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Dr Simon D

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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. I can also give help to University students in chemistry or biochemistry, or provide bridging sessions between A level and University, or between GCSE and A level.

Why not improve your understanding during the summer holidays by having some daytime tutorials?

As a trained biochemist, I am well aware of the need for chemistry A level for the study of medicine. I can offer a particularly biochemical slant to my tutorials for aspiring medical practitioners if this is required. Please note: if you struggle with problems in NMR, I'm your man!

Hourly rate (£)

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

About yourself

I am a very approachable and understanding 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.

It is my philosophy that questions should really be approached as challenging yet fun puzzles. Learning to me is a lifelong joy. I regard myself primarily as a scientist, and 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 (together with playing the saxophone and observing frogs and newts in my pond). 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.