I'm recently retired from full time teaching and am therefore available for home schooling as well as after hours. I have always enjoyed working with Tutees to help them succeed. I am married to my first and only wife of 43 years Carey. We have a daughter and a son who have given us five wonderful grandsons, three Australian and two British.
I enjoy travel, reading, fishing, playing drums and helping people of all ages get the most out of life through encouragement and coaching. My philosophy is 'problems are merely challenges that lead to opportunities'.
Before teaching I worked for a major Chemical corporation in Research and Development and later went onto develop businesses before going to Australia to study Theology. On return to the UK in 2004 I decided to go into teaching to help young people achieve and develop. My one and only permanent teaching position was with Trinity Academy where I worked for 9 years including three the latter three managing A Level Chemistry with good success.
KS3 Science, KS4 GCSE Sciences majoring in Chemistry and across all examining boards.
AS and A level Chemistry. With three years experience as Head of A level Chemistry at Trinity Academy before retiring.
For the last four years have always had private students who have all achieved the desired result.
I work in an open and friendly manner where firstly I like to meet with the student and parents to find out exactly what the need is, which curriculum they are following and where they are in the syllbus. In particular we identify specific areas where the student needs help with either topics and / or techniques. We then move on into a teaching and learning session. Homework is set if parents require, for the following time we meet.
From thereon each session begins with a 5 minute test and recap on the previous session; Further support is then provided, as appropriate before moving onto the session topic. We have been known to do practical on occasion to teach students how to score well in their ISA, which is a large contributory fact to a good GCSE grade.
Sometimes students may have a homework from school that they need help with so we may spend a few minutes thinking about the problem and me prompting their solutions.
I use a variety of techniques - show and try, videos to exemplify, appropriate web sites, text books, and exam style questions and in the run up to exams, past papers. My students are kept fully active throughout the session to ensure learning is taking place, with frequent checking for progress so that learning objectives are met.
As the weeks progress I give an honest appraisal of the student attainment (to both student and parents) and advice on how parents can help and encourage, if needed.
In short we are looking for progress through widening knowledge and moreover understanding so that students can think their way through problems drawing on their knowledge, thus gaining confidence when exams come round to achieve a high level of 'personal best'.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Durham University||1977||Bachelors||B.Sc Hons. Chemistry|
|Bradford College||2005||PGCE||PGCE Applied Science|
|Hillsong International College, Sydney||2002||Other||Advanced Diploma in Theology|
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