I am a qualified, approachable and professional tutor with twelve years teaching experience. I am friendly, patient and I believe in building a student's confidence to help them achieve their potential.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I am qualified and experienced in teaching:
Chemistry to Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level
Biology to Key Stage 3 and GCSE
- Tell me about your qualifications.
My first degree is a Master of Chemistry with Biology (MChem hons). I achieved this at the University of Liverpool in 2004.
I then achieved my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) at the University of Nottingham in 2006.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £35 per hour and give discounts for siblings and small group lessons.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I thoroughly enjoy motivating my students and my passion is teaching students of all abilities. My students tell me I help them to enjoy learning and to break down complex information into more manageable sections. As well as preparing students for examinations I try to inspire them to apply their knowledge beyond the focus of exams. I strongly believe that learning should be enjoyable and accessible to everyone.
I understand how daunting it can be for parents and students to begin tuition so I am more than happy for parents to stay during my lessons.
I can provide references and testimonials from my previous students and the schools I have worked for, as well as an enhanced DBS check.
I am happy to set homework, mark examination papers and give detailed feedback, as well as organise additional lessons during examination periods.
- What kind of experience do you have?
For the last twelve years I have taught:
- Chemistry and Biology to Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level (in a secondary school environment)
- A range of examination boards, including AQA, OCR, Edexcel and also the IGCSE qualification
- In both a comprehensive and an independent school
- One-to-one private tutoring sessions to secondary students finding Chemistry, Biology and Science a challenge
- One-to-one private tutoring sessions to students needing to achieve the highest A Level Chemistry and Biology grades for entry into Medicine and Oxbridge
- One-to-one private tutoring sessions to primary aged pupils seeking help in Mathematics and Science
As well as teaching and private tutoring I am also a senior examiner so I have an additional insight into exam preparation and marking.
I worked as a Research Scientist for GlaxoSmithKline during my industrial placement year at university. I frequently draw on this application of Chemistry and Biology to stretch and challenge pupils wanting to achieve the highest grades for university entry.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Throughout my time at University and in my teaching career I have formed links with Salters, The Royal Society of Chemistry, Society for General Microbiology, the General Teaching Council and the Association of Teachers and Lecturers.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Here are some testimonials from recent students (they are happy to be contacted if you wish to speak to them further):
Ellie has been a fantastic tutor for me! She has always been available, very patient and friendly and has really helped me to get a grasp on A level Chemistry studies, and has helped me achieve the grades i've needed as well as improving my confidence for the subject! Ellie has always been very supportive and has a brilliant way of breaking down the most complex aspects of the subject into manageable sections. She's a lovely person, very intelligent and has a genuine enthusiam for chemistry and is always there for you and ready to help! I couldn't have done it without her! I'd recommend her to anyone! Hannah
Ellie is an absolutely excellent tutor in every respect. She is very patient, totally reliable, inspires confidence and is extremely knowledgeable. She is very good at making really complex subjects easy to understand, so much so that I am now planning to continue my chemistry A level studies. I would not hesitate to ask for her assistance again and already plan to see her again in October. She is very approachable and immediately puts you at ease. I could not have wished for a better tutor. Emma
I have now been taught by Ellie within the school environment and through tutoring. She is a lovely kind hearted person who knows the ins and outs of all exams. With plenty of resources, experience and help to give you, I would go as far as saying Ellie is one of the best teachers I have had. Ellie is 100% dedicated and will help you strive to achieve your goals, whatever they may be. I highly recommend Ellie to anyone looking for a tutor. Sophie
Dear Ellie - we've just got the results and he achieved his A. We cannot thank you enough for what you have done for him. Ravi
Hi Ellie, just to let you know I got an A overall in Chemistry and would like to thank you for helping me achieve it. There is no way I could have got that without you. I am looking forward to taking my gap year and applying for Medicine next year. Simran
Ellie really helps you understand the course content and answers all the questions you have. She provides you with so much help in the way of past papers and detailed specifications. Ellie is also really good when it comes to fitting more lessons in near exam time. This was really helpful and she was very reassuring for my exams. Alice
After a rough year 12 we sought Chemistry tuition. After one lesson with Ellie it is lovely to see the glimpse of positivity back in our son. Adrian
Ellie could always find a way to explain so that the topic could be understood and easy to grasp. And she was always able to answer my questions (and I had a lot of questions!) Amy
I really can't recommend Ellie highly enough - she has transformed Y10 GCSE Core Science for our 15 year old son. Luckily for us, Ellie is available to tutor our son through Y11, too, and we are so relieved about this and he is very happy, too. Thanks Ellie. Jess
Hi Ellie, I just wanted to let you know he has secured a place at Medical School. You were instrumental in his journey. The Sembis
Ellie is a very professional tutor whose lessons bring the learning experience outside the classroom, tailored to her students' needs. She is an amazing teacher with great empathy and patience for her students. Her unique and innovative teaching methods have tremendously helped our daughter achieve exceptional results in her mocks. Ellie has no doubt proven to be a vital resource to our daughter's GCSE Chemistry. We're so glad to have found her. Nabeel
Ellie has been absolutely invaluable to my daughters GCSE Chemistry and in Lucy's words "It was like someone had switched the light on". Now instead of being scared of Chemistry she wants to do it at A Level as she knows with Ellie by her side she can achieve the results she needs. I actually wish Ellie did more subjects and we'd have her for so much more! I doubt I could give higher praise for a tutor! Amanda
Ellie is an exceptional tutor and has boosted by daughters confidence significantly in all sciences. She is fully committed, always making time do us and ensures that my daughter understands everything before moving on. Ellie has been tutoring my daughter Kerina, only for a short period of time however I have noticed that my daughter has significantly improved in chemistry, biology and physics and feels a lot more confident towards her upcoming GCSE's because she has had the help and support from Ellie. She goes through each topic in detail and makes sure that Kerina understands everything before moving on to the next topic, she is very committed and nothing is too much trouble for her. Thank you for everything Ellie! Punita
Exceptional tutor! Real progress evident due to Ellie's superb knowledge, ideal pace of lessons, meticulous planning and detailed feedback with additional homework activities set. My daughter was reticent about having a tutor but has now achieved really well in her mocks - and has always thoroughly enjoyed her sessions with Ellie - she really builds confidence and motivates! Sarah
If you need an excellent Science tutor, look no further than Ellie. I can't recommend her highly enough - Josh has come on leaps and bounds and already passed Core Science GCSE thanks to Ellie. Ms Moss
Ellie has tutored my son for his GCSE examinations and this academic year, for his AS exams in Chemistry. Ellie's tuition has been outstanding and she has helped him to achieve incredible results, but more importantly she has fostered a love of the subject and encouraged him to believe in himself. I can't recommend her highly enough!! Helen
Ellie is really a fantastic teacher. Her teaching is amazing excellent. Its been 7 months now my daughter started class with Ellie, its a great pleasure to say that my daughter really enjoys her class. She is so motivated to go the class. And my daughter has moved up to the top scorer in Chemistry and Biology, I would definitely say after joining Ellie. Thank you Ellie for your help. Manjula
I decided to book Ellie for my A2 exams after needing to resit. After having gone through many chemistry teachers I can honestly I found the best- if only I found her sooner! I have learnt so much so quickly. Ellie is very patient and makes you understand in a way that suits you. Since starting with her I look forward to studying chemistry and enjoy completing the exam questions she sets. Ellie is very knowledgable about the exam board so can tailor the content needed, and most importantly she is so supportive. I would recommend her to anyone! Anika
Both myself and my brother have had Ellie for AS and A2 tuition. She has proved to be hugely knowledgable and you can ask any question and she is able to answer without hesitation. She structures the lessons to our individual needs, is very patient and ensures our understanding by setting exam questions. Having experienced various tutors, I can honestly say Ellie is by far the best! She is so encouraging, so kind and we both look forward to her tutoring sessions. We have both learnt so much in such a short space of time and thoroughly recommend her to any student looking for extra support in chemistry! Cara and Alex
I have been having extra chemistry tuition with Ellie since September in preparation for my A Level's in the summer. I have found Ellie to be extremely knowledgeable but also able to explain things in varying ways, ensuring I always gain a sound understanding. She always follows up the lesson with relevant exam questions which ensures the content of the lesson is reinforced. Right from our first lesson Ellie has put me at ease enabling me to ask any questions I may have. She has a very reassuring and patient way of teaching, and has really boosted my confidence in a short period of time. I would honestly have no hesitation in recommending Ellie to anyone needing additional chemistry support! Megan
Miss Ellie does a wonderful job in teaching chemistry from what I have seen so far. I love that you have your own techniques in teaching the different concepts of the subject which makes it so much more easy and understandable. As well as that i also learn so much in a short amount of time and I got to clarify so many specific doubts and problems! It's also great how the flexible to what I want to learn and not just fixed! Once again, I think miss Ellie does a wonderful job, I would definitely recommend her !!! Sanjana
I have found Ellie to be very caring and accommodating, reorganising her timetable to incorporate our busy lives. Academically, she is very current and aware of the requirements of the various examination board's. She also has the ability to, 'switch on the light of understanding', in the minds of her students Dr. GW, Solihull
When I first visited Ellie, my mind was full of individual jigsaw pieces. At the end of the lesson, the picture in my mind was complete. LW, Solihull
• MChem Master of Chemistry (Hons)
• PGCE Post Graduate Certificate in Education
• Enhanced DBS
• Senior examiner and qualified teacher
12 Years of teaching experience
Ellie is a born scientist and teacher who explains everything so clearly.
She is also very nurturing and encouraging. She gave me the confidence to succeed.
I am so very grateful for all the help and support that Ellie has given me throughout my Chemistry A-Level. She has helped me to improve more than I ever thought I could! Ellie is very kind and patient, and is able to answer just about every science question known to man. Definitely, absolutley would recommend!
I found Ellie to be a first class tutor for my daughter.
I saw how her confidence grew as Ellie nurtured her through the areas of Chemistry that she hadn't quite grasped in class.
As Ellie developed her Chemistry skills, she began to believe in herself and this made a big difference to the preparation for exams.Ellie had a deep understanding of the person and this is what I believe made the difference. Ellie has an approach that shows she cares about her students, not just their grade potential, but their well being. She even messaged us the day before the exam with good luck wishes, and also followed up after the results came out.
Ellie has an accurate understanding of the exam board requirements and this is a real advantage.
Ellie helped my daughter beyond the call of duty, assessing past paper practices, which was very much appreciated as she has a demanding timetable. I don't believe that there is anyone else out there as good as Ellie.
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