PhD Sociology w Advanced Quantitative Methods PhD

My expertise and experience are much greater than you are likely to get with many other private tutors. My background is in Psychology (BSc) and Sociology (MA and PhD) but I've taught undergraduate and postgraduate students from a variety of different social science backgrounds in a lecturing capacity at a Russell Group University (4 years full-time experience) and as a private tutor (1000+ hours experience). I currently hold the role of Honorary Research Fellow at the Department of Sociology, York and continue to publish my own research in peer-reviewed international journals.

5.0 (126)

133 hours of classes

About me

I left full time academia to be my own boss in 2017. I now tutor students privately and run my own social and market research consultancy.

Tutor Experience

After completing my PhD, I taught research methods (including introductory and advanced quantitative methods) for four years as a full-time Teaching Fellow and Associate Lecturer in the Sociology Department at the University of York.

I convened a 150 student Social Research Methods module for 3 years and set and marked undergraduate and postgraduate coursework and assignments on a variety of different topics relating to research methods, SPSS, and data analysis. I've marked thousands of pieces of undergraduate coursework, as well as Masters coursework using advanced data analysis methods, such as regression,cluster analysis, factor analysis and many more.

As a supervisor at York I supervised around 40 undergraduate dissertations, and about 10 Masters dissertations. A good proportion of these students achieved 1st and starred 1st grades.

As a private tutor over the past two years I have tutored over 1000 hours with University students, University staff and professionals. Most of this work has been focused on helping undergraduate and postgraduate students with research methods and statistical analysis in SPSS.

I remain an active researcher within academia. My areas of scholarly interest are health, food, and quantitative and innovative methods. Two of the academic articles I have published in peer reviewed journals are listed below. The first paper in the list below was nominated for and awarded the Sociological Research Online award for Excellence and Innovation.

Chappell, P., Tse, M., Zhang, M. and Moore, S., 2017. Using GPS Geo-tagged Social Media Data and Geodemographics to Investigate Social Differences: A Twitter Pilot Study. Sociological Research Online, 22(3), pp.38-56.

Jenkins, L., Cosgrove, J., Chappell, P., Kheder, A., Sokhi, D. and Reuber, M., 2016. Neurologists can identify diagnostic linguistic features during routine seizure clinic interactions: results of a one-day teaching intervention. Epilepsy & Behavior, 64, pp.257-261.

Topic Expertise

Social Research Methods
Quantitative Research Methods
Social Media Analysis


Current MSc Psychology student Christopher Panter: ​ "I am currently completing an MSc Psychology conversion course as a distance learner. Quantitative analysis was not something that was covered in depth during my undergraduate degree and being dyslexic numbers were not my forte. I was receiving very little support from my university so decided to seek some private guidance. The support I received from Paul was impeccable! He guided me through every stage with an abundance of patience, making me feel confident enough to really engage and get the most out of each session. Nothing was ever too much and Paul went above and beyond to help me reach my full potential. Thanks to Paul I achieved a merit in an assignment I believed I was doomed to fail and I now plan on carrying out quantitative research for my dissertation." ​ Former student Ellen Jackson, whose grade went from a 2:2 to a high 2:1: ​ "I highly recommend Paul Chappell, he is very approachable and friendly but more importantly he is extremely knowledgeable around SPSS and Stats offering the correct support tailored to each individual. I would not have graduated without him." ​ Former student at University of York, who was awarded First Class Honors [With Distinction]: ​ "I was taught by Dr. Paul Chappell as both an undergraduate and as a postgraduate student at the University of York where Paul taught social research methods, including advanced quantitative methods using SPSS. Paul is an exceptional teacher. His demonstrations of statistical techniques are not only clear, authoritative and comprehensive, but are a genuine pleasure to attend – a sentiment shared by all my cohort. Paul is professional, friendly and approachable and his enthusiasm for the subject is infectious. He is an authority on the application of both traditional and innovative methods of social research and communicates his knowledge of the subject cogently to students at undergraduate and postgraduate level. I feel privileged to have been taught by Paul – and I can’t speak highly enough of him as a teacher, and as a colleague. I am convinced that students at all levels will find his tuition invaluable." ​

Client Reviews

Tamala - SPSS

Very helpful and informative. Thoughtful assistance with issues and questions.

Emma - Psychology

Good starter session. I was feeling lost in my coursework and feel there is some direction and understanding of areas to develop. Looking forward to my next session, which has a specific plan to keep me on track.

Natasha - Psychology

Great tutor who has helped me understand and implement statistical analysis and research methods as part of the write up for my dissertation! Would highly recommend :)

Natasha - Psychology

Excellent tutor. Helping me understand statistics and research methodologies to a great standard! Thank you :)

Claudia - SPSS

Very useful, thank you.

Claudia - SPSS

Very useful session, thank you.

Hadeel - Dissertations

The class was so useful, Paul helped me with conducting and reporting the right moderation analysis for my thesis.

Katherine - Psychology

Great class

Katherine - Psychology

Great class!

Thorkild - SPSS

Amazing! Thanks a lot, Paul!


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BSc Psychology
MA Social Research
PhD Sociology w/ Advanced quantitative methods


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