Simon

Simon

Thatcham Tutor

I am currently a schoolteacher teaching both science and ICT. Throughout my life I have been interested in how things work and what makes things tick. Science and IT have been my passion along with Mathematics. I have taken a delight in passing on my knowledge with enthusiasm. My school teaching experience has been in small classes. While enjoying my BSc courses as a student I had the opportunity to do a module in programming and so I began to develop a love of coding. The wide variety of science courses I attended required me to maintain what I had learned in my Physics with Maths A level.
I have spent many of my early years in Kenya where I developed an interest in wildlife and photography. I have followed the development of computers both at home and in the schools where I have worked, going from Sinclair ZX 81 to BBC Model B through to the current day, learning how to configure, fix and trouble shoot as well as teach effective use of software.

Avaiability detail: All day on Monday and Thursday
Sunday afternoons
Mon, Tue, Wed, Sat evenings.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught the following subjects:
Science (Pysics/Chemistry/Biology) - 7 year olds to Common Entrance (13+)
IT/Computer Studies/ICT - 7 - 14 year olds
Religious Studies - 7 - 14 year olds
Mathematics - 7 - 14 year olds
Computing in Windows - Adult groups and individuals
I have taught on a Summer course and had experience in home tutoring in Mathematics and Science.

Tutoring Approach

Everybody is unique and different. I like to find ways of putting things across that enable the student to really understand. If one way is not working then another approach is needed. The effectiveness of teaching goes up as a clearer picture of the student’s ways of thinking and reacting are formed. Sometimes it is missing chunks of education from the past causing problems, sometimes a mental block that needs gently dissolving. Confidence building, a sense of achievement and success are all part of the process.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Cheltenham College1972School'A' Levels - Physics with Maths, Chemistry, Biology
Queen Mary College, London1976BachelorsBSc Biology
La Santa Union College, Southampton1986ProfessionalCertificate in Computing for Teachers
Bulmershe College, Reading1998MastersMA in IT in Education with Distinction

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Subjects taught
Combined Science
Primary£22
Secondary£25
GCSE£25
Computer Studies / I.T.
Primary£22
Secondary£25
Casual Learner£25