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Physics PhD with teaching experience in secondary and higher education offering tuition in Reading, Berkshire

Methodology

I encourage problem-based learning, where a subject is approached through solving various open-ended questions with an aim of cultivating scientific thinking, logic, and further complex problem solving skills. In this approach I promote active learning via student-to-teacher and student-to-student interaction. Based on the curriculum, I produce a written lesson plan as a guideline to achieve the learning outcomes, monitored through specific milestones. I am keen to engage in processes that correspond to the learning style of each individual, exploring visual, auditory, and kinaesthetic ways of perceiving information.

Background

My background is in Mathematical Physics (The University of Edinburgh), followed by an MSc and PhD in Polymer Physics (The University of Edinburgh). My teaching experience includes both higher education and secondary education (privately): Senior tutor for "Mathematics for Computer Science" course, The University of Reading (2017); Invited lecturer for "Computer Simulations of Soft Matter: Polymers - Colloids - Biomaterials" postgraduate lecture series, University of Crete, Greece (2015); PhD co-supervisor in medical physics, The University of Edinburgh (2014-5); Teaching assistant for new Master's course "Oil & Gas Engineering Systems 5"; Co-supervisor of Mechanical Engineering Master's student, The University of Edinburgh (2012); Teaching assistant for undergraduate and master's courses at The University of Edinburgh (2007-2012).

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £15/h
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £130
Lessons offered by Apostolos
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Statistics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Algorithms
  • Further Maths
Levels
  • All Levels

Apostolos's CV

EXPERIENCE

University of Reading, UK - Department of Mathematics and Statistics 2016{present
Postdoctoral / Visiting Researcher - Magnetic Hybrid Materials
 Magnetic nanoparticle dynamics modelling for German Research Foundation (DFG) collaborative pro-
gramme SPP-1681 (27 groups) on synthesis, modelling, and applications of magnetic hybrid materials.
 Award of conference travel grant $450 from University of Cambridge and Institute of Physics (IoP) UK.
 Senior tutor for `Mathematics for Computer Science' course.

Foundation for Research & Technology - Hellas (FORTH), Greece 2015
Postdoctoral Research Associate - Complex Fluids
 Computer simulations of colloidal gels: Multi-scale analysis relating microscopic structure & dynamics
to macroscopic properties (European Social Fund (ESF) - General Secretariat for Research & Technology
(GSRT) budget AC398k, PI: Prof. G. Petekidis).
 Invited lecturer for `Computer Simulations of Soft Matter: Polymers - Colloids - Biomaterials' post-
graduate lecture series, University of Crete (> 40% of class obtained 1st-class marks).

The University of Edinburgh, UK - Institute for Materials and Processes 2014{2015
Visiting Researcher - Polymers at Interfaces
 Lead investigator of collaborative project encompassing computer simulations & atomic force microscopy
(AFM) experiments.
 PhD co-supervisor in medical physics.
 Teaching assistant for new Master's course `Oil & Gas Engineering Systems 5' (30% of class obtained
1st-class marks, 50% upper-2nd class).

Hellenic Navy (HN), Greece 2013
Leading Seaman
 Administrator for the Executive Oce of the Deputy Chief of the HN. Corresponding with other HN
units and external organizations; receiving the Admiral's guests; working with the administration team
to ensure an e ective and ecient day-to-day operation.
 Promoted to Leading Seaman.
 Awarded 5-day honorary leave for performance in Select Drill Team of the 124 Military Training Unit.
 Recruited, trained, and managed successor.


EDUCATION

The University of Edinburgh, UK - School of Engineering 2007{2012
Ph.D. in Polymer Physics
 Thesis: `Polymer Nanodroplet Adsorption - Continuum Theory and Computer Simulation'. Supervisors:
Profs V. Koutsos and M. Zaiser.
 Competitive grant $18.2k, Alexander S. Onassis Foundation.
 Scholarship award $10k on academic merit, School of Engineering, UoE.
 Collaboration with industry and top-class research groups in Europe and the U.S.A. Research published
in Am. Chem. Soc. journal `Langmuir' (2014 impact factor 4.457); publication nominated for Best Stu-
dent Paper of Institute of Physics (IoP) Polymer Physics Group; IoP conference invited talk.
 Best Talk Award, Postgraduate Research Conference, The University of Edinburgh.
 Co-supervisor of Mechanical Engineering Master's student on
uid evaporation project.
 Teaching assistant for undergraduate and master's courses Dynamics 3, Polymers and Composite Ma-
terials 4, Nanotechnology 5.

The University of Edinburgh, UK - School of Engineering 2006{2007
MSc in Polymers
 Thesis: `Polymer Droplet on a Surface: A Continuum Theory Approach for Small Sizes'. Supervisor: Prof. V. Koutsos.
 MSc awarded `Distinction' without corrections.

The University of Edinburgh, UK - School of Physics 2001{2006
MPhys (Hons) in Mathematical Physics
 Dissertation in Astrophysics: `In
ation and the WMAP Cosmic Microwave Background (CMB) Spec-
trum'. Supervisors: Profs A. Berera, R. Horsley.
 Honours Project in Classical Electrodynamics. Supervisor: Prof. M. E. Cates.

Hellenic American Educational Foundation - Athens College, Greece 1999{2001
International Baccalaureate Diploma & Greek Lyceum Diploma
 1st Prize in the Pan-Hellenic Physics Contest, Hellenic Society of Physicists.
 Finalist in the Delta Prize Speaking Contest, HAEF.
 1st Prize in Physics, Physical Sciences Department, HAEF.


SCIENTIFIC IMPACT Publications in high-impact peer-reviewed journals and international confer-
ences. Reviewer for Royal Society of Chemistry Journal `Soft Matter' (impact factor 3.889).

CONTINUING PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
 Secretary of Early Career Members (ECM) Group, Institute of Physics, UK.
 2nd Edwards Symposium: `Challenges and Opportunities in Soft Matter' (3 days), Isaac Newton
Institute, University of Cambridge, UK (2017).
 `Polymer Nanocomposites' conference, Institute of Physics, London, UK (2017).
 1st Edwards Symposium: `Theoretical and Industrial Challenges in Soft Matter' (3 days), Isaac Newton
Institute, University of Cambridge, UK (2016).
 `R&D European PhD Seminar' Procter & Gamble Co. yearly industrial R&D seminar (4 days) (top 5%
of applications), Brussels Innovation Centre (BIC), Belgium (2015).
 `Rheology of Suspensions and Complex Systems' course (5 days) by J. Mewis, Heraklion, Greece (2015).
 `Business Start-up Bootcamp', LAUNCH.ed (2 days), Edinburgh, UK (2014) - best elevator-pitch prize.
 `Nanomaterials: Characterisation, Simulation, Applications' , Institute of Physics, London, UK (2011).
 `Enterprise and Business Skills' workshop (5 days), Edinburgh, UK (2010).
 `Preparing a Business Plan' workshop, Edinburgh, UK (2009).

TECHNICAL SKILLS Langevin/Brownian dynamics (LD/BD), Monte Carlo (MC), LAMMPS simu-
lator, C/C++, FORTRAN, Python, Mathematica, MATLAB, VMD & OVITO molecular visualization,
Unix, Windows, LATEX, MS Oce, Fourier-transform infrared spectroscopy (FTIR), di erential scanning
calorimetry (DSC), atomic force microscopy (AFM), molecular force probe (MFP), scanning electron
microscopy (SEM).

LANGUAGES Greek (native)  English (like native)  German (Mittelstufe Diplom Goethe-Institut).

OTHER SKILLS & INTERESTS Classical music (piano, music theory diploma); sailing (coastal
skipper certi cate); charity.

MEMBERSHIPS Institute of Physics UK; British Society of Rheology; Hellenic American Educational
Foundation - Athens College Alumni Association; Alexander S. Onassis Scholars Association.

REFERENCES Available upon request.

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