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I have a deep knowledge of physics and mathematics, having a Doctorate in physics from the University of Oxford, and having studied, researched and taught theoretical and experimental physics and mathematics at all levels for over 30 years. Equally importantly, I have a proven ability to explain the subtle ideas of physics and mathematics to students of all abilities, not only the brightest, but also those who are struggling to keep up.
I have considerable experience of individual teaching. I have provided personal tuition at Common Entrance, GCSE, AS, A level and IB in physics and mathematics, to students of a wide range of abilities. Comments from satisfied students testify to my ability to make clear those subject areas which they find most difficult.
I have taught physics and mathematics at all levels in Reading University Physics Department. This was a nationally recognized Centre of Excellence in Teaching and Learning in Physics, the only such centre in the UK and one of only a handful of Physics Departments to achieve a perfect score in the most recent Quality Assurance Agency assessment of national teaching standards in universities.
In recognition of my teaching ability I was presented with an award for 'Outstanding contributions to Teaching & Learning' in the University.
I was involved in establishing a pioneering pre-sessional course in our department, designed for A-level students who had not achieved the necessary grades in physics and mathematics for university entrance, to enable them to progress to our degree courses in physics. I taught on this course for over fifteen years, tutoring a wide range of students, some of whom continued on our degree courses to achieve first class honours.
I taught first year courses in 'Mathematics for Scientists', introducing students to key mathematical ideas such as differential and integral calculus.
At a more advanced level, I taught specialized courses for second, third and fourth year undergraduate students, and for graduate students at MSc and PhD level.
My research interests are in optical physics and laser physics, particularly the interaction of ultra-high energy, ultra-short laser pulses with matter. A list of my publications and international conference presentations is available on request. I helped to design, build, test and maintain the Reading University Ultrafast Laser Laboratory.
Students in my care are offered:
Feedback through regular homework exercises
Feedback through half-termly progress reports
Past-paper based tuition aimed at improving performance in particular examinations
Syllabus analysis to ensure that students concentrate on key areas
Analysis of Examiners' Reports to ensure that students are aware of exactly what impresses examiners in particular examinations
Advice on examination technique so that students know how to give the best account of themselves in examination conditions
Help with preparation for Oxford and Cambridge interviews
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