I believe that the best method of learning is through active conversation and interactivity. The student is to be felt as if their every thought is important and they are expected to use logic and reasoning to develop a very solid foundation of chemistry that will allow them to tackle topics that they are expected to know.
My teaching will emphasise the student’s role to be one of inquisition - whilst chemistry can be learnt through rote memorisation, the highest grades can be achieved through genuine understanding of how things work through a chemist’s perspective.
Teaching will be separated into 3 main sections -
1. Physical - the study of the atom, kinetics, thermodynamics, etc
2. Inorganic - the study of periodicity, redox, metal catalysis, etc
3. Organic - the study of carbon systems, isomerism, synthetic routes etc
Each student will enjoy a specialised course dedicated in targeting their weakest points. Lessons will mainly be structured in a ordered way, but will change depending on the students needs and preferences. The general structure of the lesson goes as follows:
1. A small verbal recap test is given to ensure a previous topic is understood to a sufficient extent. This is followed by a harder, usually written problem that they will be expected to solve independently with general guidance when necessary.
2. A specific topic will be delved into detail by allowing discussion between the student and I. This will allow the student to slowly morph their own hypothesis into a valid answer suitable for their respective exam board.
3. An array of written problems will be given to the students in a range of difficulties, which will solidify their understanding of the topic. At all stages, appropriate guidance will be provided to ensure the students do not lose motivation and are able to complete the required competencies expected of them by their board.
4. Their solutions to each problem will be marked and constructive feedback will be given on the relevant science, language and terminology, and techniques shown.
5. At the end of each session, independent work will be set for the student to finish for the next session - this will usually be in the form of an exam problem by their exam board. By doing so, the knowledge and skills they have learnt in the lesson will be tested - this will give them the confidence and support needed to pass their exams with a very high degree of success.
I am a student that has been studying in a London sixth form, and have just recently finished - I have a huge passion for teaching and chemistry - and have a 2 year background tutoring students of my age group, with many achieving A/A* by the end of their course. By September 2019, I will be studying Chemistry at Imperial College London and I have earned a gold medal in the 2019 Chemistry Olympiad. I am also one of 100 students worldwide to have been selected to participate in the Barcelona International Youth Science Challenge, which looks at allowing young people to delve into currently pressing research, such as drug discovery and quantum computing. I ensure my students are taught in a way that allows them to grasp difficult concepts about the chemical world, yet apply them into the context of the students respective exam board.
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