I have a Ph.D in the philosophy of physics and 10 years' experience as a private tutor, my students have secured places at top private schools including scholarships to Eton and St Paul's. I love teaching science through hands-on experiments.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach mathematics and the sciences from 11+ to A-Level.
My teaching is heavily based around practical science activities and coding to inspire students and encourage hands-on learning.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
Ph.D from Bristol University in the Philosophy of Physics
M.Sci from Bristol University in Physics and Philosophy
- Where do you teach?
Online mainly. I also teach in person around west London (Holland Park, South Kensington, Knightsbridge, Battersea, Sloane Square) but travel further during busy times of year.
- When are you available?
I am free on weekdays all day for Skype or FaceTime lessons. For in-person lessons I teach mainly after school (4-8pm) and occasionally at weekends. School holidays are also a busy time for me.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
8 and above.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Common entrance 10+, 11+, 13+
AS - A2 level
University entrance and interview preparation
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype and FaceTime for online tutoring. Also screen sharing with Skype allows me to give slideshows and show diagrams with powerpoint and keynote.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
spend as much time as possible designing, making and taking things apart. You will learn so much more this way than staring at a textbook. Hands-on experience puts so much of science an maths in context, makes it easier to remember and makes it more fun.
- What kind of experience do you have?
For the past 10 years I have accumulated over 3000 hours of tutoring experience. Most of my work involves bringing struggling students up to speed to pass exams at 11 or 13+. I also specialise in preparing students for scholarships to Eton, St Paul's and Winchester. I occasionally stay with clients for residential work too, usually over the summer.
Here is a short list of recent successful students:
Sussex House 12+ 2017
Wetherby Prep 10+ 2017
Down house 12+ 2017
The American school Amsterdam 2016
Eton King's scholarship 2015
Eton King's scholarship 2015
Winchester 13+ 2015
Eton King's scholarship 2014
Eton common entrance 2014
St Paul's scholarship 2014
13+ entrance to Dulwich College x2 2014
13+ entrance to Harrow 2014
A-level physics, entrance to Bristol University 2014
A-level maths, entrance to UCL 2014
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. I can also provide references upon request.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
- Tell me about some of your current students.
A home schooling student, J, has developed rapidly after we designed a personalised programme of at-home science experiments and demonstrations to put the syllabus in context. J had a difficult time at school and seriously demotivated towards his GCSEs, our hands-on science work gradually rekindled his interest in science and then maths. By the start of the second term J was willing to reapply himself to his school work and think about his future plans. I was delighted to hear that J competed his GCSE’s with the necessary grades and he is now in full-time education on his dream BTEC course.
A GCSE student of mine, M, is having weekly Skype lessons so we can explore more advanced topics in maths and science. We frequently find ourselves working on A-Level content or otherwise interesting material which is not on the syllabus. I had originally Tutored M for his common entrance scholarship exams but we had so much fun we decided to keep our weekly lesson and devote it to more challenging work. We did excellent work from the A level maths and physics syllabus and M was also keen to try some python coding and electronics.
I am working on a creative construction course with a 12 year old boy, A. We work on science-based engineering challenges at home. We're building a radio controlled plane at the moment! A was very keen to explore a construction project with no instruction manual so we have designed and built everything from scratch from plastic and wood. A has done particularly well at leading the design of our work, sketching out plans and researching materials and tools online. The moment I show A how to do something he is keen to jump in and have a go.
A 12 year old student of mine, G, found that he fell behind in maths so we are doing weekly lessons in-person to improve his understanding and exam technique. His progress is very encouraging, especially the improvement in the presentation of his work. G found that by spending more time carefully presenting his work he understood the concepts better and felt less rushed. G took his common entrance exams in 2016 and secured a place at Dulwich college.
• M.Sci Physics and Philosophy
• Ph.D Philosophy of Physics
• CRB checked
We brought James in when our son struggled after changing schools. He improved rapidly and achieved top grades in Maths and Science.
Understanding concepts in advance of them being taught made a huge difference. I could not recommend James highly enough and he will be with us every term for the foreseeable future.
Eton scholarship papers are extremely challenging and my son's school did not provide satisfactory preparation. The outcome of the exams has been fantastic and my son was awarded a scholarship in a year that had a record number of scholarship candidates. I found James to be extremely thorough, intelligent and professional at all times. My son liked very much working with him and always enjoyed their sessions. James picked up immediately some of my son's weaknesses during their first session.
James is professional, organised and well-prepared. He has extensive knowledge of the subjects that he teaches and he conveys his interest and enthusiasm in them to his students.
My son very much looked forward to his FaceTime/Skype lessons with him
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