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Hi! I'm Gavin and I was born and raised in Carrickfergus. I am 25 and currently undertaking a PhD in Chemistry at Queen's University Belfast. I graduated from the University of St Andrews in June 2017 with a First Class Honours Masters degree in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry and External Placement. For a year of my degree I worked in Hull for Reckitt Benckiser as an analytical chemist for Nurofen products. I enjoy running and have run 25 marathons so far along with numerous half marathons and weekly 5ks (parkrun). I also enjoy playing badminton and bridge. I am currently based in Belfast but return to Carrick often to see family and friends. I achieved 4 A's at A2 level (Chemistry, Biology, Maths and Spanish) and 6A* + 5A grades in my GCSEs.

Tutoring Experience

I am a committed and reliable tutor in University, A level and GCSE chemistry. I only believe in tutoring students when you have a higher qualification than the one they are studying for (masters for bachelors, bachelors for A levels etc) and so only started tutoring upon the completion of my undergraduate degree in St Andrews in September 2017. Since then I have tutored 55 students from GCSE, A level, University entry level and common interest courses.

After my first year of tutoring (August 2018 results) my students managed 1A*, 7 A, 1 B and 2 C grades including students who went from a E/D to an A and an E to a C grade. The most recent round of A2 students (Aug 19) gained 2 A*s, 10 As and 5 Bs.

I’ve also helped two mature students from Belfast Metropolitan College pass their exams.

During my PhD I have supervised 4 Masters students, guiding them and helping them structure their dissertations. I have been a laboratory demonstrator for chemical engineering and pharmacy undergraduate labs and have a lot of experience helping/working with young adults.

I have also been a tutor with other companies and have a track record of improved results and positive reviews.

Tutoring Approach

I do my tutoring at The Graduate School in QUB (beside the Lanyon Building). I tutor here because I can book rooms, meaning there are no distractions, there is a desk with space to spread out papers and there is a use of a projector if needed.

I am friendly and approachable and do not take a hard line disciplined approach to teaching as I find that is what has put most young people off the subject in the first place. As a result, I am patient and forthcoming. I will explain things numerous times if needs be and will be practical with the work provided.

LanguagesEnglish (British), Spanish
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
References Available On File


University of St Andrews2017MastersMChem Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry

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