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The University of Nottingham
PGCE Science (Physics)
Teaching certificate (2000)
The University of Nottingham
Qualified Teacher Status
University of Surrey
Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Information about Steve
"Steve was Head of Science at the Holgate School whilst I was the Headteacher. He is an excellent teacher." Phil Crompton.
Having been a physics teacher for nearly 20 years, I now tutor full-time online. I can help you to understand and enjoy physics, and then reach the success you are looking for in exams. I have successfully taught students of all abilities, from the very best to those who find physics challenging, perhaps even overwhelming. I have taught all exam boards including international qualifications.
I really enjoy supporting students to achieve more than they thought possible. If you take a look at my testimonials you`ll hear first hand from some of the students I`ve tutored and some parents too. I make sure I keep fully up-to-date with developments in course curriculum and I have developed a vast collection of resources to support you in reaching your very best.
Outside of teaching I love to cycle and clocked up over 6000 miles last year and I`m crazy enough to go wild camping even when it`s snowing. I have a daughter and two sons of my own so I understand the family dynamics that go with preparing for exams, though at 25, 24 and 21, mine have now moved on from school (phew!). I also enjoy playing guitar which often seems to go hand-in-hand with physics: I`m told that Einstein was a pretty good on the violin!
Contact me today. Let`s have a discussion about how I can support you in reaching your goals in you physics course. We could start tutorials this week!
Let me leave you with some recent feedback:
[Rhea, achieved grade A*] Steve is an exceptional tutor, who not only recovered my confidence in studying Physics, but made every lesson exciting and enjoyable. His passion for physics shined through in every lesson, and he has a way of explaining the most difficult concepts in the A level syllabus in the most memorable and easy to understand manner. The massive step up from GCSE physics to A level Physics was something I was not quite anticipating. However, through weekly lessons with Steve and continued support throughout the week from him sending addition exam style questions and resources to practice with, I managed to boost my grade from a B to an A* in my year 12 exams.
It is said that Physics is one of the most difficult subjects to study at A level, but through weekly online tuition with Steve, Physics became the subject I felt most confident and prepared for. Tutors like Steve are extremely difficult to come across and I am so grateful to have found someone who can support me through the Physics A level, and would highly recommend him to anyone who may be looking for support studying Physics. With his kind, friendly and helpful nature, I am sure anyone would benefit from tuition with Steve.
";Steve was absolutely fantastic as tutor. Over the course of year 13 Steve transformed my physics from a D prediction to me gaining an A in my final A-Level exam! Steve has a friendly approach to tuition and his enthusiasm for physics is infectious. Steve not only dramatically improved my knowledge and understanding for physics but also my confidence in my own ability to be able to recognise and successfully answer all types of questions. I cannot recommend Steve enough as a tutor! Thank you Steve.";
Massive thank you for all the help youve given me. I got sooo much better at physics and the better I got the more I enjoyed it! [Tom]
Hi Steve. He did particularly well in physics and got a 9!!! Thank you so much for all your help and support. It is very much appreciated.
";A grade A in physics. I got in to my first choice so I`m happy!";
[From student`s mum] ";She got an A in physics - we`re all in shock! Thanks so much for all your help tutoring, we`re convinced it made all the difference.";
";Thank you very much for all of your time and support...I got a C in physics :). It was a pleasure to work with you and can`t thank you enough!"; [Asad retook physics A level having first received a U. The C grade secured a higher level apprenticeship with Rolls Royce].
She passed!!! [astonished parent of struggling GCSE student]
";Hellooo, B in physics, I`m really happy. Thank you so much!"; [Student initially contacted me after receiving a grade E in physics A level mock exam].
Steve proved himself an inspiring and motivational tutor: unfailingly punctual, highly-organised, well-prepared, and extraordinarily generous with his time. His insistence on hard work and on completing set work on time quickly established the point that there is no short cut to a good grade in A level Physics.
Outside of teaching I love to cycle and clocked up nearly 6000 miles last year. I`m crazy enough to go wild camping even when it`s snowing and I`m just getting into photography which goes well with adventures in the mountains. I have a daughter and two sons of my own so I understand the family dynamics that go with preparing for exams, though at 25, 24 and 21, mine have now moved on from school (phew!). I also enjoy playing guitar which often seems to go hand-in-hand with physics: I`m told that Einstein was a pretty good on the violin!
Availability: There`s no time like the present and you`ll want to get started as soon as possible. I`m happy to conduct tutorials either online or from my own home. It`s best for us to meet at your home in the first instance so I have a chance to meet a parent as this helps to settle everyone. I am fully DBS checked and can provide references.
Alongside teaching, I have been tutoring for five years now and I really enjoy supporting tutees to achieve more than they thought possible.
You`ll be able to find less expensive tutors (and more expensive ones too), but they may well lack direct teaching experience or a complete grasp of the whole A level course. In addition I have motivated hundreds of students through A level exam courses and have an intimate knowledge of exam technique and preparation skills. Please get in touch to arrange a first tutorial or just to ask a few questions.
How does an online tutorial work?
Students (okay, so its mostly parents) are sometimes a little apprehensive about online tutorials, wondering how it can be as effective as meeting face to face. Yet everyone that Ive tutored agrees that its actually better! For a start theres no waiting around since theres no travelling involved, Ill call on Skype so that we see and hear each other constantly and we both write simultaneously on BitPaper (free, easy to use and online).
I can drop resources such as past questions, explanations, diagrams, animations etc. onto the BitPaper so that we share them and the student has access the document at any time. Writing with a mouse or touch pad is clumsy so, if you`re in the UK, Ill send you a drawing tablet which is fun and easy to use.
Ill make sure youre all set up then, with these simple tools, we can get quickly stuck into quality, interactive tutorials without any of the hassle. Another huge advantage is that, if youre struggling with the work set, then Im happy to jump online and spend a quick five minutes pointing you in the right direction as I dont you wasting time getting frustrated between tutorials!
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: I`m not just a tutor, I`m a real teacher! I gained my PGCE teaching certificate in 2000 and have taught physics for the past 20 years in three large UK schools. My classes consistently performed well above the expected level, to the delight of the students, parents and school. My most recent A level exam class achieved the best physics results that the school has ever seen. Physics A level classes are usually taught by two teachers; with this class I shared the teaching with a young teacher who was once my student when I taught her A level physics!
I have taught GCSE and A level physics throughout my career, progressing from Head of Physics to Head of Science and onto Assistant Principal. Having discovered that tutoring allows students to make fabulous progress, I have moved on from school teaching to tutor full-time. In a school, many physics teachers will only teach each part of the course once each year, and a teacher may not teach some topics at all for several, or even many, years. However, I now teach every part of the course at least twenty times every year! This has enabled me to finely tune the delivery of each aspect of the course to maximise the understanding and progress of the student. Ofsted (school inspectors) consistently recognised my lessons as being outstanding and I have since developed even better expertise to teach in a way that enables students to fully grasp each aspect of A level or GCSE physics.
I really enjoy supporting tutees to achieve more than they thought possible. If you take a look at my testimonials you`ll hear first hand from some of the students I`ve tutored and some parents too. I make sure I keep fully up-to-date with developments in course curriculum and I have developed a vast collection of resources to support you in reaching your very best.
Often my students have been recommended by their friends who I`ve tutored. Sometimes students are reaching for top grades so look for support to reach this goal. Other times, students have found me when their results were in need of rescuing and together weve worked hard, gained understanding and reclaimed confidence. This has led to great progress with positive experience in tackling exam questions and has ultimately resulted in consistently strong results. You can find out more from the students themselves in the testimonials section. I always find myself eagerly looking forward to results day and I hope that you will be too.
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Feedback For Steve (9)
Steve is an excellent tutor with a very broad knowledge of his subject area. He is absolutely amazing and has helped my daughter to flourish in her A Level revision. I would recommend Steve to anybody who struggles with Physics whether GCSE or A Level as his teaching method is tailored to fit the needs of the student. He works in a methodological way and does not start a new topic until the previous topic has been mastered and understood. Steve is worth every penny. I would definitely use him again in the future for my other daughter. Thank you so much Steve for all your help.
My son is having online lessons with steve during lockdown mainly in school holidays. He really enjoys his lessons and looks forward to it. Steve is always well prepared, with good command on the subject. He boosted my sons confidence in physics and looking forward to continue lessons with him. I would highly recommend.
Steve has been great help to our son in the short time we have been working with him. We took Steve on as even though we are confident that our son can do very well in Physics A level we know that its not easy. We are making sure he has all the necessary support to help him achieve this. Steve even took the time one evening to send a message to tell us that the International Space Station was passing overhead. We all went outside and there it was. Pretty cool thing to see when you know what you are looking at! I would recommend Steve to help anyone wanting to make sure that they get that coveted A* that were are all hoping for.
Steve has been helping my daughter in her year 12 Physics course. She had lost her confidence and enjoyment of Physics. After just a few lessons with Steve she is back to enjoying it once again and her confidence returning. He makes it fun and interesting and is very thorough giving her work to practice after lessons. I highly recommend Steve! She is wanting a A* now in her final A level exams and feels confident now that she can achieve this.
Tutors Response :
Many thanks for your kind words. Nicole is working hard and making great progress :)
Steve is wonderful! Exceptionally thorough Tutor who knows the subject matter (A Level Physics) immensely, ensuring all information is covered. Makes sure you are only learning necessary information based on the mark scheme rather than everything. Steve is really pro-active with his lessons which are always tailored. Really can`t recommend enough. Absolutely fabulous!!
Tutors Response :
Many thanks for your kind words. Much appreciated.
Steve has had an incredibly positive impact on our sonís interest and attainment in physics. Steveís personable approach and depth of knowledge in the subject area has certainly improved our sonís confidence in this area . We have found Steve to always be open to giving us useful and constructive feedback on what has taken place in the sessions, what the aims and topics are and feedback as to how our son is doing and areas for extra attention. In summary we could not have wished for a better tutor than Steve and we are keen for our son to continue his work with him as he goes into his Key Stage 4 and GCSE phase.
We were very lucky to find tutorhunt and particularly to find Steve on it. I was a bit dubious as to how remote teaching would work at first but Steve immediately sent a tablet with which he and my son communicated. My son really enjoyed his lessons with Steve and the results spoke for themselves - he got his predicted B in physics up to an A within 2 or 3 months and his classwork improved hugely. Steve`s a very personable teacher who teaches different ways of approaching physics and makes it very relevant for the student. I heartily recommend him.
Just started working with Steve and very happy so far. Steve has lots of teaching experience and understands the syllabus and exam board content, which makes a big difference. Our daughter (studying Physics A-level) is happy that they focus the time on the most appropriate topics and really clarify any areas of misunderstanding. Steve provides very useful past-papers for our daughter to do between sessions, again so helpful to have these and go through them with an expert. The sessions are well planned and prepared in advance with use of interactive tablet (provided by Steve at no extra cost) to aid communication. These sessions will definitely make a difference to our daughter, and are already giving her more confidence to go for top grades. Just what we were looking for.
Inspiring and gives so much to his students. Tutorials over Skype work really well. Highly recommend.