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Nottingham, Nottinghamshire
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Member Since: 01/09/2016
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My Qualifications

Anglia Ruskin University
PGCE Secondary (Chemistry)
The University of Nottingham
Organic Chemistry (Chiral Synthesis)
The University of Nottingham

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100% A* grades in A-level Chemistry for my year 13 tutees in 2023. Doctor of Organic Chemistry and 20 years of outstanding A-level Chemistry results and value added. My tutees frequently improve by three or even four grades over the course of a year, sometimes quicker.

Until September 2023 I was the Head of Faculty and prior to that the long term Course Leader for one of the consistently top performing 6th Form College Chemistry departments in the UK. I have now cut my hours somewhat to free up time for more private tutoring as I was consistently having to turn potential clients away.

Availability: See the updated availability on this site. Face to face and online tutoring sessions are both highly effective and enjoyable.

Willing to travel: 15 miles

Experience: Value added multiple year average: for the A-level students I have taught personally, 54% achieved ALPS grade 1, placing them in the top 1% of the country for Value Added (A-level vs GCSE). Almost all the rest were ALPS 2 (top 10% VA). This metric showcases the effectiveness of my teaching - helping students progress from a 6 at GCSE to an A or A* at A-level.

I have been teaching A-level Chemistry full time for 20 years (OCR-A and AQA). All of my classes have achieved exceptional results, both in terms of grades and value added (typically top 10% VA).

A recent class achieved 40% A* grades despite many only having average grades at GCSE. Summer 2022 saw approximately 80% A*-A and my private tutees all excelled.

Many of my students each year earn medals in the Chemistry Olympiad and the Cambridge University Chemistry Challenge. Two of my students have achieved the Roentgenium award in the Cambridge Chemistry Challenge (top 50 in UK).

I have completed countless hours of one-on-one A-level Chemistry tuition, I know what works and will boost your grades.

For over 5 years, I held a role helping students gain admission to Oxford and Cambridge (all subjects), with a high ratio of offers to applications.

For several years, I worked in scientific recruitment, gaining valuable insight into effective applications, career paths, and motivational techniques.

I have experience working in a cutting-edge research lab in Cambridge and even provided chemistry lessons for a BAFTA-winning feature film.

I can provide numerous positive past student testimonials. Perhaps you know students already taught by me? If so, simply ask them whether I`m worth the investment.

In addition to tutoring, I can offer assistance with UCAS applications, motivation, study skills, exam technique, entrance exams, and much more.

My students receive examination questions from multiple exam boards, as I have access to all UK boards and beyond. My knowledge of all the specifications enables me to tailor resources effectively for you. I have marked and checked the marking of thousands of exam papers. I collect relevant questions from every exam board in the UK (including Northern Ireland) and share the most useful ones for your exams. This advantage alone could boost you by another grade. I have also developed additional resources to help with the practical skills area that was not tested extensively before the new specifications.

The teaching methods I employ help students excel when they reach university. I can provide evidence that my past students are more likely to earn a first-class degree than students from the state or private sector nationally.

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We have a total of 6 review(s) for Torben.

Chris (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My son has been identified by his school as having intelligence and ability but didn`t apply himself in classroom situations due to attention difficulties. Having Torben as a tutor is making a real difference - Quality one to one attention is exactly what he needed to achieve his potential and he`s now much more confident that he`ll gain the grades he wants to in order to progress in his learning and ultimately to the university and course that he`s set his heart on. We`ve recommended Torben to other friends and family without reservation!

Victoria (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Torben has been an excellent tutor who has helped boost my Chemistry A-Level grade from a D in my AS mocks to consistent A grades throughout A2 and an A grade overall. His revision and teaching methods were transferable between my other subjects and so I felt more confident when revising and preparing for exams as a whole, not just for Chemistry. Highly recommended.

{d} (Dr)

5/5 Rating

As someone currently studying Medicine at the University of Manchester, I must say, I owe a great deal of thanks to Torben, who with careful guidance has aided me in securing my place to study at the university.
Within a span of a few short weeks, he led me from a low D/E grade to an A grade meeting the acceptance criteria for studying Medicine.
Without his help, I think it would have possibly been impossible for me to get in.
Torben, is a great teacher who is able to understand an individuals weaknesses at the particular subject explains each step in a way so that he or she will understand.
I definately recommend Torben as a tutor if you yourself are currently struggling to grasp chemistry as i had done during the latter parts of A-levels, as I am certain he is the tutor who will help you to push the boundaries of your knowledge and bring out the best of you.

Anita (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Torben Has developed my child`s confidence in a very short space of time.
He is passionate about Chemistry and makes it accessible - no matter what the ability - and i would recommend without any reservation.

Rebecca ()

5/5 Rating

My daughter is studying Chemistry as part of her IB and was fortunate in having several hours tuition with Torben over the recent Easter break.
Torben is a brilliant teacher who in a short space of time managed to improve my daughters understanding of various Chemistry topics. My daughters only wish was that she had started earlier and had more time with Torben as her teacher.

Naz (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Over the years we have spent a small fortune on schooling and tuition but without a doubt the best spend was on A-level chemistry tutoring from Torben. Without this the A* grade was very unlikely let alone coming top of whole school year. My daughter was delighted to better all her peers, who also had chemistry tutors. Torben set a lot of homework between sessions and completing that made a big difference too. My daughter really enjoyed his lessons and said she wishes Torben could somehow tutor her through university. He was always professional and punctual and seemingly had endless chemistry resources.

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