Alex E.

Alex E.

£20 - £25 /hr

Chemistry (Integrated Masters) - Warwick University

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Whether you're starting at the beginning asking 'what is an atom?' or delving deep into your degree wondering how (and why!) you're attempting the stereoselective synthesis of strychnine then I'm certainly someone that can help you walk through the door into the wonderful world of chemistry! No question is silly yet every answer is simple once you understand the fundamentals. I'll guide your understanding so you're able to apply yourself to the fullest! Then you can answer the truly important questions: Why does ketchup only run when I smack it? Why does my old ice cream have big chucks of ice in it? Why does adding salt to water make it boil faster?


As for me, I recently graduated as a Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - First Class. I aspire to become a research and development chemist or venture into a PhD to research and lecture so it's safe to say I live and breath Chemistry. I also play a lot of rugby and scrabble, the latter with my grandad although I wish that statement applied to both! Additionally, I'm a part time Commis Chef and can whip up a mean sticky toffee pudding.


Whether you're starting at the beginning asking 'what is an atom?' or delving deep into your degree wondering how (and why!) you're attempting the stereoselective synthesis of strychnine then I'm certainly someone that can help you walk through the door into the wonderful world of chemistry! No question is silly yet every answer is simple once you understand the fundamentals. I'll guide your understanding so you're able to apply yourself to the fullest! Then you can answer the truly important questions: Why does ketchup only run when I smack it? Why does my old ice cream have big chucks of ice in it? Why does adding salt to water make it boil faster?


As for me, I recently graduated as a Master of Chemistry (with Honours) - First Class. I aspire to become a research and development chemist or venture into a PhD to research and lecture so it's safe to say I live and breath Chemistry. I also play a lot of rugby and scrabble, the latter with my grandad although I wish that statement applied to both! Additionally, I'm a part time Commis Chef and can whip up a mean sticky toffee pudding.


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About my sessions

Very often, certainly throughout my education, a lot of what I encountered seemed so abstract; 'why do I need to know this', 'what is this actually used for' would often run through my head. I aim to bring the reality of what you learn back to the cold hard observations we all make in everyday life as I firmly believe acknowledging the application is fundamental for understanding. Additionally, I know that every student is different and will appreciate learning in different ways; this is something I endavour to address. Nothing is worse than someone trying to explain one concept in the same way multiple times when just changing the explanation often enables the student to grasp it on the second attempt.


The lessons themselves will be structured dependent upon the students needs and will be entirely bespoke. If a test is approaching we can cover the material and blast through past papers. If you have homework or questions in general there is always time for that. We can go over what you learnt that day or dive back several weeks to refresh some fading knowledge but importantly it is my aim to guide you to suitable levels of understanding so you can ace the simple stuff and smash the unseen and application based questions. You know the type, they're ones that everyone comes out of an exam saying 'what did you put for question 4b?'.

Very often, certainly throughout my education, a lot of what I encountered seemed so abstract; 'why do I need to know this', 'what is this actually used for' would often run through my head. I aim to bring the reality of what you learn back to the cold hard observations we all make in everyday life as I firmly believe acknowledging the application is fundamental for understanding. Additionally, I know that every student is different and will appreciate learning in different ways; this is something I endavour to address. Nothing is worse than someone trying to explain one concept in the same way multiple times when just changing the explanation often enables the student to grasp it on the second attempt.


The lessons themselves will be structured dependent upon the students needs and will be entirely bespoke. If a test is approaching we can cover the material and blast through past papers. If you have homework or questions in general there is always time for that. We can go over what you learnt that day or dive back several weeks to refresh some fading knowledge but importantly it is my aim to guide you to suitable levels of understanding so you can ace the simple stuff and smash the unseen and application based questions. You know the type, they're ones that everyone comes out of an exam saying 'what did you put for question 4b?'.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
MathsA-level (A2)B
HistoryA-level (A2)A
BiologyA-level (A2)C
Critical ThinkingA-level (A2)C
General StudiesA-level (A2)A
ChemistryDegree (Masters)1ST

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
ChemistryA Level£22 /hr
ChemistryGCSE£20 /hr
ChemistryUniversity£25 /hr

Questions Alex has answered

Carbon typically forms four bonds with neighbouring atoms in a tetrahedral conformation. Referencing electronic configuration explain this.

Carbon electronic configuration: 1s22s22p2. Has the ability to gain electronic stability by filling the 2p orbitals. There are space for four electrons so can form four bonds with electron donating atoms (eg. H, Cl) giving the new electronic configuration about carbon: 1s22s22p6. (Credit would be given for box diagrams with half arrows). When forming four bonds with four differnt atoms (assuming they're of equal size as steric implications are beyond the scope of A level) a td conformation is formed due to it being the lowest energy conformation (consider bonds as negative charges and as such desire to repel each other equally). A 3D drawing is required for full credit including labelled 109.5o bond angle, however a dot and cross diagram would gain some credit.Carbon electronic configuration: 1s22s22p2. Has the ability to gain electronic stability by filling the 2p orbitals. There are space for four electrons so can form four bonds with electron donating atoms (eg. H, Cl) giving the new electronic configuration about carbon: 1s22s22p6. (Credit would be given for box diagrams with half arrows). When forming four bonds with four differnt atoms (assuming they're of equal size as steric implications are beyond the scope of A level) a td conformation is formed due to it being the lowest energy conformation (consider bonds as negative charges and as such desire to repel each other equally). A 3D drawing is required for full credit including labelled 109.5o bond angle, however a dot and cross diagram would gain some credit.

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