I am a Chemical Physics graduate with 24 years experience from my first career as a computer programmer and software engineer. I made the career change into teaching, training and lecturing in 2002. I am located in Whitstable with my own transport, so I am available from Sittingbourne, through Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay to Reculver and down to Canterbury.
Please note that due to problems with unclear and exacting requirements for the statistics component (particularly due to the Large Data Set) of the new Edexcel maths A-level, at present I can only offer help with the pure and mechanics components.
Experience: I began teaching work in the situation of an ICT trainer in the voluntary sector in 2003 to 2004 with a focus on Windows and Office suite applications and qualified as an ESOL teacher in 2005, then taught in a number of summer English language schools in 2005 to 2007. At the same time (from 2003), I began private tutoring in maths and sciences (KS3 to A-level) and since then, after making this my main role, have tutored a large number of students, originally in SE London and latterly in Kent.
From November 2013 to February 2014, I also lectured part-time at East Kent College on the Organic Chemistry and Medical Physics Techniques units of an Applied Science BTEC.
Most recently (January to May 2017), as well as tutoring my current cohort of private students, I have been working part-time in the Additional Educational Needs department of Norton Knatchbull school assisting students on a one-to-one basis with their Maths and Science GCSEs.
Age Range: 14 to Adult. If student is a minor, I will provide lessons at client's homes, with at least one other adult present. Lessons: 1 hour minimum, up to 2 hours maximum. For adults, I will provide lessons either at my home or in the client's home.
I tend to be guided by both the wishes and needs of the student and informed opinions of the parents and school feedback, so I will focus on for example, elaborating curriculum content not properly understood, revising curriculum content forgotten or practising problem-solving examples to improve exam technique as appropriate. With adult students, I adopt the style that they request.
My quoted rates are for 1 hour lessons in the local area (up to 5 miles around Whitstable). I have to charge something for petrol if travelling further than this, particularly to South Canterbury during the rush hour, but may be able to waive this for longer lessons. Contact me to discuss.
I do not offer free ‘taster’ lessons but can do an assessment for free combined with the first lesson, so charge for a one hour lesson but give one and a half hours of my time for that lesson, if desired.
My availability changes very rapidly as demand is very dynamic. Please contact me for the current situation and to discuss.
Please note, if you are in Essex, that is too far for me to travel.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Hastings College of Arts and Technology||2005||College||Trinity Cert TESOL|
|Canterbury College||2003||College||C&G 7307 Stage 1 Adult Ed. Certificate|
|Open University||2002||Masters||Software Engineering Module of MSc.|
|Bristol University||1977||Bachelors||BSc. Hons Chemical Physics|
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