I have been tutoring Chemistry Physics and Maths at GCSE and A-level for over 10 years with 2 years teaching standard grade and highers whilst in Scotland. I have also been involved with much teaching at university level. I have taught undergraduate students in Practical laboratory groups, that three different UK universities as well as taking tutorial sessions (aprox 8 to 10 in the class). At UCL I lecture a third year core module on Advanced Inorganic Chemistry where I cover material on main group organometallics as well as semiconductos and superconductors.
I believe in working towards a better grade by concentrating on knowing the subject matter and working on exam technique. This will involve lots of past papers and practice questions taken from the exam board as well as worksheets to enforce the understanding. I try to encourage learning through enthusiasm and participation. The hope is that my students will be well prepared for the exam as well as having an understanding of what the examiners require and the confidence to excel. Revision is crucial but there are many techniques that make it far easier, especially if there is time to absorb the information slowly.
Session times vary depending on need. In my experience 1.5 hour sessions work best for the majority of students, allowing me to effectively have two forty minute(ish) sessions with a five minute break, and a five minute debrief at the end. The average person’s attention span should lasts around 40 minutes, especially 1 on 1. It is important not to over stretch the tutee’s attention span, which given that these sessions occur in the evenings after a fully packed day at school is important for progression. Longer attention spans allow for 2 hour sessions with the overall time again split in half. I find hour and a half long sessions to be optimum for GCSE. A-level students tend to be able to focus for longer and can cope with the longer session. I often find that a 2 hour session where two different subjects are covered works best. In many cases the link between the subjects can be really significant.
I have had experience of students with learning difficulties and have a “Don’t let them hold you back” sort of approach. As with all my students goals are set and achieved, to the individual needs of each student.
There is no substitute for hard work.
Even with the best tutor in the world, you will still need to work hard to achieve good grades!!!