• A-level Physics (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• A-level Chemistry (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• A-level Biology (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• A-Level Maths (AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR)
• (I)GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics (AQA,CIE, OCR & Edexcel)
• (I)GCSE Maths (AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR)
I started teaching in my first year at university, 15 years ago. For seven years, I tutored A level Physics students to help them prepare for their exams. During the four years of my PhD, I designed and delivered courses for bachelor and master students, mainly Biology related courses, and supervised students in personal and group work. After moving to London, I taught Biology, Mathematics, Physics and Statistics at a pre-university college for more than two years (Kaplan International College London). I designed the Biology foundation course content and have written biology GCSE course content for a digital platform. I have also recently helped students with Chemistry.
I was born and raised in Amsterdam, where I completed my A levels in Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Mathematics. I then studied Bioengineering, completing a Bachelor’s and Master’s degree, and continued to achieve a first class Master’s degree in Neurosciences. I went on to do a PhD in Molecular Neuroscience at the VU University in Amsterdam. After finishing my PhD, I moved to London and have been working in different teaching roles ever since.
What I love most about tutoring, is to get to know a student and being able to help them with their personal learning goals. As I have many years of tutoring experience, I can quickly recognise the most important points to focus on with a new student. I also know the important topics of the curriculum and what a teacher is looking for in a test. I use this knowledge to focus and organise a student’s learning, and have a lot of tips and tricks for exam preparation.
My personal tutoring approach is highly interactive. Learning is an active process, therefore my student will be busy with answering questions, doing exercises, and summarising the learned topics. Having a background in neuroscience, I know repetition is very important for the learning process. Therefore I often repeat topics a student struggled with, so that over time the information will be engraved in their memory.
I use a lot of examples and analogies in my teaching. This will help a student to understand the topic, to bring the topic alive, and to see the relevance of the topic. It will also add some fun to the lesson. I believe that when a student understands why they are learning a topic, and if they are having fun while learning, they will achieve their best results.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I work as a freelance tutor and science educator. One evening per week I teach science adult classes at Imperial College London. Next to that, I work at a flexible basis as a tutor and host science clubs for primary and secondary school students. In my free time, I am working on a Neuroscience podcast with two friends, and I love going outdoors, skating, dancing, and cooking.
“Linda helped our son Andrea during the last Two terms of L6 in chemistry. He had been struggling a little with the subject and has now been awarded a predicted A at A Level. Judging by his last report he has made a huge improvement. We are extremely grateful for Linda’s help and support over the last few months, and will continue to rely on her precious lessons both in Chemistry and Biology next year” (Mother of A level student)
“Linda is one of the most wonderful and unique teachers who has an excellent ability of transferring information to the students” (previous Maths student)
“Although you have only taught me for a brief period, you have had a very positive impact on my learning. You have been nothing short of supportive, and your classes have been nothing but engaging and effective.” (previous Statistics student)
“You were simply the best Math teacher we’ve had, none of our other teachers have the same amount of passion and clarity you exhibit. Even though I kind of hate Maths most times, I felt inspired to work harder during your classes.” (previous Maths student)