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Chemistry Panel Tutor, Certificate of Higher Education in Pre-Medical Studies

What is your academic or professional background?

BSc degree in Chemistry and Erasmus grant award for Bath University. Graduated in 2003 with a First Class Honours degree in Chemistry. I studied a PhD in Organic Chemistry at Bath University and I qualified as a teacher back in 2009

Why should people consider studying your subject?

Chemistry is often referred to as the central science because it joins together physics and mathematics, biology and medicine, and the earth and environmental sciences. Knowledge of the nature of chemicals and chemical processes therefore provides insights into a variety of physical and biological phenomena. Therefore, understanding fundamental chemistry is essential to comprehending how biological systems function and many processes occurring in our body.

How is your subject relevant to our current world?

The importance of studying chemistry is that it helps improve the world and therefore plays a role in everyone's lives. As with all the sciences, chemistry has the opportunity to make people’s lives easier. Chemistry touches almost every aspect of our existence in some way. Chemistry is essential for meeting our basic needs of food, clothing, shelter, health, energy, and clean air, water, and soil, new chemicals, materials and medicines. Chemical technologies enrich our quality of life in numerous ways by providing new solutions to problems in health, materials, and energy usage.

What do you love about your subject?

Chemistry is all around us, and understanding chemical processes takes us one step closer to understanding the world. It’s a wide field where you have to constantly think creatively about how to overcome problems. It makes you develop your critical thinking skills and improves how you act in certain situations. In addition, Chemistry is a subject which brings people together because no matter where you have grown up and what experiences you have had, the Chemistry you learn about would be the same.

What books have you published?

  • Kelly AM, Pérez-Fuertes Y, Fossey J S, Lozano Yeste S, Bull SD, James TD “Simple protocols for NMR analysis of the enantiomeric purity of chiral diols”. Nature Protocols, 2008, 3(2),215-9 (article)
  • James TD, Bull SD, Lozano Yeste S. “Simple chiral derivatization protocols for 1H NMR and 19F NMR spectroscopic analysis of
  • the enantiopurity of chiral diols”. Journal of Organic Chemistry, 2009, 74 (1), 427–430. (article)
  • Boron-BINOL catalysed asymmetric Mannich and aldol type reaction: Novel boronate esters (Thesis-Sonia Lozano Yeste)

How did you get involved with Continuing Education?

I have been working as a Chemistry panel tutor for the Pre-Medical Studies at the Institute of Continuing education since 2022

Who or what has inspired you?

I have had the enormous luck to be inspired by two outstanding Chemistry teachers; one when I was doing my A levels and the other was my Organic Chemistry teacher at the University. In addition, during my studies I got interested in the most remarking discoveries and with special attention in the accidental findings that lead to the biggest discoveries in Science such as the penicillin by Sir Alexander Fleming, viagra by Pfizer, plastic by Leo Baekeland, The Microwave by engineer, Percy Spencer, etc.

What's your favourite / most rewarding part of teaching?

I find it very rewarding to motivate and keep students engaged in a dynamic and fun environment while helping them to improve with persistently further practice until they get their target grades. Moreover, I also like to improve my students´ personal organisation as well as stretch students to achieve to the best of their ability, whilst respecting their personal pace of learning.

What's the best study advice you've been given?

An inquisitive mind, a positive attitude towards learning and regular work will help you to achieve your goals and get different insights how things work

What do you like to do outside of work?

I love swimming, hiking, reading, drawing, travelling and visiting friends and family

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