University of Southampton
University of Southampton
First (Hons) (2012)
Information about Robert
A head of chemistry with a precise, understanding-based approach to GCSE and A Level sciences.
Availability: Evenings and weekends
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: I have been teaching for eight years and in that time have taught Chemistry up to A-Level across two specifications, OCR A and OCR Salters, and have tutored iGCSE and AQA A Level. I have also taught Biology and Physics to triple GCSE-level on the AQA specification. In that time I have supported several students into science degrees at high-level universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.
I am currently Head of Chemistry at a large secondary school in Hampshire that has a sixth form. This role has required me to have a strong understanding of the curriculum and how to deliver the content in a way that ensures success. I have trained other members of staff to deliver specific content and recognize the difficulties and misconceptions students face when facing their examinations.
I recognize that GCSE science, and chemistry in particular, is a difficult subject. There are many abstract concepts that are difficult to visualize. I believe that in order to properly approach questions students need to not just recall knowledge but understand it. As a result, I use models and analogies to allow students to fully grasp concepts before applying these ideas to an examination context. This allows for students to ensure they have the key knowledge underpinning the topic before they can use precise language to explain it in a way that means students feel confident when they approach questions.
I am both patient and resilient, which I believe are vital characteristics to support tutees developing in the subject. There is every chance that concepts may not be grasped immediately, in which case I am able to provide support and review and improve students understandings through the use of modelling and questioning. These help root out tutees` misconceptions and help them gain confidence in their own abilities.
My secure subject knowledge also means I can produce and supply resources to help support tutees` progress. These vary depending on prior attainment, goals and learning styles as every child is different and requires a unique, tailor-made approach to give them the opportunity they need.
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Feedback For Robert (5)
Top class tutor.
We were really happy to have found Robert. He really helped our son prior to his A level chemistry benchmark. He is polite and prompt and I would highly recommend him.
Rob tutored my daughter for GCSE chemistry. He was extremely professional and I felt confident that he was providing the best possible support. Rob tailored his tutoring to whatever gaps needed addressing which was extremely reassuring. I wouldnt hesitate in recommending Rob.
Really recommend this chemistry teacher. Explains everything to detailand leaves no questions at the end of the lesson.
Robert has been excellent. He absolutely knows how to get the best out of students in a calm and positive way. Very punctual and polite. In fact, he has done such a good job that we dont need any more help post mocks. I thoroughly recommend Robert. He will not disappoint parent or student.