Private tutor for over a decade in GCE O level/GCSE/IGCSE/IB Maths/Separate science & Double Science, Keystage 3 Maths/English, 11+/13+/CE Science/Maths. Edexcel/AQA/CIE for GCSE Maths and Sciences
2004-2005 PGCE with QTS Secondary (11-18) Science (Biology specialist), Frobel College, Roehampton University
2005-2007 William Morris Academy, Hammersmith Teacher of GCSE/AS Biology, Health & Social care, Psychology
2008-2010 Kumon Maths & English Instructor Shepherds Bush Franchise owner
2010-2011, 2012-2015 Godolphin & Latymer School, Teacher of Yr 7-8, Edexcel IGCSE, OCR AS/A2 and IB Biology
2011-2012 St. Pauls School, Teacher of Edexcel IGCSE and OCR AS/A2 Biology
2015-2016 Sri KDU international School, Malaysia, KS4 and IB Science teacher
2016 - 2017 Godolphin & Latymer School
2017-2018 M.Sc. Biomedical and Molecular Sciences Research, King's College London
Originally from Singapore, I came to the UK, on my own, at 16 to a tutorial college in Croydon to study for my A levels in Biology,Chemistry, Physics and Maths on a 18 month course gaining AABB respectively and winning a place to study Medicine at Imperial College London.
This would have been impossible if I'd stayed home as I was not allowed to take up Biology at O levels in Singapore as I did not do well enough when I was 14 to enter into the set allowed to take 3 sciences and those doing 2 sciences were forced to take Chem/Physics. Today, I know that I wasn't just slow or stupid as my teachers had said. I had dyspraxia.
It is those experiences I had as a teenager that has made me the teacher I am today. That is one that understands that every child has their own way of learning, not being able to do something right now doesn't mean they will never be able to do it and that if you make learning fun, any person will be able to get it eventually. In other words, learning/teaching needs to be tailored to the learner.
After a decade of teaching in schools, I decided to go back to university to take up an M.Sc. in Biomedical and Molecular Sciences research to refresh my subject knowledge and get new ideas for experiments to run back in school. This has been reminded me of the importance of the learner experience and the power of good teaching.
In the initial meeting, I'll aim to find out the student's weaknesses, strengths, general interests and preferred learning style. If the aim is exam preparation, I will get the student to complete selected past year paper questions. This helps me find out what areas the student needs support with and also how I could present material in a way that will engage him/her. We will then agree a plan of action together. In on going sessions, I will also try to integrate and model key study skills such as mind mapping, taking concise notes, memory tricks etc. There will be quizzes either oral or written at the end of each lesson or start of the following lesson to check how much learning has been made. The student will then be ask to evaluate their own progress and set targets for themselves. Regular file checks will also be made as my experience tells me that well-organised students are 99% of the time the best performing students.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When I am not tutoring, I love going to live gigs of any genre,visiting museums/galleries,theatre and trying out new places to eat as well as trying to replicate those dishes at home.
"My daughter is definately more confident for having individual lessons and her understanding of the Physics required for the forthcoming iGCSE exams has improved thanks to Jonathan's help." (Mother of iGCSE Physics student)
We are really keen that you should continue working with M and S and are delighted with the progress they both made. Like you, we feel it would have been nice if S had done slightly better than BB in the GCSE science but who knows how she would have done without you, and with your support and with a focus on one science subject only now at Standard Level I hope she can continue to improve. The objective frankly looking ahead is to get a 6 or 7 to support the overall IB score. M improved hugely with the help you gave and his ability to deal with the exams increased notably. I have no doubt that this is as much about work and revision discipline and technique as it is about understanding.
David (S got a 6 for her IB in the end!)
Thank you very much for all you have done - without your help, G would not be anywhere near where he is now. Regards, M
L got a C – best she could do as she only sat the foundations papers, 100% in 3 exams. Thank you! Esther.
I found Jonathan to be genuinely interested in teaching and children. He is flexible and professional. I would highly recommend him. R Vyse.
He got an A* in Chemistry and As in Biology and Physics, so we are very pleased! JP
A obtained a B overall for his General Science exam. I think the individual scores were B for Biology and Physics and a C for chemistry. As you know, his goal was an A. He is pleased with his B and hopefully he has learnt that an A grade requires more than last minute cramming.
Thank you for your input as it undoubtedly improved his understanding of the subjects. He must be better prepared next year, but all things considered he gave it his best shot.If you are still tutoring in the future I feel sure Alex would be pleased to work with you again.
Best regards and thanks, Andrew
J said he learnt lots today and also enjoyed himself, well coming from a 15 year old that's got to be a winner! Thank you Jonathan for inspiring J he really has enjoyed his tutoring and said he has learnt a great deal.Regards,Amanda
I was just about to e-mail you! A received B in Maths and a disappointing, but quite expected C in Physics. His teacher complained about his attitude to Physics quite a lot, so it does not surprise me that he did not do better. However, with your support he at least obtained a very respectable B in Maths, which is a good start for his university preparation. He also has B in Business Studies, so we shall start building on that. I shall e-mail Keystone with praises for your work and will be most grateful if you could offer Anton extra tuition during exeat weekends to give him a boost for his A-levels.
Hi Jonathan, hope all is well. Sorry I thought I had also sent you the good news of F's excellent results- Straight A*s but it seems I had not and it was just F who had rang you. I still thought we must thank you again for getting F achieve these great grades. Thank you for all your help and and guidiance. F really enjoyed his lessons with you. He has been awarded a scholarship from Latymer Upper. Thanks. Best, Fiza.