General Teaching Council (GTC)
Qualified Teacher Status Secondary
York St John University
Information about Michael
I have 30 years experience as a science teacher and GCSE Examiner, helping to finalise the mark scheme and marking the GCSE papers. This has helped me to understand the importance of good exam technique and to make pupils aware of how easily marks are lost, even by able pupils, simply through not understanding the way exam questions work, or what the examiner is expecting. I am convinced that good exam technique makes a significant difference.
There are many people who teach science, I teach pupils. I don`t just impart knowledge, I`m interested in seeing the reaction of the pupil. Have they understood it? Or are they still not sure? They may say they understand, but that is not always accurate. Moving on too quickly is not helpful and will leave them confused and disheartened, the last thing you want. Equally, you don`t want the pace to be too easy or too slow.
I also know how important it is for pupils to learn how to learn - vital skills that needs training and development, but which equip them for life.
Availability: I have good availability for Year 10 or 11 students, starting from September. I also offer tuition during the summer holidays.
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: 30 years teaching and tutoring GCSE Science
5 years as a GCSE examiner
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Feedback For Michael (8)
Micheal is a very patient and experienced teacher. My son has chemistry lesson with him. He explains everything very clearly. He is always well prepared for each lesson according to the students situation. Will have more lessons with him. Definitely recommend him as a science teacher.
I contacted Michael for help with a Science equivalency test I had been given a date for, I had two and a half weeks to prepare. I paid for an hour tutoring with Michael which he spent 15 mins of telling me how difficult it would be for me to pass the test in the short time that I have,he then ended the session saying I should think about it and that he would owe me 45 minutes. This was very discouraging, however I decided to at least try the test anyway and the good news is that I passed and without any tutor help. I was very disappointed to pay for a session with Michael only to be told for 15 minutes that I would fail and not to be even taught anything.
Tutors Response :
First of all I am genuinely happy you passed, I know it means a lot. As I explained to you I have helped 2 other people pass this exam, but never with only 2 weeks preparation. I think you would agree I spent some time finding out about the possible ways of doing the equivalency test and then advising you through several messages what might be your best option, the advantages and disadvantages of each option. My actual recommendation was to consider applying for an exam date in late August to give you more time to prepare, rather than 2+ weeks, an extra 2-3 weeks even would have made a significant difference. I gave my best advice based on you having only 2 weeks to study. I could have booked lessons and simply taken your money, but I was concerned you would not be sufficiently prepared and it would be dishonest to not say so. It was left that you would come back to me after considering my advice and discussing the best way forward. If you wanted to proceed I would have done so. If you were able to apply for a later exam date that would have been even better. That is why the lesson was left as it was. If you wanted a refund I would have provided it, you only had to ask, even though I spent more than an hour giving you plenty of advice, based on my looking into it for you.
Mr Michael is extremely helpful and polite. My son was very pleased and felt comfortable approaching him with questions and concerns. I highly recommend him without any reservation
Michael is reliable, and a very knowledgeable Science tutor. He takes time to understand his student and teaches as per an individual’s requirement. My daughter started taking tutoring now, a little closer to the GCSE’s but he is helping her catch up, giving HW and testing her along the way. what I really find distinctive is that he takes notes about the students progress and emails the parents... even when he is so busy. I highly recommend Mr Michael 👍;;🏽;
I recommend Mr Michael. my daughter had only few lessons yet, she found the lessons helpful with her revisions
Michael has been tutoring my son in Science (year 10) and it has been a very positive experience. My son has already gained a much better understanding of key concepts since seeing Michael; he has helped him with exam and revision techniques and has made the subject much more interesting for him, as well as quickly identifying the areas of weakness. My son has become more enthusiastic about the subject and looks forward to the sessions with Michael.
Michael is truly fabulous! He explains topics incredibly well. My son is really reaping the benefits is lessons with him!
Tutors Response :
Thank you very much for your kind appreciation. Im really glad he is feeling the benefit.
Professional, knowledgeable, very helpful with providing extra work and exercise. Knows the curriculum well. Am extremely happy to have him as a tutor for my son, who is doing his GCSE`s this year.
Tutors Response :
Thank you for your kind appreciation. He has a positive attitude and puts in the effort, which is great. A pleasure to tutor. Michael
He came twice and I gave him feedback. After he booked a lesson and he did not attend. I emailed and messaged him but he didn`t reply back.
Tutors Response :
When I arrived to tutor the first time I had to telephone as I couldn`t find anywhere to park - I then discovered all parking on the estate and surrounding roads are residents only. I was assured I would be given a visitors parking permit next time, but instead on my second visit I was told to park illegally on the estate. I cannot risk my car being clamped, towed away or paying a fine. I did explain that I would not be able to come again because of this, but Lydia did not accept my reasons and persisted in asking.
I do have to be able to park my car legally without risk of a fine, clamping or being removed.
We have found Michael to be punctual, quick to respond to messages and flexible re tutoring times. He seems very knowledgeable on content matter and exam technique. My daughter has benefited from having sessions with him and after initially requesting one to one biology sessions she also went on to have physics sessions. We are happy to recommend Michael.
He is very good teacher and I will be very happy to recommend to other parents.