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.
I am a professional educator with American teaching qualifications, an IB Examiner and have over a decade of experience. In addition to teaching at local colleges and universities, I write curriculum and design various educational projects both in Europe and America. I specialise in discreet, bespoke tutoring and home-school students- including mainstream SEN, international students and those seeking admission into US universities alongside dozens of students who need regular homework help, test prep and entrance exams tuition. I cover a range of subjects including English, Maths, History, Science, Classics, Geography, 11+, ISEE, IB, SAT and A - Level preparation. Having a wide range of teaching experience including classroom, one-to-one and group settings, I have the ability to determine the best approach with each student so that their lessons with me are tailored to their individual needs.
Other Teaching Experience:
Teacher (Geography)- Russian Ballet School London
Examiner- International Baccalaureate
Undergraduate Archaeology/Physical Anthropology- University of Reading
Test-prep instructor (11-13yrs)- Memorial Charter Academy
School Programs Manager- New York Historical Society
Program Director- San Diego EcoCenter Science Museum
Head Educator- San Diego Maritime Museum
SAT Program Manager- Macmillan Publishing, Digital Education
9th-12th Grade Humanities Teacher (focus on SEN) - High Tech High School
Assistant Lecturer- College of New Rochelle
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)
I have been 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, and Research Methods. 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.
I've been tutoring for almost 5 years. Some of my tutoring experience is highlighted below which includes both private and university teaching.
UG/Masters Teaching (ca. 50-75 students): Reaction Engineering, Thermodynamics, Principles of Chemical Engineering, Mass Transfer, Process Heat Transfer, Energy Futures, Waste Management
Career Mentoring, Applications and Research Planning (ca. 15 students): PhD Students, UG and Masters
Thesis (ca. 10 students): UG, Masters and PhD Students in Chemical/Electrical/Mechanical Engineering, Sustainable Energy Futures and Materials
MSc/Phd Thesis Advisor: EPFL/ Imperial College/ Technical University of Munich
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.
-Created 7+ hours of educational video content on how to maximise exam success in the Natural Sciences Admissions Assessment for Cambridge, covering the different style of questions, how to maximise your marks and how to answer different questions.
-Personal Statement/UCAS advisor - I have advised on how to craft the Personal Statement such that it conveys the message you require to be put across
-Oxbridge interview tutor - worked with students on how to prepare for Oxbridge interviews in the Sciences
-School Chemistry tutor - chosen to taught GCSE and AS-level Chemistry to students who were struggling with the material
-Physics tutor - taught GCSE physics to students struggling with course material
-English language tutor - created and taught lessons to classes of 20+ in RDFZ School, Beijing
Tutor at Animal Jobs Direct (Animal science NVQ courses)
Private Tutor for Geography (KS3-5).
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.