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Andrew (Tutor in Gateshead)

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Member Since: 06/11/2014
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Newcastle University
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Newcastle University
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University of Cambridge
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Dr Andrew BA MA (CANTAB) BSc MChem DPhil MInstP. A Cambridge graduate, dedicated full-time tutor, over 5000 tutorials given. PhD in quantum chemistry/physics, two degrees & two masters in both chemistry & physics. A full member of the Institute of Physics.

I love teaching, and when I`m not giving tutorials I spend a lot of time creating resources to help my students, and thinking about ways to help each one get the best result they can in their exams. Each student gets access to an online repository of information, such as past papers and mark schemes, revision techniques, current specifications for their exam board, and information on which past papers questions are no longer relevant to their new specification.

I will know every detail of what you do and don`t need to know, and will have taught every topic and option many times to pupils of all abilities. Every tutorial I give is focused on getting you the best grade in your exam, and this means you have to approach each exam board differently. This takes significant time and preparation to do properly.

I am patient, friendly, fun, and genuinely love what I do, and seeing students happy when they improve their marks, or finally understand something they never could before is something I never tire of. I get really good feedback from students who tell me they really enjoy my tutorials and look forward to them.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: I have taught thousands of hours of one to one, face to face and online tutorials, as this has been my full time occupation for a number of years. This makes me ideally suited for one to one tuition. I do not have another job or any research to distract me. You will be hiring a full time dedicated professional.

My deep understanding of maths, physics and chemistry allows me to explain each topic clearly, simply and in a number of different ways - I will always be able to find a way of explaining something to you so that you finally `get it`.

I have set exam questions and marking schemes, and marked thousands of pieces of assessed coursework and exams. This allows me to know what examiners look for in answers, which helps with teaching students how to answer the `essay` or `sentence based` questions, which many students of Chemistry and Physics GCSE and A-levels struggle with. This also allows me to teach students how to approach revision, and how to present answers on the exam paper, which is especially important for Maths. Many marks are lost in maths due to careless mistakes, and I have developed techniques to minimise lost marks from this area.

Doing one to one tutoring full time allows me to devote many many hours to thinking about each student I teach, and offer a personalised approach for each one. Some need help extra with a particular topic, some have poor exam technique or get extremely nervous (in which case one of the primary goals would be to increase their confidence). I will quickly understand the way you learn, and what you find easy/difficult, and adjust my tutorials to help you get the most out of our time together.

I do have some techniques I use for everyone, such as making sure every tutorial is interactive, with the student answering small questions regularly so I know they have understood what I have said, and to keep them engaged. We will also go through past exam questions from your exam board.

I cover all exam boards, such as AQA, Edexcel and OCR. I cover the new paper 3 in chemistry and physics which is more practical than theory based. I cover all the material covered in the new A-level specification.

I follow the specification for your exam board to the letter. You will be taught everything you need to know, and nothing you do not. I have done every past paper question for all the main exam boards back to before 2010 (many times!) so I know exactly how the exams are structured, what the questions usually cover, and how to use this so you get the most marks in the exams using the time you have available. This preparation takes a lot of time, and is part of my job as a full time tutor.

I have my own revision system I have devised that is extremely effective, it only takes 5 minutes to explain and helps take pupils from understanding the material, to being able to answer exam questions on the material. This is one of the most common problems I encounter - students have spend hours and hours making notes, learning the material, but cannot apply this knowledge when they attempt questions. This is because applying knowledge is different from simply learning it, and I teach how to do both.

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We have a total of 20 review(s) for Andrew.

Grace (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Great tutor, very thorough and patient.

Jerome (Mr)

5/5 Rating

From my son who has been preparing for A Level Maths and Chemistry: Andrew has been tutoring me for my final six months of A levels. I have not been attending school during this time and so have been relying heavily on him to achieve my desired grades. He has a great and effective teaching style which he has adjusted for my specific needs as I enjoy being challenged and diving deep into the topics of my various subjects. For this reason I find Andrews lessons far more engaging and personal than regular school lessons, and they have benefitted me greatly. I have always been comfortable with Andrew during our lessons. Andrew has a very friendly and enthusiastic personality; he is reassuring when he can see I am struggling and he will crack the occasional joke now and then to lighten the mood. Overall, I would say Andrew is one of the best teachers I have ever had. I always looks forward to his lessons and he comes with my highest recommendation.

Tutors Response :

Thanks for the amazing feedback - it`s greatly appreciated.
I look forward to hearing your grades - I`m sure you`re going to do really well. Let me know when you get them!

Michaela (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Andrew tutored two of my children at GCSE & A level. He was reliable, had great rapport & they achieved an 8 and A grade respectively.
I would highly recommend him.

Tutors Response :

That`s great news! Really pleased for them both, and thanks for the feedback. Much appreciated.

Natalia (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Thanks a lot to this amazing tutor. The way he prepares students for Physics GCSE is very useful and effective. For my daughter this is a perfect tutor, who doesn`t just give knowledge, but motivates and makes the subject even more interesting to study, as well as giving past years` exams and fully preparing for olympiads.

Tutors Response :

Really pleased I`m helping and that my methods are working. Thanks for taking time to write this - much appreciated.

Carol (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Excellent, offered more sessions nearer the exams. Got my son from a B to an A.

Helen (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son thoroughly enjoyed his first session with Andrew, I`m looking forward to seeing him progress over the coming months. Andrew has been very organised and helpful whilst organising dates etc, very professional and friendly.

Chrisgtopher (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Dr. Andrew is an EXCELLENT teacher. Our daughter is taking A-level physics and he has been an enormous help. Before we settled on a physics tutor, we tried free session with several of them and had our daughter pick which one she preferred. There were several great tutors but our daughter said, "these other tutors are good but Andrew really stretches me. He doesn`t merely clear explain the material and go through past papers with me. He asks challenging questions that force me to think and REALLY understand the concepts and how to apply them to solve problems."

Andrew is also very flexible with the inevitable scheduling issues that arise in the lives of high school students. He was always reasonable and fair in making scheduling accomdations, even when something came up last minute and we had to cancel or postpone our session. This makes working with him much more pleasant than working with tutors who are inflexible with scheduling problems.

Cameron (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Cameron has had three A level Chemistry lessons with Andrew so far. Cameron commented that he thinks that Andrew is the best teacher he has ever had! Cameron feels that Andrew explains the subject in a way that he fully understands what he is being taught and therefore retains the information. As a parent I am very happy with the progress that has been mad so far and feel that Andrew can assist Cameron in attaining the much needed A* at the end of the year. Thank you Dr Andrew.

Tutors Response :

Thanks so much for the great feedback, it`s always the best part of the job to know I`m making a difference, and doing what I am paid to do. I`ll see Cameron online in a few days!

Rim (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I have just started my Chemistry A-Level - a subject which is known to get very difficult. I had one tuition lesson where Andrew travelled to my house and it was a great, productive lesson and I saw that, already, Andrew was making a difference with my understanding - I was so happy to have found an amazing tutor like Andrew. Due to health issues, he’s not able to do face-to-face tuition so he suggested trying out online tuition for a short period of time. I wasn’t very keen on the idea as I doubted how effective it would be but I did try it out and it is pretty life-changing!!The app, via pc, that is used is so good and so easy to use (literally click a link - you don’t even have to sign up). I can email Andrew the questions/ topic I want to do for the hour and he imports it onto the screen so it is in front of us both with a piece of digital paper where we can both write and point along with some other cool features & you can even save the slides afterwards for extra revision. It really is amazing and so flexible too as we can have random, last minute lessons, for instance, if I’m struggling with some questions - he is literally just a link away! Most of our lessons have also gone over the time, Andrew never ends the lesson if I still have any doubt with the topic we are working on and he has a way of making difficult concepts seem so much easier!!! I feel so much more confident now because of Andrew than I did when I first started the course...Couldn’t recommend him as a tutor enough and please do try out online lessons, they make your life so much easier - I don’t think I’ll ever want to go back to face-to-face tuition!!!😂;; & with Andrew’s help over the next 2 years, I believe I’m going to do very well as I have already scored well in some mini-tests we have done in class which he helped me to prepare for! :)

Tutors Response :

I think that’s the most comprehensive review I’ve ever had, and also one of the best. Thank you so much for taking the time to leave me feedback - I’ve obviously done my job, so I’m a happy tutor. Really pleased I’m helping you score better already - it’s just the start so thing will get even better. See you soon at a computer screen near you!

Petre (Mr)

5/5 Rating

We are very very happy to have found Dr Andrew. He is teaching our daughter chemistry. She is enjoying his lessons and she learns a lot. In the first few sessions, she already has learned from him more than she learned the whole of her last academic year, in her regular chemistry class. Dr Andrew comes up with good life examples and applications of what he is teaching, making the subject interesting even for us the parents. The lessons are taking place online since we live in the US, so we, the parents, can enjoy seeing our daughter immersed into the lesson.
We highly recommend him.

Tutors Response :

Thanks for the great feedback. I’m really pleased you’re enjoying my tuition and finding it useful. We’re making great progress!

Thomas (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Really well prepared and managed technology well. Enthusiastic. Made learning fun.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for the positive feedback! I’m glad you enjoyed the lesson.

Jennifer (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Fabulous in every way! Andrew is dedicated to educating. His delivery, his materials, his positive attitude are all of the highest standard. We have two students from China being tutored by Andrew at the moment for 13+, and 16+ entry to UK boarding schools and they love him! Couldn`t recommend Andrew more.

Tutors Response :

It`s been a pleasure working with you all, really pleased I`m making a difference. Thank you for the feedback - greatly appreciated!

Cherisay (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Andrew is a really wonderful tutor because he consistently works towards finding new and better ways to aid your understanding and thoroughly enjoys what he does, which makes each lesson beneficial and means that once you have understood something, you won`t forget it! I could not recommend him more!

Valeriya (Miss)

5/5 Rating

I have started sessions with Andrew in Autumn with a basic understanding of the syllabus and since then my confidence and knowledge have increased considerably. He keeps his lessons effective and engaging, always finding new analogies to explain difficult topics.
He is always willing to go the extra mile to help me understand the areas of Physics that I struggle with. Would highly recommend.

Michael (Mr)

5/5 Rating

simply brilliant.

Karen (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Andrew is absolutely fantastic and we would recommend without hesitation!
He is extremely well prepared and offers in depth tutorials, explaining everything in a way you can understand.
My daughter`s confidence has really grown in A Level chemistry since she has began working with Andrew.

Mark (Mr)

5/5 Rating

After 4 sessions I am very satisfied.
Andrew is professional and knowledgeable my daughter is happy with the content and structure of the tuition and we expect to continue till the exam

Tutors Response :

Thanks for the great feedback. I`m really enjoying tutoring your daughter, and happy you`re pleased with my performance.

Elspeth (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Andrew is really, really helpful and explains Chemistry clearly and concisely

Susan (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Andrew has been tutoring our daughter in physics for a year now and her confidence and grades have improved dramatically. Andrew is always prepared, punctual and raring to go he is very passionate about his subject. I can strongly recommend him.

Wendy (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Have only had 3 sessions so far, but our son actually enjoys his time with Andrew. He says that it makes more sense now, and he loves that he is so passionate about maths, and wanting to help his students get better.

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