Science tutor using Duplo to demonstrate balancing equations

Balancing equations – a nightmare for many but a chemistry necessity

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

Tutor in a home based classroom

Tutors who travel – an advantage or a disadvantage?

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?

Child learning with a science tutor

Should a Child Really Need a Tutor?

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?

Flame on Water Feature

A Water Flame – How does it work?

The problem 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.

My personal 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?

Science tutoring session

Results Day – It’s always good to have a Plan B

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

DNA Model

Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling

The afternoon began with a trip to the theatre and ended in an internet search for the DNA profiling of Tsar Nicholas and his family.

The Theatre Royal Windsor showed a straight play this afternoon called The Anastasia File. Anastasia, the youngest daughter of Tsar Nicholas and his wife Alexandra, has been portrayed on stage and screen and has the highest profile of the five children. Continue reading Anastasia, The Romanovs and DNA Profiling