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- Response Time 3h
- Number of students 8
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About the lesson
My lessons are mainly for GCSE, IGCSE, A-level and IB students aged 14 to 18, but college level Biology and Chemistry is possible.
I teach Biology and Chemistry to both A-level and IB
I teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics to GCSE
I also have DELF B1 level French and can help at GCSE and A level.
I studied Biology, Chemistry and Physics A levels at school and so I understand the level of focus needed to make students succeed.
I have a B.Sc (Hons), PGCE, M.Sc in Biology and Chemistry related subjects and have been a Science teacher and tutor for more than 20 years. I have taught a wide range of students to exam success and entry to chosen universities. I am familiar with the requirements for all the major exam boards and have experience teaching students through coursework and exam technique.
A typical lesson structure (1 hour) might go as follows -
-Review topic content knowledge step by step - I get students to explain back to me what they have learned and understood as we progress through the topics.
-Review associated practical work- method steps, variables, accuracy, reliability, validity
- Attempt short answer / long response / synoptic / data analysis questions on the topic
- Review quality of responses and terminology used by student, whether the response is directed precisely at the question
- Plenary quiz / review any other material as requested by the student
I use detailed subject knowledge and a conversational, fluid style - and mixture of direct explanation and questioning to shape student responses into exam quality answers. I mix in humour and anecdote, with acronyms, mnemonics, related science history stories and everyday analogies to simplify complex topics during explanation.
- Natural Sciences
- All Levels
Graduated B.Sc (Hons) Zoology class 2.1 Cardiff University 1995
PGCE Leeds University QTS 1996
M.Sc Human Health and Disease 2008 merit awarded
DELF B1 French 2016
Head of Science and Mathematics
Biology A level Teacher and Head of Biology / Team Leader
Biology Revision Tutor residential courses
Biology IB Teacher
Chemistry A level Teacher
Chemistry IB Teacher
Science GCSE and IGCSE Teacher
Mathematics IGCSE Teacher
Perfect! Philip is an very good tutor, he understands the content of the science, my daughter is very happy with him lesson.
- Philip's response : Good recall of basic content, concentrated well when new concepts were explained, needs to use revision notes to ensure fluency with the material
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I have know Philip for many years and consider him to be a kind , reliable, intelligent and trustworthy man. My own kids enjoy his company as he has a big personality and enjoy talking to him especially my eldest who loves science.
Philip has years of experience teaching chemistry as well as biology in multiple international schools. He's energetic and knows how the educational system works. I worked with him for two years and enjoyed every bit of it.
Hello there, I've known Philip for some 15 years or so. I know him to be a dedicated professional instructor, with a passion and curiosity for his subject that is readily expressed in his teaching. He is admired by his peers and past students equally. He is well organised, interesting and interested in his student's progression. I have no hesitation in recommending Philip.
Mr Harris is a fantastic teacher of Science. He is an excellent classroom practitioner who demonstrates outstanding subject knowledge and who has ignited a strong interest for Science amongst his pupils.
He is fully qualified and well experienced to teach (I)GCSE and up to A level science.
Philip has great knowledge of scientific concepts and works well individually and as part of a team. I worked with him in the same international school for a few years. He showed himself to be hard working and caring for his students and colleagues.
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Find out more about Philip
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
I STARTED GETTING INTERESTED IN SCIENCE WHEN WHAT I WAS LEARNING IN UPPER SCHOOL, AND WHAT I WAS READING IN SCI FI COLLIDED, AND A NEW UNIVERSE OF UNDERSTANDING BEGAN. I BECAME A TEACHER, GOT TO KNOW MY SUBJECT REALLY WELL THROUGH REVISION SESSIONS, LOTS OF STUDY, LOTS OF MISTAKES, LOTS OF THINKING, AND I REALISED I COULD COMMUNICATE CLEARLY TO STUDENTS. TEACHING LARGE CLASSES AS A SCHOOLTEACHER SOON MADE ME REALISE THAT THE ONLY TRULY EFFECTIVE TEACHING IS ONE-TO-ONE....
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
MY MAIN SUBJECTS ARE BIOLOGY AND CHEMISTRY BUT WITH STUDY AND PRACTICE I'M LEARNING TO LOVE THE PHYSICS MORE. MY FAVOURITE TOPICS ARE PROBABLY PHYSIOLOGY AND GENETICS, I ALSO LIKE THE ENERGETICS AND THERMODYNAMICS STUFF IN CHEMISTRY. I DON'T LIKE THE TOPICS WHERE THERE ARE CLEARLY PREPARED POLITICISED ANSWERS - SMOKING, DRUGS, DIET, CLIMATE CHANGE - AS THE ASSERTIONS DON'T MATCH THE ACTUAL REAL WORLD DATA
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
ALL MY TEACHERS FOR A LEVELS WERE INSPIRING - AND I WAS AN AWFUL STUDENT IN THE EARLY YEARS! ROLE MODELS? THE USUAL SUSPECTS - CARL SAGAN; RICHARD FEYNMANN; RICHARD DAWKINS; JAMES LOVELOCK; ISAAC ASIMOV; PHILIP K.DICK; RAY BRADBURY
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
PATIENCE, EMPATHY, KNOWLEDGE, DEDICATION, HUMILITY
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
I ONCE HAD TO KILL A WHOLE BAG OF FROGS PREORDERED FOR DISSECTION - THE MARKET IN CHINA ONLY STUNNED THEM THEN FROZE THEM - THEY WERE STILL ALIVE WHEN THEY ARRIVED. I AM DEFINITELY GOING TO COME BACK AS A FROG AND SUFFER THE SAME FATE - I HATE DOING DISSECTION FROM THAT POINT TO THIS DAY. I TRIED DISSECTING A SHEEP'S BRAIN FROM A HEAD ONCE - IT TOOK AN HOUR AND A HALF TO GET THROUGH THE SKULL WITH A CHISEL....
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
EXPLAINING THE TERMINOLOGY CLEARLY AND MAKING SURE THAT STUDENTS DON'T GET KEY TERMS MIXED UP - AND EXPLAINING ANALYTICAL TECHNIQUES (NMR SPECTROSCOPY) IN CHEMISTRY - ITS JUST TOO DARNED CLEVER...
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
I ENJOY WRITING AND HAVE WRITTEN SEVERAL PLAYS AND A BOOK
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P) ?
I KNOW WHAT IT'S LIKE TO FIND THE SUBJECT DIFFICULT AND I CAN SUPPORT STUDENTS THROUGH THE TOUGH STUFF...