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In order to stay fit and healthy, I run, go to the gym, cycle and swim. In the past, I played Tennis, Squash, did some rock climbing, and was a State level soccer referee in California while working at The University of California Berkeley. I also held a Private Pilot license with an aerobatic rating for a few years. Currently, I am a SCUBA diving Instructor and I volunteer with the diving club at UCL. I also dive around the UK coast and in Mozambique during the Summer.
I have lived and worked in Africa, the UK, and the USA.
For relaxation, I listen to classical and African music, and I go to as many live streamings as I can of ballets, plays, operas, and concert performances, from the Metropolitan Opera in New York, La Scala in Milan, and the Royal Opera in London. I also watch Science and Documentary programs on the BBC and I listen to the BBC World Service and Radio 4.
I currently work part-time tutoring and mentoring AS and A2 Physics students at The UCL Academy. I meet face to face with individual or small groups of students, teaching parts of the syllabus (OCR), or going over internal exams, or answering questions, or solving questions from past exam papers. I explain and demonstrate parts of the practical requirements about which they are unsure, and I stretch and challenge those aiming to attain high grades. I also teach A2 Physics (EDEXCEL) one day a week at a small private college.
I tutor a few private clients face to face in their own homes, usually for 2-hour sessions, either teaching parts of the syllabus or dealing with and explaining solutions to numerical or exam problems with which the students are having difficulty. Sometimes I might bring along with me, especially if I am driving to the student's home, some practical equipment to demonstrate a principle or an explanation. For my private clients, I have students studying all 3 UK exam boards.
Most of my current tutoring clients come from referrals by word of mouth from students that I am currently tutoring or have tutored, who have been very happy with the help that they have received and refer family and friends to me when they express a need for a Physics tutor.
I am very good at recognising and diagnosing misperceptions and misunderstandings with my students and helping them to correct those. I am also very good at diagnosing student behaviors and attitudes or approaches that create barriers to learning, and I work with students to change these and develop new ways of approaching their studies. I have some training and practice in Psychology and Counseling as well as my experience teaching and lecturing Sciences, and I can bring these Counseling skills and abilities to enhance my effectiveness as a tutor.