Joe

Academic Qualifications

Moulsham High School

A Level

Chemistry A, Biology A, Maths A, and German B

GCSE

Double Science A*, Maths A, English Language A, English Literature B, German A*, Geography A*, I.T. A*, D&T: Graphic Products B, Religious Studies B, and Business Studies B

University College London

PhD Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (Expected Summer 2017)

MRes Molecular Modelling and Materials Science (Merit)

MSci Chemistry (First Class)

 

Teaching Experience

Love Learning Tutors

Common Entrance:  Maths, Science

GCSE: Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Maths

A Level: Chemistry, Maths

University level: Chemistry

Lionheart Education, 2016 to date

London Graduate Tutors, 2012–13

 

Skills and Interests

I am proficient in Microsoft Office applications, alongside having a basic knowledge of coding using Python and Fortran.

As someone who enjoys travel I also have a keen interest in languages: I’ve kept up my German since school through extracurricular classes, as well as learning Italian to a similar level.

Besides academic work I like to keep active. I cycle regularly to commute and for leisure, as well as running as often as I can, having completed several half marathons in the past few years.

 

Work Experience

Teaching Assistant, University College London 2012–15

I assessed undergraduate-level coursework and lab reports, providing students with feedback on where they had done well and how they could improve their work.

 

Personal Statement

I have always enjoyed discussing scientific concepts with my peers, particularly during my recent studies. This led me to consider tutoring, where I could use my skill of explaining ideas by breaking them down, and showing a new perspective. I really enjoy this aspect of tutoring, encouraging students to view topics in a different way and helping them gain a greater understanding of their subject. The one-on-one nature of tutorials allows you to identify a student’s particular strengths and weaknesses, something teachers are unable to do across a whole class. I have found students often don’t realise how much they already know: by identifying their strengths and making them aware of their own knowledge, their confidence in the subject is instantly boosted. It’s then possible to target the areas that they’ve found more difficult, clearly explaining the principles at their own pace. In this way, improvement can be made at a much faster rate than in the classroom. Still being in education myself, I can directly relate to the pressures felt by students, which helps in forming a good working relationship. Every student learns differently, though, and as a tutor I’m able to tailor my teaching style to suit each individual, doing everything to help them engage with the material and learn in a creative way that suits them. It’s the most rewarding way of guiding students to success—and always a bonus to gain a fresh perspective on the subject myself, too.