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Maths

Hourly Rate
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £30.00
University £38.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Physics

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GCSE £25.00
A-Level £30.00
University £38.00
Casual Learner £25.00

Chemistry

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GCSE £25.00
A-Level £30.00
University £38.00
Casual Learner £25.00

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Personal Description:

Studied Chemical Physics as an undergraduate. This involved topics common to Chemistry and Physics and a lot of Maths. My more recent PhD is quite multidisciplinary. Used to applying maths to a wide range of science. Maths fanatic at school.

I don't have a TV. Have a great interest in guitar and play at various events. Also keen on learning foreign languages in my spare time.

Tutoring Experience:

Work in a University by day (for 5 years) teaching a range of science topics in laboratories. I have also taught Maths and Physics in Schools for 6 years and covered in the occasional French class. I have also privately tutored maths and science for over 20 years and worked as a language assistant in a French school.

Tutoring Approach:

What matters more… complete understanding of the syllabus or … an A pass? Here's an example:

The latter (an A pass) will get the budding novice aircraft designer a job and put food on the table. However the former will make sure the wings don't fall of the plane and ensure that the designer keeps his job.

I try to make lessons as interesting and relevant as possible. Most people learn much faster when they are interested. I avoid lecturing… It's better to do an activity that gets the student engaged and better to lead the student to puzzle out the answer for themselves.

I sometimes make up questions relevant to hobbies and interests of students. Recently we discussed a cool car I saw in the student's driveway and calculated the approximate temperature of the brake disks when braking. Asking the student to design their own elevator covers a lot of the S Grade Physics course in one activity. Design of a duck pond covers a lot of the circle topic in maths. Another activity is to calculate how long it will take for the button of the kettle to pop. Then one can time the kettle to see how the real time agrees with the calculated time.

It is extremely important to understand concepts and learn where the formulae come from. A formula that is understood is much more useful than one that is just remembered. There are some strategies to help with solving problems.

Qualifications:

  • University of Dundee (2010) - PhD (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
  • University of Dundee (2005) - MSc (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Strathclyde (1994) - PGCE (PGCE) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Filipino, French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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