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Studying: Chemistry (Doctorate) - Cambridge University

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About me

Hi there! My name is Steve, and 2 years ago I moved from Edinburgh to Cambridge to pursue a PhD in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge. I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, with a dissertation project specialising in astrochemistry (involving the study of the formation of molecules in interstellar space). I completed my Mphil (masters by research) at the University of Cambrigde before embarking on a PhD. My current project specialises in studying the formation of organic aerosol in the atmosphere and their affect on human health. I have a pretty easy going attitude and I am easy to get along with. My hobbies include (but are not limited to) playing guitar (I am currently in a band, frequently playing across the south of England), football, rowing and skiing.

Previous Tutoring Experience 

I have now been providing personal tuiton for 2 years, through various channels that involve face-to-face tuition. The level of this has varied from GCSE to final year university, so I have now dealt with a wide variety of students, with varying levels of confidence and ability.

I have been demonstrating to 2nd year Cambridge Natural science students in the laboratory for 2 years now; in this time I have managed to significantly improve my ability to communicate science in a manner that is easy to comprehend. I also take "supervisions" at the university, which is effectively a tutorial session where I teach 3-4 students. I have supervised 1st year to 3rd year students at the University. Teaching at this level has again drastically improved my teaching ability, and I hope to bring my experience to my tutor web.

The Sessions

I view myself as an easy-going guy, and I aim to bring this into the tuition sessions. I believe that a supportive learning environment is the most effective one, so as the tutee progresses and becomes more comfrotable with the learning material, I will be sure to support this and provide positive feedback. I also have a real passion for science; in my experience, tutee's are a lot more willing to learn and develop their knowledge if the tutor is themself enthusiastic, and genreally positive in their approach to teaching. 

About me

Hi there! My name is Steve, and 2 years ago I moved from Edinburgh to Cambridge to pursue a PhD in atmospheric chemistry at the University of Cambridge. I graduated with a 1st class honours degree in Chemistry from Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, with a dissertation project specialising in astrochemistry (involving the study of the formation of molecules in interstellar space). I completed my Mphil (masters by research) at the University of Cambrigde before embarking on a PhD. My current project specialises in studying the formation of organic aerosol in the atmosphere and their affect on human health. I have a pretty easy going attitude and I am easy to get along with. My hobbies include (but are not limited to) playing guitar (I am currently in a band, frequently playing across the south of England), football, rowing and skiing.

Previous Tutoring Experience 

I have now been providing personal tuiton for 2 years, through various channels that involve face-to-face tuition. The level of this has varied from GCSE to final year university, so I have now dealt with a wide variety of students, with varying levels of confidence and ability.

I have been demonstrating to 2nd year Cambridge Natural science students in the laboratory for 2 years now; in this time I have managed to significantly improve my ability to communicate science in a manner that is easy to comprehend. I also take "supervisions" at the university, which is effectively a tutorial session where I teach 3-4 students. I have supervised 1st year to 3rd year students at the University. Teaching at this level has again drastically improved my teaching ability, and I hope to bring my experience to my tutor web.

The Sessions

I view myself as an easy-going guy, and I aim to bring this into the tuition sessions. I believe that a supportive learning environment is the most effective one, so as the tutee progresses and becomes more comfrotable with the learning material, I will be sure to support this and provide positive feedback. I also have a real passion for science; in my experience, tutee's are a lot more willing to learn and develop their knowledge if the tutor is themself enthusiastic, and genreally positive in their approach to teaching. 

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
ChemistryDegree (Bachelors)1st
ChemistryDegree (Masters)1st

Subjects offered

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ChemistryA Level£26 /hr
ChemistryGCSE£24 /hr

Questions Steven has answered

Explain in general terms what happens to a molecule when it absorbs a photon: (i) in the UV-visible region of the electromagnetic spectrum; (ii) in the microwave region of the electromagnetic spectrum

(i) In general, when a molecule absorbs a UV-visible photon, an electron is promoted from one of the occupied molecular orbitals to an unoccupied molecular orbital at higher energy.

(ii) In general, when a molecule absorbs a microwave photon, it is promoted from one rotational energy level to the next rotational level at higher energy; for example, from J = 0 to J = 1.

(i) In general, when a molecule absorbs a UV-visible photon, an electron is promoted from one of the occupied molecular orbitals to an unoccupied molecular orbital at higher energy.

(ii) In general, when a molecule absorbs a microwave photon, it is promoted from one rotational energy level to the next rotational level at higher energy; for example, from J = 0 to J = 1.

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