My name is Sam Jordan and I started working as a science teacher with a physics and electronics specialism in 2002 and have worked in high achieving schools in both the maintained and independent sector since then.
I have had several management roles in this time: Head of Physics, Assistant Director of Teaching and Learning, Acting Head of 6th form, Gifted and talented coordinator, Head of Careers and Housemaster.
Since becoming a teacher I have always had a positive impact on my students and have been able to help them achieve their goals. I have experience of teaching or tutoring Physics, Chemistry, Electronics, Spanish and German to GCSE or IGCSE level.
I have tutored Physics to A level and coached students that wish to make Oxbridge applications. Many of them have gone on to get interviews and commented that the practice interviews I did were very similar to the real interviews.
I have worked as an examiner with AQA and this has helped me fine-tune an awareness of how marks are awarded on physics exam papers. This makes me especially well-qualified to coach students in a better exam technique.
I have had a series of exam practice books published by Scholastic. Scholastic is the largest publisher of education books in the world. The books provide an opportunity for students to work on their exam to technique and have worked examples and tips to help them achieve those higher level grades.
The books mirror my own approach to teaching. Students first need several worked examples to see the ‘in and out’ of a process. Then they need a lot of practice so the steps become second nature. When they have grasped the basics they can then apply these to more complex problems.
I take a lot of pride in helping students who have previously struggled in physics and found it difficult to understand. I use worked examples and interactive teaching methods that almost always led to an improvement in attainment.
Over the years I have had hundreds of success stories with my students. I have taught many groups in schools where all the students at both GCSE and A level have achieved an A or A* grade. As well as physics, I have tutored German, maths, Spanish, chemistry and BTEC Engineering Principles.
I am a full member of the Institute of Physics (MInstP) and a Chartered Physicist (CPhys). Before I entered the world of education I worked overseas in the automotive industry for several years and in this time I learnt Spanish fluently. The study of foreign languages is one of my passions. I also speak reasonable German. I am married and have two young children that keep me on my toes!