Barnaby Martin - Professional Teacher in London, Somerset and online
I am a graduate from Cambridge with 6 years teaching experience at some of the best schools in the country, including St Paul's School, helping students of all ages and abilities understand and appreciate chemistry. I take great pleasure finding the best way to approach difficult topics with students and try to make all of my lessons as relevant and engaging as possible.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Cambridge, 2009 – 2012
Natural Sciences (MA): 2:1
School: Gresham's School
A levels: Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Chemistry (A), Physics (A), Biology (A) GCSEs: 11 (10 A*, 1 A) [including English and Maths]
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
St Paul’s School, Barnes – 2013 - 2018 – Teacher of chemistry; teaching ages 13-18, Edexcel IGCSE and OCR A-level chemistry
Charterhouse School, Godalming – 2012 - 2013 – Teacher of chemistry; teaching ages 13-18, Edexcel IGCSE and pre-U chemistry
I have extensive experience working with students on a one-on-one basis. This has included helping students with fundamental chemistry as well as preparing pupils for the most difficult exams at A-level and Pre-U.
Over the past six years, I have led a variety of different revision sessions for GCSE and A-level pupils. These have been made up of group and individual exercises designed to cover the basics of a topic as well as building upon and consolidating the student’s pre-existing understanding. These sessions have helped several struggling students gain confidence before taking their final exam.
Throughout my time at St Paul's, I helped a number of students prepare for interviews at Russell Group universities. This involved delivering mock interviews and feedback sessions as well as running university afternoons focused on providing advice for students considering applying to study chemistry, and chemistry-related subjects, at university.
As well as helping weaker students with their chemistry studies, I have taken great pleasure in preparing the most able pupils with their applications to study chemistry at either Cambridge or Oxford. This involved delivering a term-long advanced chemistry course made up of a series of sessions where students attempted exceptionally challenging problems and questions designed to stretch the brightest and best.
Whilst at Charterhouse and St Paul's, I was given the responsibility of looking after the academic and pastoral needs of a number of pupils. On the academic side, this involved monitoring the progress of the student using reports and grades, speaking to their teachers on a regular basis about how the student is doing, developing plans to improve in subjects causing difficulty and pushing them to consistently achieve above and beyond their potential throughout the academic year.
I have delivered several lectures on a variety of different topics in A-level chemistry, including a series of revision lectures leading up to the final A-level exams. Whilst most of the lectures have been of a more serious nature, I have also delivered talks on lighter topics, including one on the chemistry of the hit TV show Breaking Bad.
My Approach to Tutoring
I aim to explain concepts in a clear, direct and engaging way, building upon the student's understanding and knowledge by working through questions and examples and am able to draw upon my years of experience, as well as my time studying at the University of Cambridge, to find the best possible way to approach a new topic. I am happy helping the youngest students with the basics of chemistry right up to assisting A-level students with applications to study chemistry at university.
All of my tutoring is electronically based. Any notes we take, resources we use or questions my students answer are uploaded and synced with a shared Dropbox folder which the student can access at any time from anywhere in the world. This allow students to really keep on top of the work we do from session to session.
Fun Facts About Me
When I am not tutoring, I write contemporary classical music (barnabymartin.com). I compose all sorts of music including pieces for very large orchestras as well as works for choirs, ensembles and soloists. My music has won a variety of awards and has been performed by a number of different groups throughout the world including the Tokyo Philharmonic Orchestra. I also love to sing (I am a tenor), and can often be found spending hours walking in the countryside.
My Client Testimonials
"Barnaby represents the epitome of excellence in the classroom. He brings a phenomenal amount energy and enthusiasm for science to all lessons, which made him one of the most popular teachers within our strong academic department at St Paul's School in London. Barnaby is adept at challenging the brightest of students as well as nurturing and helping students who find chemistry more challenging to improve and achieve their goals. Any student who finds himself or herself taught by Barnaby Martin will be very lucky indeed!"
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