Hi, I`m Alan and I am a secondary science teacher, with a specialism in Chemistry, at a private school in Southwest London. I obtained my PGCE in Science teaching from King`s College, London. Prior to this I completed a PhD in Chemistry at the University of York, from where I also obtained my Masters degree in Chemistry. I am very enthusiastic about my subject and science in general and have a proven track record for helping students achieve success in their GCSEs or A levels, for which I can provide references if desired. I have tutored privately for approximately 6 years.
The aim of my sessions is to try and build understanding such that in an exam situation my students will be able to think around unfamiliar problems, using their grounding on the basic principles of the subject. I have found that I have been able to engage and sometimes surprise students with the interesting relevance of Chemistry to our daily lives. Fundamentally Chemistry is often an abstract subject where we try to rationalise the unseen sub-microscopic world of atoms, with `real-world` macroscopic laboratory experiments and observations. The key to this understanding is through the use of representational models, such as diagrams, analogy or discussion. I strongly believe that students need time to discuss and talk through many issues in Chemistry, to enable them to grasp the link between these two `worlds`.
Availability: Weekday evenings and weekends.
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Experience: I have previous experience of personal tuition at GCSE and A level standard, as well as teaching experience in primary, secondary and special needs schools. I have also taught at undergraduate level for three years during my postgraduate studies.
I currently teach Science with a specialism in Chemistry at an independent school in Southwest London.
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