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Dawid
« Perfect! Great tutor! I highly recommend Padraig for mathematics! »
£12/h
1st lesson free!
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Response Time 2h
Lessons offered by Padraig
  • Individual
The lessons will be held
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate

Postdoctoral researcher in planetary science, offering individually-catered online support to develop confidence and understanding in maths (up to A level) and physics (up to university level).

Methodology

I like to make sure the student is comfortable and establish their baseline knowledge on the subject. This is done in a free introductory tutorial through a mix of gentle questioning and exploring key subject concepts, ensuring they have the tools to approach the problem.

It is important to see how the student reasons through their answer, addressing the steps they took and any problems along the way, ensuring they understand any mistskes. Know that mistakes are not a big deal - they show us how to improve!

Effective revision techniques (active recall and spaced testing) are used at the end of the lesson and in subsequent lessons to strengthen the recollection of the material, for better retrieval during an exam!

Above all, it is important to encourage a growth mindset so that the student looks forward to the next lesson and improving their understanding for the future.

Structure of a lesson:
-Establish base knowledge
-Understand the question being asked
-Explore possible routes to answering the question
-Understanding the final answer and how it fits into the wider subect
-Prepare the material using effective revision techniques

Experience

Post-doctoral researcher in planetary science with:
-Undergraduate degree in Physics with Astrophysics
-Postgraduate degree in Space Exploration Systems
-PhD in Planetary Atmospheres.

I have directed undergraduate labs and seminars, working closely with students (individually and at class level) to support and develop their understanding and confidence in the subject.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £12/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £55
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £100

Details

NOTE: As of January 2021, these rates will end and will change to £20/hr, £90 for 5 hours and £170 for 10 hours. I still offer my first lesson free to new tutees.

If you start with me in December you will remain at the current low rate shown above!

Lessons offered by Padraig
Individual
The lessons will be held
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Physics
  • Thermodynamics
  • Nuclear Physics
  • Astrophysics
Levels
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Adult education
  • Undergraduate

Padraig's CV

Dr. PÁDRAIG DONNELLY
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester, University Road, Leicester, LE1 7RH

Planetary Science post-doctoral researcher at Sorbonne University, Paris| Remote sensing of planetary atmospheres, mid-infrared astronomy, radiative transfer modelling and retrieval theory.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Demonstrator 2017-2019
University of Leicester
• Supervising first and second year undergraduate lab experiments
• Training students in practical lab techniques to ensure competence and personal safety
• Supervising foundation year electronics workshops
• Providing educational support to students in interactive sessions to encourage confidence, ensure understanding of syllabus and completion of assignments

RESEARCH EXPERIENCE
PhD Research 2016-2020
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
• Use of mid-infrared imaging techniques with 8-metre ground-based telescopes to investigate the variability in the Jovian atmosphere before and during the Juno mission as part of a wider NASA-led ground support campaign for the Juno spacecraft
• Investigation of the global temporal evolution of the Jovian atmosphere in the interim period (2016-2018)

Postgraduate Research Internship 2015
School of Physics and Astronomy, University of Leicester
• Early landing site selection for ESA’s ExoMars Rosalind Franklin rover
• Terrain dating of the Hypanis Vallis and Oxia Planum regions as landing site candidates

EDUCATION
MSc Space Exploration and Development Systems (Distinction) 2015-2016
University of Leicester
BSc Physics with Astrophysics (2.1) 2012-2015
University of Leicester
St. Patrick’s High School, Keady 2005-2012
3 A Levels in Physics (B), Mathematics (B) and Music (B); 9 GCSE level

AWARDS
STFC PhD Studentship Award (£55,220) 2016
Royal Astronomical Society Grant (£975) 2018
Europlanet Bursary (€500) 2019

ADDITIONAL EXPERIENCE
MSc Training 2016
• Six-month international project in collaboration with the Politecnico di Torino and ISAE Supaero, Toulouse
• Project work utilised teaching and deepened understanding in propulsion systems, system engineering, and Martian surface and atmospheric science (pre-phase A study into a long-term manned mission to Mars)
• Working on-site at Aerospace Logistics Technology Engineering Company (ALTEC), Turin and ISAE Supaero campus

RELEVANT SKILLS AND COURSES
• Programming experience in IDL, MatLab, Python, R
• Experience with CAD software, SolidWorks and Siemens NX, for spacecraft subsystem design
• Experience with Monte Carlo radiation modelling software, Geant4, for space weather modelling
• Experience with Geographic Information System software, ArcGIS, for Martian terrain mapping
• Formal training in a Class II clean room
• Les Houches Winter School; five-day residential course developing subject knowledge of Global Climate Modelling and the theoretical framework of planetary circulation regimes

MEMBERSHIP OF PROFESSIONAL SOCIETIES
Royal Astronomical Society (Fellow) 2016-present
Europlanet Society 2019-present

PUBLICATIONS
• de Pater, I, Sault, RJ, Moeckel, C, Moullet, A, Wong, MH, Goullaud, C, DeBoer, D, Butler, BJ, Bjoraker, G, Ádámkovics, M, Cosentino, R, Donnelly, PT, Fletcher, LN, Kasaba, Y, Orton, GS, Rogers, JH, Sinclair, JA, Villard, E, (2019), First ALMA Millimeter-wavelength Maps of Jupiter, with a Multiwavelength Study of Convection, The Astronomical Journal,158, 4
• Antuñano, A, Fletcher, LN, Orton, GS, Melin, H, Milan, S, Rogers, JH, Greathouse, T, Harrington, J, Donnelly, PT, Giles, R, (2019), Jupiter's Atmospheric Variability from Long-Term Ground-based Observations at 5 microns, The Astronomical Journal, in press
• Antuñano, A, Fletcher, LN, Orton, GS, Melin, H, Rogers, JH, Harrington, J, Donnelly, PT, Rowe‐Gurney, N, Blake, JSD, (2018), Infrared Characterization of Jupiter's Equatorial Disturbance Cycle, Geophysical Research Letters, 45, 20
• Fletcher, LN, Melin, H, Adriani, A, Simon, AA, Sanchez-Lavega, A, Donnelly, PT, Antuñano, A, Orton, GS, Hueso, R, Kraaikamp, E, Wong, MH, Barnett, M, Moriconi, ML, Altieri, F, Sindoni, G, (2018), Jupiter’s Mesoscale Waves Observed at 5 μm by Ground-based Observations and Juno JIRAM, The Astronomical Journal, 156, 2
• Melin, H, Fletcher, LN, Donnelly, PT, Greathouse, TK, Lacy, JH, Orton, GS, Giles, RS, Sinclair, JA, Irwin, PGJ, (2018), Assessing the long-term variability of acetylene and ethane in the stratosphere of Jupiter, Icarus, 305
• Melin, H, Fletcher, LN, Stallard, TS, Johnson, RE, O’Donoghue, J, Moore, L, Donnelly, PT, (2017), The quest for H3+ at Neptune: deep burn observations with NASA IRTF iSHELL, MNRAS, 474, 3
• Fletcher, LN, Orton, GS, Sinclair, JA, Donnelly, P, Melin, H, Rogers, JH, Greathouse, TK, Kasaba, Y, Fujiyoshi, T, Sato, TM, Fernandes, J, Irwin, PGJ, Giles, RS, Simon, AA, Wong, MH, Vedovato, M, (2017), Jupiter's North Equatorial Belt expansion and thermal wave activity ahead of Juno's arrival, Geophysical Research Letters, 44, 14

CONFERENCE PAPERS
• Donnelly, PT, Fletcher, LN, Orton, GS, Melin, H, Sinclair, JA, Antuñano, A, (2019), Variability of Jovian Temperatures, Aerosols and Ammonia with VLT/VISIR Imaging 2016-18, European Planetary Science Congress, 13. (Oral presentation)
• Donnelly, PT, Fletcher, LN, Orton, GS, Melin, H, (2017), Characterising Jupiter’s Temperatures, Aerosols and Ammonia via VLT/VISIR Spatial Mapping 2016-17, European Planetary Science Congress, 11. (Poster)

4 reviews on Padraig
  • 5/5

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D
Dawid

Perfect! Great tutor! I highly recommend Padraig for mathematics!

Padraig's response

We were able to jump straight into the lesson and he was very receptive to my advice as we worked through the excercise. I was glad to see him book another lesson with me, I look forward to working with him again!

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Lauren

Perfect! Padraig is tutoring my son in B-tec Engineering and Maths. Padraig is very friendly and approachable and is completely open to focus on areas/concepts that the student would like to master. My son finds Padraig’s style of tutoring clear and easy to understand - he understood new work/concepts quickly and he feels comfortable asking Padraig questions, if need be. I would highly recommend Paidrag as a tutor.

Padraig's response

Lauren's son was happily able to cover a lot of ground in the first session. He enjoys my style of teaching and was receptive for the entire lesson. What a great student!

2 recommendations

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Jack

I have worked with Padraig for the last eight years. He is an extremely diligent physicist who brings a patient attitude towards his teaching. Alongside an excellent knowledge in core physics, he has a detailed understanding and expertise in planetary and space sciences.

A
Alice

Padraig is a patient and knowledgeable tutor. I definitely recommend him for any maths and physics needs!

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