Students, as we come towards the end of the first few weeks back in Secondary School, it is important now that you get into a routine of homework and revision, both during the week and at the weekend. Breaks are important for all students who are putting effort in at home each night, as well […]
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 you settle into the new year, teachers and parents totally understand that even though you are making great strides, you still have plenty of fears. From speaking with students over the years, I find it’s not the full set of exams that cause concern, it is usually only one or two subjects. Naturally everyone […]
Leaving Cert Students, Many of you will wish to view your Leaving Certificate Exam Scripts to see where you made errors and possibly where you should have picked up some more marks. The first thing to note is that from 12pm on Tuesday September 6th, students will have access to their written exam (component and […]
The results of the State Examinations Commission (SEC) jury are now in as we await round one of CAO offers on Thursday September 8th at 2pm. Successful students will be sent an e-mail from the CAO with round one offer(s) from 1.30pm onwards on Thursday. Students who do not receive an offer will get […]
Students who have Special Educational Needs (SEN) can struggle with various different tasks each day at Secondary School. As teachers and parents of first year students, we want to make their transition to Secondary School as smooth as possible. The Additional Educational Needs (AEN) Coordinator manages resources for the one in four students (ESRI, […]
Practical steps to smooth the Transition into Secondary School There are loads of positive initiative’s both you and your child can take as they start Secondary school. In Part Two of this feature, I will discuss three key areas for you to consider in order to ease this transition: One, the importance of learning […]
I think it may be interesting for both students and parents to consider the following observations I have become aware of in Maths over the last number of years. Maths is a very emotive subject, and everyone has their own way of understanding and practicing it. This presents its own set of difficulties. The […]
There are so many genuine concerns for students as they make the leap into the big pond that is secondary school. Over the next few weeks, I will provide Information and direction to help you as a parent to reduce the stress of this unique transition. This feature article comes in two parts. Firstly, […]
The key to doing well in exams is continually trying to improve the quality of your preparation. An hour of good quality revision is equivalent to three hours wastefulness. Was your revision productive and fruitful in the school year just gone? Here are some reflections to help you assess this and also to contemplate […]
Summer is a time for rest and reflection. As a student, do you ever think about your diet and the foods you eat? Do you go overboard on the junk food at times? Here are some pointers to read and have a think about as we approach mid-summer 2022. This article is not to […]
The debate is ongoing in relation to continuous assessment at Secondary school, with a keen focus currently on the percentage and type of allocation taking place for the new Junior Cycle. Many subjects at Junior Cycle level now have Classroom Based Assessments (CBA’s) incorporated into them. With a review of the Leaving Certificate (likely […]
Students, Here are some light reflections to help you enjoy your summer holidays and stay in a positive frame of mind. Enjoy these long summer days. Write down a vision for your future. Organise and store what books/materials that you need/don’t need for September. Take a step above it all and have a closer […]
Students, Did you struggle to find the best ways to revise this year? Did you feel like your classmates were always a step ahead of you in class? Do you just read your notes aimlessly hoping you will remember some of it later? What areas of revision did you fall down on this year? […]
Investigate each Course’s Content Student’s, in order to rank your courses in a way that suits you best, choose ones you really want to do (not necessarily the ones your friends are doing or ones your parents want you to go into). Choose for you and no one else. When choosing a course, be sure […]
Change of Mind Oncoming As the ink dries on the final few Leaving Cert Papers, the attention for 6th years immediately turns to reviewing and checking their CAO choices made earlier this year. With the CAO change of mind deadline approaching at months end, I felt it good timing to provide some guidance to […]