Thank you so much for taking the time to read my profile.
Firstly I want to add that from the edit I did as of early summer 2021, I resumed face-to-face teaching fully, for anyone who would like it. Online via Zoom is still available if you prefer that, or you don't live nearby.
I am a private tutor of Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, living in Southport in North West England, and I have a current and "rolling" enhanced DBS certificate, number Removed. I have been teaching privately successfully here, since early 2001. In that time, I calculate that I have helped rather more than 440 individual students - the roll-call of a medium-sized school!
My longest-remaining client stayed with me from age 11 until she graduated from Manchester Uniiversity aged 26! I ended up also helping her elder sister with university assignments and her dissertation about "international relations" - whatever those are! This is unusual of course, but I am pleased that a number of my students stay with me for several years, and often I am asked to teach their younger siblings later on.
Levels catered for are normally years-9 to A-level, and occasionally I carry on into university work with students who ask me to, mainly in chemistry and biochemical-related topics. I will accept to teach younger students in years below year-9, on discussion with their parents/guardians. Normally this occurs because they are younger siblings of those I already teach.
I have normally had a practice helping between 10 and 20 students at any time, locally or in the North West in general, and now as of 2022 in London and overseas via online Zoom sessions.
For university students, I am happy to proof-read assignments and dissertations. When I worked in advertising and marketing, I was trained to proof-read very very accurately and efficiently. You will understand that there's nothing more embarrassing for a client or their ad-agency (worse!) than an ad going out with avoidable errors in it...and then the press picks it up and you get the wrong kind of story and coverage!
After a long career in advertising, marketing and industry since leaving Oxford (Worcester College) in 1973 with a 2:1 in biochemistry, I moved with my family to Southport. Here, I decided to teach students the sciences and maths privately, since I had kept up my subject knowledge and reading in the meantime. I have been used to having a weekly practice of between 10 and 20 students (see above), mostly seen for an hour or sometimes two hours a week or more under exam pressure, for the four subjects Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology, as they require.
It is important for me to follow-up on a student's exam results, always. I need and want to know if I have been effective and have helped them properly, and that they have, for example, achieved the A-level grades required for their chosen universities, or the GCSE results to enable them to study at the college of their choice.
Before I do even one minute of teaching, I always like to have a conversation with the student's parent(s)/guardian(s)/carer(s) about the student's needs and aspirations, and about what they hope and expect to achieve, and the timescale involved. If we agree to go ahead, I aim also to find out in the first session (which usually will over-run but is still only charged at the stated normal rate), as much as I can about how a student can best be taught - their "learning style", if you like.
Everyone is different and learns differently. This is the whole point of one-to-one teaching, whether face to face - unfeasible for many at the present time - or online via Zoom/Hangouts etc. The point of one-to-one tuition, for which you the client are looking to pay good money as a conscious decision, is to be massively more effective than whole-class teaching in a school, were that school to be ever so good, and indeed many are.
To be told by a student "I think we've done more useful work in two hours here, than I'd do in two weeks in school" is very gratifying. This and similar quotes come more often than you might think!
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|University of Oxford||1973||Bachelors||BA (Hons) 2:1 in Biochemistry (University of Oxford, 1973)|
|Univerisity of Oxford||1979||Other||MA (Oxon.)|
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