• A Level Chemistry (AQA, OCR & Edexcel)
• IB Chemistry
• (I)GCSE Biology and Chemistry (AQA, CIE, OCR & Edexcel)
I have a PGCE in Chemistry Secondary Education and have been a teacher now for 7 years. I have taught IB chemistry for 5 years at higher and standard level. In additional I have also taught and privately tutored A level chemistry, IGCSE/GCSE chemistry, biology and coordinated science and also key stage 3 science.
After taking my A levels in Chemistry, Biology and Mathematics I went on to do a Master of Chemistry degree at the University of Liverpool where I gained a first class degree. I then went on to work as a Senior Clinical Scientist for the NHS, during which time I also completed a Master of Science in Clinical Biochemistry. I did this job before training to become a teacher. I have a teaching qualification (PGCE) and qualified teacher status. I have worked in China for the past 5 years as the Head of Science for a department of 20 members of staff. I am a passionate and outstanding teacher with a proven record of my students achieving top exam results (my latest cohort achieved a significant number of level 7s and well above the world average for IB HL Chemistry. In addition my Extended Essay student achieved an A grade).
Every student is different in the way they learn and therefore every lesson is planned for that individual. I definitely do not agree with a lecture style approach to teaching but instead I find that using inquiry based techniques with questioning enables the student to make the maximum progress. I am energetic and engaging and will utilize lots of different strategies during the lesson. I have access to exam questions and will spend time to teach different exam strategies and how to gain full marks.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I am currently in England and working part time in a 6th form college teaching Chemistry and Biology A level. I private tutor during the rest of the week. I enjoy to private tutor as I like to see students progress and create lessons that are all individualised to meet the needs of each student. One of the aspects of private tutoring that gives me a lot of satisfaction is to see a student who had no interest in science choose to continue their studies in a science related area because they have enjoyed my lessons so much. When I am not tutoring, I like to go hiking with my dog or running in the outdoors.
''Claire provided great teaching to my son for his GCSE and the support and guidance she gave was wonderful. She showed patience and understood the needs of the individual. I would highly recommend.''