Information About John - Sutton Coldfield tutor - (10 reviews)
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I am fascinated by all areas of science and philosophy, and I enjoy helping others to extend their knowledge and understanding.
I have a PhD in Linguistics (sociolinguistics) looking at the relationship between epistemology and language in academia. I recently completed a Teaching and Research Fellowship in Linguistics at Queen Mary University of London.
-Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) following successful induction period. Teaching placements in London and Kent.
-Two years as a classroom teacher of Science to 11-16 year-olds. Classroom Physics teacher up to KS5.
-Ten years' experience as a private tutor.
-Undergraduate tutoring and lecturing experience.
I make extensive use of past exam questions; the best way to do well in exams is to practise doing exams! This also allows realistic monitoring of performance as tutoring continues. I normally email exam questions for students to attempt before the tutoring session.
It is desirable for students to have time to explore their own interests in the subject by asking questions of their own. This is an important part of reflective learning and will help build and maintain enthusiasm.
I am happy to teach up to 3 students in a single session. Multiple bookings have a reduced fee per student due to the moderate reduction in individual attention.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- QMUL (2014) - PhD (Linguistics) (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
- Greenwich (2006) - QTS (Secondary Science) (QTS) (✘ Not On File)
- Crown Woods (1998) - AAAB at A level (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Crown Woods (1996) - 10 GCSEs A*-B (School) (✘ Not On File)
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John taught our son A2 level Physics for 6 months up to the final exams in June. He had been struggling with Physics at school due to dyslexia and unsympathetic teaching styles, and despite a good result at AS level, his confidence in the subject was extremely low and he was heading for a D grade at best. Without John I doubt he would have even been able to sit the exam. With John’s help he was able to give it his best shot and although we don’t yet know his final grade his best effort is all the result we wanted.
John’s approach is low-key, discussion-based and not at all didactic. He made sure that our son did not feel small or discouraged by not knowing the answer. Problems were worked through together in conversation, which gave him the skills to analyse questions and search for the solution himself. With this method John built up his confidence gradually, allowing him to tackle problems he had previously thought completely impossible.
John is extremely knowledgeable in a wide range of science topics and anything he feels he is not sufficiently sure of will be researched and the answers found. Even the most fundamental of questions from our son, such as ‘what exactly is electricity’, did not faze him and his answers were always carefully constructed to give the required level of knowledge without ever fobbing him off with platitudes.
John is flexible with lesson times and always prepared to be contacted by email between sessions should any questions arise. He let our son direct the learning and the pace so that he felt in control of the process. He said it felt totally different from being taught at school and he always emerged from the sessions buoyant and keen to share his new knowledge with us. He found an excitement and a pleasure in learning Physics which he had never experienced before.
I have no hesitation in recommending John as a tutor – if only teachers at school could be more like this!
He has been very proactive and I believe we have met agreed objectives to date
John responded immediately and was extremely helpful. We subsequently decided against tutoring with John but only because he school decided to offer it. We would definately use John in the future and were extremely impressed with Fiirst Tutors.
(Whilst I see this "feedback" is sent directly to you, John, I have written it so that you can add it to your "references" without altering the wording… thank you for your time and help in preparing Frazer for his exams… he has found your assistance to be of great benefit to him.)