Before engaging in a tutoring arrangement, we'll discuss what you hope to achieve from the sessions and, importantly, over what timeframe. It could be that you want support over the whole of a course, or maybe you just need some intense exam preparation. In any case, the number of sessions and their timing is completely flexible and will be discussed in an initial consultation.
If you live in or around the Plymouth area, I can travel to you and providing tutoring in your home, provided there is a quiet, public space. Alternatively, I can provide remote services online through the Microsoft Teams platform. I can share electronic resources through Teams, and I have a visualiser that allows me to write in real-time on a 'whiteboard'. Regardless of whether our sessions are face-to-face or online, I'll set up a team within Teams to organise the resources we use and provide a forum for you to inform me of anything you'd like to focus on in our next session that comes up in between.
I am a qualified secondary-school teacher, with over 10 years of experience teaching Chemistry from KS3 to A-level, in London at Queens Park Community School, and in Devon at Ivybridge Community College. With a first-class degree from Cambridge in Natural Sciences, a PhD in Molecular Cell Biology, and membership of the Royal Society of Chemistry, I know my subject and I love sharing it with others! Additionally, my extensive experience in leadership in Sixth Form has taught me how to develop the characteristics needed for academic success - it's far more than just understanding a subject, and I aim to make my students more effective learners across the board, as well as helping them to be awesome chemists!
Face-to-face: Individual - £25, Group (2+ students) - £20 each
Online: Individual - £20, Group (2+ students) - £15 each
Face-to-face: Individual - £35, Group (2+ students) - £25 each
Online: Individual - £30, Group (2+ students) - £20 each
Relevant employment History
Ivybridge Community College, Devon (September 2011 – September 2020)
Academic Performance Leader for Sixth Form & Teacher of Chemistry
Classroom teaching: I taught Chemistry to all secondary ages, including A Level, and all core science subjects at KS3 and 4. I also held a curriculum leadership role as Assistant Team Leader of Chemistry.
Leadership: In my role as Academic Performance Leader (APL) for Sixth Form, I oversaw the academic progress and post-Sixth Form progression of 400 Sixth Form students (prior to the creation of this role at the beginning of the 2019/20 academic year, I held the position of Head of Year in Sixth Form for 4 years, which had a similar remit, but direct responsibility for only Year 12 or Year 13 on an alternating annual cycle).
Queens Park Community School (QPCS), London (September 2009 - August 2011)
Initial Teacher Training (ITT) & Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) years
Brookside Primary School, Hayes (June 2006 - July 2011)
Governor – voluntary position
Professional qualifications, memberships and courses
• Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) awarded 19/07/10 (GTC ref. 0981221).
• PGCert (Education) in Work Based Learning Studies awarded by Middlesex University in June 2011.
• National Professional Qualifications for Middle and Senior Leadership (NPQML & NPQSL), completed in 2016 and 2019, respectively.
• Member of the Royal Society of Chemistry, elected in June 2010 (designatory letters MRSC).
MRC Laboratory for Molecular Cell Biology, University College London (October 2004 - September 2008)
PhD in Molecular Cell Biology
My thesis work involved investigations into how immune cells regulate their surface levels of CC chemokine receptor 5, a protein that is hijacked by the human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) during infection. In addition to my research in London, the project involved a 3-month research post at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF).
Trinity College, University of Cambridge (October 2001 - June 2004)
MA (Hons) Natural Sciences (Biochemistry) Degree Class: I
I achieved first-class marks for all Part I examinations, covering modules on biological and chemical sciences, and achieved a first for Part II Biochemistry, finishing second in my year.
Devonport High School for Boys, Plymouth (September 1994 - July 2001)
GCE Advanced Level: 5 A grades in Biology, Chemistry, General Studies, Mathematics and Physics; GCSE: 9 A* & 1 A
Dr. Kershaw, as I normally know him, was my science teacher about 10 years ago during my GCSEs and A-Level.
From a syllabus perspective, he explained complicated terminology in a way that was simple to grasp and he always had tips come exam time. He would put extra revisions sessions (even after school hours) which is a sign that he cares for the success of his pupils.
He was definitely my go-to science teacher (and for others at the time too). Even if he didn’t teach us Biology, if we had a question on the subject, we knew he would know how to explain.
But the most telling thing of all, is that after 10 years I still think he’s an outstanding teacher which goes above an beyond to inspire his students.
I achieved a Masters in Chemistry from the University of Nottingham and I’m sure I wouldn’t have gotten there if it wasn’t for teachers like him!
In the ten years working with Tom Kershaw I have only ever known him to have his students’ best interest at heart. Despite their ability, he has gone above and beyond by using differentiation and adaptation to help students understand the subject he so passionately teaches.
With coaching, average students have excelled and gained high levels of recognition for their efforts. Lunch times are often given up for the Chemistry Olympiad students who strive for higher things as well as Ks3 students who “just don’t get it”.
As well as help understanding the subject, Tom provides his students with the skills and knowhow to do the best for themselves, whether it be learning strategies/memory tips or exam practice and techniques.
Not only is Tom a top-notch teacher of Chemistry, but his time as Sixth form pastoral support means that he has the insight into some of the day to day struggles that students encounter with their commitment to learning. He provides guidance and structure to those that need it and aspirational coaching to those who have the capacity to reach for higher goals.
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