“I had heard transition year is a doss, but you do more practical work, like projects. You are a lot more tired than in Junior Cycle because you are doing so much. You don’t realise it until you look back.“ Former Transition Year Student Transition year (TY) is a unique one year programme that links […]
About Joe McCormack
Joe McCormack, an Irish educational expert, has taught Mathematics, Geography, ICT, ECDL, Web Design, Technical Graphics, C.S.P.E, Woodwork, and Science in various Secondary schools and Education centre’s for the last nineteen years. Joe has corrected Maths Exam papers for the Department of Education and Skills and has tutored both Maths and Geography in Ireland’s top school for tuition, the Dublin Academy of Education.
Joe founded ‘ACE Maths Tuition‘ in 2019, where both he and his fellow tutors provide expert support and guidance in small class environments for Junior and Leaving Cert students (Maths and English). These classes facilitate regular intake throughout the academic year Online and in both Navan and Ratoath. Joe authors/retails ‘ACE Maths Solution Books‘ and delivers seminars on a variety of topics in Secondary schools and Universities. Across all subjects, his expertise very much lies in ‘excelling in exams’, ‘efficient revision’ and ‘advising Maths students’. These form the themes for his 2017 publication ‘How to ACE the Leaving Certificate’ (for all subjects). He has had upwards of fifty articles published in both print and online press and currently runs a weekly educational blog for parents and students entitled ‘Joe’s Jotter‘.
Joe has graduated with a Certificate in Career Coaching and a Diploma in Personal, Business and Executive Coaching with the Irish Lifecoach Institute (ILI). These qualifications are accredited by the International Coaching Federation (ICF). This has seen the emergence of the third strand of Joe’s business, ‘ACE Career Coaching‘, where coaching and advice sessions can be booked by all Secondary School Students and their Parents. Joe is accredited as a ‘Thought leader in Education and Career Development’ by the All-Ireland Business Foundation (AIBF) and received his award at a ceremony in Croke Park on September 12th 2019. Joe’s business was one of only three companies nominated for the ‘Local Enterprise Award’ at the Meath Business and Tourism Awards 2019.
Entries by Joe McCormack
As a Maths teacher of the last 20 years, I understand the struggles students have with Maths on a day to day basis. They are frustrated with not being able to understand methods in class, their friends progressing quicker than them, not being able to get maths questions started and either spending too much time […]
Dealing with Motivation Issues – ‘I Don’t Know Where to Start’ Students, if you are struggling for motivation at home right now, put a half day’s timetable in place tonight and give it a go tomorrow. Set each revision block to just thirty minutes and time will fly. As you begin to see progress, your […]
Choosing subjects for 5th Year can be daunting enough, and soon many 3rd and all Transition (4th) year students will be faced with that task in school. A 4th year student will have had more time to contemplate options, and so sometimes make more considered choices than those coming straight from the Junior Cycle (3rd […]
With Leaving Certificate grades ‘apparently’ rising recently, I decided to do my own comparison analysis of the Leaving Certificate from the years 2018 and the recent 2023 results. There had already been a steady rise in performance and points over the last ten years anyway, but a recent sizable increase was now apparent (See Table […]
As third and sixth years prepare for their Mock Paper in Maths, here are some quick pointers to help them be ready. Some students get quite anxious about the Mock examinations, but I always feel the focus should be on preparing and being ready for the final June exams. Focus on getting the timing right […]
Students, you have heard your parents and other adults say many times that “breakfast is the most important meal of the day” and that indeed is a hard fact. A decent breakfast will give you the energy to start each morning, help balance your weight and allow you to complete the tasks and challenges you […]
Most students realise at this stage of the year that it is time to settle down into a proper homework and revision routine. If you’re unsure about how to get the best out of yourself, here are some simple but practical recommendations to get you on track. This guidance applies to all Secondary School students, […]
Junior and Leaving Certs, As you prepare for your upcoming mock exams, teachers and parents totally understand that even though you are making great strides, you still have plenty of fears. From talking to students, I find it’s not the full set of exams that cause concern; it is usually only one or two subjects. […]
The Routine of a Daily ‘Lifestyle (Study)’ Timetable at Home Routine and structure, to me, should be based around what I call a ‘Lifestyle (Study) Timetable’. Through this, you plan exactly what you are going to do during each part of your day. The best starting point to create this is to make a list […]
As we enter our Christmas holidays, we will all enjoy a well-deserved break. However, don’t leave it until the day before school to open the school bag again. Depending on what year you are in, you will know yourself how many hours revision is required over these few weeks. Rest is very important at holiday […]
Students, As Christmas exam time draws closer, here are two under-rated hacks that might just give you the edge as you try to get the most out of upcoming revision time. Record yourself With so many portable digital devices to play content on now, recording audio is a great option being availed of now by […]
First, Second and Fifth years; you will be commencing your Christmas exams soon. In the case of Second and Fifth years, it is another step towards your state exams and of course you want to put on a good show for work done over the last few months. Consequently, your preparation needs to start now […]
As the first year of Senior Cycle, often students tend to let 5th year slip by, without taking advantage of the fact that they have no state exams at the end of it. From an academic point of view, students should use 5th year to create and summarise the best possible set of notes, as […]
More students over the last few years have taken on the task that is Leaving Cert Higher Maths. In June 2023, out of the 57,348 who sat a Leaving Certificate Mathematics Paper, 20,516 of them opted for higher level (36%). Even though the bonus points are very enticing, students need to be careful and be […]