Information About Tim - Morpeth tutor - (8 reviews)
This is how 4 referees rated Tim:
I am a very experienced Chemistry teacher with GCSE and ‘A’ level examining experience. I work full-time as a professional tutor and have established a reputation for success and reliability.
I was educated at Baines Grammar School, Poulton-le-Fylde in Lancashire and I graduated from Leeds University in 1979 with a First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry with a First Class Maths Subsidiary. I stayed at Leeds University to do Physical Chemistry research. I obtained a job as an oil technologist for Royal Dutch Shell Oil before becoming a laboratory supervisor at Queen Elizabeth College, London.
I live in Morpeth with my wife who works as a teacher in children’s centres and our rescue dog. My children are grown up: my daughter is a Maths graduate and works in computer programming and my son is an ICT specialist in the army. I am an avid fan of The Beatles; I am vegetarian and I enjoy walking my dog.
Parent and Student Feedback:
“You must have done a great job teaching me, as I went on to study Environmental Science at Uni.”
“You are a superb teacher, able to connect to the disconnected and create possibilities where perhaps they weren’t there before your contribution.”
"I`ll pass on your details to anybody I come across with a glowing reference."
"I learnt more with him in 3 weeks than 8 months of lessons in college."
"He was helpful, kind and supportive and definitely boosted my confidence as well as my abilities."
"In teaching topics I found difficult, he was both clear and thorough and gave me the confidence to approach questions I would otherwise have deemed impossible."
"I am so pleased we found Tim for tutoring my daughter. He is fabulous! Extremely patient and great at building confidence."
"Tim was a brilliant teacher… he made my tuition , not only very constructive and beneficial, but also very interesting and enjoyable at the same time. His style of teaching meant I could feel very relaxed and at ease whilst still focused throughout."
"It's down to you that he has improved so much, he's so pleased with himself."
"You have completely restored her confidence which is fantastic!"
"Honestly you've been brilliant, the best tutor I could've hoped for!"
"Can't thank you enough for tonight. X is happy and smiling and said she feels clever again."
"Just want to say thank you for helping X this evening. She was very enthusiastic about the lesson and how it made sense… She has just said she has learnt more in one hour than in ten lessons."
"Thank you so much for being a wonderful, brilliant teacher."
“Thank you for helping me. I can see that it is working."
"X got an A* in his Chemistry exam! Most improved subject!"
"Thank you so much for your help as it really helped going through all the questions and I think otherwise I would've failed Chemistry."
"X said there were so many questions in the Chemistry paper that she remembers you asking. Thank you, Tim, for doing an excellent job with X's Chemistry tuition."
"Thank you for everything that you have done to help me through Y11. I'd be a mess without it."
"Thank you for being a very motivational and inspiring tutor! It has been both very useful and fun having Chemistry with you. You're doing a great job!"
"Thank you for all you have done to help X. You have not only helped her understanding many areas of her work, but more importantly, you have helped her believe she can achieve whatever she wants."
“You have been inspirational for X, I truly believe that. His attitude changed the moment he met you. You have filled him full of confidence and for that we are very grateful. And I’ll recommend you again to others in a flash.”
“We are grateful for everything.”
“Thank you so much for all your support over the last academic year, we will miss seeing you each week.”
“Thank you for all of the help you have given me. It has really helped and also increased my confidence. I am very grateful.”
“A huge thank you Tim for all your hard work, support and encouragement over the last year. X has blossomed in knowledge and self-confidence.”
“Thank you so much for all of your help. I really couldn’t have done it without you. Hope this won’t be our last session and that we can carry on for sixth form.”
“We have considered ourselves very lucky to have worked with you over this last year and I’m sure your help will be reflected in X’s exam results. We are hoping that you will continue to work with X next year, too.”
“Very many thanks for all the support you have given X. It has made such a difference.”
“Thank you very much for tutoring me over the past months, you have helped me gain knowledge in chemistry and I have also gained so much more confidence. I’ve definitely enjoyed chemistry in school a lot more this year and I have you to thank for that.”
“A huge thank you for all your help. It has made chemistry fun and far less stressful.”
“Thank you for helping me. You always made learning so much fun.”
“X got 3A*s and an A. We are thrilled of course. I’m SO grateful you were able to help him.”
“You helped me realise my potential and helped me to get into my dream uni! Thank you!!”
“Thank you for all you did for him. More than just help with maths but his confidence too which was key.”
“Hey Tim just got in and found out that that X got in to school A. Thank you so so so so much for all your hard work and time and patience with X…well done Tim. See you tomorrow.”
“A fantastic tutor who has not only improved our daughter’s academic performance but more importantly assisted in her confidence. Tim is professional, approachable and takes a genuine interest in his students. Thank you Tim, we could not recommend you more highly.”
“Tim was incredible at engaging with X and getting them excited about maths again. He built their confidence and managed to get the girls to believe in their ability once more…I can’t recommend Tim highly enough…worth every penny to see the girls believe in themselves once more.”
“Thanks for all your help – you have really really made a massive difference.”
“You have been a fantastic tutor to X. Over the years we have had numerous tutors in our house but none who has been as helpful, dedicated or have had such contagious enthusiasm for their subject. Always professional and a real gentleman.”
“X is very positive about the exam. She said it was difficult but she answered all the questions. Apparently many people struggled…”
“You make X smile which is lovely to see especially with the sciences being the more challenging subjects.”
“Thank you so much for helping me in the past two years. I’m sure that I wouldn’t be where I am without you.”
“Thank you so much for everything you have done for X. Not just your teaching but inspiring him with enthusiasm and confidence.”
“As parents [we] consider ourselves very fortunate in finding you as X’s tutor. We have seen a huge change in her confidence since you came and we cannot thank you enough.”
“X got 5 A*s and 5As. A*s were in Chemistry, Maths, Physics…”
“Hi Tim, I got four As so very happy!”
“I thought you would like to know that X feels very happy with how the chemistry exam went today. We can’t thank you enough for all the help you have given X.”
“Pleasure to pay for such a great service!”
“It’’s great that you can come to the rescue!”
“Hi Tim. Just to let you know that X won the school chemistry award. Thanks.”
“Tim is an excellent tutor who has helped me so much in preparation for my A level chemistry exams, I can’t thank him enough for his support, help and guidance and I would highly recommend him as a tutor.”
“Thank you so much for your help with Chemistry, I feel like I’ve learnt so much and you have helped massively, I don’t know what I would’ve done without your help.”
“I can’t thank you enough for all your expert help and support for X. You have been a tremendous help to her. I can understand how much your students and families appreciate you.”
“Thank you so much for all your time with X – you have made such a difference to her in these last formative years.”
“You’ve been responsible for X’s confidence both academically and personally and she feels ready now to set off on her own exciting journey.”
“Thank you so much for all the tutoring help over the years. You have helped me so much. I am very grateful that you have helped develop my knowledge and confidence especially in Chemistry. I honestly couldn’t do it without you. Every tutoring session has been an enjoyable learning experience.”
“I can’t thank you enough for the support and encouragement you have given me throughout the past 3 years. You have helped me in more ways than yiou can imagine, making no question ever sound silly, sparking my interest in politics, the environment and sciences, making every session exciting and enjoyable. You have given me academic confidence in myself and shown me (along with a lot of impressionable young people) what it looks like to be a good and kind person.”
I trained to teach at Goldsmiths’ College, London, where I had teaching practices at Haberdashers' Aske's School, New Cross and Crown Woods, Eltham. I was offered my first teaching posts in 1984 at Manchester Grammar School and The King Edward VI School, Morpeth, choosing the latter, where I taught ‘A’ level and GCSE Chemistry, before becoming Head of Chemistry in 1989 and then Head of Science at Blyth Ridley County High School. I became an examiner for GCSE and ‘A’ level Chemistry with three exam boards, including AQA. I moved into Northumberland’s education support service in 2002 where I worked with looked after children 1:1 in Chemistry, Science and Maths. Results achieved were consistently impressive, illustrating the effectiveness of 1:1 tuition on improving exam results. I specialise in raising self-esteem and building self-confidence. I work at all grade levels.
I became a full-time private tutor in 2015, because I wanted to offer my services to anyone one who wanted to benefit from them and it has been my long held ambition to be self-employed. When I tutor I try to establish trust and a working relationship from the outset. Young people enjoy working with me and I listen carefully to the needs of the student and the requests of parents and carers. I respond to individual needs as everyone is different. I enjoy explaining concepts to students and I am very patient. I build on the students’ school work and experience: every session is tailored to the individual. My tutorials are always relevant and constructive, and I endeavour to make them interesting and enjoyable. I still get excited about education and that moment when a student suddenly understands. The bottom line is that syllabus content has to be understood in order that the exams may be taken confidently and successfully.
The last three years have been fantastic! I have worked with the most interesting students and the most welcoming families. I work hard to engage with every individual and I take genuine delight in their progress and success. I have been surprised at how quickly students benefit from targeted 1:1 tuition in terms of self-confidence and not just the academic input. I still find Chemistry fascinating intellectually and I am pleased it is valued so highly by universities. My students have achieved at all levels – everyone is unique and I work with young people to help them achieve their potential. It is a privilege to work with the next generation. I have been particularly pleased that students I tutored in Y11 went on to study ‘A’ level Chemistry and my services were retained. Many of my clients have recommended me to their friends. Quite a few have gone on to study Chemistry at university! I value the positive feedback that people have given me. I really couldn’t wish for a more rewarding occupation.
My time-table is usually fairly full by the end of September each year, but gaps appear from time-to-time; so we might be lucky! Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you have any queries or if you think I might be able to help you. Please note that my sessions usually run over the hour – sometimes well over. I don`t watch the clock and I never leave a student in mid-problem!
I now work exclusively as a private tutor, providing 1:1 tuition. My preference is Chemistry, but if you think I could help your son/daughter in other ways, then I would be happy to discuss. My aim is to provide the very best private tutoring experience and this means supporting students at stressful exam times, when I make sure I am available 24/7.
I bring full documentation (CRB, identity, certificates, references, etc) on my first visit. I try very hard to do my best at all times for all my clients. Please read my feedback.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Goldsmiths' College, London University (1984) - Passed (PGCE) (✔ On File)
- University of Leeds (1979) - First Class Honours Degree in Chemistry (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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Thanks again for choosing me on FirstTutors.
He is very on the ball about what the exam boards expect, is very knowledgeable and extremely patient with his students. Tim has tutored both my son and daughter to excellent effect. He sets the pace perfected; often homework is left which he returns to collect during the week to ensure it is marked for the lesson.
I'd rate this tutor as 5 star.
And thank you for the warm welcome I always received in your home - much appreciated.
I, too, look forward to my sessions with your daughter, knowing that she is attentive for the whole time and we use the tutorials productively. Y13 Chemistry is not easy! Thank you also for making me so welcome in your home; you provide the ideal learning environment.
You have my contact details; so please send me any questions for checking at any time. I would be only too delighted to help you further at any stage in your studies; I shall make you a priority.
Thanks to you and your family - even the cat - for making me so welcome in your home and for providing the perfect learning environment.