An enthusiastic teacher with passion for my subjects, I have years of experience as a teacher and private tutor. I am familiar with many of the problems that students encounter in my subjects and have over the years, developed strategies that help overcome them, thus making the learning experience enjoyable again. My general approach to private tuition is to find terms and contexts with which the the student is already familiar in order to create 'hooks' to anchor the new material.
I am a qualified teacher (PGCE Science) and have taught both GCSE and 'A'-lvel Maths and Physics in schools, as well as lecturing in universities. I funded part-time Ph.D. in astrophysics largely by tutoring, giving me 6 years of experience in private tuition.
1995–2003 Ph.D. IN ASTROPHYSICS– University of Central Lancashire
+ Thesis; “Metallicities and Stellar Populations in Spiral Bulges”.
1994–1995 POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE IN EDUCATION (PGCE) – Mansfield College, University of Oxford.
+ Science teaching qualification.
1977–1980 BACHELOR OF SCIENCE – Imperial College, London, UK.
+ Honours degree in physics.
1975–1977 ‘A’-LEVELS – Cricklade College, Andover, UK.
+ Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry, all grade C or above.
1970–1975 ‘O’-LEVELS – Andover Grammar School, Andover, UK.
+ 10 ‘O’-levels, grade C or above, including Maths and English.
2016 – present MARKING MASTERS-DEGREE ASTROPHYSICS ASSIGNMENTS (part-time)
2003-2016 POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSISTANT IN ASTROPHYSICS
1995-2002 CONTRACT TEACHER/LECTURER - During part-time, self-funded Ph.D.
+ ‘A’-level Maths and Physics private tuition.
+ Supply (relief) science teaching in secondary schools.
+ University lecturing of IT courses.
+ Public lectures (mostly Astronomical societies).
1992-1994 PROJECT ENGINEERING MANAGER – AVX Ltd.
1990–1992 VOLUNTARY SERVICES OVERSEAS (VSO)
+ ‘A’-level Maths and Physics teacher, in St. Kitts, Leeward Islands, WI.
1980 – 1990 PROCESS ENGINEERING – AVX Ltd. (Tantalum capacitor manufacture).
+ 1984-1990 Process Engineering Manager.
+ 1982-1984 Process Engineering team leader
+ 1980-1982 Process Engineer.
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