Different students learn in different ways and as such I have always made the effort to discover how my students learn and adjust my method of teaching to their individual needs.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Chemistry A level.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a B.Sc Chemistry (hons) from Leicester University 1971
PGCE from Leicester 1973
- How much do you charge?
A level is £35 per hour.
- Where do you teach?
I prefer to tutor from home.
- When are you available?
I am available from 8.30 a.m. to 8.00 p.m. Monday to Thursday, 8.30 a.m. to 12 noon on Friday. In special circumstances I would consider weekends.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
16-19 A level.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught chemistry at all levels for nearly 40 years. I have been an examiner for over 30 years both for UK examination boards and Overseas. I have been at various times in my career Head of Chemistry, Head of Science, Head of Sixth Form and a member of SLT. I was an additional inspector for OFSTED for five years and took part in a number of inspections of the quality of the sixth form provision in school sixth forms and colleges. My performance management reviews grade me as an outstanding teacher and many of my students have gone on to study medicine or chemistry related subjects at University. My role as Head of Sixth means that I can advise students with regards to the UCAS system and choice of University/Courses.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Chemistry was a huge worry for meÂ especially the organic. Mr Curless was very understanding and empathised very well.
He started with the basics offering me worksheets which I found very helpful and doing this gave me more confidence.Â On results day I was overjoyed having secured a very strong A in my organic exam . I honestly feel I could not have got this grade withoutÂ Mr Curless andÂ I wouldÂ stronglyÂ recommend him for any other student struggling with chemistry.
Derek has been a really good chemistry tutor for me. He has really cared about my learning and understanding He always prepared good lessons for me and went out of his way to find extra resources. When I found the work very difficult Derek was patient and found different ways of explaining a concept until I fully understood.
Thank you so much for all your fabulous teaching over the last four years. I could not have got this far without you. I will write when I am a famous biomedical scientist.
Thanks for being a fantastic teacher. You're the most dedicated teacher I've ever had and all the extra revision sessions have been really helpful.
The most amazing chemistry teacher ever. You made 4 years' worth of the hardest subject ever go brilliantly. We all owe you so much for your dedication to helping us achieve our very best , always putting us first.
Thank you for being so supportive and getting me through the tough topics with your igneous learning techniques. You've been a great chemistry teacher and have taught me to use the internet as well as inspiring me with your powerpoint presentations.
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