I believe all children have the ability to succeed in science given the right support. I am especially experienced in examination and course work preparation.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I have recently retired from a Science College in Hertfordshire where I taught all sciences up to GCSE (OCR applied and additional science and geology) and A-level Chemistry and Geology (Both OCR). In the past I have taught A-level Biology/Human Biology and Btec Applied Science / Biochemistry in Higher Education establishments. I have recently gained a position as an on-line Key Stage Three tutor for the Wolsey College Oxford.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
My original degree is in Applied Biology (Biochemistry with physiology and pharmacology, Upper Second, 1982) which I completed when employed as a research scientist for a large pharmaceutical company. I completed my PGCE in 1986 prior to gaining a full time teaching appointment in a school. I have recently completed a open degree in physical sciences with the Open university which covers physics, organic and physical chemistry and earth sciences.
- How much do you charge?
£25-30 per hour,depends on travelling time. £50 for a two hour session (in the past I have tutored both Chemistry and Biology).Happy to teach up to three in a group.
- Where do you teach?
Either at home or at the student's home. I have also "Skype" tutored in the past.
- When are you available?
I am retired so very flexible, I will also ensure I am available though out the Easter and May holiday period, a time essential for exam preparation.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Key Stage 3 science, especially where children need to build confidence prior to GCSE, GCSE(IGCSE) and A level/IB
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Would respond to questions by e-mail
Use Skype, would fax worksheets/questions.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Science is the key to making the world a better place, it's amazing!
- What kind of experience do you have?
I worked as a research biochemist for about 10 years until starting a family. When my children were young I worked part time in a college of further education. I gained employment in a large comprehensive who supported me to complete my PGCE with the Open University. I have worked in state schools ever since.I have worked as an examiner for Chemistry A-Level at OCR. I am now an on-line tutor for the Wolsey College Oxford (Key Stage 3).
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. Current for Hertfordshire.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Earth Science Teachers Association Open University/ Local Geology Groups
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Most of my A level students attain places on desired courses. Medicine, Vet, Dentists , Physiotherapy, Geology. Several students follow though from GCSE to A Level.
We have been very fortunate to find a very good teacher to help my daughter,M, prepare for her GCSE exams in Science in 2012. Mrs Powell has always been very professional and well prepared for her tuition lessons with my daughter who did brilliantly well and gained a place in the 6th form of one of the best schools in Colchester. My daughter enjoyed her lessons and now Mrs Powell is helping her prepare for A-levels
A huge thank you for your time and concern for S . You listened and understood her areas of improvement and tailored your technique to help her understand what she found difficult. I would be very happy to recommend you to any student looking for help in science subjects.
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