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£15/h
1st lesson free!
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Lessons offered by Martin
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
Levels
  • All Levels

Experienced university lecturer offering biology teaching at GCE and A level in the West Midlands or online

Methodology

As a dentist one of my "specialist" teaching areas was biomedical sciences for dental therapists/hygienists - including cell biology and physiology, as part of their first year.
Much of the teaching in dentistry is 1-to-1. My experience tells me that the best way for a student to learn something permanently is the "lightbulb" experience: making connections for him/herself. So my teaching will always be directed towards generating those moments. I always start with the simple explanation, before directing the student to the more complex one. I use a lot of visual examples (models, pictures and mental images) as I find these help the understanding of principles

I have many memorable experiences during my career. For example, I still treasure the memory of having my beard shaved off, alongside a student shaving her head as part of a fundraising effort for a cancer charity. My most memorable experience though was the privilege every year, of watching my students successfully develop into confident professionals

Background

Teacher since 1990. I am a dentist who has spent his career teaching dental students and dental therapy/hygiene students. During my career I gained a Doctorate in Education, so I have both experience and understanding of the teaching process.
Over the past 27 years I have taught hundreds of students, both in the lecture setting, in small groups and in 1-to-1 settings. I have a huge experience of coaching students for exams. Almost all of my students have gone on to fulfilling careers in dentistry; this makes me very proud of and for them

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £12/h
Lessons offered by Martin
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Biology
  • Cellular biology
  • Anatomy
  • Physiology
Levels
  • All Levels

Martin's CV

I am a very experienced teacher, with more than 27 years experience of university lecturing. Although I have taught in the dental domain, the education of dental team members requires a wide variety of subjects, and I have had a number of “specialty” areas, mostly in basic sciences. These included cell biology, human physiology, anatomy, pharmacology and dental radiography.
I have always enjoyed teaching. One of the privileges of being a teacher is to watch students develop their knowledge and skills and I have enjoyed observing and spurring that development throughout my career. I am very proud to see that many of my ex-students have gone on to fulfilling careers in dentistry, dental hygiene or therapy.
As well as teaching, I have extensive experience of curriculum development. I have enjoyed the challenge of developing curricula for dental therapy and hygiene in each of the three institutions where I have worked: for CME Nyankunde in the Democratic Republic of Congo, for Cardiff University and for BPP University.
I have also been involved in dental education at a wider level. I have a masters degree and a doctorate in education. At various times in my career I have been a PGCert/PGDip external examiner, a programme inspector for the dental regulatory body and a postgraduate tutor in dental education. I am currently a member of a task force developing an EU standard curriculum for dental hygiene teaching. I continue, despite retirement, as a fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

Relevant academic qualifications
1975 – 1980 BDS, University of Newcastle-upon-Tyne.
2000 – 2003 MA, Post-compulsory education and training, Cardiff University.
2008 – 2015 EdD, Learning and learning contexts, Birmingham University.

Career History
May 2016 – Aug 2017
Programme director BDOS degree – BPP University Dental Institute
Aug 2002 – April 2016
Clinical lecturer - Cardiff University School of Dentistry
Jan 1996 to July 2002
Staff Grade Dentist - Cardiff and Vale UHB.
June 1995 to Dec 1995
Locum General Dental Practitioner, Hull, England
October 1984 to May 1995
CME Nyankunde, a charity hospital in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Hospital dental consultant – Jan 1986 – May 1995
Director Dental Therapy training programme Sept 1990 – May 1995
Director Medical Training Institute – CME Nyankunde Feb 1992 – June 1994
1980 to 1983
General Dental Practitioner, Shaftesbury, Dorset

Other Education roles
2003 – Present
Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

2006 to 2012
Inspector of Dental Care Professional (DCP) Training Programmes for the General Dental Council.

2009-2011
Subject specialist advisor to the HEA (ILTHE) subject centre for Medicine and Dentistry (prior to reorganisation of this entity), in the education of Dental Care Professionals.

2010-2014
Postgraduate tutor – Distance learning module in Dental Education. Cardiff University School of Postgraduate Medical and Dental Education

2012 – 2016
External Examiner to the PGCert, PGDip and MA programmes in dental education offered by the University of Bedfordshire.

2016 – present
Member of the European Dental Hygienist Federation Common Education Framework (CEF) taskforce

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