Information About Sam - Bristol tutor - (11 reviews)
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Sam offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!
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A fully qualified Teacher (QTS/PGCE). Taught A-level Chemistry within schools for 20+years. A former A-level examiner and experienced Chemistry tutor. Confident in my ability to boost students' Chemistry knowledge, as I am able to quickly identify areas of weakness and offer immediate support.
For me subject knowledge is important, but understanding is paramount. It is vital that key concepts are understood and misconceptions are identified and ironed out from the word go.
I offer no quick fix, but rather support students in their own long term development. It is very rewarding to see that 'penny drop' in an instant, because understanding builds confidence. Once key concepts are understood students can be left to run with these new ideas and really gain momentum in their own learning.
My outlook on life is a positive one and I use a calm and measured approach when faced with new challenges. By adopting this philosophy I find it really helps to get work done and goals reached. Without doubt I would always say that my cup was half full rather than half empty.
My first visit will be without charge nor obligation, but it will be an opportunity to just meet. I feel it is important to get to know each other before we start the working relationship. At the the initial meeting I can provide hardcopies of recent references from previous clients.
My advertised fees are flat rates for my tutor time. I will charge 50p per mile travel expenses to your home, please do bear in mind that the travel distances are less important to me than the actual commute time taken to and from locations.
-all 3 Sciences to GCSE & A level Chemistry at Queensmead School West London.
2002 - 2011
- KS3 Science KS4 Double Science GCSE & Biology, Chemistry, Physics GCSE (triple award)
- AS/A2 Chemistry at The Misbourne School, Great Missenden
- contracted A-level Chemistry exam marker and moderator for two different exam boards.
- tutored GCSE, AS and A2 Chemistry to fantastic students who all achieved top grades in their Summer exams. (Written References and Contact details on request)
I have tutored online in the past and am familiar with both Skype and FaceTime.
You have to listen to your students and find out where their strengths and weaknesses lie. It is vital to assess the student's needs and find out what they want to achieve before we start getting down to work. I would hope to deal with any misconceptions that a student may have and would aim to ensure that concepts are understood rather than learned and later forgotten.
When tutoring I like to give plenty of tasks that have pace, variety and challenge and instil a bit of self belief in my students that big things can be achieved.
My hourly rates reflect the fact that I am a fully qualified teacher with a wealth of experience. I am still in touch with current curriculum and examination systems - I know what students need to learn. Also I have a list of clients who are prepared to vouch for the fact that I have made a positive impact upon students' level of understanding, self confidence and ultimately their exam performance.
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Additional Languages: German
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- OCN (2005) - Mentoring NVQ (Professional) (✔ On File)
- Hillingdon Borough Council (1992) - Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (✔ On File)
- Leeds University (1991) - Chemistry with German (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- Kingston Polytechnic (1990) - Chemistry with German (Hons 2:1) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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I would recommend Sam to anyone requiring assistance.
I am grateful to Sam
Tom and I hit it off very quickly and he responded positively to suggestions on how he could improve his learning through the use of new study skills as well as consolidating his understanding in Chemistry.
Tom, I and his parents are all pulled together in the right direction. As a team we worked towards a common goal and indeed we were all pleased that Tom turned his disappointing Year 10 scores around. He raised his game to achieve a final result in Chemistry that was two grades higher than his Year 10 score.
I am now pleased to be tutoring Tom's brother on a weekly basis.
The misunderstanding came about through the fact that I was not told about the domestic circumstances surrounding Mr Jordan and his son and also that I was expected to work in an environment that would have lead to a conflict of interests and potential safeguarding issues.
A more accurate comment would be that I was "not comfortable tutoring INSIDE a grammar school that was in the same catchment area as my own school."
I have tried on numerous occasions to contact Mr Jordan to iron out this misunderstanding but he has never responded to my emails. Maybe if we had the chance to meet face to face this situation would not have arisen, but unfortunately Mr Jordan did not live in the UK at the time and his son was a boarder at the school.
I would like to think that the kind comments and scores that I have received from those that I have actually tutored show me in a more objective light.