Enthusiastic physics and maths tutor with 28 years experience
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What I teach -
I have been a specialist tutor in A-level physics for the last 28 years and also teach GCSE physics and maths plus the mechanics part of A-level maths. I teach all exam boards- Edexcel, AQA, OCR including syllabus B, Welsh Board, plus Scottish Higher, Advanced Higher, University Foundation, and International Baccalaureate.
I teach what an individual student requires e.g. reinforcing what you learned in school that week, revision for exams and mocks, teaching specific topics as required, and teaching private candidates. I encourage students to be proactive in suggesting what topics to teach that lesson.
I can certainly teach exam technique (I am an examiner) and study technique as we go along.
My students get excellent results. My year 13 students on Sherpa got A* A and B grades-AQA Edexcel and OCR in 2021. Recently two of my students got A* grades and an AQA retake student improved from E to A, by giving her the exam practice she lacked in her last school. Some of my students score 100% on A-level units and once 600/600. Most of my two-year students score minimum B and my retake grade improvement is at least two grades e.g. D to B. Many of my students go on to university to study medicine engineering and sciences.
Since 1993 I have taught full-time, in most private tutorial colleges in London e.g. MPW and Albemarle, often as Head of Physics, all exam boards. I teach two-year courses, one-year retakes, Easter Revision. I have tutored privately through agencies, via colleges and personal recommendations. I am experienced in teaching students whose first language is not English.
I am an examiner, marking A-level and GCSE physics each year since 2001.
I have successfully made the transition from face-to-face to online teaching and have acquired a taste for it. It works just as well for my students as traditional teaching. I enjoy using my online whiteboard and scanned resources-packs of exam board-specific past paper questions plus my own questions arranged by topic.
I teach study and revision techniques and provide topic-specific revision notes. I have been interested in exam technique since I was a teenager and share this with my students. As an examiner, I know exactly what is required and often use questions I have marked professionally. I address each individual student's issues and am patient and happy to repeat and use different explanations until a topic is understood.
I use my own repertoire of worked examples which make the subject interesting by being real-life related, and also similar to exam questions. I use packs of board-specific past paper questions arranged by topic. My worked examples cover 90% of what will come up in your exam. For descriptive questions e.g. 6 mark questions I give lists of key descriptive phrases to break these down into manageable chunks, and details of the key practicals.
I enjoy making links between physics and other A-levels e.g. maths and chemistry and its relevance to e.g. engineering and medicine. I enjoy sharing my enthusiasm for physics but also respect those for whom physics is not their favourite subject, and work with them to get the best possible grade.
I am passionate about physics. I am a keen amateur astronomer and give lectures on the subject and keep up to date by attending lectures at London Universities and the Institute of Physics. I also enjoy landscape photography, country walking, and cycling.
I have a 2/1 degree in astronomy and physics from University College London, a postgraduate qualification in meteorology, and a Further Education teaching qualification.
James teaches my year 11 child GCSE Physics and Chemistry. James has been able to build her confidence in these subjects particularly in understanding what examiners are looking for. Using real life examples to give clarity to these subjects in addition to identifying and testing any weaknesses, has been of great help. My child has entered her mock exam week with confidence and determination because of James support.
James is a brilliant tutor. My daughter studied AQA A-Level Physics and she achieved an A*. He is very approachable and kind, with an extremely positive attitude to teaching. In my opinion if a child is relaxed and feels very able to ask questions, that's a first big step towards improvement. James very quickly showed his absolute love and personal enthusiasm for physics - I believe that all of the best teachers have a true love of their subject areas which in turn makes their lessons more engaging. His practical knowledge of the physics syllabus was vital and reassuring. James was very obliging when it came to scheduling lessons. My daughter loves physics and could only be tutored by someone who she respects professionally. I do not hesitate to recommend James and if my son needs tutoring, I will certainly be using James - perhaps I might use James just for a bit of extra fun and practice for my son! We are very glad to have found you James - thank you so much!
James is a great tutor. He is very devoted to making sure you are learning as much as possible, and I really like how he can make even the most obscure topic be relevant to your specific interests/future aspirations. I have seen a great improvement in both my exam technique as well as my knowledge for physics, and I highly recommend his teaching style. I was predicted a B but thanks to his support my final grade in physics became an A.
Very thorough, detailed explanations regarding all the math aspects I struggle with in physics, and would highly recommend Mr. Hilder! As I feel more confident with physics than before
James is a great teacher who has been able to raise my ability with GCSE Physics. He has a positive attitude with teaching and is able to clearly explain any queries. His teaching style is great and he has a wide knowledge of GCSE sciences
My son had a few classes with James and is very happy. After the first class with James, my son said that he felt that he is learning the subject deeply through the class. James is a very knowledgeable and professional tutor. Very grateful.
My son is very happy with the way James explains things to him. He is clear, easy to follow, and helps a lot with my son's coursework.
Excellent tutor, goes thoroughly through topics and explains them well if you do not understand.
James taught my daughter AQA A level Physics for two months. He is an excellent teacher of the subject and has a very good working knowledge of the AQA spec. He helped my daughter to understand topics she had found difficult and helped to build her confidence. Good physics tutors are hard to find - I would highly recommend James.
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