I am a qualified Geography teacher and have been teaching since 2011 and head of department for two of those years. I have experience teaching various exam boards including CIE, AQA, Edexcel, Educas and SQA both in the UK and internationally.
Testimonial from an A level Geography student tutored on Spires.co, March 2019.
"I was extremely lucky to come across Brian. He is an incredible, all in one teacher. Every lesson is well prepared and extra resources are provided. He is up to date with all changes to syllabus and exam requirements. Brian is very friendly and patient, he always finds time to answer my questions even besides lessons time. He has lots of geographical knowledge and experience from all over the world. I am always looking forward to having a lesson with him, it is worth every penny"
I have had hundreds of pupils pass through my classroom and I have an excellent track record with both GCSE and A levels.
Online, I prepare tutoring sessions to the ability and needs of each of my students. I am available between tutoring sessions to answer questions or clarify some points for the lesson. I also set homework tasks and exam papers questions to give you complete support and ensure quick development.
As a qualified teacher, I have years of professional training and experience to offer dramatic help for exam preparation.
I am available for a quick chat if you have any questions and would like to know how I can help.
2016-18, Tutor in Evolution & Social Evolution (taught 27 undergraduates in 1:1 or 2:1 sessions) on topics of Social
Evolution & Major Evolutionary Transitions, University of Oxford
2016-17, Demonstrator for the “Organisms - Invertebrate Practicals” course run by Jonathan Green, Department of
Zoology, University of Oxford (involved in demonstrating, dissections & marking)
2017-18, Invigilator for undergraduate student exams, New College, University of Oxford
2017, Demonstrator for the “Tree of Life” practical run by Sebastian Shimeld, Department of Zoology, University of
Oxford, (involved in demonstrating, DNA extractions, PCR reactions, gel electrophoresis & sequencing)
2015, Demonstrator for an “Experimental Evolution Practical” course run by William Durham, Department of
Zoology, University of Oxford
Demonstrator at the University of Hull (2019) - took part in a Passport to Higher Education Teaching course to be able to participate
Education secretary for the Aquatic Science Society (2016-2017)
Primary School Teaching Assistant (2014)
Tutor at Animal Jobs Direct (Animal science NVQ courses)
Private Tutor for Geography (KS3-5).
I am currently a Graduate Teaching Assistant at the University of Manchester. I have taught on a variety of modules at undergraduate level, as well as being involved heavily in marking and leading feedback sessions on pupils work. As part of the role I have also undergone Teaching Assistant Training, provided by the faculty at the University of Manchester.
I will try to bring the subject at matter to life by relating the subject matter to the real world, bringing in case studies and making the content easier to understand and more exciting.
My expertise is particularly in Geography and Environmental Science. I have studied topics across my BSc, MSc and now PhD covering glacial processes, climate change impacts, atmospheric science (meterology and air pollution) and running models. I currently study air pollution and climate change.
Research Associate/Research Fellow/Lecturer/Senior Lecturer in Civil and Environmental Engineering at Cardiff University since 1999
TEACHING EXPERIENCE AND RESEARCH SUPERVISION
I have had a varied teaching role at all levels. This has encompassed a wide range of activities from lectures to laboratories to practical sessions and personal and project supervision. I have made a substantial contribution to eleven modules, eight in the capacity of module leader.
I have also sought at all stages to utilise my industrial and research experience to enhance my teaching material by the use of case studies and creating collaborative, realistic student projects.
Research Supervision - I have supervised 18 full-time research students, eight to successful completion, ten current, and three postdoctoral researchers. I have also successfully supervised 15 MSc students and 67 undergraduate project students. I have chaired six PhD vivas, and examined one Doctoral thesis as external examiner at Cambridge University, ten Doctoral theses as an internal examiner and have recently had an invite for external examiner from Stuttgart University.
I have been a private tutor over the last five years or so, teaching biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and French at a range of levels from secondary up to A level standard. I have also taught the clarinet.
Some of my pupils in the past have been struggling or unmotivated and subsequently performed very well in their exams. One example was a girl who had failed her GCSE Mathematics (Lower Tier) and came to me to prepare for her retake. I gave her the confidence she needed and she passed with a 5, the highest possible score at Lower Tier.
I try to bring together different fields of study in my lessons and explain how they relate to one another. As a Natural Sciences graduate I can draw from my interdisciplinary knowledge of various biological, chemical, geological, environmental and mathematical topics. Thanks to a six-week-long exchange to a school near Paris, I am also reasonably fluent in French with a strong understanding of grammar and an appreciation of the French culture and colloquialism, while my interest in languages in general (I can also speak German and some Italian) allows me to understand the evolution and interconnections of language, and consequently to enrich my tutoring material. I will try to find ways not only to elucidate any problems students have, but hopefully to also allow them to appreciate the underlying meaning or beauty of these subjects.