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 childrens centres and our rescue dog. My children have just left home, one is a Maths teacher and the other an engineer in the army. I am an avid fan of The Beatles vegetarian food and I enjoy walking my dog.
Recent comments about my tuition (May 2015 May 2017):
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 werent 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!"
After first session before I got home: "Hi Tim, 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 Ill 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 couldnt have done it without you. Hope this wont 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 Im sure your help will be reflected in Xs exam results. We are hoping that you will continue to work with X next year, too.
X said that there were so many questions in the Chemistry paper that she remembers you asking. Thank you Tim for doing an excellent job with Xs Chemistry tuition. We are truly grateful.
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. Ive 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.
A level: X got 3A*s and an A. We are thrilled of course. Im 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 daughters 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 cant recommend Tim highly enough
worth every penny to see the girls believe in themselves once more.
Availability: My time-table is usually fairly full, but gaps appear at certain times of the year so we might be lucky! Please contact me if you have any queries or if you think I might be able to help to you.
Please note that my sessions usually run over - sometimes well over. I don`t watch the clock and I never leave a student in mid-problem! (You only pay for how long we agreed the session would be.)
I now work exclusively as a private tutor, providing 1:1 tuition. I am available 24/7 for my tutees via email and text to assist with all their queries in between tutorials. My aim is to provide the very best private tutoring experience.
I bring full documentation (CRB, identity, certificates, references, etc) on my first visit and you decide whether and how you wish to continue. I take pride in the fact that no one has yet declined my services: I try very hard to do my best at all times for all my clients. Please read my feedback.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: 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 Northumberlands education support service in 2002 where I worked with looked after children 1:1 in Chemistry, Science and Maths. I specialise in raising self-esteem and improving self-confidence. I work at all grade levels.
I set up as a full-time private tutor in 2015, because I have useful skills from all my years of experience and I enjoy my work! 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 have been told that 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 two 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. I value the positive feedback that people have given me. I really couldnt wish for a more rewarding occupation.