Adam Barker - Private Tutor in Oxford
I am a College Lecturer and DPhil student in Atomic and Laser Physics at the University of Oxford, where I will shortly begin my final year. My research involves probing predictions of quantum mechanics using the coldest objects in the Universe.
I completed my undergraduate and Master's degrees at Pembroke College, University of Cambridge, graduating in 2016 with first class honours. I was a College Scholar in Cambridge and was awarded three Peter May prizes for excellence in academic and sporting achievement. Before Cambridge, I attended Ponteland School and achieved straight A* A-level grades. I have published 5 papers in high-impact physics journals and continue to teach mathematics and physics at undergraduate level.
I have tutored Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics A-levels, both in person and over Skype, as well as providing coaching for Oxbridge admissions. I have also led in excess of 40 Oxford undergraduate interviews and have experienced the admissions system for both Oxford and Cambridge personally.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Oxford, 2016 – 2020
DPhil in Atomic and Laser Physics (DPhil):
University of Cambridge, 2015 – 2016
Physics (MSci): 1st
University of Cambridge, 2012 – 2015
Natural Sciences (BA): 1st
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I have tutored Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths and Physics A-levels, amounting to more than 200 hours of tutoring. I have also taught maths and physics as part of the Physics and Engineering Sciences degrees in Oxford, which form part of my commitments as a College Lecturer at Magdalen College.
I have taught 'Introduction to Oxbridge' and 'Introduction to Natural Sciences' courses for a prestigious Oxford and Cambridge summer school, teaching around 200 students over an 8-week programme. This included mock interviews and personal development sessions.
My Approach to Tutoring
All of my lessons are based around the syllabus for that qualification and incorporate past exam questions to improve technique and build confidence in the material. I encourage students to explore material beyond the scope of the syllabus in order to further their learning.
I am a firm believer in a structured approach when solving problems, both in exams and when faced with difficult and abstract questions in interviews. My aim is to instil a methodical approach to solving problems, to develop a versatile and confident student.
I was previously Programme Director for a prestigious Oxford and Cambridge summer school, where I organised and delivered an 8-week programme for around 950 students. Around 750 of these students came from partner Chinese universities, who were completing the course as part of their degrees. The remaining students were 15-18 year olds looking to boost their personal statements and gain experience of the British higher education system.
Fun Facts About Me
In my spare time, I enjoy running and cycling as well as competing in triathlons. I have played golf to a high level and was awarded three Full Blues during my time at university. I play the guitar and piano frequently and hold Grade 8 qualifications in both.
My Client Testimonials
Further Mathematics A-level
"Adam was always exceptionally well prepared for our sessions. His ability to think of analogies and alternative approaches to help tackle a difficult problem was exceptional, which gave me confidence with the most challenging aspects of the FM A-level. I whole-heartedly appreciated our sessions and would highly recommend Adam as a tutor.
Cambridge University Application Preparation
"Adam created a structured, 6-month programme which ensured I was best prepared for the admissions interview and the Natural Sciences Admission Assessment. His extensive knowledge of the Cambridge Natural Sciences course, as well as his experience with Oxbridge interviews, helped me to develop a broader knowledge base across the sciences and develop a systematic approach to solving problems.
Physics and Interview Preparation
"Adam has been a truly inspirational physics tutor. My son was keen to extend his Physics knowledge and Adam was quick to challenge him with interesting topics and problems. He has a structured approach to teaching topics and is very effective on remote teaching using internet based tools too.
His knowledge and experience in Physics is very evident in his overall approach to teaching: he was able to take on any topic and explain it in a very interesting and easy way. My son benefitted from his teaching in every way possible. From my perspective, he would periodically catch up with me and gave me honest feedback on how things were progressing, including positives and negatives, which is not very common.
Similar Tutors to Adam Barker
You may also be interested to view some profiles of our tutors who are similar to Adam Barker. Alternatively please feel free to contact us to discuss your tutoring needs, and how Wentworth Education and Adam Barker can help you and your family achieve your goals.
Otherwise, you can read about our tutor selection criteria, or read about Wentworth Education's philosophy and approach in a letter to parents from Dr Katherine Wiles, our Founder. You can also see more tutor profiles on our tutors listing page, where you can filter by subject.
Stuart Gardner – Private Tutor in West London
I graduated from Cambridge University with a first-class BA and a first-class MSci in Natural Sciences (Physical), specialising in Physics after my first year; in my final (Master's) year I achieved a mark of 80%, finishing in the top 20 of my year. Since university, I have worked for three years as a management consultant in aviation, but am now returning to university (Imperial College London) to study for a Masters in environmental technology.
As part of my degree, I completed a course in Physics Education. I also taught Maths on a voluntary basis during my final year at university and spent a summer in Spain teaching English. Having enjoyed my previous experiences in teaching and mentoring younger colleagues at work, I am excited about the prospect of tutoring in Maths and Physics in London; I still retain a strong interest in the subjects and hope to communicate this interest to students, perhaps encouraging them to pursue a career in science or mathematics! ...
Amy Hodgkin – Private Tutor in London
I have always loved studying maths and physics and find tutoring in these subjects especially worthwhile. I tutor alongside studying; I graduated in the top 5% of my class with a first in Engineering Science from Oxford in 2019. I start a PhD in aeronautics, working on simulating floating wind turbines, at Imperial in October. I have been tutoring in maths and sciences since I was at school and have been tutoring weekly for the past two years. I have experience helping students from ages 12+ to university level but am especially interested in helping with exam preparation and admissions tests for ages 16+. ...
Elliott Hawkins – Private Tutor in Central London
Hello! I'm Elliott once an aerospace engineer turned entrepreneur. I hope that my broad range of experience can help not only with maths and science, but also with helping you sell yourself as best as possible whether it is a job application, presentation or simply improving CV's to make them stand out to a potential employer.
After completing my degree in Engineering Science at Oxford University (Brasenose College), I joined Rolls-Royce on their engineering graduate scheme. during my time there, I was lucky enough to be selected to move to Singapore, where I discovered my passion for Asia!
After Rolls-Royce, I founded a technology company called MapSit (now www.maple.tech) which began as a social app to help people find their friends, and has now become a people management platform for real estate businesses.
I am now setting up a new company which helps create, source and bring new products to market in innovative ways. ...
Tom Meltzer – Private Tutor in West London
I am a fourth year Physics PhD student at UCL. My occupation relies on my ability to understand complex theoretical concepts and explain them to both technical and non-technical experts.
I am a high achiever, obtaining a First Class (Hons) MPhys Theoretical Physics from The University of Sheffield. In my final year I scored the highest grade in the University for "Analytical Dynamics and Classical Field Theory" (93%). Other final year results include 88% in "Advanced Quantum Mechanics" and 84% in "Aspects of Modern Physics". I currently work in theoretical/computational quantum physics looking at electron scattering in molecules. Therefore I have a good grounding in maths, physics and programming.
I studied all three sciences, maths and further maths at A-level. For G.C.S.E I took triple science, maths and electronics (in addition to 7 other subjects).
In addition to my academic experience I have over two years corporate experience. I successfully completed a highly competitive internship and graduate scheme at Barclays Bank PLC, where I worked predominantly in Credit Risk and Credit Risk Modelling. I left the Bank so that I could develop my technical skills, such as, quantitative analysis and programming. Due to my experience working in a professional environment I am also well equipped to advise students how to write CVs and apply themselves to industry or academia. ...
Mathew Smith – Professional Teacher in Manchester
I graduated from Trinity College, Cambridge in 2013 in Natural Sciences (specialising in chemistry) and went straight onto the Teach First graduate programme. For the past three years, I have taught science at Essa Academy in Bolton to students with a vast range of abilities and levels of engagement and have led on engaging and challenging gifted and talented students looking to apply to the top universities.
I am a professional, enthusiastic and committed teacher who is passionate about sharing knowledge and experience with students of all ages and abilities. At Essa, I strive to instil in my students a determination to succeed and a confidence in their own abilities that allows them to maximise their potential – qualities that I have transferred to tutoring with great success. ...
Ilya Levantis – Private Tutor in East London
I have been tutoring in London ever since I graduated from the University of Oxford in 2013 with an undergraduate degree in Biological Sciences. ...
Toby Crooks – Private Tutor in Northwest London and Kent
I have just finished a degree in Natural Sciences (Biological) from the University of Cambridge and am now at music college, pursuing my passion for guitar performance. I achieved 5 A*s at A-level (with a 96.1% average at A2), taking subjects: Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, and Religious Studies. At Cambridge, whilst covering the full range of biological disciplines in first year (from Ecology to Biochemistry) as well as maths, I chose to specialise in Physiology, Development, and Neuroscience in my final year. On top of this, I maintain an interest in Evolutionary Biology (I am a big fan of Richard Dawkins!). For several years at Tonbridge school, I was involved in a community action program called 'Science For Schools', where we would host groups of primary school children weekly, running practicals and performing exciting demonstrations for them; the purpose being to try to encourage enthusiasm for science ...