Information About Kevin - Edinburgh tutor - (15 reviews)
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Kevin offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
I am a chemistry PhD graduate from Heriot-Watt University. My research area was in theoretical chemistry, and was heavily involved in both maths and physics in addition to chemistry. During my doctoral programme, I had many opportunities to present results with colleagues within the university as well as in national and international conferences. Because of this, I am confident about explaining scientific concepts to a range of audiences. Previously, I received a first class masters degree in chemistry from Heriot-Watt University. Additionally, I have had experience in industrial chemistry, working for both Patheon UK and GSK in summer jobs and work placements during my degree course.
I have been working as a private tutor for over two years. During that time I have taught students from all levels of secondary school including Highers and A-levels, university students and adult learners. As part of this, I have covered courses from the SQA, AQA, OCR and Edexcel, along with a range of universities.
As part of my PhD, I taught as a demonstrator in several undergraduate computational chemistry lab classes. This involved both helping the students with the practicalities of their experiments and in their understanding of the chemical concepts required to write-up their work. I was also assigned as a supervisor for a final-year mature student during their masters project, guiding him in learning the fundamentals of quantum chemistry and the software suit used by our research group, along with researching and writing his dissertation. This gave me an insight into teaching adult students both in theoretical concepts and assisting with formal writing projects. Theoretical study sessions within our research group gave me experience in discussing scientific concepts with colleagues, and informally teaching newer PhD students in a relaxed environment, complimenting the more formal demonstrating with the undergraduate students.
I feel students learn best when they can understand the relevance and importance of a subject and so encourage them to take an interest in how a particular topic fits in with the rest of the field. I try to help students reach the answer to any issues themselves by building from first principles. I have a more conversational style of discussion, and encourage students to interrupt me if anything is unclear or if they would like more details on a particular area. I find that a strong way to gauge and reinforce a student's understanding of a topic is by going through exam-style questions and so incorporate these into my tutorial sessions.
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- Heriot-Watt University (2016) - PhD in Chemistry (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
- Heriot-Watt University (2012) - 1st MChem (Masters) (✔ On File)
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Kevin is the perfect tutor to help our son to accomplish his aim to have top marks at Cambridge AS level and A2 level exams and to be well prepared for University. John has already received the top mark “A” at Cambridge Chemistry AS level this year.
John enjoys the lesson with Kevin, because he can teach him beyond the A level syllabus whenever his personal interest goes further, even up to University level.
We can recommend Kevin highly. We are sure he can adjust his professional and friendly teaching style to the need of any student, so that he/she reaches his/her fullest potential at GSCE/IGCSE, A level or University Chemistry.
He is punctual and reliable with lessons, often making extra time for tuition at short notice as my son needs it.
My son finds him relaxed and friendly. He has managed to help him understand various topics that he battled with. He achieved a very strong B grade with Kevin's help (a few marks off an A) and I am sure that he will be able to move towards that coveted A grade this year.
At first I was unsure about online tuition, but with an interactive white board, it has presented no issues. In fact, it makes tuition easier as travel tends to waste much time.
I would recommend Kevin very highly. Thank you Kevin!
His tuition has given me a thorough understanding of difficult topics, and by working with Kevin through particular sets of problems I am better able to prepare for my exams and coursework assignments.
In only a few sessions I've already seen an improvement so I would definitely recommend him!
No words can describe how professional Kevin is. He's always happy to amend the time or date of a lesson. Before every lesson, he makes sure everything is planned and a topic is chosen. During his lessons, he explains everything exceptionally well, I barely have any questions to ask him after each topic. He provides many examples and exam-style questions that may be asked in the real paper; he also makes sure I understand each and every point, and gives some questions for me to try in the lesson and corrects me where ever I go wrong. Before the end of each lesson and topic, he asks me if I understand everything and if I have any questions to ask.
He replies very quickly to my messages, and is always happy to go through anything I don't understand. Kevin's lessons start bang on time, if not a couple minutes earlier.
In terms of homework, he sets homework when he thinks it's relevant to do so, or would benefit me. He usually sets homework after each topic so that I can answer the questions easily. He goes through homework at the start of the following lesson.
In conclusion, It's well-worth the investment and my grades improved after only a few weeks of lessons with him.
Best of luck for the future,
Thank you Kevin
He comes prepared and knows his subject and is able to answer questions on the spot.