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Jon (Tutor in Merseyside)

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City University Business School
Finance and International Business
Pass  (1986)
University of Salford
Low Temperature Physics
Pass  (1979)
Salford University
Pure and Applied Physics
2:1  (1976)
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Dr Jon BSc (2:1) Hons. Pure and Applied Physics PhD: Low Temperature Physics MBA: Finance and International Business

Please see the "my availability" section - please note that my current availability:

Mondays between: 1:00 - 3:00 (every other week)
Tuesday between: 1:00 - 3:00 (every other week)
Thursday between: 1:00 - 3:00 (every week)

2017-2018 academic year: My program will provide the basis of all student with ability in “the Sciences and Mathematics” subjects (A’s at GCSE level) to provide the opportunity to obtain the top grade in AS/A2 physics

The ‘timetable’ and order by which each part of the syllabus will be approached will follow the AQA examination board’s timetable. For students joining after the commencement of the academic year, those parts of the syllabus already covered will be ‘returned to’ during the ‘revision period’ after Easter

My tutoring sessions are always: 2 hours. They can be taken either:

1. Once per week: full coverage of the syllabus (AS/A2: including Options) plus significant time, each week, devoted to answering questions based on past papers

2. Once per two weeks: full coverage of the syllabus (AS/A2: including Options) plus time, each week, devoted to answering questions based on past papers

In addition to having the ‘physics abilities’, students will need to understand how to approach examinations and examination questions. There are different variations, each year, but with detailed subject knowledge and significant practice on exam style and past paper questions there should be no type of exam question that should cause any concerns to any student

To ensure a top grade (A/A*) the student will need to commit to additional study, over and above these two hour sessions:

Subject notes will be provided each week, in advance of the lesson, covering the topic to be covered during the lesson – the student will be expected to have already gained an “overview” of the subject area prior to the lesson commencing and take additional notes during the lesson

Each week, following the lesson, each student should complete sufficient exam style and past paper questions to ensure that they have obtained a comprehensive understanding of the subject area and detailed knowledge of ‘typical’ exam questions

Additional background reading will also be provided that will reach beyond the syllabus giving a deeper understanding of the “concepts” and “background” of the area of physics being studied – this will ensure clarity on the “physics concepts” that are examined in the final year papers each year

Following each lesson (excluding revision and examination question and answering sessions) the diagrams and other material used during each lesson will be provided, so that the student can compare the information with the notes provided and taken during each lesson – building up a complete ‘library’ of detailed knowledge on each subject area in the syllabus

It is expected that the student will spend (at least) two hours each week, in addition, to the two hour lesson and all school/college work

NOTE: The work program detailed above should not be at the exclusion of the students ‘other subjects’ – however much time is allocated to physics each week should be replicated with the student’s other subjects

Essential planning:

To be prepared for the end year (A2/AS) examinations it will be important to start preparing early

By Christmas time (2017) each student should have produced an ‘outline’ revision timetable, covering all subjects – without going into detail here, the plan should include all ‘known activities’ (school/college/personal holidays, mock exam dates, field trips etc.) and periods allocated to revision of each of your subjects, so that a balanced and comprehensive plan for all subjects will attained

Note – ‘downtime’ should also be included – students should have a practical and balanced approach to secure the best results possible. Peaking too early or ‘brain overload’ are recipes for underperformance in examinations

I will assist, as required, throughout the period up to when the end year exams commence – this revision timetable will change over the period until the exams start, with the final months becoming more detailed – it will assist in allocating your ‘known’ resources

Tutoring style:

My lessons are highly interactive

In addition to the printed notes, the student will be expected to add additional notes of their own during each session

My students are fully engaged in all of the lessons and are expected to interact within the lesson

Worked examples and opportunities for students to complete typical exam questions will be part of every lesson

The lessons are delivered from my widescreen laptop making use of theory, pictures/diagrams, interactive GIFs, short videos to help introduce topics and emphasis on specific core material

On approaching (mock and final year) examinations periods:

1. I provide one session on “examination technique” (following AQA best practice) and adopt a rigorous question answering method to ensure that:

(a) Maximise the marks obtained for all mathematical and comprehensive style questions and

(b) In the event that any of my students fall into a “grade boundary” this question answering methodology will ensure the examiner will recognise the ‘knowledge of physics’ of my students and should ensure an upward grade where required and

2. Take the students through past examination papers to ensure that each ‘style’ of AQA question solving is well practiced

Flexibility will always be part of the process – if there are specific areas or concepts the student wishes to spend more time on, this time will be allocated

Availability: I am available throughout the day or after school - Times/days currently available:
Mon: starting between 12:00-13:00 (depending on location) every other week
Tues: between 12:00-16:00 every week
Weds: between 12:00-15:00 every week
Thurs: between 12:00-18:00 (depending on location) every week
Please check my availability before ooking

After School

Willing to travel: 10 miles

Experience: Currently tutoring A Level AQA/OCR Physics

Over 20 students tutored in the past 2 years

2 years working as a Private tutor for A level Physics students (1977-79)

1 year teaching Physics to A level students at a Ladies Grammar school in Manchester (1979)

2 years teaching A level Physics at the Trafford Park College of Further Education - Stretford, Manchester (1977-79)

4 years at Sheffield Hallam University (2000 - 2004) working with Graduates and Post Graduate Students in Entrepreneurship and Business Enterprise

DBS (CRB) Check: Yes

Reference: Approved

Feedback For Jon (15)
We have a total of 15 review(s) for Jon.

Preeti (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Jon has been amazing at teaching and explaining the concepts very well.My son loves Physics because of Jon!

Jeanette (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Jon has been helping our son Jack for the last month with A level physics. Jon is the 3rd tutor we have had and we’re glad to say we’ve finally found what we were looking for. Jack is really enjoying the sessions and he is coming on leaps and bounds. Jon really cares about his students and works them hard and is so encouraging. We receive regular emails and updates in relation to subject matter, syllabus and progress. Jack finds Jon’s teaching teaching methods straightforward. This has helped Jack to understand the subject matter so much better. So glad we found Jon and that he could help. Thank you.

Aldric (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

John was very accommodating in setting up the lessons. He has been tutoring my son for nearly 2 months in the lead up to 2017 A`Levels.
My son is very happy working with Jon and is progressing well and gaining in confidence.
Jon is very professional,He makes the lessons enjoyable and I would happily recommend him to others who require tutoring.

Mark (Mr)

5/5 Rating

We had Jon tutoring my daughter for just about 10 months running up to her A level physics. She absolutely loved the lessons Jon provided and helped her with the confidence she was lacking in her physics knowledge. A would not hesitate to recommend Jon for A level physics. If your looking for a reliable and professional tutor Jon is your man.
Mark (parent)

Tutors Response :

Thank you Mark for your very kind words
I hope that you all enjoyed a wonderful holiday and rest of the summer
My best wishes to everyone (especially, the girl who was never there) and I look forward to hearing about Emily`s great successes in her A level results on the 17th
Best wishes

Matthew (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Jon has been tutoring my son this year for his physics A-level.
I can honestly say that he is the best tutor I have encountered.
He is dedicated to his work, has always arrived when expected and is thoroughly prepared both for the individual lesson but also with a scheme of work for the months ahead to ensure that the syllabus is covered.
His communication is excellent and he keeps in regular contact providing information each week on the lesson ahead but also feedback after each lesson.
My son found Jon interesting, knowledgeable and able to explain even the most difficult concepts he even requested an extra lesson prior to the exam as he found the sessions so helpful.
I can recommend him without hesitation.

Daniel (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Jon has been tutoring my son Daniel for the last year in physics. He has found it very helpful and has given him much more confidence with his exams. Jon has been very professional and reliable. Jon keeps the parents involved in his pupils progress and sends emails to us every week detailing the work he is doing with Daniel which we find very useful.
I would encourage you to choose Jon to tutor your child, it is money well spent.

Julie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Jon was an excellent tutor who guided my son through his A level Physics course. My son found Jon to be an excellent tutor who helped him gain in confidence and made the lessons interesting and easy to understand.

Julie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Lewis is finding Jon very useful and interesting.
He makes the work easy to understand

Sharon (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Regarding mr Jon Harris.
Jon has been teaching my son Joseph extra tuition for his physics A level
Jon is an excellent tutor hes made Joseph feel comfortable during his lessons and Joseph has gained confidence as well as knowledge with Jon i am so pleased with Jon as a tutor i fully recommend him for extra lessons hes a lovely pleasant man.

Mark (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My daughter absolutely loves her lessons with Jon. He is very professional and engages his pupil fully.
Very well planned lessons and a pleasure to have met.

Karen (Ms)

5/5 Rating

My 17 year old son has had 4 sessions with Jon so far and has found them very beneficial. His understanding of one area of the A level physics course in particular has improved as has his confidence.

Zhanan (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Fantastic tutor, easy to communicate. I would recommend.

Tutors Response :

Thank you Zhanan - very much appreciated
Good luck with your exams (physics will not be a problem for you) and please let me know how you get on

Joan (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

Jon is helping my son with AS physics. He is punctual, friendly and always prepared for the lesson. He is also flexible with his times to accommodate any changes to my son`s timetable. His approach to teaching is relaxed but thorough and my son is benefitting from the extra tuition. I would recommend Jon to anyone who needs the extra help.

Samantha (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I think Jon is an excellent tutor. He is very helpful and has given me a lot confidence and has already greatly improved my knowledge. He is always on time, and comes very well prepared, I would recommend him to anyone without hesitation.

Tutors Response :

Thank you Samantha for your very kind words - you make it easy, because that you are a very good student
I look forward to seeing you again later to day

Paula (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son is finding Jon`s lessons really useful. He explains things clearly, is extremely knowlegable in his subject and is friendly. My son feels at ease with Jon. He is most accomodating when arranging tuition. A good choice of tutor and I would certainly recommend him.

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