Information About Jon
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Covid-19 update: I am happy to offer tutorials remotely via the video conferencing service, Zoom, https://zoom.us/; you do *not* need to sign up for that service, just click on a link that I will send. A parent or guardian can "sit in", virtually, on our session, so that they know that their child is safe online, what is being discussed, and so on, perhaps viewing the session on a phone while they sit in a different room. I have now run months of tutorials with students this way, and it has worked well. For instance, it has an interactive whiteboard that we can both write on.
Alternatively, I'm happy to meet in person indoors if we both wear masks and can find and agree on a venue that is happy to have us.
I love being immersed in science and math, and sharing my enthusiasm with other people.
I have worked as a research scientist using GPS so that people can get the time accurately from atomic clocks, and went on to a career in physics education which has lasted more than 18 years so far, moving to Canada from the UK in the summer of 2017.
* Recently, supported nine tutees who contacted me via First Tutors, all 9 for math, also with a bit of physics for 3 - each of these students that offered feedback rated my tutoring at 5/5
* Taught high school physics in the UK for ten years, including tutoring in math and physics, and teaching some biology and chemistry
* Currently volunteer as a tutor for an educational charity in Kingston, mostly in math but also some physics, chemistry and biology, and general support with literacy, history, study skills, computer skills, etc.
* Employed by the Institute of Physics in the UK for seven years, to run engaging physics shows and hands-on activities for grades 7-13 in schools across London, UK and
* Led professional development for hundreds of British teachers of physics, including some tutoring to support these adult learners
* Wrote physics activities for eight student workbooks for grades 7 & 8 for an internationally respected academic publisher
* While most of my experience has been with high school students (grades 9-13) and adults, I also ran a successful hands-on physics event each year at my daughter's elementary school, from grade 1 through to 6
* Reviewed dozens of papers for an academic journal in physics education
* I hold current professional certification permitting me to teach any subject to any age group in England, UK (QTS)
* I hold current professional certification as a Chartered Physicist in the UK (CPhys)
* I am a member of the Ontario Association of Physics Teachers (OAPT)
* In March 2019 I received my latest clear Canadian Police Information Centre (CPIC) criminal records check, including for the vulnerable sector (copy available on request)
I offer a first one-hour session free, to meet with you, explore exactly what support you would like, and see whether you find my style helpful.
My strength lies in finding a way to explain things so that the learner can understand, always trying to focus my teaching on what the student finds interesting. I am an advocate of what is called "evidence-based teaching", for instance using a series of questions to initially assess what the student understands, and then probing to confirm which parts of the new content they have now understood.
This is all supported by 22 years' experience working in math and physics (18 of which has been in education), so that I have a broad and deep understanding of the topics and particularly how they related to each other and why they matter in the real world, all backed up by my own love of the subjects.
In terms of practicalities, for the while, I will be offering tutorials only online (not in person), until the Covid-19 outbreak is under control. I prefer to be paid via an Interac e-transfer.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- University of Roehampton, UK (2007) - Postgraduate Certificate in Management in post-compulsory education and training (Other) (✔ On File)
- University of Greenwich, UK (2002) - Postgraduate Certificate of Education in Post-compulsory education and training (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Birmingham, UK (1995) - MSc in Applied Radiation Physics (Masters) (✔ On File)
- University of Oxford, UK (1994) - BA in Physics (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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She knew that math made her deeply uncomfortable. With support, she's worked at this steadily for a few weeks now, and it's a pleasure watching her confidence improve. She does still have some skills and knowledge to learn, but the improved confidence makes that far easier.
We'll have you ready, and *feeling* ready, Katrina!
Emma and I both quickly realised that her biggest problem was her confidence. With a bit of support, her confidence in tackling math increased rapidly, letting her unlock her existing, good skills and knowledge.
Good luck with the MPT!
Alex is a student that helps himself to learn well, asking great questions, coming ready to learn and sharing the resources from his professors. He's got plenty of interest and ability in math, but hasn't studied it for a couple of years, so wanted some help getting back up to speed for the most demanding aspects of his new courses.
Warren is a tutee that helps himself a great deal. He asks for specific help, comes prepared with the course materials that help me to help him effectively, and responds positively when I help him spot where things are going wrong.