Science Tutors

Andy Wadsworth

Chemistry Tutor

I’ve just graduated with a 1st Class Chemistry degree from Imperial College London, and this year I will be starting my Chemistry PhD in the design of new materials to be used in renewable energy production. I was awarded a prestigious Doctoral Training Partnership for my PhD and I’m in the process of having my masters project research being published in a high profile chemistry journal. I spent two years helping in GCSE Chemistry lessons whilst in sixth form and have been tutoring A Level chemistry for the past two years, which I have thoroughly enjoyed.

Biography

I find that it is important to instill the key concepts of chemistry early on, followed by showing tutees the real life applications of topics with the aim to develop each tutee’s interest in the subject. I have found that short summary tests at the end of each week ensure the tutee stays on top of the content covered and gives them practice at exam style questions from an early stage, meaning they are more confident by the time exams begin.

Personal Approach

I attended state school in Milton Keynes where I achieved 14 A* - A GCSEs and A levels in Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics (all A*), before moving to London to complete my Masters Chemistry degree at Imperial College London. During my degree I became interested in the use of chemistry to develop renewable energy resources, and as such I have decided to undertake a PhD in this area now that I have completed my undergraduate studies.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I’m not tutoring I’m likely to be in the lab working on my research. In my spare time I enjoy running and swimming, and when I find the time I enjoy attending gigs, or watching some live football or rugby.

Alena Sim

Science & Italian Tutor

I am a second year medical student at Barts and the London University. I graduated with a first class degree in Neuroscience (UCL) in 2014 and I was nominated for the Dean’s list.

Biography

Born to an Anglo-Italian family and attending the European School in Oxford for many years, I have been brought up in a multicultural environment. Although I am passionate about languages, science is my main interest and my biggest dream is to become a paediatrician.

Personal Approach

I believe everyone has the potential to succeed and excel; finding the best way to do this independently is what I try to achieve during the tutoring lessons. I adapt the teaching to the needs of the student and, working as a team, I try to draw out enthusiasm and interest in the subject as well as providing a solid structure.

When I'm not tutoring...

I absolutely love cooking and I would love to travel around the world. I would not consider myself a sporty person…an evening with friends sounds much more appealing to me than some time at the gym!

Niall Jeffrey

Maths & Science Tutor

Currently I am a PhD candidate at UCL working in the field of Cosmology, looking at ways we can better understand the universe on the largest scales of space and time. I recently finished my MSci project at Imperial College London which involved studying the cosmic background radiation - the “afterglow” of the Big Bang. I have been a tutor for The Student Tutors Group for 2 years and have experience tutoring GCSE to A-level Physics and Maths (including Further Maths).

Biography

At Sixth Form College I achieved 2 A*’s (Maths and Physics) and 2 A’s (Chemistry and Further Maths) at A2 level. Last year I was awarded a First Class MSci Theoretical Physics degree from Imperial College London. I also spent some time over the summer of 2015 working in the Imperial Space Lab, helping to create software for an up coming European Space Agency mission.

Personal Approach

Understanding Maths and Physics can be really rewarding but it requires ample opportunity for discussion if a student is to appreciate the bigger picture. Studying for exams is easier if you feel you can ask any question and be ready for any topic that might come up. Many people learn in different ways, but I have found that there are many topics that students find easier to master outside the classroom, where there is space to think and ask questions.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I want to relax I play the piano but when I don’t want to relax i get involved in debating societies all over London.

Alexis Ayobami

Maths & Science Tutor

I pushed myself to move from a comprehensive school to a grammar school to do my A-level (Physics, Mathematics, Chemistry and Biology) in order to be surrounded my pupils with the same drive to achieve great academic success. Gaining admission to Imperial College London to study Material Science and Engineering was one of my proudest moments.

Biography

Apart from being a tutor, I have also worked in Benugo as a waitress and in John Lewis as a sales assistant to support my studies. Additionally, I have experiences which fuelled my scientific curiosity such as a one week placement in the cancer treatment department at University College London where I learnt about innovative cancer treatments. I have also had a two week placement in a BMI hospital where I improved my knowledge on the biomaterials used in surgery by studying the development of biodegradable sutures before watching a keyhole for a shoulder injury.

Personal Approach

When I start tutoring a new student, I give them a series of informal questions and sometimes a small quiz to assess there knowledge before I start teaching. I also ask them what they would like to achieve from our sessions because I believe that the students need to be able to take responsibility for their learning. In addition, I have found that when the student takes this responsibility, they are more engaged and willing to learn.

When I'm not tutoring...

I volunteer for Family Fun Day at the Royal institution where I carry out experiments on a range scientific topics and explain my findings to kids. Additionally, I also love exercising and apart from this, I have a lot of time to tutor during the weekdays and weekend.

Jonathan Super

Maths, Science & Latin Tutor

I am currently studying at Imperial College London School of Medicine and have a passion for maths and science. I won a gold award in the British Biology Olympiad, putting me in the top 150 Biologists at school in Britain. I have tutored from a young age, covering a wide range of examinations; from 11+ entrance exams, to helping teach AS students that are struggling/underachieving.

Biography

I am a 20-year-old enthusiastic medical student who is constantly looking to take on new challenges, both academic and extra- curricular. I have always been exploring beyond the constraints of the modern syllabus, taking part in academic activities that encourage doing so. I am passionate about problem solving, a trait which has led me from school into the constantly evolving realm of medicine.

Personal Approach

A major part of my teaching places emphasis on mentoring students, alongside their academic syllabus, to figure out their best learning style, as each student learns most efficiently with a unique style. I like to get to know the way the tutee responds to different teaching styles, enabling me to tailor sessions that cover all of the relevant topics, addressing any problems along the way. For me, understanding the content, rather than learning to recite, is the best way for school students to develop into academics for life.

When I'm not tutoring...

I like to take part in a number of both academic and extra-curricular activities, from mountain climbing to researching the most modern techniques used in medicine. I am always open for suggestions, and have some interesting challenges poised on the horizon, both inside and out of the work place.

Jake Mossom

Maths & Science Tutor

I am currently studying Medicine at Imperial College London and have a keen interest in human anatomy as well as physiology. I have experience mentoring struggling A-level students and delivering small group session.

Biography

Throughout my childhood I have lived in Canada, Scotland and the north of England. I have been a regular volunteer at hospice and community care projects since the age of 15. I completed my A-levels in Durham before moving to London to study medicine.

Personal Approach

I feel that the keys to learning are variety and confidence. I like to get my students actively involved in learning using lateral approaches to problems and challenging concepts in a critical way to further understanding.

When I'm not tutoring...

I regularly volunteer in a winter night shelter for the homeless. I also compete in target shooting events both at home and at university. This year I am on my university BUCS A team as well as being club secretary.

Emiko Sykes

Maths & Science Tutor

I am in my fourth year of studying Medicine at Imperial College London and am specialising in Neuroscience and Mental Health for my BSc. I went to Haberdashers’ Aske’s School for Girls, where I won the Governor’s Prize for achieving three A*s at A level (in Maths, Chemistry and Biology). My love of teaching has developed over four years of work with TeddyBear Hospital, a society which involves teaching children in the community about hospitals, doctors and basic medicine, and I am keen to help other young people using my experience and knowledge of their subjects.

Biography

My mother is Japanese, so I have been lucky enough to grow up learning the Japanese language and culture. This summer, I worked in America at a children’s summer camp, teaching piano and music, as well as living with and looking after a group of ten girls. It was a really unique experience, and also meant I had the opportunity to travel around America afterwards.

Personal Approach

I hope to bring out the best in my students by guiding their learning using varied and interesting methods that I have found to be effective through my years of study. I will set realistic targets for students to work towards, and help where they have difficulties. Finally, I will encourage my students to ask questions, as I believe that understanding the subject.

When I'm not tutoring...

I enjoy sports and can be found playing Lacrosse for the first team of my university each week. In my spare time, I also love playing the piano and listening to music.

Oscar Nicholls

Economics & Chemistry Tutor

I am a student of Economics at University College London, having completed A Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry and Economics. In the subject, my particular area of interest lies in behavioural Economics, however I also enjoy researching and writing pieces on market dynamics for The Instinctive Investors - a platform for sharing finance articles.

Biography

Following my secondary school studies, I completed an 8 month gap-year placement with a London-based knowledge brokers called AlphaSights - a firm seeking to connect institutional investors with industry experts in market sectors of interest. In addition to working with my team on regular project workflow, I developed the firm's brand new conference call product for marketing to existing clients.

Personal Approach

Exceptional teachers are few and far between, so I have always tried to adapt my style to reflect that of the best from whom I have learned. As it turns out, I believe this to be the most useful trait a tutor can possess; adaptability. I enjoy tailoring my methods to suit particular students, in terms of pace, structure and presentation among other factors. I can also draw extensively on my two years of teaching younger recruits with my school’s cadet force.

When I'm not tutoring...

Outside of my studies, I enjoy attending lectures organised by the Economic Research Council - a think tank for professionals with an interest in the field - which range in topic from the implications of Brexit, to forecasting UK economic performance. I am also a passionate chess and poker player, and play regularly to continuously adapt and improve my game.

William Sutcliffe

Physics & Maths Tutor

I am a final year postgraduate student studying the fundamental particles and forces that make up and govern matter. I spent two years of my PhD at the Large Hadron Collider in Switzerland researching the properties of exotic baryons which led to a publication in a top journal, Nature Physics. I find sharing my passion for mathematics and physics through tutoring highly rewarding having worked as an academic support tutor for Into University during my undergraduate studies.

Biography

I completed my secondary school education in Dubai where in addition to winning the senior physics prize I achieved all A’s in Mathematics, Physics and Economics in my A-Levels. A passion for understanding the world around me and applying mathematics led me to study physics at Imperial College London, where I was awarded a Ken Allen Prize in my second year for academic excellence. During my PhD I presented my research at number of high-profile conferences around the world.

Personal Approach

I tailor my lessons to achieve the students goals at a manageable rate, with an emphasis on exam practice and technique to help build up a student’s confidence in these areas early on. I find it is critical to make sessions interactive and engaging and create an atmosphere where the student can feel free to ask any questions. Finally, I like to make a student aware of the many applications of mathematics and physics to the real world to spark their interest in the subjects.

When I'm not tutoring...

In my free time I enjoy keeping fit and active through running, powerlifting and snowboarding. I am also a keen scuba diver having dived in a number of countries including Oman, Indonesia and Mauritius.

Tim Clifton-Wright

Physics & Maths Tutor

I'm in my final year studying Physics at King's College London and am one of the top students in my year, averaging over eighty percent so far. This year, my final dissertation will be on the subject of science communication and education, based on a term spent teaching GCSE and A Level students in a London school. I have been working as a private tutor for five years and have also volunteered in a primary school as a teaching assistant and at an after-school homework club.

Biography

I went to school at Merchant Taylors' in North London, where I earned A* in my Maths, Further Maths and Physics A Levels and A in A Level French and AS Level Chemistry. I went on to study maths at Imperial College for two years, before transferring to my current course.

Personal Approach

Providing bespoke lessons and learning materials for every student is most important for ensuring that the teaching is at an appropriate pace and level. I have also found that particularly with maths and science, a concept of the whole picture: an understanding of a topic from the core idea to the wider application, beyond the knowledge required for exams, helps students engage with even the most enigmatic subjects.

When I'm not tutoring...

I compete internationally in fencing and love to practise yoga, rock climb and cycle.

Emily Watson

Psychology Tutor

During my teenage years, I attended James Allen’s Girls’ School where I proudly achieved 8 A*s & 3 As at GCSE and A*AAA (Art, Biology, Chemistry & Maths) at A level. More recently, I have graduated with a 2:1 in Psychology (BSc) from The University of Durham. Throughout my undergraduate course, I developed a specific interest in mental health issues and their localization in the brain, which has lead me to study an MSc in Clinical Neurodevelopmental Sciences at Kings College London.

Biography

Before going to university, I took a gap year in which I travelled around South-East Asia. The experiences I encountered on this trip taught me how to engage and communicate with a wide range of people, as well as the importance of patience. I am hoping to use these skills, in addition to the knowledge I have gained during my studies, to pursue a career helping individuals with psychological difficulties both in an educational and practical/everyday setting.

Personal Approach

In order to achieve the best results, I believe it is essential to have a grounded understanding of the key material and as much exam/question practice as possible. I also think learning/memorising information can be much easier when having a genuine interest in the topic being studied, which is why I ensure my lessons are not only clear, but fun, interactive and engaging for the student.

When I'm not tutoring...

In my free time, I enjoy playing sport. I am passionate about hockey, playing twice a week for my university team, whilst also participating in the occasional netball match with my friends. On top of this, I seize any opportunity to travel around the world as I love throwing myself into new experiences and learning about different cultures.

Tejiri Djebah

Chemistry & Maths Tutor

I am a hardworking and dedicated second year undergraduate Chemical Engineering student with a passion for Science and Technology. I currently study at University College London and working towards a BEng. I enjoy teaching others and helping them reach their full potential.

Biography

For my A-Levels, I attended Haileybury and Imperial Service College where I was presented the award for the overall best student in Physics As-Level. I am now in UCL working towards an IChemE accredited degree in Chemical Engineering. I have always loved learning more about Chemistry and Physics and how they are applied to our daily lives. Mathematics has always been my most enjoyed subject as I enjoy problem-solving.

Personal Approach

I believe it's never just about studying and answering exam questions, it is about understanding, relating and applying knowledge to our daily lives. In a tutoring session, asking questions is very important to assess the level at which a student is. Hence, active engagement between the student and the tutor is a priority during my sessions.

When I'm not tutoring...

When I am not tutoring or attending lectures, I am either immersed in a book, playing my guitar or exercising.

Max von Wietersheim-Kramsta

Spanish, German & Science Tutor

I am currently in the 1st year of his physics degree at Imperial College London. I have more than three years of tutoring experience in Spain where I taught science, maths and languages to GCSE and A-level students, and adults.

Biography

My family moved from Germany to Spain when I was three years old. This allowed me to achieve a native level of Spanish, German and Catalan. Later, I was awarded a scholarship that allowed me to study the first year of my A-levels in Canada. Moreover, another private scholarship allowed me to work and study at renowned research centres in the Pyrenees, Porto and the Canary Islands during the summers. All of this made me grow as a person and produced a published scientific paper about cosmology.

Personal Approach

My tutoring classes are focused on study techniques as well as on learning how to learn, while giving you the simplest and most structured explanation for the treated concepts. I like to keep the classes interesting by showing my own passion for science, and by implementing personal knowledge about culture and mentality in my language classes.

When I'm not tutoring...

I am most likely to do sports with friends. I also enjoy getting involved in research projects, watching movies and travelling around the world.

Edward Scott

Maths & Physics Tutor

I am currently a first year PhD Student in the High Energy Physics group at Imperial College London, where I work on the search for new particles using the Large Hadron Collider at CERN. Previously I studied the relationship between the Higgs boson and Dark Matter in the final year of my MSci at the University of Cambridge. I find sharing my passion for Physics and Maths both enjoyable and rewarding; I have now been tutoring for over five years.

Biography

After leaving school in South London with 4 A* at A Level I studied Physics at Cambridge, graduating with a first class BA and MSci in June 2015. In 2013 I spent the summer working on a Department of Education funded project to design materials for Physics A Level students, aiming to bridge the gap between school and university level Physics, which helped me to better understand students’ needs. I also worked as a particle Physics summer student at a national laboratory in Hamburg in 2014.

Personal Approach

I aim to lead students to a thorough understanding of maths and physics by allowing them to enjoy learning and appreciate the bigger picture. My passion for both subjects means I have a wide knowledge base and an open approach that encourages any student to be curious and, very importantly, feel comfortable asking questions. This approach enables me to tailor each lesson to an individual student, ensuring they have fully understood the core concepts. What do you do when you aren't tutoring?

When I'm not tutoring...

I spend most of my free time playing basketball, through which I have been lucky enough to travel across Europe and to the USA. I also enjoy cycling, skiing and travelling whenever I can.

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