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Simon D.

USD $60/hr

Engaging, expert and enthusiastic tuition of science.

Tutor Information


I am a very approachable person. I have always been fascinated by science and have long enjoyed passing on my interest to numerous students, many of whom have been inspired to become scientists or medics themselves. I believe that one to one tuition is a hugely effective way to improve a student's performance. When I go through my own thought processes with a student as to how to answer an exam question, I really add value to the student's attainment. It is my philosophy that questions should really be approached as challenging yet fun puzzles. Learning to me is a lifelong joy. I regard myself primarily as a scientist, and my PhD was in mitochondrial bioenergetics, which was at the interface between chemistry, physics and biology. After my PhD I was a professional scientist at Leicester University doing research on the enzyme DNA Gyrase, which supercoils DNA. Astronomy is my hobby (together with playing the saxophone and observing frogs and newts in my pond). I have no other commitments beyond being a tutor, so can devote all of my energy to it. I achieved A Levels in Chemistry (grade A) Physics (grade A) and Biology (grade A) in 1980 at Southwell Minster Grammar School.


Leicestershire, England, United Kingdom






High School


University of Leicester

1991 - 1992
PGCE, chemistry

University of Sussex

1983 - 1987
PhD, Biochemistry

University of Bristol

1980 - 1983
BSc (Hons), Biochemistry

Work Experience

Bishop Stopford School

September 1992 - January 2018
Teacher of Chemistry and Science
Head of chemistry from 1995-2015

University of Leicester

September 1987 - August 1991
Postdoctoral Research Associate
Chemically modifying substrate molecules for the enzyme DNA Gyrase to help elucidate its mechanism of action.