clips and finally Italian pop music and television.

6th year students might wish to use some of the time off to explore their career options

https://careersportal.ie

Irelands National Careers Portal. This site brings together a wide range of career related information

https://www.qualifax.ie/

National Learners' Database of course and career information. The site has a listing of all courses in Ireland.

www.cao.ie

The Central Applications Office (CAO) processes applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions.

www.careersnews.ie

Irelands Careers News channel, all items of an educational or careers nature carried on this site.

Other Advice

Junior Cert Home Economics students may wish to practice for their cookery exam

Language teachers have suggested that students use the website Duolingo.com(mentioned above) to prepare for oral exams.

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