Alastair

Senior Tutor

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Background

Alastair holds a PhD in Synthetic Organic Chemistry from the University of Southampton. He has qualified teacher status (QTS) and completed training as a GTP Secondary Science teacher.

TEACHING EXPERIENCE & APPROACH

Alastair has been tutoring students for GCSE and A level for over 16 years and has 9 years’ experience providing online tuition through specialised online tuition classrooms or combining Skype or Zoom with an interactive whiteboard as a virtual classroom. He has over 1000 hours experience using online tuition nationally and internationally.

Additionally, he has extensive teaching experience as a science teacher in state and independent schools, specialising in Chemistry, and at university as a lecturer in Organic Chemistry. He has also worked as an examiner at both A-level and GCSE.

At A-level, Alastair has taught the entire Chemistry course. Past students have taken the AQA, Edexcel and OCR and Cambridge Assessment international examinations and achieved the highest grades. He has helped students prepare for Oxbridge interviews through extension lessons beyond the A-level specification, and coached students for technical interviews.
Alastair has acted as an examiner at A level and GCSE for over 13 years and has been a Practical Endorsement Visiting Monitor for A level Chemistry for 5 years.

WHY TUTORING?

“I base my tutoring on the student’s needs, developing their prior knowledge, building confidence in their learning and problem-solving skills whilst developing exam technique. My students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and an appreciation of what examiners require by developing their assessment for learning skills. I enjoy online tutoring and my students have all benefited enormously from individualised support in preparation for their examinations. Students enjoy the tutorial style lessons which are normally 1 hour in duration, but longer times can be arranged if required.”

TEStimonials

“Such a good teacher! Explains everything so clearly, shows you how to apply theory to exam questions and is so easy to get on with. I would highly recommend him” – A-Level Chemistry student

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