• 11+ Science and Maths (ISEB)
• 13+ Science and Maths (ISEB)
• GCSE/IGCSE Chemistry and Maths (All exam boards)
• IB Chemistry and Maths
• A-Level Chemistry and Maths (All exam boards)
Having tutored online for almost five years I have delivered over 1,200 hours of tuition to over 75 students. I have a proven track-record of helping students around the globe reach and exceed their goals.
I began tutoring part-time during my first year at university, teaching between three and five hours each week. Since then, I have progressively increased my client-base and now work full-time, tutoring around twenty-five to thirty students at any one time.
In addition to my experience as a private tutor I worked as a teaching assistant in KS3 Chemistry lessons during my A-Levels.
I grew up in Sheffield and attended Tapton Academy Trust studying A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics and Chemistry. Following this I achieved a Master’s in Chemistry from Durham University.
After university, I began tutoring full-time before taking a four-month hiatus to travel around South America and explore new places, meet interesting people, and learn Spanish.
Currently I am tutoring full-time, working as a paramedic at sporting events on weekends and planning to start an educational YouTube channel in the coming months.
My approach to tutoring is largely discussion-based. I have found that difficult concepts are much easier to understand if broken down into manageable chunks which can be pieced together in a logical manner. This gives the student a deeper understanding of the concept and develops their ability to solve problems and tackle questions delivered in an unfamiliar context. Due to the application-based nature of exams it is no longer enough to know the content, a deeper understanding is required. I find it is beneficial to teach concepts from first principles and build upon this throughout the session, that way there are no gaps in the student’s understanding. My teaching is supplemented with the use of diagrams and various other resources to aid explanations.
I am friendly and passionate about teaching. I like to build a rapport with and gain the trust of my students to make them feel comfortable, engaged, and help them enjoy the learning experience. I have learned a lot about how to plan and structure lessons to get the best out of students. No two students are the same, as such it is important for me to get to know the strengths and weaknesses of a student and find out how they learn best – that way I can design a specific learning schedule tailored to their individual needs.
My lessons consist of thirty to forty minutes of explanation, asking the student questions to spark discussion and making notes continuously on the whiteboard, followed by some time dedicated to practising past exam questions and honing exam-technique. Periodically I will ask the student to explain back to me what we have been covering, this ‘check-in’, ensures they are understanding, rather than coasting. Explaining a concept to someone else also reinforces understanding, highlights the areas the student doesn’t understand, and helps with retention. Everything in my lessons is drawn on the whiteboard using a graphics tablet, as it would be in a classroom setting.
What I do when I am not tutoring
During my free-time I am quite an active person. I enjoy weight-training at the gym, playing five-a-side football, bouldering and walking in the countryside near where I live.
I also have a keen interest in reading, currently I am making my way through the ‘Very Short Introduction’ series of books to expand my breadth of knowledge in a variety of topics I am interested in.
I am also learning Spanish and hope one day to be proficient enough to tutor it!
“I've not been taught by Will for a very long time but in the time I've had him he's been a great help, making sure I understand whatever we're working on thoroughly which helps me remember the topics better due to understanding not just the what but the why. His understanding in the topics is amazing and his confidence in the content is better than anyone else I've been taught Chemistry by which then transfers to me having confidence to answer questions. Highly recommend.” (Student from England)
“William is very supportive, and he helped my son a lot. William has been teaching my son for a few months now. He started with teaching him Chemistry where his grades have improved from 6 to 8. As my son was very comfortable with William so we asked William to teach him Physics as well where my son again has improved his grades. William has been extremely accommodating to our request as we had to add extra lessons to support X towards his exam. Very few teachers can help students with such passion for teaching and this really makes teaching experience very enjoyable to students and very comforting and reassuring to the parents.” (Father of a student from Qatar)
“He has been so supportive over the few months he has been teaching me. I feel confident in at least guessing the answers to questions as I know if I do get them wrong, he will help me understand why I was wrong and how I can correct my answers. I have never enjoyed Chemistry, but William has helped me feel more confident and able to enjoy the subject so much more.” (Student from Scotland)
“Will is fantastic. Highly gifted and able. He engaged and enthused my son. Highly recommend him.” (Mother of a student from England)
“William was a great teacher and really boosted my daughter's confidence. Lessons were well prepared - a good balance of teaching and checking my daughter's understanding.” (Mother of a student from England)
“Will has been really helpful for my A-Level Chemistry, going from Ds to Bs and overall feeling a lot more confident with my Chemistry knowledge.” (Student from England)
“He is a fantastic tutor. He is extremely friendly and approachable, and he always comes prepared for questions for me to answer. If I don’t understand something is very patient in explaining it.” (Student from England)
“William is an outstanding and enthusiastic teacher. He has helped my son get a good grip on topics he was struggling with. He explains well and ensures the student is on board.” (Mother of a student from England)
“William is a friendly guy and my daughter found it easy to talk to him and ask questions. He was very good at explaining the topics they covered. Thank you, William, for all your help.” (Mother of a student from England)
“William always does an amazing job at making the lesson by while still teaching. He is also an amazing tutor all round!” (Student from Saudi Arabia)