I am gentle and patient and I encourage students to see mistakes as a vital part of learning rather than something to be critical of. Each student is unique and learns in different ways. I will never make assumptions about preferred learning styles. Instead, I will explore what style or combination of styles suit each individual student. The lesson environment that I create, with individually tailored objectives and well structured exercises and questions (generally from past examination papers), will help each student grow in confidence.
I have a very strong background in academia and I worked as a postdoctoral researcher for five years in the field of Cosmochemistry. This practical experience allows me to make my lessons more rich and vibrant, and helps my students to engage better with the many abstract concepts, which are integral to these subjects. During my lessons I will regularly revisit methods or concepts from previous lessons so that students knowledge and understanding remains fresh.
One of the biggest life-skills that can taught through the medium of Science and Maths is critical thinking. Thus, my lessons are structured so that students can move through the stages of Bloom’s Taxonomy, from the lower order skills of knowledge and comprehension, through to the higher order skills of synthesis and evaluation. What this ultimately means for my students is that they have a strong command of the subject and they can apply their understanding to unfamiliar situations and problems, which is vital to ensuring excellent examination grades. In tandem with this I emphasise the links between Maths and Science and I encourage students to see all subjects as a colourful interwoven tapestry, rather than discrete patches of colour.
I have 4 years private experience tutoring Maths and Physics for Common Entrance, GCSE, IGCSE and A-Level, and GCSE Chemistry. During my MSc and PhD I also provided tuition in Maths, Chemistry and Geology to undergraduate students. I have also worked with students with Asperger Syndrome. My students have always excelled in their exams and, where relevant, have gained admission to their schools of choice.
I am a very experienced classroom teacher of Maths and Physics, and previously Head of Physics. I won the top prize at King’s College, London, for my Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE). Since then I have been judged outstanding by Ofsted on the two occasions I have been inspected.
Irish Leaving Certificate Examination 4As, 3Bs (A* doesn’t exist)
BSc (Hons) Geology 2:1, University College Cork, Ireland
MSc Science, Ore Geology, University College Cork
PhD Science, Geochemistry, University of Southampton
PGCE (Physics), King’s College, London
I once spent 3 months on a scientific research ship in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean, 2000km off the coast of Africa. I even had the opportunity to swim over the Mid-Atlantic Ridge, which is 7 km deep!