(I)GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics: EDEXCEL/OCR/AQA
GCSE Maths (EDEXCEL)
I have a PGCE in Secondary Science, specialising in biology, which I gained from the University of Cambridge. Since then, I have had over two years experience in the classroom, teaching at the Withington Girls' School (one of the top independent schools in the country) and Holy Cross School. I teach science to KS3, 4 and 5.
Due to my academic background, I have also taken responsibility for aiding potential Oxbridge candidates with their applications and interview technique in three separate schools throughout my PGCE course and subsequent teaching positions.
In addition, I have thousands of hours experience in tutoring - teaching pupils from the country's most prestigious schools including Winchester, Eton, Downe House, Harrow, Cheltenham Ladies College, Francis Holland and St Paul's. I have also undertaken residential placements including travelling to Venice to teach twins at Eton and Godolphin and Latymer.
I have prepared countless pupils (successfully!) for the Common Entrance Exam and count that as one of my particular specialisms.
I also have a large amount of experience homeschooling students who are unable to regularly attend school lessons.
Having gained all A*s at GCSE and As at A-level, I went on to study Medical and Veterinary Sciences at the University of Cambridge. My course covered an enormous spectrum of scientific components, including physiology, anatomy, neuroscience, pathology, pharmacology and chemical processes within cells and human evolution.
I subsequently completed a PGCE (Post-Graduate Certificate of Education), also at the the University of Cambridge, to qualify as a professional teacher, and over the past year I have worked as a science teacher in both state and independent schools.
I now work full time as a professional tutor and have over a thousand hours of tutoring experience to complement my years in the classroom.
As a qualified teacher, I know that no tutee is the same. As such I seek to establish a personal approach for each student. I take time to understand how the student best absorbs information, which topics in particular they are struggling with, and then use this information to ensure as much subject knowledge is retained as possible.
I believe that success in examinations comes not only through excellent subject knowledge, but also through creating a positive and encouraging environment for the student to work in. I take pride in providing first class pastoral support to all students alongside my first-rate teaching skills. It is important to me that students actively enjoy their learning experience, and do not see our lessons together as a chore.
I take a very dynamic approach to teaching, and constantly test that information is being retained by quizzing students throughout each session on the material that has been covered.
For long-distance tutoring, my methods easily translate to online learning over Skype. I have a wealth of online resources that can be provided for these sessions.
What I do when I am not tutoring
In my spare time, I have a keen passion for creating and presenting media content. During my final year at University I presented, edited and produced a series for CUTV entitled Fresher Food. Following this, I presented a BBC documentary on location in Ghana exploring the role of children in the chocolate making process, specifically the harvesting of cocoa beans in Northern Ghana.
Currently, I produce content for my YouTube science channel. I create revision videos for GCSE science in order to support my students outside of our lessons together.
I also write a lifestyle blog, Avellana. Over the next few years, I see myself expanding this brand enormously.
I love to spend time absorbed in a good book, with my favourite authors being Murakami and Carlos Ruiz Zafon.
One of my great passions in life is food. I love to cook and create new recipes, and my blog enables me to dine at some incredible restaurants.
I am a keen sports woman. I was captain of the women's football team at St John's College, Cambridge. Most recently, I played for King's College University.
As a natural adventurer I love to explore. This adventurous streak has seen me travel all over the world, from back-packing around South East Asia and South America to relaxing in Iceland’s Blue Lagoon. I love to throw myself into everything whether it’s trying Thai cookery classes, skiing or white water rafting.
'Our son got an A* in his Physic IGCSE! He was so surprised but extremely happy. He enjoyed working with Hazel and she made such a difference.' (Mother of IGCSE Physics student)
'I remember my son described Hazel as the best teacher he had ever had. Hazel was the first tutor he has ever had where he didn't grumble about the prospect of a 2 hour booking, and really looked forward to her lessons. He had been predicted Bs in his sciences, and he ended up with A and 2 A*s!'
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''Thank you for tutoring Ed in Physics - he got an A* in his IGCSE! He was so surprised but extremely happy. I know you both enjoyed working together and you made such a difference.'' - Mrs Ritchotte, parent of year 11 pupil
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''I cannot thank Hazel enough for the help and support she gave me, if it wasn't for her, there would be no way I would have got an A* in Physics and an A in Biology!'' - Rafee, year 11 pupil
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''My son and I are both very pleased with Hazel and her approach. She is very reliable and professional. I can already see an improvement in the work she is doing with my son.'' - Mrs Kelly, parent of year 10 student
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''Hazel is exceptionally professional and my daughter loves working with her. Lousia's confidence in biology has increased ten fold.'' - Parent of Year 10 pupil
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''My son is very happy with Hazel and speaks very highly of her lessons'' - Mother of child preparing for the Common Entrance exam
''I have a chemistry test tomorrow, and I have found it very easy to review thanks to your brilliant learning techniques. Thank you very much'' - Year 11 student at Harrow School
''This was a delight to watch. I don't think I've seen a more fast-paced lesson all year. I was convinced that the children learnt in this lesson, that they engaged well with the ideas'' - Mark Winterbottom, University Senior Lecturer in Science Education, University of Cambridge
''Hazel made a wonderful teacher, and I have confidence that the same could be said of her in a tutoring role. She showed herself to be a caring, compassionate individual and really cared about how each of her students was progressing'' - Lisa Jones, Senior Management, Leventhorpe School