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Mike Smith

BSc, PGCE

Subject: Chemistry, Combined Science, Co-ordinated Science, Physics

I have always enjoyed Science and finding out how something works. I knew throughout my school years that I wanted to have a career in Science, and after working in industry, I have successfully taught Science for many years. I have a wealth of teaching and tutoring experience across all three sciences but particularly in Chemistry. As a teacher, my results have consistently exceeded national averages for the top grades. Currently, my main focus is online tutoring and homeschooling – which I enjoy very much and find highly rewarding.

I am an enthusiastic teacher and believe that all students can obtain their academic goals with practice, clear communication, and timely help. I enjoy teaching students about the wonders of Science and understanding the key concepts that underpin how or why something happens. I seek to ensure students develop their own confident understanding of Science and become independent learners.

I obtained my Science degree from London University and my PGCE teaching qualification from the Open University, which I took part-time whilst working. I experienced first hand the challenges and rewards of combining home study and receiving guidance from my tutors via email and the early internet.

I am married with two grown-up sons. When I’m not teaching or tutoring, I am a keen yachtsman, competing in international races, including the Fastnet race. I play the bass guitar, and when time allows, I can be found repairing my 300-year-old thatched cottage.

I look forward to working with you on your chosen Wolsey Hall course and sharing my enthusiasm for Science and learning.

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