Dr Carl Thirsk

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88% response rate
6 hrs response time

My tutoring approach

Expert science tuition from a qualified chemistry teacher and examiner with an outstanding track record of helping students to achieve top grades.

With a Master's and PhD in chemistry and over 15 years' teaching experience, I combine expert knowledge with an understanding of how to motivate and support students to realise their potential.

My results from last academic year:

• 100% of my IB Diploma students achieved level 6 or 7

• 100% of my A level students achieved top (A*-B) grades

• 80% of my A level students achieved an A* or A grade

• One student improved from an E to a B grade

All my students secured their first-choice university places, going on to study at top-ranked universities including Cambridge University, Oxford University, Imperial College, Durham University, Edinburgh University, Queen Mary (London), Newcastle University, King's College, Bristol University, Manchester University and the Royal Veterinary College.

My tutoring is personalised to your individual needs, helping you to build confidence and master difficult topics at a pace that is right for you. As an examiner, I have intimate knowledge of the exam system and understand which approaches lead to top grades. I will give you resources and strategies that will improve your understanding of theory and your exam technique. I will also give very detailed feedback so that you know exactly where you are, where you are going, and how you will achieve your target grade.

Professional experience

Tutoring experience: 15+ years

My professional experience has been developed through my roles as a chemistry teacher, private tutor for GCSE, IB & A level Chemistry, undergraduate chemistry tutor, and as an examiner for the International Baccalaureate Diploma and OCR examining board.

In addition to my teaching experience, I have significant management experience gained within the chemical industry, so unlike most teachers, I can bring a reality to the theory and teach beyond the textbook. Drawing on this science and business background, I can add significant value by helping you with UCAS personal statements, interview preparation and with coursework.

I am also a full-time professional tutor so can offer more scheduling options and flexibility than part-time tutors.


  • Qualified Teacher (QTS)
  • PGCE in Chemistry (Newcastle University)
  • Doctorate (PhD) in Organic Chemistry (Durham University)
  • Masters (MChem) in Medicinal Chemistry (University of Manchester)


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