Tom M.

Tom M.

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Chemistry (Integrated Masters) - Durham University

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About me

Hi! I’m Tom and I’m currently studying chemistry at Durham University. I chose to study chemistry because of the flexibility and all of the wonderful opportunities the subject can lead to; it is the central science, linking all of the scientific disciplines together- this is why I chose to study and teach it! I was among the first cohort of students to sit the new and reformed A-Levels, so I have a knowledge of the new style of the questions and content. Chemistry was my favourite subject at school (surprise, surprise!) and I have always loved helping out others, which led me on to take part in the 1-to-1 tutoring scheme at university, where I teach chemistry.

My teaching style is relaxed and friendly- I think this puts students at ease, and allows them to learn at their own pace. I like to teach in much the same way I learn, using colourful diagrams, key points and examples which help to see the topics in more depth, and simplify the more complex ones.

Prior to tutorials, I brush up on the topic we will be going through, as I believe this helps with the overall fluidity. My lessons are rather laid-back, a conversation about the key chemical principles, using examples throughout to illustrate these. I’ll tailor the tutorial to the needs of the student, and we’ll get to grips with your learning style.

So, if this all sounds good to you, I’d love to help. Drop me a message and I’ll get back to you!

Hi! I’m Tom and I’m currently studying chemistry at Durham University. I chose to study chemistry because of the flexibility and all of the wonderful opportunities the subject can lead to; it is the central science, linking all of the scientific disciplines together- this is why I chose to study and teach it! I was among the first cohort of students to sit the new and reformed A-Levels, so I have a knowledge of the new style of the questions and content. Chemistry was my favourite subject at school (surprise, surprise!) and I have always loved helping out others, which led me on to take part in the 1-to-1 tutoring scheme at university, where I teach chemistry.

My teaching style is relaxed and friendly- I think this puts students at ease, and allows them to learn at their own pace. I like to teach in much the same way I learn, using colourful diagrams, key points and examples which help to see the topics in more depth, and simplify the more complex ones.

Prior to tutorials, I brush up on the topic we will be going through, as I believe this helps with the overall fluidity. My lessons are rather laid-back, a conversation about the key chemical principles, using examples throughout to illustrate these. I’ll tailor the tutorial to the needs of the student, and we’ll get to grips with your learning style.

So, if this all sounds good to you, I’d love to help. Drop me a message and I’ll get back to you!

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About my sessions

Before the lesson, I will set up a list of objectives, which are the key points we will discuss. We’ll talk through these key points in an open conversation style, allowing the student to ask any questions they may have, in a non-pressured environment. Throughout the lesson, I will refer to example questions which I construct, so they are like unseen material, and we’ll work through these together.

To gauge progress in lessons, I’ll then give the student another example question, similar to the one we have just worked through, to consolidate knowledge. ‘Learning through doing’ is super effective for a subject like chemistry.

Near the end, I’ll pull up a couple of exam style questions and we’ll work through them together, to understand the best approach to answering them. With the new A-Levels, applying your knowledge in unfamiliar situations is really important, so we’ll look at how to do this together, so when it comes to the exam, you feel more comfortable and confident with questions of this type.

Finally, I am always open to your feedback, so if there’s anything you’d like to change about the tutorials or anything you feel you need, just let me know. I look forward to meeting you!

Before the lesson, I will set up a list of objectives, which are the key points we will discuss. We’ll talk through these key points in an open conversation style, allowing the student to ask any questions they may have, in a non-pressured environment. Throughout the lesson, I will refer to example questions which I construct, so they are like unseen material, and we’ll work through these together.

To gauge progress in lessons, I’ll then give the student another example question, similar to the one we have just worked through, to consolidate knowledge. ‘Learning through doing’ is super effective for a subject like chemistry.

Near the end, I’ll pull up a couple of exam style questions and we’ll work through them together, to understand the best approach to answering them. With the new A-Levels, applying your knowledge in unfamiliar situations is really important, so we’ll look at how to do this together, so when it comes to the exam, you feel more comfortable and confident with questions of this type.

Finally, I am always open to your feedback, so if there’s anything you’d like to change about the tutorials or anything you feel you need, just let me know. I look forward to meeting you!

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Tamy Student

9 Mar

Very helpful with complex topic. Definitely recommend

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Tamy Student

16 Feb

really helpful with difficult topics

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Zana Parent from West Wickham

27 Jan

Very good lesson, thank you Mia

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Zana Parent from West Wickham

26 Jan

Mia had a great lesson today, thank you

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
PhysicsA-level (A2)A
MathematicsA-level (A2)A
Extended Project QualificationA-level (A2)A*
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
PhysicsA-level (A2)A
MathematicsA-level (A2)A
Extended Project QualificationA-level (A2)A*

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
ChemistryA Level£28 /hr
ChemistryGCSE£24 /hr
PhysicsGCSE£24 /hr
ScienceGCSE£24 /hr

Questions Tom has answered

Describe the process of electrophilic addition to an alkene in terms of sigma and pi bonds.

The electron-dense double bond of the alkene will repel the electrons in the electrophile, polarising the electrophilic molecule. We can recall the fact that pi bonds are weaker than sigma bonds (electron density is distributed above and below the molecular axis, leading to a weaker attraction between the nuclei and electrons). In the course of an electrophilic attack, the pi bond (due to its relatively low bond enthalpy compared to the sigma) is broken whilst the sigma bond remains in tact.The electron-dense double bond of the alkene will repel the electrons in the electrophile, polarising the electrophilic molecule. We can recall the fact that pi bonds are weaker than sigma bonds (electron density is distributed above and below the molecular axis, leading to a weaker attraction between the nuclei and electrons). In the course of an electrophilic attack, the pi bond (due to its relatively low bond enthalpy compared to the sigma) is broken whilst the sigma bond remains in tact.

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What is a free radical substitution reaction and what are the stages?

A free radical substitution involves the reaction between an alkane and a halogen to form a halogenoalkane.The first step is initiation; this is where UV light breaks the X-X halogen bond, via homolytic fission, to create halogen radicals.The second step is propogation; this is where the radical generated in the initiation step attacks the alkane molecule, generating an alkyl radical and the corresponding hydrogen halide. The alkyl radical then attacks a halogen molecule, to give the halogenoalkane product, and regenerate the halogen radical.The final step is termination; two radicals combine to form a stable molecule.A free radical substitution involves the reaction between an alkane and a halogen to form a halogenoalkane.The first step is initiation; this is where UV light breaks the X-X halogen bond, via homolytic fission, to create halogen radicals.The second step is propogation; this is where the radical generated in the initiation step attacks the alkane molecule, generating an alkyl radical and the corresponding hydrogen halide. The alkyl radical then attacks a halogen molecule, to give the halogenoalkane product, and regenerate the halogen radical.The final step is termination; two radicals combine to form a stable molecule.

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10 months ago

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