Dr Carl Thirsk - leading provider of online chemistry tuition

Hi! My is Dr Carl Thirsk and I am passionate about helping students achieve their ambitions. I love finding new ways to make chemistry easier to understand and enjoy seeing students gain more confidence and improve their grades.

Education and experience:

  • Master’s Degree (MChem) in Medicinal Chemistry (University of Manchester)

  • Doctorate (PhD) in Organic Chemistry (Durham University)

  • PGCE in Secondary Chemistry (Newcastle University)

  • Qualified Teacher Status (QTS)

  • 6+ years’ teaching experience

  • Examiner for A Level, GCSE and IB Diploma chemistry

  • Over 3,000 hours online tuition experience

My story:

Ever since I discovered a chemistry set in my grandparent’s garage (one of those dodgy ones from the 1950s that would give health and safety people a nervous breakdown), I was hooked on science.

Thanks to memorable and inspirational science teachers, I decided to pursue a science career and obtained a Master’s in Medicinal Chemistry from the University of Manchester. My next stop was the beautiful city of Durham in north east England, where I completed a PhD in synthetic organic chemistry at Durham University.

Like many students, I tutored whilst at university and found it immensely rewarding, which made me consider teaching as a career. However, after completing my PhD, I co-founded a chemistry and engineering company that I eventually went on to lead. My company helped chemical and pharmaceutical companies (including Pfizer, GSK and Sigma-Aldrich) improve their processes and this demanding but rewarding role gave me invaluable experience of business. It also taught me how science and engineering are used in industry through projects that ranged from improving organic synthesis to optimising distillation.

This background makes me somewhat unique as a teacher, in that I can teach science from real-world experience, not just from theory.

Having experienced the satisfaction of helping students achieve their target grades as a part-time tutor, I decided to formally train as a teacher, completing a PGCE in secondary chemistry from Newcastle University and qualifying as a teacher. After teaching in secondary schools and 6th form colleges, I decided to leave the classroom and establish a full-time tutoring business so that I could focus more on my students and less on administration. I am now one of the UK’s leading online tutors, with over 3,500 hours’ tuition delivered to students in 16 countries.

When I’m not teaching, I enjoy cooking Japanese food – in fact, a blog combining chemistry and cookery is my next project!

An an online tutor, I have worked with students in the UK, France, Switzerland, Germany, Ireland, Cyprus, Turkey, UAE, Kuwait, Japan, Malaysia, Jamaica, South Korea, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and the USA!

Here are some pictures from north east England, the part of the UK I live in: