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English

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Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00
A-Level £45.00£36.00
University £55.00£44.00
Casual Learner £55.00£44.00

Chemistry

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Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00

Biology

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Secondary £40.00£32.00
GCSE £40.00£32.00
A-Level £45.00£36.00
University £55.00£44.00
Casual Learner £55.00£44.00

Psychology

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GCSE £40.00£32.00
A-Level £45.00£36.00

Medicine

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A-Level £45.00£36.00
University £55.00£44.00
Casual Learner £55.00£44.00

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Personal Description:

I am a Cambridge Graduate (Modern Languages & English), where I held an Academic Scholarship. Subsequently I became a scientist, gaining a 1st Class BSc in Neuroscience at UCL, then winning a BHF PhD Studentship to work in the prestigious labs of the late, great Professor David Jordan, where I completed my PhD on the role of serotonin in the autonomic nervous system in 2004 (UCL, Royal Free Campus).

I was then appointed Research Fellow to Professor Christopher Yeo in the Behavioural Neuroscience Research Group, lecturing, tutoring and mentoring Medical and Biological Sciences students throughout, in addition to making some key discoveries on cerebellar memory.

In 2008 I took up a senior position at Eli Lilly & Co (Pharmaceuticals), where I was a Group Leader and Senior Research Scientist, developing novel treatments for sleep disorders and Alzheimer's Disease.

After a further 2 years' work in Analytics, I followed my life-long passion for teaching , and have worked as a freelance private tutor since 2015.

In my remaining time, I am a semi-professional cellist (performer and teacher), a struggling French Horn player (who wouldn't?!) and spend time restoring (fixing!) my 1968 Morris Minor

I also enjoy molecular gastronomy (keeping up my lab skills!), restoring classic cars, cycling, skiing, nature hiking, and travelling.

Tutoring Experience:

I have been active as a lecturer, tutor, coach and mentor for over 15 years (at University/Medical School, as a manager of staff, and have been a full-time private tutor since 2015).

In 2016 I was elected a Full Member of The Tutors' Association, based on my qualifications, experience, background checks, and supporting professional references/client testimonials. I am bound by The Tutors' Association Ethical Code, which can be viewed on their website

I tutor all science subjects at GCSE/IGCSE level, but primarily specialise in A Level Biology/Human Biology, and Psychology, particularly for Medical School and Oxbridge Entrance.

Whether students are highly talented or failing their subjects (sometimes both!), I can help improve performance and am committed to each individual student's success, tailoring tutorial structure, content, pace and style to their preference.

In particular, I have succeeded in re-motivating students who had lost interest and were under-performing in a subject

My initial degree in English, together with my wealth of experience writing and reviewing scientific papers, and editing/polishing up students' projects (from GCSE to PhD level), I can offer a superb mastery of the English Language, especially in terms of scientific writing for projects, essays, and short answers.

Tutoring Approach:

I simply love tutoring, and have been particularly successful in awakening students' enthusiasm for a subject in which they had lost interest, confidence, or were underperforming.

All potential students are offered a free introductory 30 min Skype discussion/tuition session.

My main aims are to develop talent, factual knowledge, and to spread my passion for the subject. Also I consider it vital to encourage students to learn to think for themselves and understand how to think laterally, find confidence, build on their strengths, rather than boring them with repetitive challenges to their weaker areas. I have found this to help them truly achieve excellence in a subject and stand out from the crowd.

My approach is always tailored to individual needs,so my first step is an exercise to identify what areas students are good at and enjoy, not good at and don't enjoy, etc. The tutorials are then designed as a "project of learning": completely personalised, fun, and non-judgmental. I welcome wrong answers from students (at least in the initial stage!) as this gives more scope for discussion and explanation of why the answer is wrong, and how to mediate it. This may involve mnemonics/mind-mapping techniques (the key to developing a photographic memory). On many occasions, however, it is simply a question of confidence building: challenging "I don't know!" with "Yes you do!", and continuously encouraging with interesting facts, "show-and-tells" and humour.

My tutorials are carefully prepared and structured, with bespoke handouts/assignments, and taking the form of myself talking/explaining, with frequent student participation (spot questions, discussions, short exercises).

At the client's discretion, I will create a personalised array of measurable learning factors, which can be analysed over time to demonstrate learning progress/strong and weak spots, allowing objective, data-driven interpretations and recommendations based on recognised aspects of Educational Psychology.

Whilst I do not simply go over past papers, I provide regular assignments and reports, I research Examiners' Reports and Marking Schemes, and teach students how to write like an examiner, analyse exam questions and spot trick questions.

Tutorials are offered at your home, or at my office/via Skype (at a 20% discount). Additionally I frequently tutor and advise via correspondence (e.g. helping structure, optimise and proofread assignments, projects, and dissertations) at a fee of £20 per hour. Significant discounts are given for 5+ hours' work.

I avoid spoon-feeding information unless it is specifically requested, instead striving to transform lots of "parrot-fashion" learning into a fun and creative process, exercising your brain, boosting your intellect, and forming long-term memories which will greatly aid successful career development.

Qualifications:

  • The Tutors' Association (2016) - MTA (Elected Full Member) (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • UCL (2005) - PhD Neuroscience (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • UCL (2001) - BSc(Hons) Neuroscience (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • University of Cambridge (1993) - BA (MA) Modern Languages & English (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: English (British), French, German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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