Tom Maclean profile photo


Verified tutor tick

Tom Maclean

Cambridge and Imperial Science grad. 15 years teaching experience.

Tom Maclean's hourly rateΒ£45per hour
Tom Maclean's total answers8answers
Tom Maclean's hours taught5hours or less



7am - 12pm12pm - 4pm4pm - 10pm


Key Stage 2: Since 2017 I have been working as a science and maths teacher in a specialist SEND school with primary school-aged children with a wide range of learning difficulties, including ADHD, Asperger's. dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. This has involved planning engaging and fun practical science experiments in line with the KS2 curriculum, and devising interactive maths lessons to help the students grasp basic numerical concepts . - Case study: "I", aged 9, with ADHD, dyscalculia, Asperger's. Science: "I" had a keen interest in the 'messy' side of Science, so our experiments were generally Chemistry-oriented, involving chemical reactions that invariably produced interesting substances, explosions or slime. He learned how to write up observations in his exercise book independently, and further explore the 'theory' behind our experiments. Maths: "I" struggled with counting and subitising, so we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 20, and subitising groups of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, using Dienes cubes and other objects. Eventually he could manage these tasks consistently and moved onto creating given monetary values using coins. Common Entrance: I have prepared numerous students for entry at 13+ at both normal and scholarship level for secondary schools including Eton, Westminster, King's College Wimbledon, Dulwich, Radley, Wetherby Senior etc, all of whom have successfully gained entry to their chosen schools. I have particular experience in the Eton King's Scholarship paper, and have coached 6 boys for this exam, 3 of whom are now current King's/ Oppidan scholars at the school/ college. - Case study: "A", Eton King's Scholarship exam. "A" was naturally very bright, but severely let down by poor exam technique, including badly structured 'long-answers' and extremely messy (often illegible) writing which prevented him achieving the high scores of which he was capable. We discovered that his handwriting deteriorated as a result of perceived time pressure, leading to him rushing his answers to the longer questions and spewing out garbage. Despite this, he invariably failed to complete a paper under timed conditions. We therefore focussed heavily on techniques for answering and structuring long answers appropriately and concisely. By understanding the proper way to answer questions, and that he could say more with less, his answers become both more legible and higher-scoring, and he was also able to complete the papers in time. He went on to earn the scholarship. GCSEs: My GCSE students have been by far my biggest cohort over the years. I am equally at home with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at this level, and have already taken a number of students through the first round of the new 9-1 Maths specifications. I have also home-schooled at least 7 students in these subjects (from memory!), meaning I have often had to teach the entirety of the specifications from scratch, and set and mark regular homework in addition to providing exam preparation. - Case study: "R", home-schooled, IGCSE Maths and Sciences "R" had been excluded from his school at the start of year 10 for behavioural reasons. However, he had been offered a second chance to return to his school on condition that a) he provided regular proof that he was continuing to study for his GCSEs in the form of notes etc. and b) he could achieve at least an A in his IGCSE Maths, which he was due to take the following summer, a year early. I was contacted to work on maths and the three sciences with him. We met 3 times a week, allotting equal time for each subject. "R" had either mislaid or simply not made any notes for any of his subjects, so we had to start at the very beginning, ensuring not only that he had a comprehensive set of notes on each subject, but that he was keeping them sufficiently organised that he might send copies to his school. Come the end of the year, "R" achieved an A* in maths and was offered a place to return to his original school. A-Levels/ IB: My A-Level/ IB specialism is Biology. Most years I usually take on at least 1 or 2 students at this level. Biology is notorious for being one of the most 'content-dense' A-Level/ IB topics and there is a lot of factual learning involved, combined with some complex concepts. Invariably the topics that cause students the biggest headaches are the biochemical pathways of respiration and photosynthesis. I find the best way to help students learn these is to get them to focus on the bigger picture - what is the purpose of each step, and the process as a whole? What are the important outputs? How does it all fit into the grand scheme of things? Biology becomes a lot easier to digest when the interconnectedness of all life processes is appreciated. Everything is a cog in a big living machine. - Case study: "H", OCR A-Level Biology "H" was studying Biology alongside 2 non-science A-Levels. She required two As and a B to get into her preferred course at university, and whilst she felt As were attainable in her non-science A-levels, she was struggling to meet the B grade boundary in her internal Biology tests and exams, often dropping to a D. After reviewing her mock scripts, it became clear that, besides an insufficiently deep understanding of certain topics, "H" had shortcomings in her exam technique. We initially identified the topics in which she struggled (mainly 'pathway' questions) and focussed on breaking these down and learning them inside out and back to front. We then moved onto practicing related long-answer exam questions, and establishing a consistent approach to answering them. "H" eventually became confident in tackling these topics and questions unassisted. She gained her B grade and her place on her preferred course.


Imperial College London logo

Imperial College London

Environmental Technology MSc (Hons) - Distinction

2009 - 2010

University of Cambridge logo

University of Cambridge

Biological Natural Sciences MA(Hons) Cantab - 2:1

2001 - 2004

Major in Neuroscience




How to find the mass of titanium in an Nitinol alloy with a mass of 8g (45% of nitinol is titanium and 55% is Nicole) do I just find 45% of 8g?

If Nitinol is 45% by mass Titanium then yes, you are correct. But if it contains 45% Titanium atoms then no. Does the original question contain more...



What trophic level receives energy directly from the sun?

The first tropic level - the producers (photosynthetic organisms such as plants, algae, phytoplankton and certain bacteria)....



When phosphoric acid is added to water it disassociates to form three H+ ions. Give the equation for its disassociation in water?

In simplest form, H3PO4 -> 3H^+ + PO4^3-



What prevents speciation from occurring in sympatric populations?

As long as organisms living in the same geographic area are able to interbreed freely, and the environmental conditions remain roughly constant, the...



How can you work out a titration?

This will be quicker and easier to explain if you can give an example of the solutions that you are using in your titration, and any given concentra...



G is a colourless crystalline solid which reacts with dilute nitric acid to give a colourless solution, H, and a colourless, odourless gas, I, which turns limewater milky. G has a lilac flame colour. Identify G, H and I (I’m aware that I is CO2)?

If you know that I is CO2, then you can probably already guess which anion it must have come from it in the reaction with the nitric acid.... All yo...



What are the roles of bacteria in the nitrogen cycle?

The nitrogen cycle is the cycling of nitrogen between the atmosphere and organic material (the biosphere). Bacteria are responsible for interconvers...



How do you calculate the maximum and minimum masses of an element?

It's impossible to answer this without additional information. Are you talking about atomic ca molecular forms of a particular element? Or isotopes?...

We can find you a tutor, in-person or online

We take your privacy seriously. View our policy.