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Dr Simon D

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Subject and level of tuition offered

Chemistry (A-level & GCSE & KS3)
Physics (GCSE & KS3)
Biology (GCSE & KS3)
Science Combined (GCSE)
KS3 Science

Qualifications

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 am now a full-time online tutor, teaching chemistry at A-level, which I specialise in, and chemistry, physics and biology at GCSE. I can also offer assistance in the chemical and physical aspects of A level biology.
I find one of my most effective strategies is to answer banks of exam questions with the student, and reflect on the mark schemes .

A recent student wrote: "Hi Simon, I got a 9 and an average of 91% in Chemistry. Thank you so much for all of your help."

Another parent wrote: "Just to let you know that Georgina got a 9 in all three sciences at GCSE. Thank you for your help with her lessons."

As a full-time tutor, I am available for daytime slots as well as evenings.

Hourly rate (£)
40
Availability

Available weekdays 8am to 6pm.
Other times may be available 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. I then went on to teach chemistry and science at an outstanding secondary school. Astronomy is my hobby, together with observing newts and frogs in my pond. I love to play the saxophone. 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.