Karen S

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£ 50.00-50.00 p/h

A well qualified and highly experienced CRB / DBS Certified tutor with excellent knowledge of subject content for ALL boards as well as a strong ability to teach in a way which is engaging with students. Additionally the provision of clear explanations in a variety of ways where required, to ensure comprehension of the aspect being covered. One to One tuition provided either face to face in Chineham, Hampshire or via on-line (e.g. skype or other suitable online media) for any student within the UK or abroad for subjects listed. Small group tuition provided at Christ Church, Chineham for AS and A2 Chemistry or for GCSE science (Years 10 and 11)(Chemistry, Physics, Biology).

How would you describe your teaching style?

From my years of teaching, I am very aware that everyone learns differently so I always adapt my teaching to my students. The most important part is to find out what way works for each student and use that approach so that they are really able to understand what they are studying as this then enables them to work towards the marks that they want. I am relaxed, calm and encouraging and have a good background in getting each student to perform to the best of their abilities. Where a student finds any part of a subject particularly hard or they just don't seem to understand aspects of it, then I establish what it is they struggle with and look for other examples or ways of approaching the problem to find the specific way that "clicks" with them. This approach has always worked, with many students now understanding topics that they thought they wouldn't until they came to me for tuition. The feedback from parents of my students clearly demonstrates that my tutoring approach works for each of their children as it is designed purely around their specific needs. Thus, it has enabled them all to achieve excellent grades at the associated studying level for each student and successfully be able to progress onto their next stage with confidence. Please see reviews on my own website (www.toptutors.org.uk) to see the excellent (5/5) reviews left which is a 99.9% review rate in total for the hundreds of students I have tutored over the years.

What qualifications do you have?

1990 - Bachelors Degree - Chemistry from The University of Nottingham 1994 - Doctorate - Synthetic Organic Chemistry - from The University of Southampton 1995 - Post Doctorate - Synthetic Organic Chemistry - from The University of Southampton 2000 - Professional - NEBOSH National Diploma from NEBOSH 2007 - Professional Trainers Certificate from CIEH CRB / DBS Certified

Tell us about your experience...

When my niece was preparing for her Science GCSEs, I helped with some Chemistry tuition via the 'phone and after the first session she asked if I could be her Science and Chemistry teacher from now on !! Also, I provide tuition to those who are preparing to take their Common Entrance Exams for 11+, 12+ and 13+. At 11+ they usually take Maths and English. Some require science as well and I tutor the Maths, English and the Sciences (Chemistry, Biology and Physics) for 11+, 12+ and 13+. Entrance exams are usually taken around January, May / June and November each year and form a key requirement for a number of schools where students are transferring to senior school at either of these ages. There was an opportunity within one of the companies I worked at for you to volunteer in your lunch hour to teach reading, writing and maths to those at primary level and I did so, happy to give up my lunch hour on many a week day to spend valuable time helping those who were wanting to learn more and were finding it hard to do so without some one to one focus. I loved seeing how they started to shine with some time and input at their pace. I have been an external examiner and marker for many years for those qualifying in Health and Safety and Occupational Health and tutoring other employees on how to deliver accredited and non-accredited training courses. I have experience of demonstrating science and the practical aspects to undergraduates in Chemistry as well as proof reading many a Postgraduate and Undergraduate thesis and essays.

What locations do you tutor in?

a) One to one via two methods: - i) Face to face in Chineham, Hampshire for local student to Basingstoke and surrounding areas. ii) Skype or other suitable online media for students within the rest of the UK and Abroad (all over the world). b) Small Group Tuition is provided for no more than 5 students at a time at Christ Church, Chineham, Hampshire.

What is your personal message to students?

Never let anyone tell you, you cannot do something or you are not good enough. Within all of us is the ability to achieve, we just need to be provided with the right method of explanation and patience to allow us to see the way forward. Top Tutors is always striving to ensure that ALL students reach their potential goals (98% success rate). We ensure you have the correct tools to succeed.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: CRB Certificate
Home-based tutor: Yes
Travelling tutor: No
Online tutor: I tutor via Skype or any other online media that a student may wish to use
Subjects: Chemistry A level
  Chemistry International Baccalaureate
  Science GCSE
  Chemistry GCSE
  Physics GCSE
  Maths GCSE