ChristianD
ChristianD

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About Me

Qualified secondary Chemistry teacher
SEN experience including dyslexia
GCSE and A-level
Over 3000 hours of teaching and tutoring experience in academically elite schools in the UK

Tutor Specialisms and Experience
  • Secondary
  • Post 16
  • KS3/KS4 Teacher
  • Maths
  • Spelling and reading
  • Gifted and talented
  • Focus and attention
  • Confidence and self-esteem
  • Dyslexia
  • Dyscalculia
Experience, training and skills

I am a qualified science teacher with over 3000 hours of teaching and tutoring experience in academically elite schools in the UK, including Wellington College and Repton School. I hold an honours degree in Physics from the University of Bristol and a PGCE (Science) from the University of Southampton. I maintain a passion for learning and continue to challenge myself in mathematics and science. As such I have a keen awareness of the difficulties of tackling complex content and the methods that are most useful in overcoming barriers. I teach GCSE and A-level Physics and Chemistry, including the iGCSE.

– I have experience in designing and marking independent school entrance examinations;
– I have marked thousands of GCSE and A level past papers in Science and Mathematics and am very aware of the common pitfalls and mistakes that students should look out for;
– Extensive experiencing in coaching exam technique, possibly the most significant reason for students of all ability levels dropping unnecessary marks in exams.

As part of my teaching timetable, I worked in the SEN department at Wellington College as the contact for mathematics and physics tutoring. I tutored a student with dyscalculia using methods that translate very well to dyslexia as well. I used a blend of electronic and physical resources and found that an iPad is a fantastically versatile tool to engage students with special educational needs (I currently use the latest iPad Pro in my teaching). Physical materials still have their place however, and my pupils make their own flashcards and mind maps to help illustrate their knowledge.

My Teaching Philosophy

My main aim in tutoring, aside from the academic results, is to foster self-confidence in the abilities of my students . Hard work beats talent every single time and the lessons that my students receive help them not only in their specific academic subjects, but their wider studies as well.
My approach, though it can be tailored to individual students' needs, is to take the end goal and break it down into a series of actionable steps. I do this with the student and parents/guardians so everyone is fully involved with each step of the learning process.
Once a base of knowledge is established, the focus is on past paper questions, applying the knowledge and being mindful of exam technique.
I am more than happy to push beyond the boundaries of the specific goal if the student wants to be challenged.

Choose me if…

Choose me if you want an engaging and empathetic tutor who is well aware of the challenges that learning complex content can pose. Academia and the pressure of academic performance can be overwhelming for students throughout the age ranges, and my time spent teaching in boarding school means that I have significant experience blending both academic and pastoral care to help students reach their end goal.

Something sensational about me

I mean it when I say that I maintain a passion for learning. I am currently on a sabbatical year and have, since September, learned Spanish travelling through Guatemala and Mexico, learned coding in the Python computer language in preparation for my masters in Artificial Intelligence, and I have started my studies to become a qualified yoga instructor. This dedication to learning and joy of viewing each day as an opportunity to improve myself is something I aim to pass down to my students.

Availability
  • Saturday

    All day

  • Sunday

    All day

  • Monday

    6pm - 8pm

  • Tuesday

    6pm - 8pm

  • Wednesday

    6pm - 8pm

  • Thursday

    6pm - 8pm

  • Friday

    6pm - 8pm

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