Most of my teaching/tutoring experience is in secondary schools and one-to-one with year 11/13 to assist in exam revision.
Since the sciences and maths require problem solving at its core, the main problem many students have is not having an intuitive understanding of a concept and so struggle to apply it to a problem when needed and often how to go about solving a problem in the first place.
I like to get to know my students and build a good rapport and I try to see how they think and approach a problem or what they understand about a particular concept - in short, it's easier to fix something if you know what's wrong. Once I understand a students train of thought I identify the problem areas and help them correct it by guiding them through the logic at their pace and try to let them get to the answer themself.
I am studying for a MSc in Chemical Biology and Drug Design at the University of Leeds. After completing my BSc I worked in schools for around 6 months as a cover supervisor delivering pre-planned lessons to years 7 - 11 and then worked in a research and development lab working on pharmaceuticals before deciding to come back to Leeds to do my masters.
Brandon Lee Marshall
I am a master’s student at the University of Leeds looking to find a part-time job that best my passion for chemist, education or both. I am comfortable working under pressure and in fast paced environments including secondary schools. I am looking to develop my existing skills and learn new ones along the way.
Evotec, March 2018 – September 2018
Position: Medicinal Chemist
Responsibilities: Planning and executing chemical synthesis of novel drugs to be tested in cell assays. Using data generated from cell assays to design new drug targets.
Reason for leaving: Temporary position
Principal Resourcing, September 2017 – February 2018
Position: Cover Supervisor
Responsibilities: Classroom behavioural management in secondary schools, delivering pre-planned lessons to years 7-11 in a variety of subjects.
Reason for leaving: New employment
Arla Foods, August 2017 – September 2017, December 2017
Position: Microbiology Technician
Responsibilities: Preparation of microbiological media and diluents, testing samples for total viable count of microorganisms, pathogenic microorganisms (enterobacteria and moulds).
Reason for leaving: Temporary Position.
Education and Qualifications
BSc (Hons.) Medicinal Chemistry, University of Leeds (September 2014 – June 2017)
Key Skills include:
• Extensive knowledge of organic synthesis and drug design.
• Good knowledge of inorganic chemistry, analytical chemistry and toxicology.
• High level of problem solving and numeracy.
• Ability to analyse and interpret data with a view of presenting the findings in a concise manner
Problem Solving and Attention to Detail
My experience in research and development required me to problem solve on a daily basis, I often contributed to designing synthetic routes for myself and others as well as executing the synthesis itself and modifying the procedure depending on what the chemistry of that particular substance demanded. Noticing the little things, how soluble a substance was in a particular solvent and subtle differences in its behaviour in different conditions often meant the difference between a time consuming purification of low yield to a simpler one of high yield and higher purity.
Motivation and Organisation.
I am a keen musician, playing clarinet to diploma level and am also a competent flautist. I have continued these hobbies during my studies at university and was in the symphony orchestra and symphonic winds as well as concert band and brass band (playing percussion). The fast paced and hectic life of R&D forced me to become an efficient worker, running multiple reactions simultaneously all requiring different purification methods and at different timescales required me to be organised in my paperwork, practical work and mentally.
Computer Skills & Communication
I am familiar with Microsoft office (especially Excel and Word), am confident at finding various information online and have learned various specialist programmes such as ChemDraw, IJChem Database, spotfire data analysis, MestreNova.
As someone who has been both a music and science tutor, I realise that different audiences demand different responses to a given situation and I am adaptable to these different needs. I also regularly presented my findings to colleagues in meetings at Evotec.
I spent around 6 months working for Principle Resourcing as a cover supervisor, managing classrooms of year 7-11 children and delivering pre-planned lessons to them when required. Much of the time I worked in a different school every day, adapting to each schools rewards and sanctions system, time table, code of conduct and have experienced an extremely wide range of schools.
Hobbies & Interests
In addition to being a clarinettist and flautist, I enjoy composing music and repairing instruments. I also enjoy reading into fields related to medicinal chemistry including pharmacology, toxicology and medicine.
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