About my background as a Chemistry Educator

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I am passionate about teaching Chemistry. It is a conceptually challenging subject, which students can struggle to fully understand. I work with both home educated students, providing a full Chemistry curriculum, as well as with school students supporting their in school learning. Many of my students are aspiring Medics, Vets, Dentists or Physical Scientists who need a helping hand to enable them to achieve the top grades necessary for their University places. There are a variety of reasons that students can struggle in Chemistry - it can be due to the effectiveness of their teaching, or not having consolidated the foundations sufficiently or sometimes they just need some individualised support working at their pace to get them back on track. Whatever the cause, I can use my extremely well-honed teaching strategies and resources to provide significant improvements in confidence, understanding and performance.

I have a PhD and Masters in Chemistry, as well as a PGCE and Masters in Education, all from the University of Cambridge. I am a very reflective teacher; I always think carefully about how I can make my teaching even more effective and love to trial new ways of making teaching and learning more engaging for students.

I taught Chemistry in UK schools for eleven years, including for six years at one of the UK’s top independent schools – The Perse School, Cambridge. I have held a variety of positions in schools including Head of Chemistry and Head of House.

I now offer online Chemistry tuition, small group courses and video courses with a difference! My teaching style involves plenty of active learning for students. Chemistry is a subject where students must build their own understanding and need to be able to apply their knowledge to solve novel problems. This only comes with practice. To ensure a deep understanding of the material is built, I also provide bespoke consolidation work after each tuition. This might be targeting a specific section of a topic, a skill, or simply be exam practice. I usually focus tuitions on a topic at a time, following them up with exam practice questions for students to work through independently following the tuition. I find that tuitions work best with students who are keen to commit to this focussed approach to improving their attainment in Chemistry.

 

In addition to online Chemistry teaching, I am also a GCSE and A Level examiner and develop educational resources. During the last year I have written A Level Chemistry Factsheets for Curriculum Press and I have recently worked on several Widening Participation programmes, aimed at improving higher education outcomes for disadvantaged or under-represented students. This has included tuition aimed at enabling under-represented students meet their Cambridge University offers and course development work for the University of Cambridge and The Access Project. I worked as Course Creation Lead on the University of Cambridge "HE+ Project". The aim of the national HE+ Project is to help enable Year 12 students to make competitive applications to the top UK universities. For The Access Project, I produced STEM focussed webinars and short videos as one of the creators of their "University Preparedness" programme.

 

Finally, a little bit about me as a person, as I always love to have an insight into the lives of people that I work with remotely, as I think it makes them seem more real! I have a busy home life with my husband who is a Chemistry teacher at a grammar school, seven year old daughter, five year old son and our four ducks. I love growing vegetables and spending time outside with my family. We particularly enjoy family bike rides.

 

Please do get in touch if you would like to find out more about Chemistry tuition or my small group Chemistry classes (candochem@gmail.com).