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Michael (Tutor in Kidlington)

Michael
Michael
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Kidlington, Oxfordshire
Feedback Score:
+6
Member Since: 06/02/2017
Last Login: 8 days ago
Response Rate: 100%
Expected Response: < 2 hours
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Qualifications

PGCE
Liverpool Hope University
PGCE (Secondary)
Pass  (1981)
BSc
The University of Liverpool
Physics
2.2  (1980)
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“It went brilliantly, I got A* in Physics! Thank you so much for the help, I wouldn’t have been able to do so well without it!” – Barnie, A Level student

"Thank you for your expert tuition and support for James this year - we really appreciate it!" - Gayle and Jonathan, parents of Year 12 student

"Hi Michael, (my daughter) got grade 9 in Physics. This is down to you so thank you so much again." - Father of GCSE student

You will notice that, unlike some tutors, I don’t offer a whole variety of subjects. Throughout my career I have taught Physics day in, day out. As a highly experienced Physics teacher, I know the A Level and GCSE specifications thoroughly and am familiar with which aspects students find the most difficult. From my time as an examiner, I know what markers are looking for and can give expert advice into how to give the best answers.

Students look for a Physics tutor for a variety of reasons. Sometimes it is simply that they find the subject hard (it is recognised that Physics is the most difficult subject at A Level, while at GCSE pupils who will do well in general may not naturally take to science subjects). Some students are perfectly capable of a high grade, but need a boost in confidence. Others face particular challenges because of specific learning difficulties such as dyslexia, dyspraxia or having autism spectrum disorder. Occasionally pupils are unable to attend lessons at school because of major health problems such as chronic fatigue syndrome. I have worked with all of the above, adapting my approach to their needs.

Mainly my tuition students simply feel they need more individual help with their Physics than they receive in a class at school. They may struggle with particular kinds of question, e.g. extended explanations or complex calculations, or may be losing marks for easily fixable reasons such as not having memorised definitions. One to one work allows me to identify specific issues and address them with tailored guidance. What my students value is clear explanations, and feedback on how to improve their answers. Lessons tend to be split between pre-teaching or revising a topic, and spending time on past paper questions. I always set a few past questions for homework and I believe this is key to making progress.

Availability: Saturdays and evenings. Daytime slots can also be arranged during school holidays.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: For the past 16 years I have taught in a large independent school, for most of that time as Head of Physics, teaching the subject at both A Level and GCSE on a daily basis. Before that I was at the British School of Brussels for 14 years and previously I was teaching for 8 years in a state school in North Yorkshire, becoming Head of Physics during my time there. I have also served as an examiner.

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Feedback For Michael (6)
We have a total of 6 review(s) for Michael.

Mariam (Mrs)
17/09/2019

5/5 Rating

Thank you Michael for helping my brother achieve an A grade in his physics A- level resit. You had a great approach as we only had a short period of time.


Simon (Mr)
27/02/2019

4/5 Rating

It`s quite early on in the tutorship, but Michael is certainly building confidence and technique in my son. We hope this continues through to the exams.


Maheswari (Dr)
29/10/2018

5/5 Rating

Mike is very friendly and approachable made my daughter understand the subject easier


P (Mr)
12/09/2018

5/5 Rating

Michael comes highly recommended. He gave my daughter the edge needed to achieve a grade 9 in Physics GCSE. He has a thorough grasp of his subject and is professional, courteous and a very effective teacher.


Gayle (Mrs)
07/12/2017

5/5 Rating

Very helpful and would highly recommend


Helen (Mrs)
28/07/2017

5/5 Rating

Only had one session so far but fitted my son in before his AS physics exam really helpful 2 hour session identifying his key areas to focus on also kindly followed up by email to check how exam had gone. Will be back in September for more!


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