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The Leaving Cert is for many an experience that is dreaded during the preparation period. As someone who completed the LC more than a decade ago, I can honestly say, the fear and self-pressure are worse than the actual exams.
There's no need to stress or pile on the pressure, it's important to remember that all you can do is your best and in order to achieve your best, revision is key.
Yes, everyone gets the Leaving Cert nerves, even if they say they don't, they do. It's ok, all big life events come with a bit of 'omg' and 'what's next?' the important thing is to take regular breaks, keep hydrated and if it's really getting under your skin, talk about it. Whether it is with someone you know or you want to talk to someone outside of your circle, often times a problem shared is a problem halved. Services like Spun Out are there to help you through difficult times.
Why don't we take a look at some of the options you have when it comes to helping you prepare for your Leaving Cert Biology exams. In this article, you will find all the assistance available in Limerick from a group, online and even one-to-one, there is something for everyone below no matter what your budget or location.
Things to Remember When Studying for Leaving Cert Biology
If you dream of pursuing a career in the ever-growing, live-saving (and improving) science that is Biology, we should start by talking about your Leaving Cert. Biology is a huge and fascinating subject that naturally draws the attention of the curious, of those who are puzzle enthusiasts and of those who love trying to decipher the bigger picture.
Because Biology is such a broad subject, covering every aspect of life from Micro-organisms to the very planet we live on, studying it is absolutely fascinating! But with so many intriguing areas to investigate, you may need help staying on the exam path.
So it only makes sense that if Biology is your passion, you will want to find someone who thinks the subject as exciting and intriguing as you do. You will want to study with a teacher who has an astute knowledge of Leaving Cert Biology and whose own curiosity drives them to keep learning when it comes to the ever-growing science that is Biology.
That's where this article comes in handy, we're going to explore the best options for Biology grinds and revision courses in Limerick.
The Best Locations for Biology Grinds and Revision Courses in Limerick
Just like other parts of Ireland (Cork, Dublin, Waterford and Galway), when it comes to grinds/lessons for Biology, Limerick has plenty of options. Below is a list of some of the locations around Limerick which provide Biology grinds:
Let's start with Kilmartin Educational Services. At KES they offer all sorts of grinds and courses for both Leaving Cert and Junior Cert students. You can choose from Supervised Study, Mid Term Study, Summer Preparation Courses and Grinds, most importantly Biology is on the list of subjects they offer tuition in. Prices start at €20 per grind and they are conveniently located in O'Connell Street in Limerick City. If you wish to find out more you can email Kilmartin Educational Services at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 061 444 989.
Another option in Limerick for Biology grinds and revision courses is Limerick Tutorial College. The college offers weekly Biology grinds for €25 per session and also offers revision courses during the Easter and Christmas mid-terms, you can choose how many subjects you wish to take revision courses for, with one subject costing €185 and a total of 5 subjects costing €420 during the Easter break, noticeably the more subjects you revise the better value you get. To find out more you can phone 061 315 522.
We are also going to take a look at the Premier Tuition Centre in Limerick. This centre offers both group and one-to-one grinds for Leaving Cert Biology, individual Biology grinds cost €40 per hour and small group grinds (2-4 students) are €30 per hour. For further information including course duration email the centre at email@example.com.
Although group revision and exam preparation can be very helpful, some of these places can work out quite expensive when it comes to the fees. This is due to the fact there are usually limited spaces available and the classes/courses are fixed term with several locations offering a minimum of 4 session revision courses.
Where Can I Find Online Biology Grinds
If you prefer to study in your own space, but think you will benefit from grinds to ensure you achieve your best possible Leaving Cert results, online tuition could be exactly what you're looking for.
You have so many options to choose from when it comes to online tuition, below is just a small example:
- Premier Tuition
- Tuition Farm
- The Learning Academy
- First Tutors
There are so many more than those which have been noted, but we are going to focus on Superprof.
At Superprof there are several tutors offering grinds in Biology. You can choose your tutor from a large selection, you can also pick times that suit you and take as many or as few revision/preparation classes as you need. No matter what the subject, if you choose to take grinds with Superprof, you will see they are affordable, as they start from just €10 and they are flexible, which makes them super convenient!
Reasons to Study Biology at a College in Limerick
The main options when it comes to studying Biology in Further Education (level 5 and 6) in Limerick are listed below:
- Croom College of Further Education (Animal Care)
- Limerick College of Further Education (Applied Science/Laboratory Techniques)
- University of Limerick (Equine Science)
Further Education is a great option for anyone who may feel too young for full-time college, didn't get the required Leaving Cert points for Higher Education or anyone who wants to try a subject for a short period of time before committing to several years.
You can go straight into Higher Education and if you do Limerick has some fantastic options for pursuing a career in Biology! Both Limerick Institute of Technology and the University of Limerick offer multiple courses in Biology.
Here is a list of some of the courses offered at LIT with Biology at their core:
- Bioanalysis & Biotechnology - BSc(Hons)
- Biotechnology with Biopharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)
- Forensic & Pharmaceutical Science - BSc (Hons)
- Applied Biology - BSc
Here is a list of some of the courses offered at UL with Biology at their core:
- Bachelor of Science in Bioscience
- Bachelor of Science in Environmental Science
- Bachelor of Science in Industrial Biochemistry
Whether you choose to study Biology at LIT or UL you can be confident in knowing that both places consider Bio-sciences, bio-analysis, bio-engineering and the environment their main areas of research. Both institutes also have an impressive rate of post-graduate employment, and it is often the case that the small percentage who do not go straight to employment after BSc/Masters completion end up staying in education to PhD level.
Apart from gaining a globally recognised qualification from a Higher Education Institute in Limerick, there are so many reasons why it is a great place to study/move to. Below are my top 3 reasons to go to college in Limerick:
- The craic! Once you visit you'll understand when I tell you Limerick is the home to Irelands most friendly folk, there's always someone up for the craic!
- Limerick is drenched in history! From the Vikings and Brian Boru to Oliver Cornwall, no matter where you go in Limerick you will uncover fascinating legends, lore and history.
- The Milk Market! This quirky street market has been trading since the 1850s, during a browse through the stalls you’ll find anything from local produce to a range of arts, crafts and second-hand goods.
As I said, these are just my top 3 reasons as to why I think Limerick would be a great place to pursue your Biology journey. But if you decide to go to college there you'll find many more reasons to love the city.
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