Just in case
anyone has missed the news, we are experiencing a viral pandemic.
immunologist, I have more than a passing interest in the scientific
developments. As a human being, I’m absolutely horrified at some of the
shenanigans I see unfolding on social media. As we find ourselves in a
situation of national mass panic, the likes of which I have never seen before,
I find myself exploring alternative methods to continue to tutor if I can’t
invite students into my classroom. Continue reading Remote Tuition
A few weeks
ago, I had to give a short presentation to a group of business women. We were
all asked to suggest to the group a woman that we considered inspirational, and
that we admired.
I chose a
scientist, of course. I would like to introduce you to her. Continue reading An Inspirational Woman – 2020
The 2019 Nobel
Prize for Medicine has been shared between three scientists trying to answer
this very question – and is an excellent example for collaborative working. Continue reading Scientific Collaborations
One of the great things about being a private tutor is that I get to see very mixed ability children from a range of schools. These children all bring with them different experience together with tips and tricks from their teachers. I am then able to pass on these tips and tricks to other children.
So, what does Every Van Must Run Smoothly actually mean, and why do I want my science students to remember it? Continue reading Every Van Must Run Smoothly
When I was at school, (ok, I know that it was a long time ago), in one of our very first chemistry lessons in the equivalent of year 7, we were taught to balance equations. In subsequent lessons, whenever we were given an example of a chemical reaction or we did an experiment, we were given a word equation and we were expected to turn it into a symbol equation and balance it. By the time we reached year 9, we were all experts.
When I see a new student, I always ask if they can balance equations and the answer is usually no. Continue reading Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity
I’ve been tutoring for twelve years. When I first started up, I had a couple of my own students but I mostly worked through an agency. The benefits the agency sold were that if you asked for a tutor, they would send you someone with appropriate qualifications, and that they would send someone to your home and at your convenience. Continue reading Tutors who travel – an advantage or a disadvantage?
If I’m honest, my politics have always leaned towards socialism. There are some things in life that I firmly believe that everyone should be able to access. I also believe that there are times in the lives of most people, when things don’t quite go to plan and if someone needs a bit of a helping hand through a difficult patch, then that’s what a society should be doing. Continue reading Should a Child Really Need a Tutor?
level biology allows me to indulge in one of my passions of biochemistry. The
immune system. To me, immunology is one of the most fascinating topics of the
biology curriculum. Unfortunately, many of my students are unable to feel the
same way. Continue reading When the Immune System has a Meltdown
with being a scientist is that very little is taken on face value. We went on a
family holiday to Norfolk this year and visited the lovely Houghton Hall. The
Hall is home to a large collection of outdoor modern sculptures, the most
famous of the artists being Henry Moore.
favourite was a rather unusual piece of artwork by a Danish artist, Jeppe Hein.
In the garden, there appears to be a shallow pool of water surrounded by grass.
Suddenly a flame ignites in the centre of the pool. Continue reading A Water Flame – How does it work?
For A Level
students, there is only one more milestone between school and university – and
that is results day. A Level results are released on the third Thursday in
August, and GCSE results released the following week. The third Thursday in
August is also the day that university places are confirmed, and any unfilled
university places offered up in a process called ‘Clearing’. Continue reading Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B