Dr Simon D
BSc PhD PGCE
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SummaryI have 25 years of experience teaching chemistry and science at an outstanding school, where I was Head of Chemistry for 10 years. I am now a full-time tutor and provide effective and engaging online lessons.
- PGCE specialising in chemistry (University of Leicester)
- PhD Biochemistry (University of Sussex)
- Postdoctoral fellow in chemistry & biochemistry (University of Leicester)
- BSc (Hons) Biochemistry (University of Bristol)
ExperienceI have 25 years of experience teaching chemistry and science at an outstanding school, where I was Head of Chemistry for 10 years. I am now a full-time online tutor, teaching chemistry at A-level, and chemistry, physics and biology at GCSE. I can also offer assistance in the chemical and physical aspects of A-level biology. I have been tutoring online for two years and have had a thoroughly positive experience over that time.
MoreI have always been fascinated by science and have long enjoyed passing on my interest to numerous students, many of whom have been inspired to become scientists or medics themselves. I believe that one to one tuition is a hugely effective way to improve a student's performance. When reviewing questions and answers with students I explain my own thought processes as to how to answer the exam. I am a very approachable person and have great empathy for students and strive to make a first-class environment for learning and success.
My PhD was in mitochondrial bioenergetics, which was at the interface between chemistry, physics and biology. After my PhD I was a professional scientist at Leicester University doing research on the enzyme DNA Gyrase, which supercoils DNA. I then went on to teach chemistry and science at an outstanding secondary school.
Astronomy is my hobby, together with observing newts and frogs in my pond. I love to play the saxophone. I have no other commitments beyond being a tutor, so can devote all of my energy to it.
A recent student wrote: " thank you for all the help that you have given me in these two difficult years. You have helped me a lot, in chemistry, and making me laugh and engaged in your lessons. Thank you ever so much."
Another recent student wrote: "Hi Simon, I got a 9 and an average of 91% in Chemistry. Thank you so much for all of your help."
A recent parent wrote: "Just to let you know that Georgina got a 9 in all three sciences at GCSE. Thank you for your help with her lessons."
I attained grades of chemistry (A), physics (A) and biology (A) at A level at Southwell Minster Grammar School in 1980.
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