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First of all, thank you for taking the time to read my profile.
I am a full-time Chemistry teacher at a very large comprehensive school in Doncaster. The students that I teach (and even those that I don't) enjoy my passion and enthusiasm for science and chemistry and I take great pride in seeing these students develop a passion and an enthusiasm of their own.
I have a Masters degree in Chemistry where I specialised in medicinal chemistry and organic synthesis. This was followed by a period of time working in research and development before I decided to make the move into teaching at the age of 25.
Currently in my 5th year of teaching at Hall Cross Academy in Doncaster, I take great enjoyment in delivering all three sciences up to GCSE as well as A-Level Chemistry and BTEC Level 3 Applied Science.
In my role, I am leading on whole-scale changes within my school in planning and delivery of the new GCSE and A-Level Chemistry curricula. My in-depth knowledge and understanding of these new specifications (alongside the new 1-9 grading system at GCSE) provides me with a greater insight into the inner-workings of the subject content and the exam system and this allows me to prepare students more than adequately for their exams.
Students under my guidance achieve outstanding results at all levels and am happy to see many of these students wishing to continue exploring science in the next stage of their education. I lead on revision sessions for our students after school and during the holidays in the build up to their exams. Sessions have always been well-attended and well-received.
I also have the privilege in working with our best and brightest A-Level students in preparing and competing in the RSC Chemistry Olympiad, a UK chemistry competition for post-16 Chemistry students. This stretches and challenges those taking part and further bolsters the subject knowledge that these students have, providing them with the chance to take their A-Level understanding and applying it to real-life contexts and chemistry problems that are engaging the scientific community today. This experience has been a great boost on their university applications for some of the best institutions in the country and abroad.
As a tutor, I ensure that students develop the confidence and resilience required to tackle the high demand of the courses they are studying. The nature of the new GCSE and A-Level courses wants students to access higher-level content at a younger age so being able to scaffold understanding to allow students to access this content has never been more pivotal as it is now.
In the classroom, I have successfully worked with students to build subject knowledge as well as their exam technique. Making mistakes is the best way to cement understanding and I encourage all students that are under my tutelage to have the courage to tackle content that challenges them first. Learning from mistakes, and the process of building the correct answer together is one of the more powerful (and successful) techniques that I employ.
My questioning technique is designed to coach students through problems that they face, allowing them to reach correct solutions in their own way which effectively allows them to approach similar problems in the future with relative ease.
Exam practice is essential, and once the subject knowledge is secure, sessions will be tailored to deal with how to understand what the examiner is wanting to see written on the paper.
Ultimately, I want students to be able to walk into the exam venue knowing that they have prepared as fully as they can. These times can be very stressful for individuals at their age and the added support that I can provide, both academically and personally, can be invaluable.
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