My teaching method is based on the needs of my students. I plan lessons around specific areas requiring attention, and then explore related concepts. This way we are able to develop a holistic approach towards the subject rather than learning stand alone topics in isolation.
I’m a fourth year DPhil Organic Chemistry student at the University of Oxford. I did my undergraduate degree at Magdalen College, Oxford and graduated in the top 5% of my cohort. I’ve taught both GCSE and A Level chemistry before and I have also been a graduate tutor of organic chemistry for biochemistry at Magdalen, including delivering tutorials, marking tutorial work and termly college examinations. I’m currently a graduate tutor of organic chemistry at Magdalen.
I'm familiar with GCSE and A Level exam board syllabi and I structure my lessons to include teaching and exam technique. I will always try to include answering exam questions into my lessons so that students feel that they have mastered a topic and feel confident going forward into their exam. By explaining a concept, working through examples, and answering any questions that the student may have, I am able to prepare my students well for any exams
2016–present DPhil Organic Chemistry, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
• My DPhil project aims to develop the first total synthesis of the taiwanschirin family of natural products. Through the synthesis of these compounds we hope to learn more about their biological activity in addition to providing confirmation of their chemical structure.
• Ongoing collaboration with Professor David Vaux, Sir William Dunn School of Pathology, University of Oxford on an interdisciplinary project investigating the application of fluorescent molecular rotors in the determination of cellular viscosity. Successfully synthesised two novel rotors currently under investigation.
• Collaborated with Professor Peter Proksch and Professor Horst Weber, Institute of Pharmaceutical and Medicinal Chemistry, Heinrich Heine University, Düsseldorf. This work explored the isolation and biosynthesis of two novel isoquinoline natural products, manuscript in preparation for publication.
• Delivered tutorials to first-year biochemistry students at Magdalen College.
• Supervised a masters (Part II) student, delivered training on practical work and thesis writing technique.
• Proofread Part II and DPhil theses.
• Awarded one of 4 equal prizes at the AstraZeneca Organic Chemistry and Chemical Biology Final-Year Graduate Symposium (20 minute oral presentation)
2012–16 MChem Chemistry, Magdalen College, University of Oxford.
• First Class degree, ranked in top 5% of cohort.
• Presented with the Brian Bannister prize for the highest fourth-year project thesis.
• Awarded the GlaxoSmithKline Prize for the highest combined performance at Part I and Part II.
• Awarded the Katritzky Prize, which is presented annually by Magdalen College to the undergraduate with the highest third-year examination results in chemistry at the College.
A Levels: chemistry A*, physics A*, mathematics A*, geography A*, general studies A*.
AS Level: environmental studies A.
Extended Project Qualification A*.
GCSEs: 11 A* grades
2019 Medicinal Chemistry Department, GlaxoSmithKline, Stevenage (8 week industrial placement)
• Conducted research at the UK research hub of a multinational pharmaceutical company.
• Presented research findings to 50 scientists.
• Received training on intellectual property, legal and commercial issues relevant to practicing scientists.
2018–19 Sub-Editor, The Oxford Scientist
• Revised and edited articles covering a diverse range of subjects for a student run university magazine.
• Made recommendations on the suitability of articles and liaised with other editors and authors to ensure high standards ahead of publication.
• Adhered to tight deadlines and targets.
2016–17 Graduate Tutor for Organic Chemistry, Magdalen College, University of Oxford
• Delivered tutorials every two weeks to 4 first-year biochemistry students.
• Marked and corrected tutorial work, college examinations and wrote termly reports on the progress of students.
2015–16 Academic Affairs Trustee, Magdalen College Junior Common Room
• Advocated for 400 undergraduate students at Magdalen College at weekly Oxford University Student Union meetings.
• Compiled a termly report on student tutorial feedback. Met with the President and Senior Tutor to discuss how the tutorial system could be improved for the future.
• Organised a careers fair with the Development Office involving 18 alumni.
• Arranged for external speakers and companies to give presentations and careers advice at Magdalen College.
2015 Process Chemistry Department, MSD, Hoddesdon (10 week summer placement)
• Presented research at departmental meetings to 30 people.
• Worked as part of a team responsible for delivering active pharmaceutical ingredients to support early phase clinical trials.
2014 University of Oxford (8 week summer placement)
• Worked in Professor Darren Dixon’s research group developing a novel C–H bond activation methodology leading to publication in an international journal.
2010–13 Store Sales Assistant (part-time holiday work)
• Provided professional, courteous service to customers.
• Delivered training to new members of staff.
• Chaetolines A and B, manuscript in preparation.
• Asymmetric Total Synthesis of (–)-(3R)-Inthomycin C, Balcells, S.; Haughey, M.B.; Walker, J.C.L.; Josa-Culleré, L.; Towers, C.; Donohoe, T.J., Organic Letters, 2018, 3583-3586.
• Hexafluoroisopropanol as a Highly Versatile Organic Solvent, Colomer, I.; Chamberlain, A.E.R;* Haughey, M.B.;* Donohoe, T.J., Nature Reviews Chemistry 1, 2017, 0088. *Equal contribution.
• Palladium(II)-Catalysed ortho-Arylation of N-Benzylpiperidines, Tan, P.W.; Haughey, M.B.; Dixon, D.J., Chemical Communications, 2015, 4406-4409.
Interests and Activities
Demonstrated practical techniques in both organic and physical chemistry teaching laboratories to sixth form students and school children, including the UNIQ Summer School. Engaged in departmental outreach events with local schools in the role of a science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) ambassador. Regularly visited schools as part of the Spectroscopy in a Suitcase program run by the Royal Society of Chemistry.
Taught English for the charity FELLOW (Free English Language Lessons for Overseas Workers).
Enthusiastic runner, completed half marathons in Oxford, Hackney and Richmond Park.
I have known Max during his PhD at the University of Oxford. At this time I was a postdoctoral Researcher at the University, also holding the position of ''Retained Lecturer'' at Magdalen College, Oxford.
I have had the pleasure of working with Max for several years at Magdalen College, where he has been a student (chemistry) and latterly a tutor for biochemists in organic chemistry. He is friendly and passionate about organic chemistry, and has shown to be very good at adapting to the learning requirements of the individual, helping to realise their academic aspirations. He was even known to organise additional classes for students who wanted extra tuition, giving up his own free time to further their education. His tutorage at Magdalen College resulted in grades that were higher than predicted for the entire class, who also gave him very positive feedback (and even a present at the end of the year).
Aside from tutoring, he has also been actively involved in various outreach programs such as:
-''Spectroscopy in a Suitcase'' for the Royal Society of Chemistry - this involves visiting local schools to educate them on spectroscopic techniques
-Practical chemistry workshops in other local schools
I hope that this reference adequately demonstrates that Max is an excellent teacher who is well-respected by his students. He is constantly striving to go the extra mile and his successes speak for themselves.
Dr James Frost
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