My passion for physics led me through a BSc in Physics from the University of Exeter, an MSc in Nanotechnology from University College London and, what was initially a PhD became an MRes in Quantum Information Science in Diamond from the University of Bristol. I found strength and joy in being able to break things down into their simplest components in order to explain them in a way that, I hope, almost anyone can understand. This skill, to recognise underlying patterns and formulate them, to some degree, is innate as a physicist or a mathematician, but the elucidation and articulation is an ongoing skill. Although I knew it was there for me because I loved explaining the complex when I had the opportunity, this skill lay latent for years, never really having a chance to find expression during my studies at university. Since my final degree, rather than stay in research, I decided to share the knowledge I already had to help others understand physics and mathematics.
I focus on tutoring GCSE and A-level. I am open to undergraduate physicists but have limited experience due to their rarity. I am keen to hear from 1st and some 2nd years in the subjects of Classical Mechanics, Special Relativity, Waves, Introductory Quantum Mechanics, Electromagnetism and Mathematics for Physics and Engineers.
Outside of the academic setting I am a coach with England Athletics and coach a small group of javelin throwers for Bristol & West Athletic Club and run gymnastic strength training sessions at my home. A professional career as a thrower came to an end in my late teens due to injury but I have always retained a rigour to physiological training that finds good application in athletics and foundations to gymnastic strength development.
I have been tutoring full-time for the past 5 years accruing over 90 students and 2500 hours. My experience initially spanned from KS3 to A-level and has more recently moved to GCSE and A-Level only.
Most of my clients have been on a one-to-one basis and have worked with them for 3 years or more. I have had intermittent experience working with groups of 2 to 6 students in local schools. These students were categorised to likely fail, and I provided them with the support to boost their grades. I have also worked in schools on a one-to-one basis with children with SEN. Over the years it has brought alive in me the role of mentor as well as tutor and its importance in the tutoring setting.
Most of my work has been in a face-to-face setting but over the last 2-3 years, I have been working with increasingly more students in an online capacity and a few internationally. Using a collaborative whiteboard like BitPaper, video and audio via Zoom or Skype and a graphics tablet. I make pdf files of all the sessions, which are uploaded to a shared cloud storage with the student. Video recordings are available in the same way should the client want them.
I have covered all the main exam boards (AQA, Edexcel and OCR) with students for both GCSE Maths and Science and have experience with IGCSE Edexcel Maths and IAQA Science.
For A-Level I have covered extensively OCR and Edexcel Maths. I focus on all the core modules and specialise in mechanics and further maths.
In A-level physics, I have covered AQA, OCR and WJEC.
Sensitive and attentive in order to be able to discern your needs and after a few sessions gain a clearer perspective for devising long-term progression.
Structure sessions long term so that we systematically cover the topics of the course.
Consider where everyone (student/parent/school teacher) is coming from and create sessions that are complementing the students' learning.
Establish gaps that are not being filled in the classroom, which often brings a subject/topic to life.
Providing a welcome and relaxed environment, which is conducive to working efficiently.
Consistency and reliability to enable the relationship to develop.
Discerning when you need a soft touch, a firm hand, inspiration, or encouragement.
Where lack of confidence is present, I will help you recognise correct thinking and working and help reveal that you do know what you are doing. This self-reflection helps to build natural esteem.
Encouraging you to be open to getting things wrong, which plays a fundamental role in getting it correct.
Homework. It is an important tool for me to test your understanding and progress. However, if it creates an overload then using the time to assist school work can be a better use of time.
Spending time developing exam technique early on in the academic year, helping you become familiar and relaxed with exam-style questions.
Clear communication with parents and students, with regular check-ins to assist progress.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Bristol||2012||Masters||M.Res. Quantum Information Science in Diamond|
|University College London||2007||Masters||M.Sc. Nanotechnology|
|University of Exeter||2003||Bachelors||B.Sc. Physics|