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Gemma Shearer A-level Chemistry Tutor (Bradford)

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  • Professional Qualification MSc Science (medicinal Chemistry and science education studies)
  • Professional Qualification BSc (hons) Life Sciences (First class); Post Graduate Certificate in Professional studies in Education (Science education)
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check I have a valid CRB check which can be viewed on request
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Personal Message
At school, I hated science. But, through through work experience, I developed a passion which led me right through to postgraduate level study. I have never forgotten what it feels like to struggle nor, more importantly, what it takes to improve!
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I am a specialist AS and A Level tutor. I tutor AS/A Level Chemistry and AS/A Level Biology.
Tell me about your qualifications.
After getting straight As at A level as an adult learner I began studying with The Open University to fit my studies in around my family.

I have an MSc in Science for which I studied modules in Medicinal Chemistry and Science Education.

I am also a Life sciences BSc Graduate, with first class honours. As a result of my studies I have extensive knowledge of both Biology and Chemistry.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have been a professional private tutor for nearly 7 years and I tutor full time.

During this time, I have tutored many different students, from those who are really struggling to those who just need support to get the top grades. I specialise in AS and A2 tuition and I have had great success in helping students who have struggled with exam technique get the grades they need.

I have tutored students studying with the following exam boards: AQA , EDEXCEL, OCR, OCR Salter's Chemistry, WJEC Biology A level and CIE.

My recent cohort of students received some amazing results in August. I worked with several A Level students who were failing to get the grades they need for University prior to starting tuition, all of whom had significant increases in their grades. Most notably, this includes:

An A Level Chemistry and Biology student who had been awarded Es at AS but increased her grades to be awarded a B in Chemistry and C in Biology.

An A Level Chemistry and Biology student who had been predicted Cs but was awarded a B in Chemistry and an A in Chemistry.

An A Level Biology student who increased her grade from a D to a B with only 2 months of tuition.

A chemistry student who needed an A to be accepted onto a Veterinary Medicine but had been given U grade in a mock exam in December. She achieved her A in August and met her University offer.

A Chemistry and Biology student who got a D and a B at AS. She was awarded As in both Chemistry and Biology, giving her the grades she needed to apply to study Medicine. She was offered a place at Manchester and has just started studying for her medical degree.

A student who had received a U in Chemistry at AS level and needed a C for University. She resat both AS exams alongside the A2 exams and achieved a C.

A Biology student who had scored an E at AS level and resat to get a B.

A student studying both Biology and Chemistry A level who had achieved a C and D respectively at AS and had been advised by school that he was at the limit of his capabilities. He resat AS alongside A2 and after achieving A's in both subjects has taken a year out so that he can apply for Medicine.

My previous cohort had similar results including a student who had taken AS twice before starting tuition and had only been able to achieve D grade but has now passed with B's at A2 and gone on to study Physiotherapy at University. Another student achieved U's at AS before starting tuition and gained A and B grades at A2 after retaking her AS exams alongside A2. She gained a place to study pharmacy at University and has successfully completed her first year. I also tutored a mature student who was taking IGCSE Biology as a private candidate. Despite having not studied any science for over 10 years and had only 2 months to study the course she passed with a B grade, allowing her to apply for a PGCE course. As an added bonus she also picked up a passion for science along the way!

These examples illustrate that all is not lost if you do not get the grades you need - with a LOT of hard work it is possible to make significant improvements.
How much do you charge?
I charge £30 per hour for individual students.

If you are interested in having tuition with a group of friends please contact me to discuss fees.
Where do you teach?
The majority of my lessons are online and take place in my online classroom.

I also travel to students in Bradford, but I have a very limited number of in-person sessions available.
When are you available?
Please contact me for availability as this varies throughout the year.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
A level students of all ages and I specialise in working with students who are really struggling to get the grades they need.

I frequently work with mature students who are intending to study for GCSE or A level as private candidates and I offer a support service to help with this.
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for the AS and A Level Chemistry and Biology exams.

To do this, I teach them how to stop thinking like a student and start thinking like a scientist. This allows them to develop the thought process to make sense of exam questions, apply their knowledge and construct the kind of answers that get the top grades. We spend A LOT of time focusing on understanding the topic, rather than rote learning the content. Teaching exam technique and study skills is also a very important part of my approach, as is undoing the bad habits from GCSE that just don't work for A Level.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a valid CRB check which can be viewed on request.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use a multimedia classroom software program specifically designed for online tuition, which allows us to do everything we can do in a 'normal' face-to-face lesson and allows us to make really good use of a range of resources available on the internet. Some of my current online students live close to me but prefer to have online tuition as they enjoy using the software and find it more convenient.

To have online tuition you don't need to purchase any software yourself or install anything. It is very easy to use and I will arrange a short online introductory meeting to show you around the software before you have your first lesson. Before the first lesson I'll send you a booklet which explains how online tuition works in more depth. Ideally you will have a headset but this is not essential.

I can also offer online tuition using Skype.
Tell me about some of your current students.
The majority of my students have chosen to have tuition after struggling with exam technique, learning the required content or both. Around two thirds are year 2 A Level students and the remainder are AS students.

I am currently tutoring several students who are studying A Levels by distance learning.
Do you have a personal message for students?
If you are struggling to get the grades you need for University of just bored with science, I know how you feel - nobody hated science more than me! But, with the right help, science needn't be a nightmare. Get in touch and we can discuss your situation, the chances are I can help.