Hi there! I'm Shain and I am a recent graduate in Chemistry with Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Warwick. My interests lie in the application of Organic Chemistry to finding new medicines. During my third year undergraduate studies, I gained industrial experience in the pharmaceutical sector from my placement at GlaxoSmithKline which further deepened my appreciation for the subject matter. I also have prior tutoring experience as a sixth form science mentor and a public speaking mentor in my final undergraduate year.
Having studied Chemistry for several years, I can appreciate the challenges it might put forward to new students who are in the process of understanding the fundamental principles, ranging from electronic configuration and reactivity to transition metal chemistry and reaction mechanisms. Nonetheless, once these principles are understood I believe Chemistry is a rewarding subject to the student. Therefore, I highly value the opportunity to mentor and inspire students academically in this subject. I am able to accommodate students at all levels, ranging from school to university-level study.
Teaching style: I typically spend the first 2-3 lessons understanding the student's needs from a thorough run-through of the syllabus (~30 mins) and past paper assessments (~2 lessons). Over the course of the next few lessons I will teach the areas which can be improved (organic chemistry is often one of these), as I believe this makes full use of the student's lesson time by addressing their needs. I can also teach the syllabus topic by topic if the student or parent feels this is more appropriate for their learning.
In addition to teaching the appropriate content, I also teach exam technique which is something I pay a lot of attention to. I believe this is important as, in my experience, students might well understand the content but lose out on marks due to technical errors in their answer (e.g. using a key word or phrasing). An understanding of both the syllabus and exam technique will pave the way to achieving an A/A*.
I also offer help in the following areas:
- UCAS personal statement help - formuating a plan, writing tips and editing/proofreading
- Interview preparation - practice sessions, building professional confidence
- CV and cover letters advice
If you are interested in this you can read my articles on my blog which give an insight into the writing services I can offer: https://shainwritingservices.wordpress.com/
Please feel free to contact me if you have any further questions.
I look forward to hearing from you!