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Alisdair

Alisdair
Alisdair
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Bournemouth, Dorset
Feedback Score:
+29
Member Since: 18/04/2016
Last Login: 2 days ago
Response Rate: 95%
Expected Response: < 10 hours

My Qualifications

PhD
University of Sussex
Psychology
Pass  (2011)

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Information about Alisdair

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. My name is Alisdair and I am a full-time tutor with thirteen years experience. Developing and enhancing a student’s learning experience is something I am passionate about. To achieve this, I employ a patient approach to tutoring, ensuring that students have an enjoyable, challenging and interesting experience. My teaching style relies on honesty, dedication and transparency. I aim to offer you a bespoke tutoring service that meets your requirements, be it face to face, or via online technology.

Feedback:
Below are some examples of student and parent feedback that I have received across various sites:

Lisa (Lily) 5/5
Alisdair was an amazing Tutor for my daughter. Her A Level tutor went on sick leave the term before her A Level exam, and after an initial couple of one to one meetings, we settled upon a series of Skype tutorials which were brilliant. Alisdair would send key exam questions for my daughter to do prior to the Skype tutorial, and she would send them back to him to mark before their tutorial. The system was so engaging and efficient that she went from a grade D in her mock A Level to a grade A in her actual A Level exam. Alisdair is flexible, personable and very effective. I would totally recommend his services.

Michelle (Sammy) 5/5
An excellent tutor - patient, kind, encouraging, and well organised with great resources. We used Alisdair`s services both for one to one sessions and online in the run up to my daughter`s A-levels when she experienced a pre-exam confidence crisis. She found him to be an effective and empathetic tutor, with an obvious enthusiasm for his subject. We really appreciated Alisdair`s experience, which enabled him to work out how best to support my daughter and get her back on track. Alisdair was incredibly helpful, and very flexible in his scheduling of sessions. A`levels are now over, and I am sure that Alisdair`s help made a huge difference. Highly recommended!

Jeremy 5/5
Alisdair helped me with my final major project, both with the statistics, and the academic writing. I was very happy to achieve a first for the project and I can`t thank him enough for his help. I learned a lot with his tutoring, and improved my understanding of statistics and my academic writing. I now feel more confident going into my Msc next September. He was very fast at responding to my questions and emails, and was always very positive and helpful.

Nicki 5/5
I’ve had the pleasure of knowing Alisdair for over a year, during which time he tutored me with my undergraduate psychology degree. Above all, he has excellent subject knowledge along with the ability to convey complex information in a simple and easy to understand manner. He made light work of SPSS and report writing as well as guiding me to a deeper understanding of psychological concepts. Alisdair’s friendly personality immediately put me at ease and he knew the correct level of challenge to ensure that I gained a good grade for my dissertation. I cannot thank him enough! He is a truly talented tutor - smart, efficient, professional, and comes with my heartfelt recommendation.

Mark 5/5
Alisdair is an exceedingly knowledgeable, friendly and patient tutor who responds promptly and with amazing clarity on even the most complicated of SPSS issues. He has a great understanding of the planning and organisational problems associated with dyspraxia, and was of enormous help to my son during his MSc project, keeping him calm and giving advice where needed. I only wish we had discovered him earlier! My son has achieved a Distinction at Masters level, and without Alisdair`s reassuring and friendly discussions I don`t think he would have managed to even finish his project. I would recommend Alisdair highly as a tutor.

Maha 5/5
The best tutor ever, he makes everything so clear and he trying his best to make sure I understood what we had in the session and clearly he is so kind as person and tutor!

A final note…
Studying and tutoring for many years has given me experience in realising the pressures that students face, and I’m able to use my awareness and knowledge to motivate learners. I try to make lessons informative and fun, ensuring that the student takes an active part in the lesson. I feel my academic experience has given me the necessary skills to help students reach their full academic ability.

Availability: Daily - Mornings afternoons and evenings.

Willing to travel: 20 miles

Experience: One of my subjects of expertise is psychology. Having studied, researched and taught/tutored psychology to numerous students, I am well placed to help you with assignments, exams and general course content in all areas of the subject, including; cognitive, social, developmental, research methods and more. Whether you are studying for a degree or beginning your journey into psychology at GCSE or A-Level, I can help you to get to grips with this fascinating subject.

My other main area of expertise is in research methods/statistics. Since 2006 I have provided support to individuals from a range of backgrounds, including students studying social sciences, life sciences and humanities. My experience extends to helping employees with their data analysis. If you are struggling to interpret your analysis, or need help using SPSS, or if you want to understand more about statistics then please do get in touch.

If you would like support with learning English as a second language (ESL) then I can help you. Please do contact me if you would like to practise speaking or are having difficulty reading and writing in English. I can support you with vocabulary comprehension and word meanings for example.

I have experience in tutoring students with assisted learning needs, including; Asperger syndrome, dyslexia and dyspraxia. My one to one teaching experience extends to supervision of final year undergraduates and Masters students, therefore I have coherently supported and guided students through empirical projects, improving skills such as literature search & review, analysis and scientific writing.

Qualifications:
My first degree was in psychology (BSc Hons). I then went on to complete a Masters (MRes) in psychological methods, followed by a Ph.D in psychology/cognitive neuroscience. I also obtained a `Teach English as a foreign language` (TEFL) certificate.

Awards:
Excellence in teaching - Awarded by Bournemouth University in 2013.

Other services:
If you require help with developing your study skills, including; revision techniques, essay planning, critical thinking and more, then I can help you to hone your study skills set. In addition, feel free to contact me if you would like your work to be proofread. I will check your document to ensure the spelling and grammar is watertight. If you need me to, I can provide you with comments using track changes with suggestions/edits to improve the quality of the document, for example the structure, scientific standard and whether you have answered the assignment question. Having published numerous scientific articles, I appreciate and understand the need for precision in the preparation of your work, therefore I’d be happy to help you with things such as APA formatting and preparing a manuscri pt for publication. Please take a look at the tasks I can help you with below.

Examples of tasks I can help you with:
Understanding concepts/theories/studies
GCSE/A-Level homework
Critical thinking/reading/writing
Essay planning/editing
Report planning/editing
Presentation planning
Dissertation/thesis planning/editing
Preparing manuscri pts for publication
Literature search/review
Experimental design
Data analysis/interpretation/writing
Using SPSS
Revision techniques
Proofreading
APA format
Referencing
ESL

Other details:
I also offer tuition via Skype, Zoom and e-mail for those students who do not want to meet in person, or live far away. Therefore I can fully explain any concepts, ideas or subject content that you need help with, and give verbal and written help with assignments and exam prep online.
A-Level exam boards I have tutored students on include; AQA, EDXCEL, OCR and CIE. I have many resources, including; mind-maps, evaluation sheets, research study summaries, past exam papers, quizzes and more.
Please enquire directly to me about availability, do not go by tutoring website calendars.
Lessons cancelled less than 12 hours before the scheduled start time will incur a 50% charge, as will no-shows.
If convenient, a ‘same day service’ can be provided, where the student can book a lesson on the same day they need help. Although, this will incur an additional charge of £5.
Student/parents will be asked to cover travel expenses/time for travel costs if lessons are to take place at the student’s home or public place. It is £5 if you need me to travel up to 8 miles away, then 50p for any additional mile over that.
Group sessions (up to 3 students) can be arranged also, please enquire.

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Feedback For Alisdair (29)

We have a total of 29 review(s) for Alisdair.

Lisa (Ms)
17/11/2020

5/5 Rating

I needed support with an assignment for university. It was easy using Tutor Hunt as they provided the skills the tutor had. I needed someone who had SPSS skills. Alisdair was a great tutor. He listened and understood what I needed to do to pass the assignment. Alisdair supported me by making me understand multiple regression and broke down p-values, t-tests, and the significance of the independent variables used and the dependent variable. Alisdair simplified the outputs from SPSS. I realised that my previous assignment submission was too complicated and that I need to simplify things, thank you Alisdair.

Tutors Response :

A massive thank you for the kind feedback Lisa. Have enjoyed working with you. Hope it all goes well.
Best wishes


Cathrine (Ms)
08/07/2020

5/5 Rating

Alisdair has been an absolute pleasure to have as a tutor. He helped me greatly with SPSS, both during my bachelors and now during my masters. He is wonderful at explaining how to do the different analyses, why we choose the specific analyses above others, and how to interpret the results. I received a 1st on my bachelors dissertation, and I could not have done it without him! Greatly recommend him :)

Tutors Response :

A huge thank you for the lovely review Cathrine, it`s been a pleasure helping you and was so pleased to hear about your awesome grade. Wishing you all the best for the future.


Matthew (Mr)
05/05/2020

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is an excellent tutor. He has started to help me overcome my anxiety re: stats

Tutors Response :

Thanks so much for the kind feedback Matt. So pleased I could help!


Richard (Mr)
18/02/2020

5/5 Rating

Very helpful and gives clear instruction and reasoning. Very knowledgeable and can translate his understanding into easy to follow steps to help those less knowledgeable. Highly recommended!

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for the kind feedback Richard.


Ben (Mr)
28/09/2019

5/5 Rating

Alisdair was very friendly, professional and fair. I contacted Alisdair with direct problems / issues I had encountered during my thesis. He attended to each of my issues and responded efficiently providing me with lots of confidence. I would heavily recommend Alisdair to anyone having struggles with their work. He made me feel at ease and provided great feedback on my work. Pricing was more than fair for the services provided. Thank you Alisdair :)

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much Ben, happy you were pleased with my help.
Best wishes


Sancho (Mr)
09/09/2019

5/5 Rating

Pretty of experience and knowledge in his field. Looking forward to gaining some of it for myself with his help and support.

Tutors Response :

Thank you for the kind comments Sancho.
Regards


marcela (Mrs)
13/05/2019

5/5 Rating

Simple the best!

An excellent tutor! I have always struggled with SPSS but thanks to Alisdair I understand it much better now. He was always encoragig me to do my best.
Thank you for being so patient.

Tutors Response :

You`re very welcome Marcela, was fun to help you. Good luck with everything :)


Amy (Mrs)
11/05/2019

5/5 Rating

As a mature student returning to education (after barely having one), Alisdair was a great find! Also having dyslexia meant that my approaches and application of my academic work need consistent reflection which Alisdair always encouraged.

Alisdair has provided invaluable feedback on my work. I wish I had found him in my first year of university rather than the last as I am sure my work would have improved tenfold! Receiving critique on work is essential for improving and Alisdair does this in a way that is sensitive yet constructive.

Alisdair is also fun to work with, he helps make the stress of studying lessen by applying a dose of perspective (which is easy to lose when you are immersed in your work!).

Although I am somewhat relieved to have completed my degree, I will miss my tutoring with Alisdair as it has been productive and enjoyable! Which, in my opinion, is what learning is really about!

Thank you Alisdair!

Amy

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for the lovely feedback Amy. Always enjoyed helping you and wish you every success for the future.


Andrew (Mr)
19/03/2019

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is an excellent tutor and has been a really big help for me in learning statistics and quantitative research approaches. He is knowledgeable, patient and he has a clear approach. Highly recommended.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for the great feedback Andrew.


Rhiannon (Miss)
08/03/2019

5/5 Rating

Alisdair helped me to prepare for a statistics exam as part of doctorate application. He pitched my learning and the right level for me and explained everything clearly with examples. Alisdiar even made me some practice questions and emailed them to complete between sessions! Out time together was hugely helpful and his teaching style was a perfect fit for me.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for the lovely feedback Rhiannon. Wishing you the best of luck for the rest of the application.


Elaine (Mrs)
25/11/2018

5/5 Rating

Alisdair has a professional yet friendly manner which makes him easy to work with.
We have found him to be flexible in his attitude and happy to accommodate specific subject matter requests.
We are very happy to highly recommend him to others.

Tutors Response :

Thank you for the lovely feedback. Its been a pleasure to tutor David and I look forward to our future sessions.


Elizabeth (Miss)
25/11/2018

5/5 Rating

Great communication and friendly tutor. Didn’t get a chance to meet up with him but the communication was good and he’s very understanding.

Best wishes


Nattamon (Miss)
30/08/2018

5/5 Rating

Provided good explanation when teaching and also flexible about the meeting time so I can plan my time beforehand.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for the nice feedback. I really enjoyed helping you and wish you all the best.


Puja (Miss)
26/08/2018

5/5 Rating

Alisdair was very helpful and provided detailed feedback for improving my assignments.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for the nice feedback Puja!


Rebecca (Mrs)
16/08/2018

5/5 Rating

Alisdair really helped improve my confidence in A-Level psychology, no question was a silly question and I felt very comfortable with him! Would definitely recommend. Lottie

Tutors Response :

Thank you for the nice feedback Lottie, I`m pleased I could help you with this fascinating subject. All the best for Uni.


Michelle (Mrs)
18/06/2018

5/5 Rating

An excellent tutor - patient, kind, encouraging, and well organised with great resources. We used Alisdair`s services both for one to one sessions and online in the run up to my daughter`s A-levels when she experienced a pre-exam confidence crisis. She found him to be an effective and empathetic tutor, with an obvious enthusiasm for his subject. We really appreciated Alisdair`s experience, which enabled him to work out how best to support my daughter and get her back on track. Alisdair was incredibly helpful, and very flexible in his scheduling of sessions. A`levels are now over, and I am sure that Alisdair`s help made a huge difference. Highly recommended!

Tutors Response :

Thank you Michelle for the very nice feedback. I thoroughly enjoyed tutoring Sammy and wish her all the best for her future endeavours.


Daniela (Miss)
15/06/2018

5/5 Rating

Dr Alisdair helped me with my Psychology dissertation. He is a great tutor and I recommend him to students who are struggling with SPSS and data analysis.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much Daniela, it was a pleasure to help you.
Good luck for the future.


Sarah (Miss)
09/04/2018

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is a great tutor, he was very helpful with my SPSS lab report and gave me good feedback on how to improve. He is also patient and great at explaining things! Definitely will recommend!

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much Sarah!


Parya ()
16/02/2018

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is a very clever, kind and patient person, he is clearly an experienced tutor and I am so glad I went ahead with tutoring with him. I am dyslexic so so things quite differently and he has adpated to me well in a very short amount t of time. I have a large 170,000 observation dataset and he has made everything much more simple. Thanks


Thamer (Mr)
11/01/2018

5/5 Rating

The tuition I received from Alisdair met my needs in every way. The lessons were delivered in a professional, but friendly manner. It was tailored at a level I could understand and gave me a confidence I needed in certain areas. I definitely recommend Alisdair, as a tutor for all SPSS programming needs.
To be honest, He is proficient in the subject which I had some lessons with him and also he is patient and tries to explain you the material step by step so that you can understand it.

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much for the kind words.


Shekinah (Miss)
02/01/2018

4/5 Rating

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Nadja (Miss)
20/12/2017

4/5 Rating

Helpful tutor, gave comments and feedback to essays

Tutors Response :

Thank you very much Nadja.

Best wishes


J (Ms)
20/10/2017

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is an exceedingly knowledgeable, friendly and patient tutor who responds promptly and with amazing clarity on even the most complicated of SPSS issues. He has a great understanding of the planning and organisational problems associated with dyspraxia, and was of enormous help to my son during his MSc project, keeping him calm and giving advice where needed. I only wish we had discovered him earlier! My son has achieved a Distinction at Masters level, and without Alisdair’s reassuring and friendly discussions I don’t think he would have managed to even finish his project. I would recommend Alistair highly as a tutor.


Eleanor (Miss)
09/10/2017

5/5 Rating

After just 10 minutes of conversation I already felt better at the task ahead. Talking it through with someone who knows about SPSS is so much better than watching videos totally unrelated to your investigations.


Viktor (Mr)
06/10/2017

5/5 Rating

It was extremely beneficial to discuss my project and planned analyses with Alisdair. He cleared my mind and gave many useful advices. I would definitely recommend this knowledgeable and friendly tutor!


Nicki (Miss)
02/08/2017

5/5 Rating

Alisdair is a friendly, professional and knowledgeable tutor - helped me no end to get to grips with SPSS! I would highly recommend him to anyone.


Ana (Miss)
06/06/2017

5/5 Rating

Great tutor! Helped me with my dissertation so much. He is very clear with everything he teaches you and makes sure to explain everything precisely so that you understand.


Sarah (Mrs)
23/05/2017

5/5 Rating

Alisdair has been a marvellous help with my Psychology degree, assisting both with SPSS data and ensuring my research project was of an acceptable standard. He is patient, knowledgeable and is always in touch straight away. Thank you Alisdair


Folakemi (Mrs)
15/04/2017

5/5 Rating

Very helpful support, tutor provided clear guidance.


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