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Information about Mel
I am a 47 year old father of three children living in Stockport. I have previously worked as a Post Doctoral scientist at the University of Manchester and have now been tutoring for several years. I have a modern approach to tutoring and try to keep things fun and interesting.
Current holder of Enhanced DSB certificate.
Availability: I offer tuition in the evening after school and at weekends and during school holidays. I tutor in your home.
Willing to travel: 15 miles
Experience: Teaching experience
I have taught at every level including University, A level, GCSE and Primary and have achieved success at every level, from an 8 year old pupil who achieved his Silver and Gold times tables certificate after 2 months, to successful entry into grammar schools and "A" grade A levels. I am currently supporting an autistic student to achieve his goal of entry into Grammar school.
I am currently tutoring several children in year 5 to prepare for the 11+ /entrance exam for Grammar schools in the Trafford and Stockport. I am also teaching several A level student preparing for the AQA Biology exam in June. I have an excellent track record of gaining excellent grades.
I also have classroom experience in Primary schools, teaching mathematics and science to children in KS2 on a one-to-one basis.
Approach to tutoring
My teaching strategy for students preparing for a specific exams, is to concentrate on exam technique and completing past exam papers. For younger children who are struggling in school or need to catch up, I take each subject back to basics and provide strategies for learning.
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Feedback For Mel (64)
My daughter was very pleased and found Mel very helpful. Mel explained the subject in a way my daughter was comfortable in and built her confidence in answering question on exam papers. I highly recommend Mel
Really engaging tutor who has really helped my son with his combined science GCSE - would highly recommend.
Mel is very friendly and has helped me improve my biology exam technique. He has drastically increased my marks in biology exams in matter of few weeks and also boosted my confidence. He has great knowledge of how to answer each type of question in alevel biology.
Dr Mel is fabulous. From the very first session he has given my son back his confidence in Biology and he has a lovely way of explaining topics that had previously stumped him. Huge thanks and appreciation. Would highly recommend.
Mel tutored my daughter for a session in Biology which she found helpful. Mel was professional and knowledgeable. Thank you
My daughter loves Mels sessions, he s calm and encouraging - just what she needs
Our son enjoyed his weekly A-level Biology sessions with Mel. Mel has been thorough, professional and responsive.
A great teacher with a calm, thorough and reassuring approach who`s making a great difference for the confidence and abilities of a Maths GCSE candidate.
I began studying with Dr Mel after a 20 year break in education. He was very patient with me and broke down topics to make then easier to understand. I now have a better understanding of Chemistry thanks to his lessons.
It is clear that our childs English and Maths skills have developed considerably while under Mels care. We must thank him for helping our daughter to develop the skills and confidence that she will carry forward into the next school year ( Year 6 ). Excellent teacher, kind and helpful.
Mel has helped Lucy to understand and enjoy science more and given her more confidence for her forthcoming GSCE`s.
Mel was really fantastic for my son, I can`t recommend him enough. My son is interested in Biology again! I don`t normally write reviews but a good tutor is like gold dust.
Mel has been tutoring my brother for his 11+ exams. He is by far the best tutor that I have ever seen. His method of teaching is the best and my brother understands everything 100% and feels so much more confident with all of the content. The homework that he gives out is extremely useful and relevant in my brother`s studies for his exams. He explains every topic in a lot of detail and I have absolutely no complaints and could not have asked for a better tutor for my brother. I wish I had started my brother tuition with Mel earlier and will definitely recommend him to anyone else looking for an 11+ tutor.
We have been really pleased with Mel. An excellent tutor, flexible and sets the appropriate challenges, which has allowed my son to progress significantly without feeling under pressure to do so.
My son is really enjoying his lessons with Mel. As Mel has managed the pace & relevance of information to engage my son superbly; which for my son has been difficult in the past year via online schooling and other providers, so my son initially wasnt keen on more slow, boring and pointless lessons online well done Mel for showing him this isnt always the case.
I cannot recommend Mel enough. He has been tutoring my daughter in A Level Biology for a few months now. Her grades have gone from an E on her first assessment (pre Mel), C on her 2nd and she is now achieving A`s. She loves her lessons and said she is learning more in one lesson with Mel than she is in a weeks worth of lessons at college.
Teaching of science mainly from bitesize on BBC website for a KS3 student. Not challenging.
Mel worked with my daughter to support her English. They worked together to address her needs. She feels that going over skills away from the classroom has helped her. Mel was able to accommodate our sessions quickly at a time that suited us both.
My daughter took A-Level Biology lessons from Mel who was very informative and knowledgeable in his subject. We would recommend Mel
My son has been using Mel for the last month and he`s really enjoyed Mel`s tuition. Mel has really engaged Lewis in his English work and I cannot recommend Mel highly enough. Very professional and friendly and easy to work with.
Very approachable, calm and an excellent tutor. Good techniques and skills which help the child to understand easily. My son really enjoy the session.
My 10 yr old has had 3 sessions with Mel to improve his maths, english and considering secondary school options. He enjoys the sessions and seems to be making progress. The sessions are via Skye at the moment which is working well.
My son informs me that he likes Mel and he feels he is improving his knowledge in this subject.
Excellent, professional and high quality tutor. Would definitely recommend
Mel has been helping my son, who is lacking, as he is not particularly motivated by English based subjects and lockdown hasn`t helped. He started with Mel, after autumn half term and there has been a steady process. Mel has quickly determined the correct space of the lessons, the level of HW, acceptable, he is gently positive and at end of each lesson we have a update which is all inclusive. We are very pleased to have found Mel and would wholeheartedly recommend him.
Mel has helped immensely at understanding the tricky concepts and has helped improve my daughter`s exam technique leaving her feeling confident for her exams
The standard of tuition is 5 star and I would highly recommend. My daughter (Y10 GCSE Combined Science Trilogy) sees this as excellent boost to her class studies and the one to one nature if the tuition ensures a comprehensive understanding of each topic before moving on.
Mel is an excellent tutor, my daughter was very happy with his teaching.
Mel was very helpful. The session was well thought out and explanations and idea were carefully and fully explained. I hope to book again in the future.
My son has only been tutored for Biology A level by Mel since October this year and has already seen an improvement in his tests due to Mel taking the time to explain things clearly
Mel is currently tutoring, via zoom, my 15 year old son in all the sciences for GCSE. He is excellent. My son is engaged and comes away from the lesson feeling confident and positive about subjects that he previously had problems with. We were slightly concerned about on-line tutoring in general, but as it is now a necessity during the pandemic we have embraced it and it works well. I would highly recommend Mel..
Mel has been a blessing for my son. Through Mels tutoring he has gained confidence in his Maths ability and I am confident my son will gain a better grade when he resits GCSE Maths. Highly recommended. Thank you Mel.
Mel provided tuition for the eleven plus. We were very pleased with the tuition and Mel`s approach put our son at ease and gave him confidence.
Mel tutored my son for over 7 months for the 11 plus exam. He had one one hour session every week. He covered English, Maths, NVR and VR. He developed a good rapport with my son. He helped him solve a lot of practice papers. He addressed the areas of weakness. He gave adequate amount of home work to be completed for the following week. We would have appreciated some feedback on our sons progress every now and then. We did get feedback but it was on our asking rather than it coming from Mel at regular intervals. Overall, my son was happy Mel`s tutoring and we would have no issues recommending him to other pupils. Thank you Mel
Dr Mel was tutoring my 10 year old son for the 11+. He has a really scientific and logical approach to the questions which my son really thrived on. He has good resources and a great manner with kids that keeps them engaged.
Mel was very helpful, my daughter only had a few lessons with him before school got their act together with online lessons, but he gave her some great tips for revising for the GCSEs, and it helped her to feel confident she could get her learning under control. Thanks Mel.
Weve been using Mel now for a few weeks to help our daughter prepare for her 11+ exams. She already had a mound of CGP and Bond books and all the practice papers in the world however we still felt that she needed more clarity. Mel has given her just that. Hes found areas she can work on and given her plenty of work to support that. We are now fully confident that shes got the best tutor for the job and also recommend him to friends and family. Great tutor and so lucky to have him.
My daughter only had Mel for a short period as A levels have now been cancelled, however, she found him to be a great teacher and really helped in revision and exam preparation.
Mel immediately established a rapport with my son who is doing A level biology. His teaching style is relaxed and casual and perfectly suited my son. He help enormously in a very short period of time and gave Ben a level of confidence that he previously lacked. Ben has been most grateful for his help with this subject.
excellent tutor. explains things so much clearly. will recommend anytime
Dr Mel is great teacher and has helped my daughter improve her work in English and maths, she is even finding maths more enjoyable. He is polite, kind and very helpful, my daughter has achieved her targets in few lessons.
Thanks Dr Mel
Your clear and simple explanation of techniques for doing non-verbal reasoning is amazing. Now my son is mastering it after only few sessions.
Great tutor, especially with exam techniques.
Mel has great patience to talk my son through 11+ exam, he managed to maintain his attention and make him stick to his homework. Would recommend to any parents wishing to support their children through 11+
I had Mel for only a few months and he boosted me up 3 grades from what i was previously in Biology A level. A very focused and exam technique based teaching style. An excellent tutor.
Mel is always punctual and well prepared for his lessons. He is polite and knows his work inside out. We have seen a huge leap in the ability of our little one in all areas. Mel has been invaluable in getting him prepared for the 11+
He always sets homework and goes through it at the beginning of each visit. He has his own special approach with which he teaches. Judging by the results we have seen and the reviews of others, it clearly works really well. Thank you so much, we all look forward to your next visit.
Mel has been excellent with my son`s tutoring and he has engaged him in his studies very quickly. The confidence he develops after each session is fantastic.
Mel has now provided a number of sessions for my daughter in her 1st year of A Level Biology. She finds his sessions very clear and his approach very calm and friendly which, as she is very shy, is ideal. Contact with Mel has been prompt and efficient. Highly recommended.
Dr Mel is very professional and has helped my son a lot in Biology. Would highly recommend Mel to any students looking for science tutor!
Excellent, really helpful :)
Mel is an excellent tutor for my 11 yr old son. I have no problem in recommending him to other parents.
Excellent tutor. Dr Mel is superbly qualified tutor and totally dedicated to his students. We are very impressed with Dr Mel, and our daughter is enjoying studying biology because of him.
Thank you very much Dr Mel
Mel is a great Tutor, especially knowledgeable in Biology. He prepares our son, who is home educated, for his IGCSEs in Chemistry, Biology and Physics and knows exam formats very well. Mel is very reliable and we would recommend him.
Excellent tutor, my daughter is learning and understanding much better especially maths. Mel knows how to make maths fun and enjoyable, teaches according to the childs caliber. Im really pleased, I can assure if anyone looks for a tutor I would recommend Mel. He is excellent.
Good reliable tutor..
Mel has been a brilliant biology tutor. His approach means you can adapt to the exam technique and my results have definitely improved throughout the year. He is very friendly and patient. I would thoroughly recommend him!
Mel is a very good tutor,he is a good listener and explains the Biology lesson effectively.My son`s confidence and understanding of the subject and his grades have improved.I would recommend Mel as a tutor.