CTA FAQs 2018-01-31T21:05:27+00:00



Are your Second Level lessons run according to the school syllabus?
Yes. Our lessons are developed based on the school syllabus. However, grinds do not replace or interfere with regular school work, rather they supplement and enhance school learning

Who are the Tutors?
Our tutors are experienced both in academia and industry, qualified and fully vetted. All our teachers are handpicked because of their experience and reputation as well as their friendly and helpful approach to their students.

How does the Tutor assess a students’ progress?
All classes will be streamed according to ability. Tutors will deliver the lessons in a clear and logical presentation. Homework is given and corrected each week and tests are given to students on a regular basis to assess their levels of understanding and application. Feedback is provided to parents in the form of regular reports and/or a phone call or meeting if the Tutor deems necessary.

Is there homework?
Yes, homework is given and corrected every week and students are expected to complete assignments on time and submit it either at each class or via email. Students will be advised as to how much time should be spent weekly to maximise the benefit of the grind/class. Homework is an extension of the grind/class but also forms an essential part of the process.

Are there tests?
Yes, tests are given on a regular basis. Tests and homework are essential when it comes to monitoring a student’s progress.


When do ‘grinds’ take place?
All our classes run from Monday to Saturday, usually after school hours, generally from 6pm-9pm for Second level tuition. On Saturdays classes run from 9am-2pm and 6pm-9pm. Each ‘grind’ class is 80 minutes long. Please contact us for more specific details at info@clonmeltuitionacademy.ie or view our class Timetables here.

Will the class schedule change?
If the Academy postpones a class due to unforeseen circumstances, we will do our best to inform students of the change in advance and will schedule a make-up lesson. The Academy reserves the right to change the course timings and the teaching staff in the midst of course curriculum as and when is required. We will do our best to inform students of any such changes in advance.

What should I do if I miss a lesson?
Students are encouraged to attend classes consistently. Should the student miss a scheduled lesson, they should advise the Academy as soon as possible. There will be no refund or pro-rating of course fees for missed lessons, regardless of reasons for absence, not owing to the Academy’s fault. However, students will still receive homework assignments and any class handouts for the missed lesson.

Is the Academy closed on Public Holidays and School Holidays?
Clonmel Tuition Academy follows the same academic year as the government run schools. However, we do continue to run classes during the Mid-Term breaks and certain courses during the main holiday breaks. The following is CTA Academic Calendar for 2017-2018:

Term 1 Start

(14 weeks)

Mon 18th September – Friday 22nd December OPEN
Mid-Term Mon 30th October – Friday 3rd November CLOSED
Christmas Friday 22nd December – Mon 8th January ‘18 CLOSED
Term 2

(11 weeks)

Mon 8th January ‘18 – Friday 23rd March ‘18 OPEN
Mid Term Mon 12th Feb ‘18 – Friday 16th Feb ‘18 CLOSED
Easter Friday 23 March 2018 – Monday 9 April 2018 OPEN FOR GRINDS & REVISION COURSES
Term 3

(8 weeks)

Monday 9 April 2018 – Friday 31st May ‘18 OPEN


Are there other fees that need to be paid at the point of registration?
There is no registration fee. For all courses/programmes however there is a deposit to be paid upon registration to secure your place. This deposit will be deducted from the last (month fees/final)payment.

When are fees collected?
For Grind classes first month course fees will be collected upon enrolment into each course. Subsequent fees for each course/programme will be collected on a monthly/term basis, in advance, at the start of each month/term, except where students have availed of the 10% discount and paid the full years’ fees in advance upon enrolment. Whilst there are 33 weeks in the academic year, spread over 9 months, students can join Grind classes at any time and fees will be adjusted accordingly.  It is not possible to join any of the Language classes mid-course after the first class. Payment of all fees is by cash; cheque; EFT; Standing Order, Paypal or online.

What if there are 5 Grind lessons in a month?
There are 33 weeks in the CTA academic year, spread over 9 months. This is how the fees are calculated.

Are the course materials included in the course fees?
Worksheets/ handouts that are required for use during any of our lessons are included in the course fees.

What if a student joins Grind classes in the middle of the month?
Fees for students who join after the start of the month will be pro-rated based on the number of remaining lessons in the month of registration.

What if a student decides to stop in the middle of the month?
After the first 3 Grind lessons, if a student decides the classes are not for him/her and wishes to cancel registration, he/she can do so and a full refund of remaining pre-paid fees will be given, including the deposit of €100. Or the remaining fees can be transferred to another class/course the student wishes to take at the Academy, subject to availability. If a student wishes to cancel registration at any time after the first 3 lessons, then a one months’ notice period is required in order to get any remaining fees refunded otherwise the student forfeits the deposit of €100.

For all language classes (Adults & Kids), all fees are paid in advance, upon enrolment. For any of the 10 week language courses (Kids/Adults) and the Sign language course full payment is required prior to the start date of the course. For the English Language course there is the staged payment option. Unfortunately, there will be no refunds for students who decide to opt out of any of these courses mid-course. This is due partly because of the costs involved in running the courses and also to be fair to the students already enrolled on the course and those on the wait list. Whilst these courses are designed to be fun and engaging, particularly the Kids classes, there is an academic element. If you feel you, or your child (as the case may be) might decide to opt out after a couple of lessons it might be best not to enrol on the course in the first instance.However, it is strongly advised to parents and students  that if you feel your child (or you) are likely to opt out of any of our language classes mid course that you reconsider registering in the first instance to be fair to the Tutor and the students/children on our waitlists. Whilst every effort is made to make the kids language classes fun and exciting, it is important to remember that Clonmel Tuition Academy is an educational institute and therefore there is an academic element to the kids language classes.

For the Supervised Study programmes one months notice in writing is required to opt out of the programme for a refund of remaining fees paid. For the Intensive Revision courses you can cancel your enrolment and get a full refund of fees up to 14 days before the Course start date.