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(free/paid) A website with free resources (study plans, predictions, high-quality sample answers) along with paid notes that cover the whole course. All great content, well worth looking at, and samples are available before purchasing.
(free) How to revise, memorise and manage stress.
(free) This YouTube channel is not Leaving Certificate focused, but has great videos that cover broad areas of various subjects in an intuitive way. Watching these videos is a great way to become familiar with courses at a high level, before getting into the specifics with notes, textbooks or exam paper questions (particularly for physics and chemistry).
(free) This YouTube channel features videos on many topics. Recently, they have begun to post even more course content, so there is likely something you will find useful on this channel. There’s also videos with general study tips, podcasts etc. Worth checking out.
(free) Hosting a wide range of study techniques, subjects specific advice, and tips for how to keep your motivation going, this account is worth a look especially if you are finding it hard to keep yourself focused and organised during this disruption.
(free) The official website with timetables, exam papers and marking schemes.
(paid) Founded by three recent school-leavers, who between them got 30 As in the Junior Cert and over 1800 points in the Leaving Cert. Homeschool.ie provides an online grinds service for Leaving and Junior Cycle students.
(paid) Online grinds substitute featuring videos covering the entire subject syllabus for Junior and Leaving certificate subjects. Each subject costs money but can be a cost-effective solution for revision courses and long term guides.
(free) As it says on the tin.
(free/paid) A general purpose tool for helping with revision, including past papers, video tutorials, sample answers, multiple choice quizzes. A free trial is available so it’s worth giving a try.
(paid) A modern online grinds/personal tutoring service. Students are assigned tutors, are assigned work weekly and then personalized feedback videos are given. Starts at €25 per week, with discounts for additional subjects. They are also beginning to offer remote revision courses.
(free) An absolutely amazing free resource with thousands of lessons on many subjects. The website isn’t targeted at leaving certificate students but you can find the course content among the videos. Make sure to check this one out.
(free) LC - Accounting and English Resources.
(free) Click on the IXL section for Maths and English resources for each year.
(free/paid) An easy to use platform for making your own set of flashcards. Using flashcards can help avoid the inefficiency of needlessly writing notes. Popular amongst students and many card decks are easily available. While a premium version is available, the free version suits most people.
(free) Vast range of resources for every subject.
(free/paid) With study guides for many subjects and topics, including both leaving cert and further learning and other resources for college preparation, there is likely to be something you find worthwhile.
(free/paid) An essential exam-focused tool. Past exam questions are broken down by topic, mock papers, exam papers, maths video solutions. Various free and premium options available, highly recommended for all students.
(free) Students and teachers can use the free platform to share their notes and resources.
(free) This blog is a collection of past student’s study notes in subjects such as Spanish, English, Geography, Biology, Economics, Maths and other general exam advice.
(free) This site has all of the same information as on the official examinations.ie site but is much easier and quicker to navigate – has all of the LC Exam Past Papers and Marking Schemes on one page.
(free) UK site but a lot of the material is relevant to the Irish curriculum.
(paid/free) Helps you work out how you learn best.
Study Resources by Subject
(free/paid) Accounting resources with notes, past paper solutions, questions grouped by type. There are also worked video tutorials available for €55, but there’s plenty of great great content.
(free) This website contains past paper questions broken down by topic from 2019 to 1991. all past questions broken down. Notably, this contains more papers than studyclix, and so is a useful resource.
(free/paid) A series of videos covering various aspects of the Accounting course. The videos focus on showing the completion of exam questions.
(paid/free) Online Leaving Cert accounting webinars and videos topics aimed at fifth and sixth years.
(free) Solutions to every Applied Maths exam all the way back to 1980. To do well in Applied Maths, you have to do loads of exam questions, and this resource will help you become unstuck.
Applied Maths - Differential Equations Notes by Alaiwe
(free) A nice set of notes which goes through all of the mathematics needed to answer Q10 on the applied maths paper, with a focus on covering logs and integration, which you may have not done in maths.
Applied Maths - Differential Equation Notes by Me
(free) Another set of differential equation notes, this time focusing on students that have already covered logs and integration in their class. This includes a short guide to all types of differential equations that can come up, along with some original problems.
Applied Maths - Hydrostatics Notes by Alaiwe
(free) Hydrostatics is a commonly avoided topic, but knowing the basics can get you quite far. This short document goes through all of the theory needed quickly so you can get started on exam questions.
(free) An interesting website with some early exam papers and (most importantly) a difficulty rating of all past paper questions, which is great for targeting your revision to your skill level, along with a one sentence description of each question.
(free) A really cool website where you can run interactive simulations of the Applied Maths questions, so you can actually look at what’s happening. Includes simulations for connected particles, projectiles, relative velocity and impacts and collisions.
(free) Teacher Sheila Flaherty has posted online art tutorials for children.
(free) Art History Powerpoint Presentations
(free) This YouTube channel is aimed at Leaving Certificate students and covers the whole course. This is a popular resource and has lots of great videos.
(free) A new website with really good quality biology and chemistry videos, along with quizzes. (This was released only days ago, so some content is missing). Mainly aimed at A-Level students but there is a lot of overlap.
(free) Covering the whole Leaving Certificate Biology course, this website has high quality notes for every topic in the syllabus, along with interactive revision questions.
(free) A complete set of notes for the Biology course. The full document is only 55 pages, so the text and wording is very condensed. You might be able to get some useful information from it.
(free) An illustrated set of notes for all mandatory practicals on the biology course, created by Declan Cathcart.
(free) Another incredibly comprehensive website containing notes, videos, mind maps, short questions, quizzes, mind maps, experiment videos and more. Make sure to have a look at this resource.
(free) This is a Google Drive folder containing short questions on almost all topics and it contains hundreds of questions per topic. Great for doing active revision of a topic after reading notes/watching videos.
(free) A website covering the entire Biology course, featuring slideshows, notes and task sheets with questions and solutions. I highly recommend this resource for both students and teachers.
(free/paid) An exam focused website with notes, exam help (with tips, timing, answering questions etc) along with solutions to many questions. While most content is free (and there is a lot of it), there is some paid content available.
(free/paid) The website has all Junior & Leaving Certificate video tutorials for students studying Business. The videos are short and condense lots of information in a few minutes.
(free) A popular resource featuring a large collection of well-made and freely available notes and PowerPoints on the entire course.
(free) While not suitable for everyone, for a student who wants more information about a topic or a teacher who is preparing material, this document is a comprehensive (600 page) guide to every single little bit of the chemistry course. Great if you want to dive deep into the subject whilst staying focused on the Leaving Certificate level content.
(free) This YouTube channel contains every mandatory experiment on the chemistry course, and was created to accompany the ‘Chemistry Live’ textbook. The explanations are clear and the videos are a good resource for studying for Q1 to 3 in the exam.
(free) Probably the best resource on the internet for Leaving Certificate chemistry. Every topic on the syllabus is covered in detail with videos and slideshows, along with high quality notes and questions with solutions. I’d highly recommend this website to every Leaving Cert chemistry student.
(free) An amazing resource for the DCG project, showing you exactly what you need to do in order to get high marks. It also includes some nice videos on how to effectively study DCG, and a 12-week study guide for the exam.
(free) This is a 150 slide revision guide created by Joe Lyster. The notes are focused on exam questions (as your revision should be) and is a good way to make sure you cover every topic within your revision.
(free) A playlist of high quality videos covering different aspects of the DCG course. Most of the ‘harder’ parts of the questions (the parts at the end of the drawing questions) are explained in a straightforward way, so that you actually understand the steps in the solution.
(free) Will Nolan is sharing graphics videos on the IrishGraphicsTeacher channel.
(free) This website has a range of content, of varying quality. There is good information about the DCG project, along with a large number of examples, along with some notes on the DCG course.
DCG - t4 DCG Resources
(free) A variety of resources including worksheets, presentations, solidworks models of exam questions and more. These resources are primarily aimed at teachers, but they can be just as useful to students.
(free) Comprehensive notes and grouped past questions, well worth checking out.
(free) While not just for Leaving Certificate students, this YouTube channel features popular explanations of economic concepts, which is useful before doing more exam focused revision.
(free) This resource is a Leaving Certificate focused guide to economics, featuring high quality notes, sample questions/answers and news articles. This site also collates videos which help explain various parts of the course quite well.
(free) Exercises and notes for Engineering and Technology students, the website design is a bit off putting but there is some really nice content here if there is something on the course that you don’t understand.
(free) English teacher Aoife O’Driscoll has a free website and has been uploading notes for Junior Cycle and Leaving Cert English on it for over ten years now.
(free) A little known yet valuable resource, this is a series of podcasts covering a large amount of the material on the Leaving Certificate English course including poets, the single text and guidance on the essays. The podcasts feature teachers from the Institute of Education and is an exam focused resource.
(free) These exam solutions (if there exists such a thing for English) are written by Aoife from aoifesnotes.com. They serve as sample answers that can show you the types of things you need to be looking out for in the exam.
(free) An incredibly comprehensive set of notes on all aspects of the Leaving Certificate poetry course. Each poet is given a background, a general summary, and aspects of style etc. Each poem is also examined in detail, including style and various interpretations of the poem. A great resource for both students and teachers.
(free) A ‘modern translation’ of Hamlet, with a study guide that includes summaries, quotes, character descriptions and an analysis of the play. The ‘translation’ explains the more complex Shakespearean phrasing in an easy to understand way.
(free) Nice resource with memorisation techniques for poetry if that is something that you struggle with.
(free) While this blog is no longer active, there is a very large number of articles which serve as a great guide to all aspects of the Leaving Certificate course. If you’re looking for tips, advice, notes or answers to you questions, you’ll probably find them on this website.
(free) Large poster-style documents containing almost every comparative and single text on the syllabus and is a good resource for getting information on themes, issues, some scenes and characters.
(free) Another comprehensive blog, there is some decent content on this website, including notes on the poetry, single text, and comparative. Some of the poetry resources are particularly detailed.
Run by Julian Girdham at St Columba’s College in Rathfarnham, SCCEnglish.ie has lots of resources for post-primary English, and more resources and ideas on JulianGirdham.com.
(mostly paid, but some free) Specialists in English notes.
(free) This YouTube channel is only a few days old but contains good notes on Wordsworth, and I expect that videos will continue to be added.
English - Thinking Quilt Language Styles
(free) The syllabus, exam papers, chief examiner’s reports and marking schemes all make frequent reference to language styles. This document contains examples of the language styles needed for all parts of paper 1.
Study Resources by Subject
Students of French should check out teacher Natasha Lynch’s excellent resources, which are available on EssentialFrench.ie. Her Snapchat account is particularly popular.
(free) Some sample questions to past papers with essays of a moderate standard. Good for trying to find where to begin when writing an essay.
(free) Great videos about leaving certificate physical geography showing formation of features and processes involved. Also contains videos about the Investigation coursework project.
(free) This is a geography teacher’s personal drive that they have shared containing all of their teaching notes. Some content is teaching focused but it is a good resource all the same. Leaving Cert Geography resources here: http://bit.ly/2TKWCMu and Junior Cert resources here: http://bit.ly/2TR4GeZ
(free/paid) The website covers the entire Junior & Leaving Certificate course in short video tutorials.
(paid) This is a great resource for students looking for an alternative and exam focused approach to Leaving Certificate Geography. They have a comprehensive field work guide, sample answers for past paper questions and guides on exam technique. They also have freely available podcasts which can be found on popular podcast apps.
(free) Here is a selection of essays written by students, they are quite mixed in terms of quality but are worth a look through all the same.
(free) This book contains some lists of SRPs for various essays which can help you when you are writing an essay you haven’t done before.
(free) This website has some very high-quality sample essays and notes and is an essential resource for geography.
(free) A pretty comprehensive website for Leaving Certificate History. Contains notes, information about the research project, revision guides and more. NOTE: at the time of writing, this website was down so this link is to an archived version.
(free) Another decent resource but more of a coalition of other resources from around the internet. Might be more useful as an accompaniment to other exam preparation materials.
The lives and experiences of women in Waterford’s Magdalene Laundry can be a great case study for history and CSPE students, @AnBurcach (Stephen Bourke) suggests.
(free) Comprehensive notes for the Sraith Pictiúr created by Studyclix. These notes are at a H1 standard and are very clear, great for preparing for the oral.
(free) An amateur production of An Triail in video format, available on YouTube, created by a group of fifth years. Some may enjoy and some may dislike the style, so your mileage may vary.
(free) A YouTube channel best known for it’s high quality videos of the poems on the Irish course, which you have to read in the oral. Watching these videos can help you get a handle on the pronunciation, so you can get full marks in this part of the exam.
(free) Resources on all aspects of the Leaving (and Junior) Cert Irish course, suitable for both higher and ordinary level. Everything from poetry to prose to phrases is on this website, definitely worth a look.
Teacher John Gavin has hosted this website since 2001; it provides a host of updated learning resources relating to Leaving Cert Irish orals and the written exam. There are free daily webinars that anyone can watch live or look back on.
Leaving Cert students can keep themselves fresh by using the Vifax resources from NUI Maynooth where they take a story or two from Nuacht TG4 each week and prepare worksheets on them. vifax.maynoothuniversity.ie
(free/paid) A Studyclix alternative that has some good quality videos on the Leaving Certificate Maths course, which are freely available on their Youtube.
(free/paid) The entire Junior Certificate/Cycle course is complete in short video tutorials which make it easy for the students to understand.
(free) A variety of resources including notes, flashcards, questions, videos and more. The website design/interface is a little hard to use but there is some good quality content regardless.
Maths teacher Joyce Mahon has compiled Leaving Cert suggestions on jmmaths.weebly.com.
(paid) A website with cheat sheets for the Leaving Certificate Maths and Applied Maths course. Also includes solutions to past exam paper questions, and free resources for the proofs and constructions.
(free) Another YouTube channel featuring free videos about a wide range of Leaving Cert Maths questions. Make sure to look at the playlists to find videos grouped by topic.
(free) A website with a variety of resources for Leaving Cert Maths, most useful are the past paper solutions and some of the video lessons. A lot of the resources from projectmaths.ie are uploaded here also.
(free) A set of resources and activities for the project maths course, most likely more suitable for teachers, but you may find something of use if stuck.
(mostly paid) An online platform for Leaving Certificate mathematics including videos, automatically graded exercises, and worked past paper solutions which covers the entire course. This website is primarily a paid service with some free resources. Discount: currently there is 50% off full membership.
(free) UCD has created videos covering the entire Leaving Certificate higher and ordinary level mathematics course, and they are freely available. These videos are high quality, and are a great alternative to other paid resources.
(free) While only for one year, this YouTube playlist covers the entire of the 2014 exam paper, with animated explanations. This is a great resource for seeing good exam technique in action.
(free) A YouTube channel with a large number of videos, notably including all of the mandatory experiments and the non-mandatory demonstrations performed.
(free) A list of all of the experiments and (more importantly) a large number of worked solutions to past paper questions.
(free) A really cool website where you can run interactive simulations of all 24 mandatory experiments within your browser. A great way to revise alongside watching the experiments performed on video.
(free) Just like the aforementioned chemistry handbook, this is a comprehensive guide to Leaving Certificate physics, which goes into extreme detail. If you want to know more about an aspect of the course, or maybe you’re confused or want a deeper understanding, this is a great resource. However, keep in mind that this is aimed at qualified teachers!
(free) This is the resource for Physics students. It has notes on every part of the course, and is used frequently by students and teachers all over the country. Highly recommended.
SophiaPhysics.ie has a resources section and is covering topics for Junior and Leaving Cert physics while telling the story of related physicists.
(free) PolSocPodcast.com covers all things and is presented by Dr Jerome Devitt, a teacher of Politics & Society, History, and English. This is a great resource for exam candidates, with podcasts and blog posts for students about Politics and Society with notes on each podcast available also.
(free) Spanish teacher Susan Leahy has a free website for Spanish teachers and students, with lots of resources for the now-cancelled Leaving Cert orals and the higher-level essay questions.
(free/paid) A series of free presentations of all 21 Building Details for students of Construction Studies. Great for study and revision.
(free) A website with free resources such as links to exam papers and marking schemes, short answer exam questions and solutions, introduction to board drawing, Orthographic Projection questions and solutions, cutting list questions and a guide to JC coursework.
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