Join Louise Boylan from Dublin's Institute of Education for ten video tutorials (scroll down for videos) to help get you ready for Leaving Cert Maths Higher Level.

With 20 years of experience teaching Maths and Applied Maths, Louise consults on the content of Mock Examination papers for students at both Leaving and Junior Certificate Level.

Her experience in textbook writing has established Louise as one of the country’s leading experts on the Post-Primary Mathematics syllabuses and her experience of correcting with the State Examinations Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students to get the best results possible.

Check out all the videos below...

1. Algebra

Applying rules of logarithms to solve two equations simultaneously.

2. Functions

Using the factor theorem to solve a cubic equation. Sketch the graph of the cubic function and the graphs of its first and second derivative.

3. Differential calculus

Finding the first derivative of three expressions. How to differentiate using the chain rule.

4. Rates of change

Using differential calculus to find the rate of change of the radius and surface area of a spherical ball, as its volume changes.

5. Integration

Using integration to find the area between a curve and the x-axis.

6. Applications of a Geometric Series (financial maths)

Using the sum of a geometric series to find the monthly savings required to total to a given amount in a given time frame. Also using the amortisation formula to calculate the equal monthly repayments due on a term loan.

7. Probability

Using the Bernoulli method to find the probability of a combination of events occurring.

8. Coordinate Geometry

Finding the equations of two parallel tangents to a given circle.

9. Statistics

Finding the area of a region under the normal curve. Form a 95% confidence interval to perform a hypothesis test.

10. Trigonometric Graph

Understanding the different elements in the function for a Trigonometric graph and how they apply to the sketch of the graph.

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How the exam is broken up?

Paper 1 – 2·5 hour exam (220 marks)

Topics:

Algebra, Functions, Complex Numbers, Induction, Sequences and Series, Financial Maths, Differential Calculus, Integration, Area and Volume.

Exam structure:

Section A – Concepts and Skills (30 mark questions) – answer 4 out of 6 questions.

Section B – Contexts and Application (50 mark questions) – answer 2 out of 4 questions.

Paper 2 – 2·5 hour exam (220 marks)

Topics:

Synthetic Geometry, Coordinate Geometry, Trigonometry, Probability, Statistics, Area and Volume.

Exam structure:

Section A – Concepts and Skills (30 mark questions) – answer 4 out of 6 questions.

Section B – Contexts and Application (50 mark questions) – answer 2 out of 4 questions.

Note – the lists given above are the topics that tend to appear regularly on each paper, however it is possible that topics can drift between papers. For example, Area and Volume can sometimes appear on both papers. In previous years, Financial maths has been examined on paper 2 while Trigonometry graphs have been examined on paper 1. So, it is important to be prepared in all topics for both papers.

About the Teacher, Louise Boylan:

Louise has almost 20 years of experience teaching Mathematics and Applied Mathematics. As one of Ireland's first female post-primary Maths authors, Louise has co-authored 15 books to date, including the "New Concise Project Maths" series of textbooks and "Destination Maths" for Post-Primary classrooms. She has co-authored the best-selling "Less Stress More Success" series of revision books. She is also the Consulting Author of the Junior Cycle Maths books "Linking Thinking".

Louise has prepared and presented dozens of online videos for the Eir StudyHub, for students to use as a learning and revision tool. Louise has also taught revision seminars to examination candidates on the Trinity Access Programme.

Louise also consults on the content of Mock Examination papers for students at both Leaving and Junior Certificate Level.

Her experience in textbook writing has established Louise as one of the country’s leading experts on the Post-Primary Mathematics syllabuses and her experience of correcting with the State Examinations Commission gives her an in-depth knowledge of what is required by students to get the best results possible.

Louise’s style of teaching helps to instill confidence in students by giving them the skills required to understand and master the syllabus content. Louise is a member of the Irish Mathematics Teachers’ Association of Ireland.