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Tim (Tutor in Northumberland)

Northumberland NE61
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Member Since: 05/05/2015
Last Login: 3 days ago
Response Rate: 100%
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Goldsmiths, University of London
PGCE - Secondary
Passed  (1984)
University of Leeds
1st  (1979)
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Information about 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 have just left home, one is a Maths teacher and the other an ICT engineer in the army. I am an avid fan of The Beatles vegetarian food and I enjoy walking my dog.

Parent and Student Feedback (May 2015 – August 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 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.”

Availability: My time-table is usually fairly full, but gaps appear from time-to-time 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 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 aim is to provide the very best private tutoring experience.
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.

Most Recent Parent and Student Feedback (June - August 2017):
“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!”

After School

Willing to travel: 5 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 Northumberland’s 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 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 two and a half 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 couldn’t wish for a more rewarding occupation.

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Feedback For Tim (12)
We have a total of 12 review(s) for Tim.

John (Mr)

5/5 Rating


Tutors Response :

Many thanks! It`s my pleasure to work for enthusiastic and motivated students.

Esther (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Tim has been a brilliant tutor for our son, who was finding the transition from GCSE to AS level quite difficult. He is extremely knowledgeable and has helped our son enormously. His grades improved almost instantly, as did his confidence and enjoyment in the subject. We feel very fortunate to have found such an excellent tutor and hope to continue with his tutoring services through to A level. Highly recommended!

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for your kind feedback. It has been my pleasure to work with your son: he is a conscientious and willing worker, who is prepared to confront challenges and seek solutions. He is tackling his current exams confidently and will go from strength to strength for A level. I could definitely see him studying Chemistry or related subjects at university. It would be my pleasure to work with your son in the future. Please contact me any time you need help or advice. Thanks for always making me so welcome in your home.

Tina (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Tim has been tutoring my twin girls for the past 4 months to aid in their 13plus entrance exams. Tim was incredible
at engaging with the girls and getting them excited about maths again. He built their confidence and managed to
get the girls to believe in their ability once more. Tim is enthusiastic complimentary and encouraging in every way with the twins. They love their lessons every week and look forward to his arrival. He is so positive and constructive with the girls when need be. He is a pleasure to have around and his kind and patient disposition really brings the girls on. I can`t recommend Tim enough... worth every penny to see my girls believe in them selves once more.
Excellent news too they passed the entrance exams..!!! Whoop whoop THANK YOU TIM... We are all delighted.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for your generous appraisal of my tuition. It has been my pleasure to work with your daughters. They knew from the start that they had a considerable task ahead of them and their determination to succeed has never wavered. The twins have worked constructively at all times and they can`t hide their delight when they overcome the obstacles to their understanding. No one is more pleased at their success than me and it has been a privilege to accompany them on this journey. They have bright futures ahead of them.
Also, I must thank you for welcoming me into your home with such warmth and kindness. Your hospitality is second to none. I, too, look forward to my sessions with the twins as their enthusiasm is infectious.

Stephen (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Thank you Tutor hunt for helping us find Tim. 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

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for your recommendation and positive appraisal. It is a pleasure to work with your daughter and the tutorials have provided a valuable focus. Your daughter is organised and motivated to succeed, even when she finds the subject challenging. I cannot praise her determination more highly. It has been fabulous to see her self-confidence develop and enable her to enjoy her studies.
I am always assured of a warm welcome at your home. Thank you TutorHunt for providing me with the best students!

Fionnuala (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Tim is a fantastic tutor and a lovely man. He has helped my confidence and ability in chemistry. He is very understanding, and I feel I can ask him anything. I would recommend him as a great tutor to anybody.

Tutors Response :

Many thanks for your kind comments and your recommendation - I appreciate them. It has been a delight for me to see your self-confidence grow. You are a conscientious student with clear focus and a tenacious determination to succeed.
I became a tutor to work with young people like you, who are going to become the successful and creative scientists of tomorrow. It has been very rewarding for me to to work with you and to see your ability develop to such a high level. Thanks for the warm welcome you and your family have always extended to me.

Catherine (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Tim has been marvellous with Chemistry tuition for our son who is in his final year of A levels. He has been punctual and enthusiastic. Tim has not been concerned about the time, he is really focussed on making sure that George reaches the objective before he leaves. 5 stars!

Tutors Response :

Thank you for your positive feedback! It is a real pleasure to work with someone as enthusiastic and mature as George. He is interested in all aspects of `A` level Chemistry and asks relevant and searching questions. I was particularly impressed with his practical assignment which would not have been out of place at university. George is an outstanding and exceptional student and he has an exciting future ahead of him.

Kiara (Miss)

5/5 Rating

A true passion for teaching
Completes a task without limiting himself to a time frame
Excellent communicator.
Dedicated and rated by my daughter an excellent teacher

Tutors Response :

Thank you for your generous feedback. It is a pleasure for me to work with such an enthusiastic student. You are conscientious and intelligent with an exciting future ahead of you.

Lizzie (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Very professional, punctual and knowledgeable

Tutors Response :

I am very pleased to be working with a motivated and enthusiastic student. I am looking forward to seeing you achieve the success you deserve.

moj (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Mr Wyncoll is professional,knowledgeable and skillfull teacher.
My both daughters are happy with his teaching method.

Tutors Response :

Thank you for your positive feedback. Your daughters are intelligent and organised and it a pleasure for me to work with them at their high levels. They are interested in their studies in Chemistry and they both have a bright future ahead of them.

Rehena (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Really impressed at first lesson, the way Tim introduces himself and engages with student. He is really passionate about teaching and helping and promotes student to do well by his constant praising. I look forward more lessons for my son.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for your kind comments - you made me very welcome in your home. I try to have an immediate impact with my tuition and your son responded positively. He is a very intelligent, young man and it is a pleasure to work with someone so enthusiastic. He will perform very well in Maths and Science at school and he has an exciting future ahead of him!

Ella (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I am so pleased that we found Tim to tutor my daughter. He is fabulous! Extremely patient and great at building confidence.

Tutors Response :

It is wonderful to tutor a pupil like Ella! She is bright and intelligent and responds positively to her tuition. Her self-confidence has already increased and soon there will be no stopping her!
Thank you for engaging me via TutorHunt.

Samantha (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I am an adult learner who was failing at chemistry (a-level equivalent). I was reluctant to get a tutor but the few hours I spent being tutored by Tim makes me wish I had done it all year. Tim is a fantastic tutor who really works hard to build confidence within his student. He is very patient and clearly enjoys what he does. Everything was taught in a casual and clear manner. Tim is very approachable and I felt it easy to tell him when I didn`t understand a question or even a whole topic. Most importantly he made our sessions enjoyable and I came away feeling so confident and able to succeed. Thanks to Tim I did succeed, I passed all my exams and will hopefully be going to my first choice of university is September. My one problem is that I can`t get Tim to teach me at degree level. I would highly recommend Tim to anyone I couldn’t possible thank him enough for the help he has given me.

Tutors Response :

Sam was a fantastic student! She knew exactly what parts of the course she needed to address and was very organised for our sessions. Sam was a prolific learner and was able to concentrate for lengthy periods of time with very difficult topics. Sam was always interested and asked searching questions. I think she has a great future ahead of her and I wish her every success and happiness with her further studies. On a more personal level Sam always made me very welcome at her home and she was always cheerful and positive: she created an ideal learning environment.
Thank you so much for choosing me on TutorHunt!

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