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Dr Simon D

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BSc (hons) PhD PGCE
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Subject and level of tuition offered

Chemistry (A-level & GCSE)
Physics (GCSE)
Biology (GCSE)
Science Combined (GCSE)


PhD Biochemistry from Sussex University (1988)
PGCE Specialising in Chemistry (Leicester University) (1992)
BSc(Hons) Biochemistry (Bristol University) (1983)

Tutoring experience

I have 25 years of experience teaching chemistry and science at an outstanding school, where I was head of chemistry for 10 years. I have now retired and am a full-time online tutor, teaching chemistry at A-level, which I specialise in, and chemistry, physics and biology at GCSE.
As a full-time tutor, I am available for daytime slots as well as evenings.

Hourly rate (£)

Weekdays 8.00am to 7.00pm
or other times by arrangement.

About yourself

I am a very approachable person. I have always been fascinated by science and have long enjoyed passing on my interest to numerous students, many of whom have been inspired to become scientists or medics themselves. I believe that one to one tuition is a hugely effective way to improve a student's performance. When I go through my own thought processes with a student as to how to answer an exam question, I really add value to the student's attainment. I have great empathy for students and strive to make a first-class environment for learning and success.
My PhD was in mitochondrial bioenergetics, which was at the interface between chemistry, physics and biology. After my PhD I was a professional scientist at Leicester University doing research on the enzyme DNA Gyrase, which supercoils DNA. Astronomy is my hobby. I have no other commitments beyond being a tutor, so can devote all of my energy to it.
I achieved A Levels in Chemistry (grade A) Physics (grade A) and Biology (grade A) in 1980 at Southwell Minster Grammar School.