- Hourly rate £30
- Response Time 24h
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Joao - Stoke Newington - Biology
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Joao is one of our best tutors. They have a high-quality profile, verified qualifications, a quick response time, and great reviews from students!
About the lesson
I am passionate about learning and teaching. A safe learning environment, where students feel comfortable to ask questions and make mistakes, is critical for effective learning. Only this way will they gain knowledge and improve their confidence!
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
The subjects I teach are GCSE and A-level Chemistry, Biology and Maths (and Further Maths).
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I graduated as a Chemical/Biotechnology Engineer (1st class) in 2005 (a 5 year programme, currently equivalent to MSc) from the Technical University of Lisbon, Portugal.
After 5 years working in Biomedical Research, I have recently been awarded a PhD in Molecular Immunology by University College London.
- How much do you charge?
Lessons are charged at £30/hr (no extra fees).
I usually tutor individual pupils and suggest 2hr sessions every week.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at students' homes.
I am based in Stoke Newington (N16), North London, but am fine traveling to a number of nearby post codes (~30min cycle): N, NW, E, EC, WC, W
I can also easily reach SE postcodes via the East London Line overground.
- When are you available?
I offer tutoring to my students on weekdays from 5:30pm and on weekends. Please contact me for availability.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I tutor GCSE and A-levels: 14 to 18 years old.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
GCSE and A-levels
- Do you have a personal message for students?
My job is to help you understand the subject knowledge and to boost your confidence. You will have to be committed and do the followup work I'll ask you to. Once you start being more confident with the subject knowledge you'll start to enjoy more your classes and feel more motivated by the subject. It will be hard work to get that grade you aspire for, but you will see that you'll discover the pleasure in learning.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I am currently working as an Academic Mentor for Biology and Chemistry in an inner London Sixth Form. I give academic support in these two subjects at A-level to pupils who, with a little extra one-to-one weekly support, can improve their grades. I am working both with students aiming to achieve a pass grade as well as with students aspiring for A stars. The main goal of my job is to help these students become independent learners.
I know the pressure these students feel everyday and I also realise that the biggest barriers to the good grades are motivation and most importantly lack of confidence. And this can be easily tackled in one-to-one tutoring sessions where a safe learning environment can be created and a confidence relation can be developed. The pupil needs to feel comfortable to express him/herself without the fear of judgment and to ask questions and make mistakes. I therefore have a professional but friendly approach to tutees and tutoring but I am still strict on aspects such as behaviour, respect and commitment.
During the past academic year I was a Lecturer at the Jean Piaget University in Guinea-Bissau, West Africa, teaching Discrete Mathematics to IT Engineering students and Immunology to Medical students. This gave me valuable experience in lesson planning and delivering, tutoring, and coursework and written examination planning, assessment and marking.
I have also experience working with younger pupils. I am a volunteer with the charity Action Tutoring as a GCSE-Maths tutor. Their programmes are focused on students that are in the C/D borderline and that without this one-to-one support risk leaving secondary education with no qualification. I have participated already in a programme at Swanlea School, Tower Hamlets, and at Acland Burghley School, Camden. In 2011 I also worked as a volunteer tutor with the charity IntoUniversity in a "homework club" for 12-16 years old students from deprived families in Hackney.
Additionally, I worked as a private tutor (secondary school Maths) in Portugal as well as a Mathematics Sessional Lecturer for one term at my University during my engineering degree.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have an up-to-date and clean Enhanced Disclosure CRB certificate.
Joao is the best teacher!
I have no problem memorising facts but I feel like I need to understand everything. And when I am in mentoring with Joao I can interrupt and ask questions, which I can not do in the classroom. And Joao explains how everything is connected, between Biology, Chemistry, and even Geogrphy!
I really like Mr Metelo's mentoring sessions. He explains everything clearly and makes me think about the topics instead of just memorising them. He made me realise that a lot of what I was learning in Biology I already knew from organic chemistry. I felt much more confident in what I knew after the mentoring with Mr Metelo and I started to like my classes more.
You're the best teacher.
I see you in school every time studying and preparing materials for us to do in the lessons. You work hard and I respect you for that!
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- 5h: £150
- 10h: £300