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John offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!


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


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


Hourly Rate
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.

Not sporty but keep fit cycling to work on my bike. I sometimes fix my own car. My cooking skills are seriously life threatening but I can play guitar for my supper playing in function bands. Good French speaker … worked there. I can also get by in Tagalog (Filipino). I don't have a TV. I prefer to read a science or maths book or play guitar.

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:

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.


  • 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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