Too often the Sciences are taught by rote. Not only does this instantly dispel any elegance or beauty in them but makes their assimilation challenging. My approach is to establish the fundamental principles upon which more complex ideas can be built. This allows students to engage with the subject rather than just treat it as another hoop through which to jump. Engagement leads to enjoyment and an appreciation for the science that underpins the world around us. I encourage students to challenge what I teach them and to ask probing pertinent questions which is only possible if they have a true feel for the subject rather than regurgitating facts ad nauseam.
My belief that the Sciences should be taught as building blocks from the fundamentals upwards leads to structured learning with natural progression to and through defined goals which rest upon one another.
Private tutor since 2011
A-Level Chemistry Teacher at a London 6th Form College
Highly successful in preparing students for 11+ and 13+ entry
Successful students heading to or attending St. Paul’s School, King’s College School, St. Paul’s Girls’ School, Francis Holland School, Wimbledon High School, Magdelen School Oxford.
University of Oxford – Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry MSc. 1st Class Degree.
Departmental Prize for 3rd Best Dissertation in Year
St. Paul’s School (AS/A2) – Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*, Physics (AS) A*
King’s College School (GCSE) – 12 A*s
“Oli Stevens taught my son A Level Chemistry. He knows and importantly understands chemistry thoroughly and is a natural teacher. He has the gift of explaining subjects in clear, simple terms. He identifies the learning needs of a student, explains and then tests their understanding. My son was able to progress rapidly with Oli. One lesson with Oli was apparently the equivalent of 1/2 a term’s work at school. I have no hesitation in recommending him.”
“Oli tutored my daughter for her Maths GCSE resit. I sat in on the tutorials and was very impressed with the rapport that Oli quickly built with Emily; his patience and whole style very much suited her. Oli never let us down on any appointments and was always quick in responding to emails or calls should we have a problem. I whole heartedly recommend Oli for tutoring.”
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