Students seeking to achieve higher grades, e.g. for entry to medical school, should find my tuition particularly helpful.
I'm known as a highly regarded and successful tutor who has good relationships with my pupils.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
A-level Chemistry, IB Chemistry, Pre-U Chemistry, Scottish Higher and Advanced Chemistry.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BSc (Hons) Chemistry, St Andrew University,
PhD Chemistry, St Andrews University,
PGCE in Chemistry and Mathematics.
- How much do you charge?
£150 for each one and a half hour tuition session for individual students and £100 each for 2 or 3 students together.
Length of tuition sessions: tuition sessions are usually one and a half hours for £150.
- Where do you teach?
Tuition can be arranged at a student's home, a library, another suitable venue, at my home, or online.
Online tuition is cÐ¾nvenient, in the comfort of your own home, easy to fit into a tight schedule and nÐ¾t much different frÐ¾m personal tuition.
Students within a five mile radius of Maidstone and online students are preferred.
Students from Tonbridge, Sevenoaks, Orpington, Cranbrook, Tenterden, Ashford, the Medway Towns and Gravesend may choose to travel in to Maidstone for tuition.
Ongoing support is available to students between sessions.
- When are you available?
Most tuition is available during the time slots from 2.15pm to 3.45pm and from 4.15 to 5.45pm on Mondays to Thursdays.
There may be more availability on Thursday afternoons.
Tutoring sessions are also possible during school holidays and during study leave periods when additional time slots are usually available, e.g. 8.15am to 9.45 am, 10.15am to 11.45 am and possibly occasionally from 7.30pm to 9.00pm.
A Facebook account will be necessary for bookings as appointments are managed on the Facebook calendar. Parents and/or students can set up a private account set as unaccesible to others if required. The account can later be closed if no longer required.
Dr Leitch currently has limited availability.
Enquiries and applications are welcome.
Please go to (concealed information) to complete and send in an application form if you're interested in tuition.
Students within a five mile radius of Maidstone and online students are preferred.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Mostly sixth form.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
A-level Chemistry with all the examination boards including AQA, CIE, Edexcel, IB, OCR(A) and OCR(B) Salters.
Scottish Higher Chemistry and Scottish Advanced Higher Chemistry.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype with screen sharing along with other supportive technology.
Students like my online tuition because they find it works well, it's easy to fit into a tight schedule, it's convenient, it's in the comfort of their own home,Â it's easy to screen share, it's easy to share files, it's easy to talk to me, and it doesn't seem much different from normal face to face sessions.
Full explanations of needed computer skills can be provided if required.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
My tutoring is flexible according to every student's individual needs with effective problem solving, consolidation and examination training all on offer.
My experience as an examiner, question writer and editor enables me to help students understand how papers are set and marked, what examination boards are looking for, how to revise more efficiently, and how to achieve better results. My students really appreciate this.
Please go to my website and fill in the application form if you wish to apply for tuition.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I'm a former Head of Chemistry, Head of Science, Senior Management Team Leader and Teacher of Chemistry to A-level.
I have over 30 years teaching Chemistry in independent and local authority schools.
I have 8 years experience as an A-level and IB Chemistry tutor.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I was educated at St Andrews University and did a PGCE teacher training course at Dundee College of Education.
I've attended many in service teacher training courses including several with the Royal Society of Chemistry.
I have over 30 years teaching experience in independent and in local authority schools.
I've been an A-level and IB tutor for five years.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Formerly Royal Society of Chemistry (Chartered Chemist & Chartered Scientist), ATL, PTR
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Some comments from parents and students (from 2009 to the present time) are as follows:
Thank you, I got an A, I'm going to Cambridge. C.O.
Great news, I got an A in Chemistry and my place at St Andrews. I'm so happy!! Thank you so so much for all the help you have given me, it would have been impossible without you! T.K.
I got an A in my Chemistry A level! Thank you for all your help. I've got my place at Durham. Thank you again. A.J.
I have got to know Dr Leitch well in the year that I spent taking A-Level Chemistry intensively in one year. I was initially apprehensive about this undertaking despite my strong motivation to do it, as Chemistry was not my strongest subject at school, but determined to change career path to medicine I decided I needed to enlist some help, and I am very glad that I was fortunate enough to find Dr Leitch.
Dr Leitch is a supportive, intuitive and flexible teacher who knows how to approach the subject in a way that will suit his student's individual needs and learning style. Being so experienced and organised he is also able to provide excellent learning resources such as practice papers, Powerpoints and very helpful help sheets for revision and consolidation on your own time, and he helps you understand what examiners and individual exam boards are looking for. The availability of lessons via Skype is also very useful if you cannot be in the same place at the same time, and works very well as you can share screens to share presentations and written work in real time and capture screenshots of Powerpoints to look at later. Dr Leitch is very computer savvy, so if you are addicted to your laptop you can use Skype and Dropbox to share files and work such as worksheets.
I found his exam training particularly helpful as he is able to specify your technique to the exam board and help you train to use what you have learned in a way that will get you maximum points in the exam, and his encouraging and practical approach has built my confidence in my ability to learn, understand science, and achieve in exams.
Over the course of the past year I have undertaken a 1 year intensive AS & A2 course, going from barely remembering the basics to achieving an A* with 95% overall. If you have not been in education for a while, or you are a graduate and have not studied science for some time, I am proof that it is possible to do well if you try hard; and Dr Leitch was very easy to communicate with and learn from, for someone like me who is a bit older than your typical A-level student, and most importantly he was positive about my aims as a 'mature' student!
If you are re-sitting or just want to make sure that you do well in your exams first time, you will find Dr Leitch friendly and approachable and will treat you as an adult, making it really easy to interact and learn with him. Whatever your aim is for studying, I am sure Dr Leitch can help you to reach your potential.â€
You have obviously given E.R. a lot more confidence in the topics you taught her. I am keen for you to work with her as much as possible. Mr S.R.
I am wondering if you have any availability for tutoring. Several of my friends were tutored by you and recommended you. Please could you contact me as soon as possible. Thank you, H.K.
I got an IB level 6. I really appreciated those lessons, thank you for all your help. S.R.
• BSc (Hons), PhD
• enhanced CRB
C.R. was delighted to get an A grade in AQA A-level Chemistry. What would we have done without your help?! Thank you so much.
â€œThank you, I got an A in Edexcel A-level Chemistry, and I'm going to Cambridge!”
In IB Chemistry I got a level 6. Thank you so much, obviously I could not have done it without your help.
I got a 7 in IB Chemistry. Thank you for all your help. I`m going to university to study medicine. Thank you.
E.R. got an A in Salters A-level Chemistry and got into med school. Your revision course really helped. Thank you so much.
G.R. got his â€œA” in Salters A-level Chemistry and is off to study a masters degree in Chemical Engineering. Thank you very much for all your help – it was much appreciated.
I got an A in OCR A Chemistry so I am off to Bristol in October to study medicine! Thank you for all your help!
I got an A in my Salters A-level Chemistry which meant I got accepted to study Biomedical Sciences at King`s College London. Thank you for all your help. Thanks again.
I was working at E grade. Working with you on exam technique was particularly helpful. You explained complex ideas simply so that they were easy to understand. I was able to apply the exam techniques you taught me in my other subjects which helped to improve my grades across the board. Without doubt I would not have achieved the OCR A Chemistry A grade without your help. My A levels went better than expected, with A*AAA. I`ll be moving to London to attend medical school. Thank you again, many thanks,
E.N. passed his Oxford University Chemistry first year exam resit! Phew what a relief! He got 63% which is 2. 1 level which he is pleased with. I can`t thank you enough for all you did. Thank you.
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