Choosing a tutor

In taking on a private tutor you should be confident that your specific needs are being listened to and will be addressed. You should also be confident in the professionalism of the tutor you take on. I hope that my biography will reassure you, but do get in touch with further questions if there is anything else you would like to know.

I can help you:

and through all of these, give you increased confidence in chemistry!

I have access to a wide range of text-books, explanatory sheets, practice questions and visual resources. Paper copies of materials will be provided as part of the lesson cost.

Lesson format and style

Lessons will usually be an hour long, though you can have shorter or longer sessions if you wish. The more I know in advance about what the problem is, the more efficiently we can use our time together. During the lesson I will go over key areas of the theory and provide explanatory notes as we go along to summarise the conversation. It is a good idea to go over these in the next day or so after the session to help the ideas bed down. To reinforce this I can set homework, although you may have a great deal already from shool. We will always practice related exam questions on the topic either during the session or as work in between sessions and once a few of these have been done, patterns usually become apparent in terms of the kinds of things examiners tend to ask. If I know well in advance what we will be talking about, I will have appropriate resources ready for the session. Don’t worry if this is not the case - I am used to thinking on my feet whatever direction the conversation develops in!

GCSE

The GCSE curriculum has many different flavoured topics and a final examination deadline sometimes approaching rather quickly! Topic areas, though distinct from one another, build on a set of core skills which include abstract thinking, numeracy, application of knowledge, organisation of factual information and practical chemistry. Staying secure with the main ideas is the key to success here. If you are confident in these, then you are much more likely to apply them correctly to an examination question.

AS and A level Chemistry

The choice to study chemistry beyond GCSE opens many doors for the future. A good grade at chemistry A level shows University admissions tutors a number of key things about your skill set: abstract thinking (some very demanding ideas at this level!), logical deduction, mathematical skills, concise writing, assimilation of specialist terminology, factual recall, practical competence, application of knowledge…. these are all hard currency skills! The pace of teaching at A level is incredibly fast and students also have to make a transition from the GCSE style to the more demanding world of advanced study. In the second year of study much of the content builds upon a secure foundation of knowledge and understanding from the first, so it's important to start well. By the end of the two years this can be rewarding for all concerned: it becomes clear to students that they could not be learning and understanding the final topic areas without all of their prior knowledge to support them.