I'm a science & maths tutor and medical doctor with over 25 years' experience in dramatically improving students' grades. Parents frequently tell me that I've enabled their child to finally understand subjects that they've struggled with for years.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics and English to GCSE/iGCSE, including the new 9-1 specifications.
I teach Biology and Chemistry to A-Level and IB.
I also teach for university entrance examinations, including GAMSAT, UKCAT and BMAT. I also have very high success rates for my med school/university entrance students. Many of these students come to me after having failed these exams, and succeed after a few months of tutoring with me.
What makes me different is my ability to find each person's individual best route to understanding, to communicate subjects to students in ways that are individually tailored to help them understand and remember. Even topics and subjects that you've struggled with and found impossible to understand are simple at heart, and if they're explained to you in the right way you can master them and never forget them.
I've perfected tools and techniques over the years to really help students understand and retain well, including free WhatsApp one-minute video tutorials, cloud storage of concise notes made during lessons, and mnemonic systems.
One highly effective technique that really deepens understanding, and often makes the difference in enabling students to attain the very highest grades, I call Socratic science. What this means in practice is that, when teaching you a topic, I'll sometimes play the role of a student years younger than you who has either never heard of the topic, or has completely misunderstood it, and I'll ask you to explain it to me whilst I pretend to be this other student. I'll be very slow to understand, and will make deliberate mistakes. If you can teach me the topic despite all of this then I'll know that you truly understand it. And as you attempt to teach me, we will be able to identify and fix any misunderstandings that you may have. This will greatly deepen your understanding and retention of the topic and subject. The big secret upon which the success of this method relies is the fact that when you learn something passively you retain only10% of that information long term, but when you have taught the topic to someone else your long term retention will be around 90%!
We'll also use past examination papers, mark schemes, reports of examiners, and other carefully chosen resources to precisely cover your specification, so that all tuition time is maximally efficient. We also spend time resolving any problem areas that you might be struggling with, and the greater understanding that comes from this often leads to greater enjoyment of the subject.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have an honours degree in Medicine and Surgery, and an honours degree in Philosophy, both from the University of London. I have over 20 years' experience of successfully tutoring students to achieve top grades at GCSE and A-Level, often after having previously struggled. In addition, I have gained places for my students in some of the best selective schools in the country, including St Paul's Girls, JAGS, Godolphin & Latymer, Dulwich, City of London Boys, Eton and Westminster.
- How much do you charge?
£50 per hour for GCSE and A-Level. £60 per hour for university entrance.
- Where do you teach?
I tutor either online or from a large bright dining room within my house 5 minutes walk from Bromley South Station, which is a 17-minute train ride from London's Victoria Station.
- When are you available?
Weekends and weekday evenings
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
All ages, from school children to mature students
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
A-Level & GCSE Biology, A-Level & GCSE Chemistry, GCSE Physics, GCSE Mathematics, GCSE English, University Entrance: GAMSAT, UKCAT, A-Level Philosophy.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Over Skype/Facetime. I am launching a series on online Webinars too.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Even topics and subjects that you've struggled with and found impossible to understand are simple at heart, and if they're explained to you in the right way you can master them and never forget them.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have over 25 years' experience of successfully tutoring students to achieve top grades at GCSE and A-Level, and of gaining places for my students in the best Russell Group universities, including Oxbridge,, and also some of the very best selective schools in the country, including St Paul's Girls, JAGS, Godolphin & Latymer, Dulwich, City of London Boys, Eton and Westminster.
As a medcical doctor, I have enhanced DBS clearance and am happy to show my certificate to all parents.
I believe that learning should always be enjoyable, and my aim is for my students to finish their lessons feeling more positive about themselves and their abilities. My constant goal is to enable children and young people to reach their full potential, and so maximise their life chances, whether this potential has been spotted by their schools or not.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, an enhanced DBS certificate
- Where and with whom did you train?
University of London, St. George's Hospital Medical School, and Birkbeck College University of London.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
GMC, RCGP, Mensa
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have a number of students that I teach for GCSE and A-Level science, and some that I teach for GCSE mathematics and English. Some of my A-level and GCSE students first came to me, with very little belief left in themselves, after disappointing results in AS or GCSE examinations. It has been a privilege and a pleasure to watch them grow in skill and confidence, as they realise that topics that they had previously found incomprehensible can be explained simply, and in ways that are easy to remember. They frequently then go on to obtain top grades, and there is nothing on this earth more satisfying than changing lives for the better.
• MBBS (Hons) Degree in Medicine and Surgery
• BA (Hons) in Philosophy
• Enhanced DBS Certificate
• Member of British Mensa (IQ 176)
Paul is an excellent tutor. He is highly efficient and has a style of teaching that ensures good understandly of all topics and builds confidence. He tutored my daughter in preparation for her Biology A level. He was able to turn topics that she feared into ones that she hoped she would be questioned on. I would have no reservation in recommending him. I would go as far as to say he has been transformational for my daughter. I just wish we had discovered him earlier.
I was struggling so much with biology having missed lessons and just never feeling I really understood what the teacher was going on about. Photosynthesis was something I had just accepted I would never understand with one session with Paul I knew it so well that I could recite the Calvin cycle and explain exactly what happens in each photosystem. The only way I can describe him is an utter miracle worker! If you are looking for someone to help you get your full potential then Paul is the one!
Comments: I recommend Paul to every student who is aiming for A grade in Biology as my son recently received A grade in his As level in August 2015. He is thorough in going through past exam papers and good with his technique. Eventhough it was a short while running up to the exam you had made my son achieved his target. We wished we'd known you earlier. Thank you for all your help and support you have given Nathan.
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