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Secondary £25.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00

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Personal Description:

I am 44 years old and live in Glenrothes with my partner and our two children (ages 12 and 14) and fairly large dog (who is very friendly but I thought I'd best mention her in case anyone has allergies or generally just doesn't like dogs).

Tutoring Experience:

I moved to Fife in 2000 and taught Chemistry and Science at Lochgelly High School until 2010 when I joined Balwearie High School in Kirkcaldy. Prior to this I worked at Stranraer Academy and a number of schools in Ayrshire. I have taught Chemistry at S. Grade, Int 1, Int 2, National 5 and Higher level and have gained considerable experience in how to prepare pupils to achieve the best grade they are capable of in these examinations.

Tutoring Approach:

A common problem encountered in pupils who study Chemistry is that they find it difficult to distinguish between what they need to understand and what they simply need to know. e.g. at N5 level pupils only need to be able to state that the Alkali Metals get more reactive as you descend Group 1. It is not until Higher level, when they will have been taught about electronegativity and ionisation enthalpies, that they will be expected to understand and be able to explain this trend. Pupils often worry unnecessarily about things they are not expected to understand. I'm assuming if you are considering hiring a tutor exam success is your number one priority but it is also important that specific skills are developed that will help later if studying Chemistry further e.g. the ability to balance an equation is an area pupils often find difficult. If they cannot do it they will only lose one mark in the N5 exam, so it won't stop them getting an A grade. However, if they then go on to study Higher Chemistry without this ability they will find themselves at a major disadvantage.
Normal tutorial sessions will last one or two hours. I usually issue revision work by email in the form of a word file. It is expected that the tutee would attempt this within a couple of days of the tutorial session and email me back their answers. This will allow me to mark it and usually return it with comments, allowing the tutee to retry any problem areas. This should help ensure the tutorial sessions are focused on the problem areas and the time is used as constructively as possible. It is easy to copy parents into these emails allowing them to keep track of the work that is being issued and how successfully it is being completed.


  • Jordanhill (1995) - PGCE Secondary (Chemistry), (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
  • Glasgow University (1993) - BSc Hons (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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