This is how 4 referees rated Graham:
I have had a keen personal and professional interest in psychology for more than 27 years and continue to explore this exciting and diverse subject. After achieving a first class honours degree in psychology, I completed a Masters in Psychological research methods. Following on from a successful 24 year teaching career (12 years as Head of Psychology in a school) I am now studying full time for my PhD at the UCL Institute of Education using the theories of Michel Foucault to understand teacher stress. As well as enjoying psychology I have a passion for helping others discover the subject. Psychology can be challenging as it often means learning to think differently about the world around us. It is helping others to do this that I find most rewarding, and is the key to exam success. I look forward to working with you on that journey.
I have been teaching and tutoring psychology for 24 years at GCSE, A and degree level, working with a range of students from 14 yrs to adult. I have extensive experience of all aspects of both OCR and AQA specifications, specialising in research methods, abnormal psychology, criminal psychology and environmental psychology. I have an excellent track record of using a variety of teaching strategies to effectively prepare students for their examinations and enabling them to achieve their potential. My success was recognised by the Good Schools Guide when my department won the award for outstanding results in 2005.
To succeed in psychology you need to do three things: know, understand, and demonstrate. To help you the most we will work together to identify what you know and set personal targets to learn the content of the course. First, we will identify any gaps in your knowledge by looking at the specification. The we will work on your understanding, which comes through discussion, so you can see the wider implications of psychology. Finally you will have to practice examination questions so that you can demonstrate what you know and understand to an examiner. To do this we will identify the ways in which you learn best and develop tailor made learning resources to give you the best chance of success.
Comments from previous students
'You were definitely one of those inspiring teachers that students, like myself, will always remember! Thank you for that!'
'Thanks again for the brilliant psychology lessons you gave. You didn't just teach us how to pass the exams but really got us thinking about how intriguing human behaviour and the mind can be.'
'I can honestly say that if i wasnt in your tutor group i wouldnt have been able to finish school.'
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