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Leaving Cert English Revision Day

Declan O’Neill & Philip Campion are a renowned lecturing team with extensive Leaving Cert English exam experience and know-how. We have designed a new  six hour Complete Revision Day for  Paper 1 and 2 of Leaving Cert English 2019. Our focus is on how the marking schemes operate and at the same time we encourage what is most essential: critical thinking. We inspire.


Do we listen to students during our teaching presentations and encourage  questions and feedback? Yes we do.  Our fresh and highly professional approach to Leaving Cert English always appeals.

We promote the ideal of individual responses to exam questions. Is student self-belief our priority? Yes it is. We set out to show students that their individual personality linked to critical discussion  is the key to good exam response. What about learning off good essays? Not really, but we show students an effective path to exam readiness that avoids rote-learning. Our teaching is supported by high quality model answers, analysed with exam success in mind.
Our presentations and  book present our material in a clear and eye-catching manner, designed  to help students practice effective exam skills for Leaving Cert English.

Some praise from participants at our Brilliant Learning Days in English

Lecture Day feedback from students:
“Absolutely fantastic.”
Emily O’ Sullivan from Tralee, who attended January 2018.

“The course was very beneficial but enjoyable at the same time. I would definitely recommend it to others.”
Hannah Duffy, St Paul’s secondary school Monasterevin, who attended in Tullamore 2017

Thanks for an enlightening and informing day Sunday, it was brilliant.
Paul Walsh,  St. Patricks Secondary School, Castleisland, who attended the English Lecture Day in Tralee on Jan 21 2018.

Lecture Day feedback from a teacher:
‘Thank you for a great day on Sunday. Our students feel it was very beneficial.”
Ms Sinead O’Brien of Scoil Mhuire Buncrana said about our Leaving Cert English event on Sunday February 25 2018 in Letterkenny.

An spontaneous exam day response from a student:
“Today I sat my English paper 2 exam, with your help and excellent notes that you both sent to me because I was doing a different comparative and Gatsby for my single text. I had a great paper. Your notes were so beneficial to me thank you both so so much. I really appreciate all the help.”
sent to us on Thursday June 7th 2018 by  Elie Hegarty,  a sixth year from Coláiste na Carraige  Sligo .

 Results day response from a student: 
“The day and the book were immensely helpful during both  Cert English papers and I was delighted that I managed to get the H1.”
Kate O’Connor Skerries CC August 2017:

Special, tailored visits to individual schools for full day or long afternoon can be arranged.

Our 2019 book, English Now, has 200 pages of notes on the above, with extra material available digitally after the lecture.

More Great feedback below the programme.

Download English Programme 2019
 Or read our LC English programme for 2019 Lecture Days here:
From 08.30 to 8.55
REGISTRATION
GET THE 2019 Lecture/Revision Book (200+ A4 pages), including notes on all 8 poets.
PLUS – FULL Access to Digital Notes and Resources.
9.00 – 9.55

 

A strategy for

COMPOSING

 

 

 WRITING A CONVINCING ESSAY and how one is marked

The Composing Process Analysed through Examples

How to Choose the Right Composition (for you)

How to Start Dynamically – attract attention!

How to Shape Your Content Coherently

How to Conclude Intelligently

BRILLIANT EXAMPLES OF COMPOSING with 25 pages (A4) for

Personal/ Descriptive/Persuasive Essays/ Debate/Public Speeches/Short Stories

9.55 to 10.20

 

NEW POETRY

QUESTION

TRENDS ANALYSED

NEWSFLASH – NOT TO BE MISSED!!

RADICAL NEW TRENDS IN 2018 POETRY QUESTIONING: The Marking Scheme Explored – We Give You Pointers to making your best “selection of poems” to suit new challenging Poetry Tasks, including a focus on how to tackle the question on Ní Chuilleanáin 2018

 

10.20 -10.50

POETRY 1

PLATH

(Break 15 Minutes)

“From your study of the poems by Sylvia Plath select the poems that in both language and tone best dramatise for you her deepest fears and personal anxieties.” – Advice in selecting the most effective group of poems in approaching this task, plus a sharp reading of two poems.

 

11.05 -11.35

Comprehending

 

NEW QUESTION

TRENDS

 

 NEWSFLASH -NOT TO BE MISSED! QUESTION A AND QUESTION B –

NEW Lessons to be learned from 2018 Marking Scheme for Comprehending e.g.
On Paper 1 students are now
expected to spontaneously and creatively engage with the content of P2 texts
We advise on how to select, to probe, to critique and then evaluate. (Plus much more)

11.35 – 12.00

POETRY 2

KENNELLY

Kennelly takes us on a fascinating journey using both personal and historical experience to bring poignant human situations to fresh poetic life. Select a set of poems with which to explore this statement.”

We help you to select the most appropriate set of poems to tackle this question plus much more.

12.00 – 12.55

 COMPARATIVE

 An Up-to-date presentation on how to select the best question based on how students have prepared for the Comparative Section:

The New 2018 Presentation has these elements-

1.      “I have the gist of the story for each of my three texts. How do I select key moments and references? What about quotes?

2.      What is at the heart of each mode?

 PLUS THREE SPECIAL CHALLENGES.

3.      How to select effective and interesting use of symbol/motif/imagery.

4.      What is meant by the author’s approach and how do you work it out?

5.      What is meant by the moral balance of a text and how is it established?
PLUS APPLIED CRITICAL ANALYSIS

6.      Critical reading of Key Moments from a range of texts with focus on how each key moment amplifies modes and relates to a series of twists and turns that can be discerned in questions and marking schemes from 2017 and 2018.
PLUS FOCUS ON ANSWERING SKILLS

7.      How to fulfil ‘P’ as defined by the Marking Scheme 2018

8.      Sample of effective Comparative Writing

9.      The skills it takes to form a structured comparative answer.

10.  Questions and Answers from the Room on aspects of the Comparative

We give digital notes with suggestions for all three modes on all popular texts and for all requested texts when a group attends.

12.55 -13.45 LUNCH
13.45- 14. 15
POETRY 3
W B YEATS
“It’s in grappling with the layers of meaning in the imagery of WB Yeats that a reader appreciates the nuances of his universal insights”. Advice in selecting a set of poems, with a close reading of a poetic extract.
14.15- 15.15

The Single Text

MACBETH—two presentations

 [notes available digitally for

 ‘Persuasion’ and

‘By the Bog of Cats’]

 BRILLIANT SAMPLE ANSWERS & NOTES ON THEMES, IMAGERY AND CHARACTERs PLUS

TWO INSPIRING LECTURES ON HOW TO TACKLE TWO QUESTIONS IN THE HEAT OF THE EXAM

 

Q1 MACBETH gives us brilliant scenes dramatising the struggle of characters cornered by fate, desire and circumstances which they cannot control.

Full analysis of the above PLUS The Banquet scene analysed in the light of the above question. Emphasis on Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.

 

Q2

Macduff and Banquo act as moral foils to Macbeth and allow us to see that truly moral action is not always easy to achieve. An exploration of the moral corruption spread by the Macbeths, including two key scenes explored.

15.15-15.40

POETRY 4

HEANEY

 

 “Key moments in Heaney’s life form the impetus for many of his poems.” Choose a set of poems that you think provide the clearest window into those moments and that meant most you as a reader. Explain their significance to you.
15.40-15.50

UNSEEN POEM

THE UNSEEN POEM. Reach for all 20 of those marks –
How to read and respond to the language and ideas of a poem as opposed to listing the techniques deployed by the poet.
15.50-16.15

POETRY 5

ELIZABETH BISHOP

 “Moments of intense and sometimes painful self-realisation are a major feature of Bishop’s poems.”   Select those poems that best demonstrate her realisations through her effective use of poetic narrative and dramatic evocations.
16.15 DAY’S END
16.15 – 16.30

POETRY 6-Late Extra!

D H LAWRENCE

An optional extra:  “Poems of personal sadness or joy and poems bringing the natural world to life are what fascinate us about Lawrence’s work.’ Select a set of poems to demonstrate one or other of the above categories of Lawrence poems and show how they fascinate you.  

With a close reading of one poem for each category.

For more information on English Revision Day please email us at info@leavingcertlecturedays.ie

What is so special about the lecture day in Leaving Cert English?

We, Philip Campion and Declan O’Neill, are a team of two very clued-in, dynamic, imaginative, inspiring and lively lecturers.
We share our experience of what makes quality answers. All our ideas, notes and know-how are guided by what’s in the published DES marking schemes, available on examinations.ie.  We show students how to develop focused response skills.

Our Preparation Day covers both papers in close detail–it will amaze you, the know-how you can learn in one focused day.
We save students time and money when compared to grind schools.

 

“Many thanks for a very informative revision day on Sunday. The feedback back from students is all very positive. Thanks also for your guidance re literary genre!!”-Edel O’Connor, Teacher Mean Scoil Mhuire Longford who accompanied her class to the Longford Lecture Day in English in February 2017

“I attended your English revision course yesterday in Tullamore. I found it very helpful, especially dealing with everyone’s comparative texts individually and improving their chosen theme.” Nicole Cooper 2017.
“I really enjoyed the Leaving Cert English revision class. I found it really beneficial. It cleared up a lot of aspects of the course that I found hard before, especially the comparative“--Lisa Hoctor, who attended Tullamore 2017

‘I attended your revision day for Leaving Cert English in UCC and I found it brilliant, you really made it an entertaining day and very beneficial’-Robin Mayes who attended at UCC Jan 21st 2017.


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