ACE Maths Tuition 2020/21

ACE Maths Tuition, founded by Secondary School Teacher and Educational Author Joe McCormack, will recommence classes for 3rd and 6th years in Navan Education Centre and Ratoath Community Centre in September 2020. After an Initial assessment and a short period of teaching the core areas at each level, the focus of the tuition will turn to exam preparation and the practice and teaching of past exam questions similiar to the standard and detail presented in Joe’s Junior and Leaving Certificate ACE Solution books.

Each student will be taught about the importance of words, layout and style on their upcoming Maths exam paper and will grow in confidence to tackle the most detailed and intricate long questions from past papers. Joe’s philsophy of teaching is:

“Being fully familiar with the words that appear on past papers combined with being exam smart and confident is the secret to success in Maths.”

Note: Online LIVE Classes may be held initially in line with Goverment health regulations – The safety of Staff and Students will be ACE’s priority.

Parent and Student Testimonials (Click Four Arrow Icon to Enlarge)

Students will receive the best notes, resources, handouts, homework and challenging questions in hard copy and by e-mail. These will provide them with that extra bit of detail in order to grasp complex topics. They can also request specific notes on areas of difficulty for them, which will be forwarded on. Students will be empowered to obtain a Maths grade above what they actually expect to acheive.

Parents will be full Included in the process from the Initial meeting to regular ongoing e-mails. Topics covered during the Junior Cycle classes will include Algebra, Area and Volume, Arithmetic, Trigonometry, Geometry and Functions. Leaving Cert students can look forward to clear explanations in topics such as Algebra, Complex Numbers, Co-ordinate Geometry (Line & Circle), Statistics, Number theory, Geometry, Probability and complex long wordy questions among others.

Students who register for a full term (September-December) will also receive a free copy of Joe’s exam study guide ‘How to ACE the Leaving Certificate‘ for all subjects. This book contains key insights into how to study efficiently, setting up a ‘Lifestyle Study Timetable’ and preparing in the best possible way for any exam. It is suitable for students from 2nd year upwards and is written with short paragraphs and simple language.

Students can join Joe’s class at any stage during the year. Joe’s full business profile is available on his home page.

Navan Education Centre Weekly Classes (Book)

Class 1: ACE Leaving Higher Maths (6th Years). Monday 7th September 2020 6-7pm.

Class 2: ACE Junior Higher Maths (3rd Years). Thursday 3rd September 2020 6-7pm.

Ratoath Community Centre Weekly Class (Book)

Class 3: ACE Junior Higher Maths (3rd Years). Monday 7th September 2020 8-9pm.

ACE LIVE Online Weekly Class (Book)

Class 4: ACE Leaving Higher Maths (6th Years). Wednesday 9th September 2020 6-7pm. 

ACE Tuition Class Details 2020-21 v1.0

Sept 2020 Offers:


1. Pay for One Subject (Maths/English) [Term 1] = Get 1 class FREE! + 200 page ACE Exam Advice Book.

2. Pay for Two Subjects (Maths with English) [Term 1] = Get Three classes FREE! +200 page ACE Exam Advice Book.


Tuition Class Comments

“Joe – I cannot thank you enough for changing Clancy’s mindset – haven’t had Issues in a long time – she is just getting on with it with your help!! It’s a relief for us … and especially her to feel confident to work through the problems. I don’t care what grade Clancy gets in the Mocks – she came out of Maths yesterday feeling positive … she got stuck, went on, came back & remembered. You have taken away her fears and for that alone I thank you sincerely.” Rgds, Paula.

Paula Goetze Kelly (Parent of 3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Hi Joe, Just want to thank you for all the help and support you have given Rachel in not just maths but in everything!!! All your help and support has never gone unnoticed! Thanks again for everything.”

Jennifer Hopkins (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Hi Joe, Kate and I were just talking about you and how helpful your classes have been. Your support over the last number of months has been huge and we are very grateful for that. I’ll certainly recommend your classes and wish you all the best in the future.
Kindest regards, Aisling”

Aisling Corcoran (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Sums up everything you’ll need” Rating: 10/10.

Cillian Smith (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Hi Joe, Thank you so much for restoring my confidence in maths. You have been a great help to me. I am now more willing to do Maths and instead of getting bothered if I get something wrong, I actually go and find out where I went wrong. I definitely have a more open minded approach to Maths ever since I attended your classes. Once again thank you so much.” Rating 9/10.

Clancy Kelly Goetze (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Iwin and I are very grateful for your support with Maths Tuition since this academic year.
As a parent, I found Joe very supportive and easy to talk with. Joe was available to guide my son to navigate through past Maths questions which gave him the confidence he so needed in the subject. Although he didn’t get to sit the final exams due to the covid 19 pandemic, we are very grateful for the level of confidence achieved. Thank you again.” Josephine Egbon.

Josephine Egbon (Parent of 6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“Before I attended Joe’s Maths class, I was struggling to keep up with my class. My teacher in school was going at a very fast pace and i couldn’t keep up with the work and as a result I was getting bad results in my tests. Joe helped me become more confident when doing Maths and he took the time to clearly explain everything to me. He made learning fun and i always looked forward to his classes. He also helped me outside of his class by sending me notes on topics I wasn’t familiar with. I recommend ACE tuition because I have improved so much and I am now confident in my Maths work and I am finally happy with my test results. ” Rating 10/10.

Abi Fagan (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I really appreciated the time Joe took to explain how to answer questions. His notes were very detailed and very well explained.” Rating: 9/10.

Senan Campbell (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I would recommend Joe for Maths because he’s a good teacher & he’s good at explaining problems” Rating: 8/10.

Eoin Cosgrove (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“It is very benficial and you learn a lot.” Rating: 7/10.

Iwin Egbon (6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“I would highly recommend Joe’s Math’s classes because I found him to be very clear and precise in his teaching of all the Math’s solutions and found him very supportive.” Rating: 10/10.

Colin Devlin (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“As a parent of a student that didnt like maths, Joe has been nothing but professional, helpful and courteous in every manner of education” Rating: 10/10.

Caroline Clery (Parent of 3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I would recommend Joe for Maths tuition because his methods of teaching really helped me understand the course and I had a better understanding of answering exam questions. I became a lot more confident in Maths. I also liked how he constantly asked questions to all of his students throughout the class. His notes are great!” Rating: 10/10.

Alannah Carbin (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe explains everything extremely well. He is very approachable and supportive. He made the completion of my Maths course much easier. He is an excellent tutor, his notes and solutions are invaluable.” Rating: 9/10.

Aoife Swords (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I recommend Joe (Maths) because he made Maths enjoyable and easy to understand. I learnt new methods of learning. It was easy to speak to Joe if I had any questions or if I didn’t understand something. It was easy to follow along with his solutions.” Rating: 10/10.

Alanna Clery (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe was very descriptive in the way he laid out questions, he kept a good stock of notes that we often went over again because they were relevant and helpful.” Rating: 8/10.

Ben Mcelhinney (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe is very passionate about teaching Maths and this really reflects in his teaching methods and how he makes everything understandable. His notes are great and easy to follow.” Rating: 10/10.

Luke Cray (5th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“I would recommend ACE Maths with Joe as he was a very informative teacher with great knowledge. He could explain the problems and solutions in great detail. You can ask him any question about Maths and he wouldn’t hesitate or look at you funny if your question was a bit out of the sorts. I would recommend ACE Maths with Joe to anyone who is finding Maths hard.” Rating: 9/10.

Matthew Clinton (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe very good at explaining. Good notes given” Rating: 10/10.

Thomas Carolan (6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“Joe – Maths: • Excellent learning environment, • Concise and easy to follow notes, • Extra work suited to students abilities, • Very professional yet welcoming methods and teaching.” Rating: 10/10.

Philip Hyland (6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“Encouraged me to get those extra few hours of study in for Maths every week that I otherwise wouldn’t have done” Rating: 8/10.

Eva Beedall (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I would recommend Joe as he explains everything in great detail, so you really understand it and he will teach you better methods that he knows. He also gets you used to having to have a certain amount of time for each question so he gets you very prepared for that” Rating: 10/10.

Jamie Duffy (2nd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I found ACE Maths tuition to be very easy to understand and very well explained. Before doing this Maths tuition I struggled with maths alot but I now find it to be alot easier” Rating: 9/10.

Jack Molloy (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I felt Joe was very thorough, easy to understand and went over things that I had missed with my own teacher.” Rating: 10/10.

Callum Sheils (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe is a fantastic maths teacher. My daughter felt he was able to explain his techniques very clearly and was invested in every student in the class. She enjoyed the classes
(Including online) and looked forward to attending every week. She felt confident after his classes that she could meet her college entry requirements. As a parent I could see a huge difference in her confidence and her attitude towards Maths and the leaving cert. It was very clear that Joe cared about his students.”

Keira Carroll (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I would recommend Joe as he goes through each question carefully and makes sure each person understands it fully.” Rating 9/10. 

Lorcan Swords (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“I would highly recommend Joe as he helps you understand the question and goes through the solution in good detail so you know how to answer a similar question to the one he goes through” Rating 9/10. 

Daragh Sheridan (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe was a very engaging, thoughtful and dedicated Maths grinds teacher, who was always bettering his students by giving useful notes and exam paper samples after every session. Joe helped me improve my Maths grade greatly from these grinds, and I would definitely recommend him.” Rating 9/10. 

Sophia Wyer (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Very good notes, Good at explaining, Corrects homework, Always asks questions to make sure you understand.” Rating 10/10.

Orla Conlon (5th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“Joe was extremely engaging and helpful during the class. He was very supportive and made sure everyone understood, he gave out great notes which were great for helping study.” Rating 10/10

Niall Cronly (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Cares about the students and doesnt try to make anyone feel bad for getting a question wrong. wants to help.” Rating 9/10.

Cathal Slevin (3rd Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe spent a lot of time explaining the Maths to the students and didn’t move on to the next lesson till they understood it.”

Tina Brien (Parent of 6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“Joe made the subject interesting and entertaining. He provided loads of notes and information and handouts to keep us up to date. While always being at hand when stuck with questions and provided the answer, while making us learn and understand.” Rating 8/10

Lisa Varley Maguire (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe was very helpful in other subjects as well as maths. As we were focusing on topics that I hadn’t started in school it meant that I had a better grip on them when we finally came to those chapters. The Maths we did every week as revision was a great way of keeping on top of my work and learning things that are on the course which some teachers will never mention. Joe really covered every main part of the course in our time spent together and I’m sure anyone can benefit from his grinds.” Rating 10/10. 

Taylor Murphy (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Very helpful and dedicated, happy to help, professional but not a robot with a few jokes here and there. Brilliant understanding of the subject and very motivating and inspiring.” Rating 9/10.

Josie Gavin (6th Year Higher Level Student 2020)

“Joe is a really good teacher and helps you understand Maths better.” Rating 8/10.

Oscar Mooney (6th Year Ordinary Level Student 2020)

“I highly recommend Joe for Maths tuition. My daughter was so impressed by his teaching methods and found him to be very informative.”

Angela Doyle (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“I would absolutely recommended to other people. Really clear explanations and tips on how to approach more difficult questions. Important notes handed out also which helped in the exam. Appreciated Joe replying to any queries and giving advice on how to approach the exams too. Thanks again” Rating: 9/10.

Kian Hopkins (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Thank you, Joe McCormack. Thanks a million for all your help and advice. As I only have one son I’ll not be facing LC again but I really appreciate your tips and advice all year and my son found your Maths blitz great. Only 2 more exams left for him and then its off out into the real world!”.

Kirstin Conroy (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Gives clear methods on how to approach difficult questions in Maths. Solutions in Joe’s books are very helpful, better than looking at standard marking schemes. Thanks for all the help and advice” Rating: 9/10.

Brian Lynch (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My son Dean attended tuition for leaving cert higher level Maths as he was struggling with this subject and not confident in it. Joe was absolutely brilliant; he explained, practiced and gave homework for him to work on. This was corrected and anything my son did not understand or got incorrect, Joe patiently went through. He also had access to e-mail Joe outside of class with any issues and Joe always responded. Joe also recommended books to help at home which my son found brilliant. Joe was very patient and clear and went through questions with great detail and explanation. He is a gentleman to deal with and only wants to get the best for his students. Leaving Cert done now and my son came out of both Maths exams very confident. Thank you Joe for your patience, knowledge and time and the best of luck with your new venture. We would highly recommend Joe and thank him for sharing his knowledge and time with Dean. Many thanks”

Louise McGettigan (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Classes were very helpful for all the small things that could easily loose you marks. Would recommend.” Rating: 7/10.

Cian McDonagh (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My eldest son Sean just finished leaving today and has benefited greatly from Joe’s ACE books (Both Jnr Cert and Leaving). He also found the Maths tuition classes before the exams great. I couldn’t recommend them highly enough. My youngest son Oisin is going into 2nd year in Sept. I would be very interested in any developments that will help with Jnr Cert. He received a grade of 88% in his summer report and teacher has advised he is well able for higher”

Mary Reidy (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“The tips, the different/easier ways of doing questions compared to how I had learned it were helpful” Rating: 10/10.

Cormac McGovern (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My daughter attended the two part class for Maths tuition just before the 2019 Leaving Cert examinations and it helped her immensely. She was able to build on what she already knew and understand some topics that hadn’t been clear. She actually found the course herself and really wanted to go based on feedback from other friends who had previously attended classes. The e-mailed home work was also helpful to help consolidate learning. Thank you”

Joke Adenuga (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Healthly learning environment. All your questions answered and explained” Rating: 8/10.

Sam Isohola (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My children attended Maths tuition with Joe McCormack this year both for ordinary and higher level Leaving Cert Maths. They found the ACE maths solution books particularly helpful for revision for the exams. The frequent updates by email were invaluable, precise and understandable with lots of tips and practical study strategies for those final weeks. “

Deirdre Mills (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Joe explained all of the key aspects of each topic very clearly -> really helped to reassure me and boosted my confidence right before the exams! Thank you” Rating: 9/10.

Claire Egan (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Our son raved about the Maths classes that Joe provided before his Leaving Cert. He was sceptical at first but found the classes a real big help, especially as Joe approached all the problem areas for the exam that the students spoke about and provided sample answers and notes which really helped with his study. Joe’s willingness to answer ALL questions, even through direct messaging, is a credit to his dedication and his willingness to help students be successful. Highly recommend Joe, his website, his tuition and any pre test blitz classes.”

Sue Hopkins (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“The crash course classes are very helpful for key tips that students often overlook” Rating: 7.5/10.

Momo Adenuga (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My son attended Joe’s Maths classes and found his clear notes very helpful”

Valerie Meehan (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Thank you, I struggled a bit with Paper 1 topics, but your recommended questions definetely helped” Rating: 7/10.

Laetitia Igwe (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My son & daughter attended Joe for LC Higher Level Maths tuition, with his expert guidance and notes it really took the pressure off them in covering the lengthy course and gaining ongoing practice in all revelant topics. I would highly recommend Joe as a go to tutor for LC Higher Level Maths”

Claire Carty-Smith (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“What I found helpful was that Joe fully explained through each topic to give me a better understanding of what I was doing” Rating: 8/10.

Megan Doyle (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“After many years out of the education system, I took the leap and returned to Higher Education. One of the fears I had was Maths as although I knew the basics, Fractions and above scared the hell out of me. Without Joe’s support at VTOS I would not have gone and successfully completed a Business Honours Degree as the first year of College was all about Maths. Joe simplified matters for me which enabled me to look at the bigger picture. I always felt Maths was complicated, after attending Joe’s classes the world of Maths made sense. I would encourage anybody to attend his classes or be mentored by Joe, as without his support and simplifying methods “only one knows” if i would have pursued what I set out to do.”

Mary Downes (Employment Advisor at Seetec Ireland)

“Helpful and Refreshing” Rating: 7/10.

Georgia Plunkett (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My daughter Victoria joined Joe’s class as she needed extra support for her Leaving Cert Higher Maths Exam. Joe was very supportive and motivating and as a result my daughter gained so much confidence prior to her Maths exam. The support and resources received were more than adequate. I would recommend Joe to any parent who wants their child to have the support and belief in themselves at this level.”

Opral Popoola (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Helped with understanding questions” Rating: 7/10.

Caoimhe Mills (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Both my son and daughter received grinds from Joe before their Leaving Cert. He was extremely helpful in supporting them with their Maths studies and really helped build their pre exam confidence. They found his teaching methods very clear and engaging. Would highly recommend.”

Connie Collins (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Students)

“I liked the really strong focus on Exam questions and techniques which get overlooked in class due to time pressure.” Rating: 8/10.

Megan Smith (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“My son was tutored by Joe last year for HL Maths and we were delighted with the attention and care Joe took to get James to his best. Joe took the time to explain every problem and provided notes & links which James found very helpful. The extra points needed were achieved and we can’t praise Joe’s tuition and support enough. I would recommend Joe to any student who wants to achieve their full potential. Thanks Joe.”

Jennie Maguire-McCabe (Parent of 6th Year Higher Level Student)

“All tuition classes were really helpful and gave me loads of confidence in approaching the exam” Rating: 9/10.

Victoria Popoola (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Very welcoming class, confidence boosting, highly recommend” Rating: 9/10.

Philip Hyland (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Charismatic and Genuine. Explains everything really well” Rating: 10/10.

Alex Meehan (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“It’s a great class for you to gain essential last minute tips before your exam” Rating: 8/10.

Rebecca Connolly (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Excellent teacher, really gave me confidence in myself for the exams, many useful tips and tricks” Rating: 10/10.

Mark Eade (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“The targeted questions whcih are more likely to come up benefited me a lot” Rating: 7/10.

Nicole Farrell (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“The checklists and practice questions were very helpful” Rating: 9/10.

Dara Sheeran (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“I found it helpful for revision and going over topics I wasnt sure about or forgot” Rating: 7/10.

Kate Cummins (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Very helpful, a good overall revision of the key points on the course (ones which come up often in exams). Very exam focused! Thank you and good luck in the future and I will make sure to recommend you onto anyone who’s doing their leaving cert next year.” Rating: 8/10.

Dean McGettigan (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Gives a blanket look to help you notice what you are missing” Rating: 8/10.

Sean Reidy (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Covers a lot in a short amount of time. Very helpful in summarising topics” Rating: 9/10.

Susan Kiely (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“The summarised pages of notes were very helpful e.g. De Moivres Theorem Sheet” Rating: 8/10.

Luca Conroy (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“I thought the condensing of the course was very helpful. It made the course seem much more accessible as I had learned the course in massive detail” Rating: 9/10.

Lily Bowler (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)

“Exam focused teaching from someone who has a well balanced and full knowledge of the course” Rating: 9/10.

Molly Fitzgerald (6th Year Higher Level Student 2019)


Average Teacher/Class Satisfaction Rating:

Leaving Certificate Higher Maths 2019/2020: 89.1% (8.91/10)
Junior Certificate Higher Maths 2019/2020: 94.5% (9.45/10)
Leaving Certificate Higher Maths 2018/2019: 83.9% (8.39/10)
Junior Cert Higher Maths Blitz 2019: 85% (8.5/10)