Hi, my name is Jim Baker. I have been teaching chemistry very successfully for over 48 years. The comments in my guestbooks at : (concealed information) and (concealed information) speak for themselves.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Diploma in Education - The University of Sheffield - 1970
BSc Special Hons Chemistry - The University of Sheffield - 1969
- How much do you charge?
I charge £50 an hour (includes free e-help between sessions).
- Where do you teach?
I now teach online only. This gives far greater flexibility, avoids delays and frustration due to traffic problems and allows me to share any documents both on my PC and in the cloud.
- When are you available?
I am available most days apart from Thursdays. I am available most times of the day.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach GSCE, AS and A2 chemistry.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare my students for GCSE, AS and A2 chemistry.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Google Hangouts to tutor online. I find Google Hangouts coupled with 'Whiteboard Notepad' particularly effective as the whiteboards can be easily saved and shared with tutees. If for any reason there is a technical problem with the internet, the fee will be pro rata for the time online. Payment is made into my bank account or PayPal account within one day of the lesson.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
The comments in my guestbook 'say it all'.
- What kind of experience do you have?
2016 - Board Member of ViWeD (Virtual World Education)
2016 - Freelance Consultant with Real World Education Group Ltd.
2016 - Educational Consultant to Ekin Knowledge
2015 - Digital Champion Volunteer
2014 – Contributory Author of 'Teaching Secondary Science' (Fourth Edition)
2014 - Consultant to Highgate Private School, Cyprus
2014 - Educational Consultant to Angel Digital
2013 - Member of GAB (Global Advisory Board) for NGGE (Next Generation Global Education)
2013 - Chemistry Expert for 'The Chemistry Journey Project' for The Virtual School Initiative
2012- GTN Teacher Adviser
2012 - 2013: Freelance educational consultant with EM Direct on their Graduate Teacher Programme
2011- : Teaching AS/A2 Chemistry at SSPP
2010 - 2011: Freelance educational consultant with EM Direct on their SKE programme.
2009 - 2011: An associate with LSN on their 'Starting Out Programme'
1974 - 2008: Chemistry teacher at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School. During that time, in 1997, I reached the final 13 in the Salter's â€œChemistry Teacher of the Yearâ€ award and in my penultimate year of teaching, 2007, I was awarded a â€œLifetime Achievement Awardâ€. Upon retirement I was Deputy Head of Science in charge of behavioural management. In the 1990s our school was at the forefront of teacher training in schools and I was our school's chief mentor and liaison officer with Sheffield Hallam University. After coaching other staff to take on that role, I became involved with mentoring NQT's in Science.
1970 - 1974: Science Master, Lincoln School
Specialties: Providing resources for teachers and students.
Maximising students' learning.
Advising fellow teachers on 'what really works'.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an enhanced CRB check.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I completed my degree and teacher training at The University of Sheffield.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I'm a member of the NUT and registered as a 'Freelance Educational Consultant'.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Check the comments in my guestbooks at (concealed information) and (concealed information)
Jim, a self-identifying maverick, is a teacher of 48 years. He has written for the Guardian, and the majority of his career was spent as a chemistry teacher at Lincoln Christ's Hospital School. In his penultimate year he was awarded a 'Lifetime achievement Award'. He is a freelance educational consultant, and acted as Chemistry Expert for The Chemistry Journey Project’s Virtual School Initiative. He is a contributory author of Teaching Secondary Science, Constructing Meaning and Developing Understanding, 4th Edition. He is a pioneer of ‘Flipped Learning’ and trains educationalists world-wide on ‘flipped learning’ and ‘cloud computing’.
Jim, just a quick post to say how much we really appreciated your time, patience and help with our daughter. She did fantastically well in her Chemistry A Level (B) considering she got a D in her AS. She's now off to uni. There is no doubt that her success in the end is largely down to you. Thanks again and best wishes. Andrew and Caroline Gresham.
Despite my short time with Jim as a tutor, in just three classes he was able to enlighten me helping me to cover complex concepts which were not explained to me in detail or in a precise manner in my school.
I want to personally thank you for the enthusiasm and constant dedication through the weeks we worked together and I would definitely recommend you.
You are a professional, no need to say anything else.
Take Care and Best Wishes
Being taught by Jim through flipped learning on Skype has been invaluable to my progress through A-level Chemistry. He thoroughly explains everything clearly and replies to any queries you may have very quickly, at any time. Couldn't recommend enough!
I am very grateful to Jim for very useful and nice lessons for Edexcel A-level Chemistry. My son said the lessons improved his understanding of chemistry significantly. And I saw Jim's lessons were a PLEASURE for my son. Jim is an excellent teacher.
Would strongly recommend Jim if you're struggling with A level Chemistry. He really helped me raise my C grade in As to an A grade in A2 helping me to secure my place in university. It's really helpful to have an experienced chemist and teacher on hand to answer any queries you may have.
I left sixth form 2 years ago, and I am now in my first year of university and still in contact with Jim. He has helped me enormously with various chemistry topics this year. It's great to have someone, especially an old teacher still helping in further education!
Jim Baker is a wonderful teacher. He is a man who started to influence my world from the first words I heard from him. His attitude to the teacher's profession deserves the highest praise, his modesty and his attitude to people make us respect his personality. I have already used some techniques, which he has kindly shared with us, in my classroom. The meeting with Jim Baker is surely one of the most beneficial events in my life this year.
Jim is undoubtedly one of those inspiring and beneficially contagious personalities one can only wish to meet if but once in one's life. Unite this with a sheer passion for teaching, and what you are bound to get can be at the same time involving, challenging, ispiring and life-changing. A lot of respect.
Jim is an amazing teacher with great chemistry knowledge, who is always willing to altruistically lend a helping hand to a fellow teacher.
Being an online teacher, I've had a few Skype sessions with Jim Baker who has always been extremely helpful in discussing new teaching methods, new technology, new devices I've never heard of. Thanks to Jim and his idea of flipped learning, I've entirely changed my approach to teaching adults. I've got great results with my students after applying the flipped learning approach with my students. That's a real game changer.
Jim, thanks a million!
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