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Solomon
« Mark taught my daughter Biology and Chemistry from GCSE to A Level. I... More »
S
Solomon
« Mark taught my daughter Biology and Chemistry from GCSE to A Level. I am very happy with how he explained the concepts using the online learning tool, making sure that the student understands what is being taught and supporting the teaching with diagrams and context. Mark’s teaching is very much tailored towards the needs of the individual child and he constantly makes sure that they are on the right track, achieving what they are capable of. Furthermore, the use of exam questions throughout the lessons and as homework has also proved extremely beneficial as it has enabled my daughter to understand how best to answer questions. Because this happened throughout the year, the learning was constant so that nearer the time of the exams, she was confident in exam technique. Overall, Mark has been an excellent teacher, constantly reinforcing concepts and preparing students for the final exam from the beginning, hence giving them tools to achieve the best they can. »
£30/h
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Lessons offered by Mark
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial chemistry
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC

Science school teacher offering biology, chemistry & Physics exam technique tuition for AS/A level as either face to face or online lessons provided by fully qualified school teacher and examiner in R

Methodology

I am a fully qualified professional teacher of science and examiner. I buy professional tuition resources. Most of my work comes through from past students who have passed my details onto others. See my main website for more details.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

I teach KS3 Science, GCSE Science and the separate GCSE Science. This includes Biology, Chemistry and Physics. I also teach AS and A2 Biology and Chemistry. I use the latest examination questions and mark schemes to support learning. I have professional software that is specific to each board and this splits off individual topics in terms of examination questions and mark schemes. I also offer 11+ and 13+ tuition.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

I have a HNC in Science, Diploma in Chemistry, Honours degree in Natural Science with Chemistry. I have a PGCE in Secondary Science. I currently hold full Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

- How much do you charge?

KS3 and GCSE are charged at £25 per hour. AS and A level are £30 per hour. The same rate applies to both face to face and online tuition.
If you wish me to travel to you then there is an additional travel charge.

I charge from £15 per hour for groups. The groups are tailored to individuals needs. For 1 to 1 lessons see the prices above. My costs include the provision of homework. For lessons before 9am in morning or after 9pm at night a higher price is charged due to unsociable hours involved.

- Where do you teach?

I also have a classroom at home. I also tutor online. I am happy to travel. However, I will charge for the travel to cover the cost of time and public travel costs. Please note that transport costs are expensive and if you are a long way from it me it may be uneconomical.

- When are you available?

I am available most of the time. I have an online calendar that is available to view. Please contact me to obtain access.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

I teach from ages 11-18. I teach Science, Chemistry and Biology. 11+ and 13+

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Primary English and Maths, Key stage 3 Maths and science, 11+, 13+, GCSE Science, IGCSE Science and A Level Chemistry and Biology

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Use Skype with full interactive software.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

All of my past students have improved upon their current grade. I will not only teach the subject but also show you how to pass the exams and also how to study for a wide range of exams.

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One of our best tutors! High-quality profile, qualifications verified and response guaranteed. Mark will plan your first lesson with care.

Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have worked as a full time school teacher in several schools. I am an examiner for one of the major examination boards and have over ten years experience of tutoring. I have a proven tack record for excellent results. I have managed to turn U grades into A grades before.

I have vast experience of teaching students from both Independent and state schools.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes I do, and it is updated on a regular basis.

- Where and with whom did you train?

My subject degree is through the Open University.I trained at University of East London whilst I was doing my teacher training.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I belong to the ASE. This is the Association for Science Education as well as the General Teaching Council (GTC). The ASE provides me with information on changes to the Science curriculum enabling me to be aware with the latest developments.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I have a wide range of students, stretching across both gender and age.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h

Details

KS3 and GCSE are charged at £25 per hour. AS and A level are £30 per hour. The same rate applies to both face to face and online tuition.
If you wish me to travel to you then there is an additional travel charge. The travel charge is dependent on the time taken to travel to you.

Lessons offered by Mark
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Physics
  • Chemistry
  • Industrial chemistry
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC

Mark's CV

• BSc (HONS), PGCE, HNC, Dip (Chem)
• PGCE, QTS
• Enhanced disclosure
• ASE, GTC

14 reviews on Mark
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

14 recommendations

S
Solomon

Mark taught my daughter Biology and Chemistry from GCSE to A Level. I am very happy with how he explained the concepts using the online learning tool, making sure that the student understands what is being taught and supporting the teaching with diagrams and context. Mark’s teaching is very much tailored towards the needs of the individual child and he constantly makes sure that they are on the right track, achieving what they are capable of. Furthermore, the use of exam questions throughout the lessons and as homework has also proved extremely beneficial as it has enabled my daughter to understand how best to answer questions. Because this happened throughout the year, the learning was constant so that nearer the time of the exams, she was confident in exam technique.

Overall, Mark has been an excellent teacher, constantly reinforcing concepts and preparing students for the final exam from the beginning, hence giving them tools to achieve the best they can.

Angelica

Mark tutored me for my A-Level resits and I got the grades I wanted.

K
Kenny

I’ve known Mark for over 8 years and I have found him to be an excellent science tutor. I would recommend him for his professional attitude and the great quality of teaching that he provides. He provides depth and ensures that his students have the necessary understanding that they need, which help them through major exams such as GCSE and A Levels. He has a great bank of resources and tools to support children of all abilities.

Interview with Mark

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
Mark — I have been tutoring about 20 years to students on a 1 to 1 and group basis. When I was working within the pharmaceutical industry as an industrial chemist I developed an interest with helping others with their forthcoming exams. I initially started with a London based agency.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less)
Mark — I teach biology, chemistry and physics to GCSE or iGCSE level as well as biology and chemistry to A level. The topics that I like teaching the most include osmosis, electrolysis, moles, electromagnets. All of these are commonly asked for by students, so I have developed unique ways of delivering and breaking them down to make them simple to understand. Also, I have more than one teaching method, so if the first method doesn’t work, I can use a different method.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Mark — I have had a range of science teachers, some great and some not so great.

One of my teachers didn’t turn up to lessons, another used to turn up, but continuously write on a white board in block capitals without any form of explanation. Neither, did I find effective for learning.

I have had other teachers that were energetic, lively, engaging with interesting motivating stories that backed the relevant subject material that needs to be taught. This is exactly the style of teaching that I use.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor
Mark — There is no single quality that makes a good tutor. A good tutor has a number of good qualities:

Professionalism:
Turning up to lessons at the correct time and date, giving the parents feedback.
Following all legislative requirements including use of a contract and using general data protection regulations

Enhanced CRB check:
All tutors should have and enhanced CRB check updated at least every 2 years. A CRB check only provides information about the past, not the current. This is why it needs to be updated.

Curriculum
The KS3 curriculum and A level curriculum is updated about every 8 years, whilst the GCSE is updated every 5 years. It is important that all tutors update their knowledge to stay current. Also, there are differences between the courses, so it is important that curriculum is delivered exam board specific, rather than just teaching general science tuition.
Exam technique
Teaching content only is doing half the job. This will give a small improvement of grade. However, the big problem, often at A level is that the exam board exam technique needs to be taught. I spend a lot of time with all my students teaching exam technique. It makes a big difference to the grade.

Differentiation
I have had dyslexic students before or others with special education needs. As a qualified teacher I am aware of how to differentiate my lessons to account of individuals needs. A current example is that I have foreign students who do not have English as a first language. For these students I use more picture based lessons.
QUESTION 05 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Mark — About 4 years ago a client contacted for GCSE science lessons. On the school’s website it listed Edexcel GCSE science as the subject. When the parent sent me a topic list it included material that was not on Edexcel GCSE science course. It turned out that the student was not studying Edexcel GCSE. He was studying Edexcel iGCSE course which has different topics. The parent then phoned the school and they confirmed it to be iGCSE, which is different to GCSE.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still face in your subject?
Mark — The main difficulty I have is the wide variety of reasons that people come to me for. Some people have lessons to improve their grade, others to push them to very top. Some people find the classroom environment doesn’t work for them, either too many students in a class or the room environment is not conductive to learning.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Do you have a particular passion?
Mark — Yes, the rewarding results day. I get lots of texts and phone calls on results day with lots of good news. This day is definitely the most enjoyable stage of the academic year.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof?
Mark — Taking account of individuals needs, extensive specialised knowledge within a wide range subject. Ability to deliver high quality results on a regular basis.

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