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Letchworth, Hertfordshire
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Member Since: 16/05/2010
Last Login: 7 days ago
Response Rate: 95%
Expected Response: < 2 hours

My Qualifications

The University of Manchester
Organic Chemistry
Research Degree  (1975)
University of Madurai, India
Pass  (1971)
University of Madurai, India
1st  (1970)

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Information about John

I hold a B.SC(Hons) degree in Chemistry, a B.Sc degree in Mathematics and post graduate degrees in Organic Chemistry. I have worked as a Senior Research Chemist for a major pharmaceutical company for more than 30 years before retiring in 2009. I have been tutoring for many years and since my retirement,I am doing it full time.

I teach the following subjects:
Chemistry: GCSE, AS/A level and University students.
Specialist subject: Organic Chemistry.
Biology: GCSE, AS/A level
Maths: Lower secondary, GCSE and A level

Availability: Available 7 days a week and any time that can be arranged by appointment.

Willing to travel: Home Only

Experience: I have more years experience in teaching chemistry to students from GCSE to University level.I have helped students to achieve complete success in their exams. I am highly experienced coaching students from various boards such as OCR (Chem A), OCR Salters, AQA, EDEXEL and IB.

Most of my students improve their grades at least by two levels. Some of my recent success (June 2013) in A level Chemistry include the following:

Students Board Result Predicted Grade


2 OCR (Chem A) A B

3 OCR Salters/Chem A B C, D or U

Messages from past students:

19 Aug 2014

Dear Mr ,

Just to say a big thank you! Amaju is now off to Aberystwyth University to do B.Sc Genetics and Biochemistry. God bless you and I have told him not to hesitate to contact on you still should he need support.
Regards, Anita, Borehamwood (Online Tutee`s parent - AQA)


Here is our feedback for John on his work with Gemma for her A Level Chemistry.....

John rang us quickly after our initial email, to find out exactly what our requirements were. John was very flexible in allowing Gemma to choose what she wanted to focus on each session and not expecting commitment to a certain number of sessions. Two hours was a good session length to work through an AS or A2 paper and John both helped with how to phrase answers and also taught in more depth about the answer, to ensure Gemma had thorough understanding of the concepts. Working with John has certainly improved her confidence.

Thank you again for your help
Sue Reid


Mr John has been my daughter’s Chemistry tutor for the last 6 months.We have found him to be very knowledgeable and helped her to understand concepts better.He also is very good in explaining difficult topics and also navigating through revision papers and explaining what needs to be done to improve grades.He is very patient and kind which sets him apart.My daughter is an AS student and this has reflected in her grades and confidence.He is an outstanding teacher and I have no hesitation recommending him.

Dr Murali Raman

Letchworth Garden City


Comments: John has been great for the few weeks he has been helping me out, his knowledge of all the main syllabuses is extremely detailed, which comes into play very well when linking knowledge between each of the modules, perfect for the exam questions posed on A level Chemistry. Very professional and approachable, John insists you make use of his guidance and knowledge whenever need be and that he is always available to assist you in your studies. I feel extremely confident thus far that I can achieve the grade I need with John`s help.

Lewis Synan-Jones,Luton, Beds.

Date: 05/01/2014

John is an extremely knowledgeable tutor with extensive experience. His ability to tailor the teaching to the individual student is very impressive .

B Singh(Parent of Pav Singh, St Christopher High School, Letchworth, Herts)

Rating: 5/5. Date: 01/12 2013

Comments: The A level chemistry tuition that John has given our son Josh over the last 8 weeks has been invaluable Josh has grown in confidence, is now starting to enjoy this challenging subject and is making much better progress at school. Thanks John for all of your help.

Mary Volpe

16th August 2013:

Hope you and your family are well and you are all enjoying India! We had a wonderful time in India and returned on Saturday night. I tried to call you yesterday and my mum reminded me that you must still be in India.

I achieved A AA! I got the A overall in Chemistry that I wanted. I am now accepted into St George`s University of London and will be started from 23rd September.

A HUGE thank you for all your help over the past year in guiding me with my Chemistry A Level and I hope to see you on your return from India.

Many thanks,

Feed Back Rating: 5/5. Date: 04/04/2013
John has now had six chemistry sessions with our son. He is very knowledgeable about the requirements of the chemistry syllabus, and how best to focus our sons revision efforts, as well as helping his understanding of some difficult topics. We are very pleased with with his ongoing support.

Andrew lane, Letchworth.

Feed Back Rating: 5/5. Date: 29/03/2013
I have currently had 4 hours of tutoring. Mr is an engaging tutor who is helping me greatly with the areas I find challenging. I would highly recommend him to anyone seeking active, engaging sessions

Miles Dearn, Hitchin

Fed Back Rating: 5/5. Date: 14/02/2013
John has been teaching my 16 year old son AS Chemistry over the past 3 weeks.My son is enjoying and benefiting from these Teaching. sessions .We are very pleased with my sons progress.

David Mbamalu, Royston

Feed Back Rating: 5/5. Date: 04/04/2012
John has helped my son with Chemistry A level since October last year in order to get his Grade from a C to a B. Since working with John, my son`s grades have improved tremendously - even to a Grade A in one of his exams this January. John tailors his tutorials exactly to the needs of the student, taking time to ensure that each area is fully understood. My son`s teachers noticed a difference in my son`s classwork within weeks of seeing John, commenting that his confidence and understanding had improved even at that early stage. I have no hesitation recommending this tutor, and hope to continuing working with him leading up to this Summer.

Keiran Sinclair, Baldock.

Feed Back Rating: 4/5. Date: 02/12/2011
John has been helping my son with his A levels in chemistry and since then my son`s confidence has grown and we have better hopes of my son achieving an A or B grade in chemistry. John works well with my son when teaching and he takes time to explain difficult tasks . i am pleased with John`s teaching skills so far and i would gladly recommend him to any one looking for a chemistry tutor and i think his price is fare too.

Tayo Uriri, Stevenage.

Tutoring Approach:
I like to work on areas where the students need specific attention rather than systematically going through the whole syllabus. I encourage students to work out past papers giving special attention to appropriate mark schemes. So it is very much hands-on, ensuring that the students have fully understood the fundamentals so that they have full confidence in handling the questions.

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Feedback For John (15)

We have a total of 17 review(s) for John.

Deborah (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I can highly recommend John; Totally committed to his pupils and knows his stuff. I would not hesitate to recommend him in both online and face to face tutoring.

Tutors Response :

Thank you Deborah. Hope you’re all well and keeping safe.

Lauren (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Excellent first tutorial concentrating on the foundations of Chemistry where the lessons will build from there. Looking forward to next week.

Soraya (Miss)

1/5 Rating

Unfortunately John was unable to tutor my daughter after payment was made he had a family emergency that meant he wasnt in the country for 2/3 weeks, i sourced another tutor locally as it was urgent for this before my daughters maths GCSE retake a month later, i have been offered to use the money for another tutor but this is no longer required now, a refund would be nice thanks,

Biyi (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Mr John has been a great tutor. He explains each subject in the way the individual can understand,he helps the individual in subject areas they struggle on and helps the student to understand and solidifies the content.

Tutors Response :

Thank you so much for your kind feedback.

Stefan (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Very good tutor, always gives me different explanations if I’m stuck on a topic. Very pleased

Clare (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

John is a patient and experienced teacher. He seems very knowledgeable and has helped boost my daughter`s confidence with A Level Chemistry.

Tutors Response :

Thank you Clare for your kind feedback. Much appreciated!

Jewel (Miss)

5/5 Rating

John Sir has been an excellent tutor(Chemistry Alevel) for the past months.I can always go to him with questions which he answers clearly.He has helped me greatly with my understanding with chemistry and I would recommend him strongly.

Keir (Mr)

5/5 Rating

John began tutoring my son in year 10. In particular my son wanted to gain confidence with his chemistry GCSE course. John`s efforts helped him secure A grades in chemistry and biology and an A* in physics. As a result my son is now studying biology and chemistry at A level and continuing his tutoring sessions with John for chemistry. John has inspired him and instilled confidence in him when faced with an exam paper. I would thoroughly recommend him.

Alfred (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Mr John Newman is an excellent chemistry tutor. Since my son started his extra classes with him, he has rapidly progressed in his chemistry classes and looking forward to scoring an A or A* grade in his A level exams

A Norman

Joseph (Mr)

4/5 Rating

Helpful, punctual and well worth the money. He wasn`t able to answer a few of my questions but at least pointed me in the right direction. To get the most out his online lessons, use a pair of headphones and send him example problems to look at before hand.

Charlotte (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

John has exceptional knowledge in Chemistry and has supported my son at AS level which has already increased his grades coming up to his AS. We will be continuing with John next year for my son`s A2 support.

Roxanna (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter Sabrina has found her Chemistry tuition sessions very helpful. She finds John very knowledgeable. She is hoping with his support she will achieve an A grade in her A level Chemistry.

Ama (Ms)

5/5 Rating

I have found John to be an extremely knowledgeable tutor, he has a really has an excellent way of explaining tricky scientific concepts aiding my understanding in areas that I found difficult. John has also helped me to phrase my academic writing in a more scientific and accurate way.
A massive thank you for your help John!

Morven (Ms)

5/5 Rating

John was kind, warm and friendly and very encouraging towards my son. Two Bs and one C were a lot better than I expected!

Prachi (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Mr Newman is very punctual. My son says he is very knowledgeable and is very happy to be tutored by him

David (Mr)

5/5 Rating

John has been tutoring my daughter in preparation for AS level Chemistry for the past five months. He is a very reliable and friendly person,and my daughter actually looks forward to her lessons with John,who she finds patient and kind,as well as very knowledgeable and experienced in teaching chemistry. I would highly recommend John as a tutor,my daughter has thrived with his help,doing extremely well in chemistry,and we are hoping that John will continue to teach her through her A level year as well.

Nanako (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

John has been teaching my son for 3 months. Chemistry was not my son`s favourite subject, but my son`s confidence in chemistry has increased and he received an excellent review from his school chemistry teacher as he is aiming for a high level now. John is a knowledgeable, flexible and approachable tutor.

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