As a school student, I was a confirmed hater of Science! I am still haunted by the drafty labs and memories of sitting in silence on wobbly stools taking notes from ancient text books and carrying out odd practicals with the ubiquitous Potato tuber. It wasn't until I started studying Science as an adult learner in an FE college, where I was taught by inspiring and enthusiastic lecturers, who illustrated important concepts with analogies, diagrams and genuinely interesting practicals, that I began to realise that science was relevant to me and was "my thing".
This experience has stayed with me and has given me a passion for making science exciting and largely the reason that I chose a career in personal tutoring.
I am a professional full-time private tutor. I have recently graduated with an MSc in Science (Medicinal Chemistry and science education studies). I have also graduated with a First class honours degree in Life Sciences (Open) and I have completed a Post-graduate Certificate in Professional Studies in Education, specialising in Science Education.
I specialise in A-Level and I have extensive experience working with a wide range of students, from those who are struggling and need help understanding the key concepts to those who do well in science but need support to develop the exam technique that will get them the top grades.
I have tutored students working towards exams with all the major exam boards, including AQA (AS, A2 Biology and Chemistry, GCSE core science, GCSE Additional Science, GCSE Biology and Chemistry), OCR (AS, A2 Biology and Chemistry, Salter's Chemistry, 21st Century Science GCSE), WJEC (A level Biology), EDEXCEL (AS and A2 Biology and Chemistry, GCSE, IGCSE).
I also have much experience working with students sitting exams as external candidates. If you need advice on the practicalities of this please contact me.
My 2012-2013 cohort of students received some amazing results in August. I worked with several A2 students who were failing to get the grades they need for University prior to starting tuition, all of whom had significant increases in their grades. Most notably, this includes:
A chemistry student who needed an A to be accepted onto a Veterinary Medicine but had been given U grade in a mock exam in December. She achieved her A in August and met her University offer.
A student who had received a U in Chemistry at AS level and needed a C for University. She resat both AS exams alongside the A2 exams and achieved a C.
A Biology student who had scored an E at AS level and resat to get a B.
A student studying both Biology and Chemistry A level who had achieved a C and D respectively at AS and had been advised by school that he was at the limit of his capabilities. He resat AS alongside A2 and after achieving A's in both subjects has taken a year out so that he can apply for Medicine.
My 2011-2012 cohort had similar results including a student who had taken AS twice before starting tuition and had only been able to achieve D grade but has now passed with B's at A2 and gone on to study Physiotherapy at University. Another student achieved U's at AS before starting tuition and gained A and B grades at A2 after retaking her AS exams alongside A2. She gained a place to study pharmacy at University and has successfully completed her first year. I also tutored a mature student who was taking IGCSE Biology as a private candidate. Despite having not studied any science for over 10 years and had only 2 months to study the course she passed with a B grade, allowing her to apply for a PGCE course. As an added bonus she also picked up a passion for science along the way!
These examples illustrate that all is not lost if you do not get the grades you need - with a LOT of hard work it is possible to make significant improvements.
When I begin tutoring a new student, I spend some time getting to know the individual and we begin by discussing their current feelings about Science and what they would like to get out of the tutorial sessions. I also carry out an assessment of the individual's learning style (sounds scary, but it's not, it's just a short quiz). By discovering how the individual learns best, I can structure the tutorials so that they are composed of activities that will be both effective and enjoyable. In all cases, I endeavor to make Science enjoyable and relevant to the individual student as possible and tailor the explanations to their particular interests.
As well as providing subject-specific tuition, I place particular emphasis on the development of study and exam skills. Where relevant, this includes teaching essay writing skills, how to revise, how to approach exams and specific scientific skills, such as data analysis and evaluation, which are often assessed in course work. I also offer tutorial sessions which focus just on study skills, for those who are comfortable with their subject knowledge but need extra support in these areas.
As well as traditional face to face sessions, I offer fully online lessons using a multimedia classroom software program specifically designed for online tuition, which allows us to do everything we can do in a 'normal' face-to-face lesson and allows us to make really good use of a range of resources available on the internet. Some of my current online students live close to me but prefer to have online tuition as they enjoy using the software and find it more convenient.
If you are interested in online tuition please take a look at the video on the right which shows the features of my online classroom.
To have online tuition you don't need to purchase any software yourself or install anything. It is very easy to use and I will arrange a short online introductory meeting to show you around the software before you have your first lesson. Ideally you will have a headset (you can get one in the pound shop!) but this is not essential.
I can also offer online tuition using Skype.
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|References Available||On File|
|The Open University||2013||Masters||MSc Science (Medicinal Chemistry and Science education studies|
|The Open University||2011||Professional||Post Graduate certificate in Professional studies in Science education|
|The Open University||2010||Bachelors||BSc (hons) Open degree in Life Sciences (First)|
|Park Lane College||2004||College||Biology, Chemistry, Psychology|
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