Individual Chemistry Tuition
(I)GCSE and (I)A Level

I offer individual online Chemistry tuition for (I)GCSE and (I)A Level students. Please note that this is only available within the UK school day. I do not offer tuition during evenings or weekends.  Daytime tuition works very effectively for A Level students, who are often able to use an empty classroom during a free period to access the tuition or access it from home on a day when they have a free period at the start or end of the day. I also work with a lot of Home Educated students, mature students and international students for whom UK daytime tuition is a good fit for their schedules. 

Individual tuition enables students to tackle areas of difficulty at their own pace, and usually results in rapid progress. I ask students to identify a topic area for each tuition and then I typically review the theory with them to ensure they understand all the concepts. I intersperse this with lots of opportunities to apply their knowledge to answer questions, before trying topic specific exam questions. This method is highly effective as it enables students to build their confidence and then develop the necessary exam technique. I provide students with bespoke self-marked consolidation work to accompany each session, to target their specific difficulties. I also provide exam board specific sets of exam questions for each topic, so they can further develop their skills. 

Tuitions are carried out over Zoom, using an online interactive whiteboard so we can both write, although I often end up acting as a scribe! I provide a pdf of this whiteboard to act as a set of notes after each session. All resources are shared electronically via Google Drive folders organised by topic. This works very effectively when it comes to revision and students want to return to specific topics. Tuition usually takes place at the same time each week and is term time only. I do offer some holiday sessions by arrangement for students who wish to continue their learning. I always begin tuition with an initial session to check that we are a good fit, before agreeing to an ongoing arrangement. I am also happy to meet students and parents prior to an initial tuition for an introductory discussion if required. 

Individual tuition costs:

  • Daytime (I)GCSE students - £55 

  • Daytime A Level students - £65

If you wish to access tuition in a small group to reduce the costs e.g. with a friend, then I am very happy to give you an individual quote. 

Please contact me on candochem@gmail.com or via the form below for further information or to discuss your individual needs. 

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Reviews

A Level Chemistry, AQA

"Kate is a superb tutor - adaptable, sensitive, extremely knowledgeable, humorous, focussed and extraordinarily highly qualified. I can't imagine that a better Chemistry tutor exists. She rose to the challenge of whizzing me (a [very] mature student) through Chemistry A Level at breakneck speed (my choice). Not a moment was wasted in my tuition sessions but the moment I needed help or was failing to comprehend a particular topic, Kate adapted the velocity immediately to accommodate and made absolutely sure I was where I needed to be before upping the revs once more."

E.H. (student) June 2021

A Level Chemistry, AQA

"I just wished to thank you for your support of Lucy since last September. She has really grown in  confidence and the tutorials have kept her motivated and given her the additional help she needed to achieve high grades."

E.P. (parent) March 2021

A Level Chemistry, AQA, B (Medicine)

"I found a wonderful Chemistry tutor - lessons with Dr Kate drastically improved my confidence and understanding of A Level Chemistry. Her lessons are perfectly balanced with theory and exam practice, all tailored to the tutee's learning abilities. The interactive resources were especially useful in solidifying and verifying content as we went along."

L.O. (student) August 2020

A Level Chemistry, AQA, A* (Chemical Engineering, University of Cambridge)

"I'm very pleased to tell you that I've been accepted in Cambridge after achieving 3A*s. Once again I'd like to thank you for all your diligent work with me. I'm so so grateful. I’ve enjoyed and appreciated each and every one of our tuition sessions together. I feel grateful to be in the position I’m in, and for having an amazing tutor like yourself. I’m certain that you’ve helped my Chemistry knowledge and ability in several ways, which I’ll be forever thankful for." 

C.O. (student) August 2020

A Level Chemistry, OCR, A (Medicine)

"You were a game changer for Tom, at a time when he was not entirely focused."

R.S. (parent) August 2020

A Level Chemistry, AQA, A (Veterinary Medicine)

"I am off to Nottingham in September to start Veterinary Medicine! Thank you for the tutoring." (Student)

"Thank you so much Kate. You made such a difference to him." (Parent)

C. H. August 2020

A Level Chemistry, OCR, A (Veterinary Medicine)

"I got an A in my Chemistry A Level. I've also got into Vet School!"

C.B. (student) August 2020

GCSE Combined Science, AQA, 8,7

"I just wanted to let you know that Megan got an 8/7 in her Combined Science. We are over the moon! Thank you so much for helping her with Chemistry. It obviously helped!"

V.E. (parent) August 2020

IB Chemistry HL, 7 (Medicine)

"I managed to achieve a 7 for Chemistry HL. I secured a place in the University of Nottingham for Medicine – which I am ecstatic about! Thank you so much! I wish you the very best and am eternally grateful for your help over this past year. I learnt so much! I could not have achieved this mark without you."

W.N. (student) July 2020 

A Level Chemistry, Edexcel

"I would like to thank you. I think you’ve been instrumental in his turnaround, and given him some belief in his abilities. I know for certain that he feels the same."

V.M. (parent) June 2020

 

IGCSE Chemistry, Edexcel, 8

"Kate was the perfect chemistry tutor for me. She knew the best way to explain the topics I didn't understand and challenge me on the topics I knew well. I enjoyed every lesson with her, and there was always plenty of valuable work set out for me. In the relatively short time I worked with her, she boosted both my Chemistry knowledge and ability to perform in tests greatly." (Student)

"I cannot recommend Kate highly enough. She knew exactly how to engage my son and build his knowledge and confidence in Chemistry. Kate was encouraging and very approachable and he really enjoyed the tutor sessions. After six months working with Kate, my son’s mark had moved up 3 grade boundaries. The results speak for themselves. " (Parent)

E. E-J. (student) June 2020

Introduction to A Level Chemistry

"5 stars! My daughter started taking tuition lessons with Kate during lockdown to try and get a head start in her A Levels and the standard of teaching is excellent. My daughter fully understands everything that is taught and Kate is always more than happy to help with any queries she does have regarding a question or topic. Kate is always prepared for the tuition with any resources that will be used and is clear in her teaching, leaving no gaps in my daughter's knowledge and no questions unanswered. She ensures that my daughter sees the reasoning and importance in what she is learning and is extremely successful in further stimulating her interest in the subject. Overall, Kate has been a fantastic tutor!"

P.S. (parent) June 2020

Introduction to A Level Chemistry

"Kate is a very dedicated Chemistry teacher. She has been tutoring my daughter for the last few months now and has rekindled her interest in the subject. My daughter is understanding the concepts better and is building a good foundation on which to build when she begins her A Level studies. She has put in great efforts and would love her coaching my daughter through her A Levels as well."

P. G. (parent) June 2020

 

Introduction to A Level Chemistry

"Kate Nickson is a great tutor. She teaches my daughter, who will start sixth form in September, A Level Chemistry and she finds her teaching very helpful. Kate breaks things down for my daughter to understand, her teaching is interactive and fun. She also gives follow up work to ensure my daughter remembers everything that has been taught in the lesson so that she can apply it to future work. My daughter looks forward to her lessons. I highly recommend Kate." 

V.A. (parent) June 2020

 

A Level Chemistry, OCR A

"Kate rekindled the love of the subject in our daughter (Year 12) and boosted her confidence in test taking. She brings her tremendous school experience to deliver a high quality learning experience."

R. G. (parent) May 2020

A Level Chemistry, OCR A

"The best Chemistry tutor I could've possibly found. The lessons are very well planned and Kate is patient, super enthusiastic and cheerful, this really allows me to enjoy the subject, which I didn’t expect to. She is also detailed in her explanations. We go through many past paper exam questions together, because of which I have noticed a great improvement within 2 months of starting tuition. I couldn’t be more pleased.” 

A. R. (student) February 2020

A Level Chemistry, OCR A, A (Veterinary Medicine)

"Caitlin was losing her enthusiasm for Chemistry until she started lessons with Kate. She now looks forward to her lessons. She finds Kate to be enthusiastic, very kind and understanding. She is helping her to understand the subject better with clear explanations. Kate sends her additional work between lessons which Caitlin tries hard to complete. Caitlin has only one complaint and that is that Kate is not her Chemistry Tutor at her Sixth Form College."

W. B. (grandma) September 2019

 

IGCSE Chemistry, Edexcel, 9

"Lucy tells me that everything you taught her came up today. She is eternally grateful... Lucy describes all sorts of little tricks for the more difficult topics."

H.M. (parent) June 2019