Currently in his 31st year in the classroom actually teaching, Adrian has never been an administrator, and has only ever taught chemistry
Adrian as an Teacher
Adrian has been teaching chemistry (and chemistry alone), since 1990. The first ten years of his career were spent in London, teaching in a number of different institutions. He taught in both public and private schools, and in the Tutorial College sector, as well as developing an extensive one-on-one tutoring resume.
Adrian was the inaugural High School Chemistry Ambassador for the American Association of Chemistry Teachers (AACT), and is a long standing member both the American Chemical Society (ACS), and the Royal Society of Chemistry (RSC).
Adrian holds a BSc. (Hons) Chemistry from Exeter University in the UK, and a PGCE (Secondary Chemistry) also from Exeter University.
With hundreds of thousands of books sold, freelance articles, and other chemistry writing, Adrian is a leading author in the junior chemistry genre
Adrian as a Writer
2006 saw the publication of Adrian’s first book, The Periodic Table, Elements With Style! Since then he has written many other books, and has been a regular contributor to online, and hard-copy chemistry projects. His work includes projects for Barnes & Noble SparkNotes, Shmoop, The Discovery Channel, Scholastic, Nature Chemistry, the American Chemical Society’s ChemMatters magazine, and many others.
His writing has attracted several awards including in the UK the School Library Association’s Information Book Award in 2011, and the Wissenschaftsbüch des Jahre children’s award in Austria in 2012. In the USA, How To Make a Universe With 92 Ingredients won the 2014 American Institute of Physics Communication Award.
Since 1990, Adrian has worked with private clients, helping them to improve their chemistry knowledge and understanding
Adrian as a Tutor
From the very first year of his teaching career, Adrian has been offering premium tutoring to private clients. From his first client in London over 30 years ago, the one-on-one, small group, and face-to-face tutoring business has evolved into what it is today, a virtual, worldwide service.
The online model was adopted by Adrian long before the current COVID-19 crisis, with his tutoring work transitioning to an exclusively online model circa. 2015. Now clients are serviced via a combination of Google, Zoom, and other web based services, to allow a ubiquitous, chemistry tutoring presence no matter where the client is based.
With a special emphasis on AP Chemistry, IB chemistry, and A-Level Chemistry, Adrian has a unique combination of US and UK teaching experience, and a rare combination of experience in the high school and early college arena.
About Adrian Dingle's Chemistry Pages
Adrian Dingle’s Chemistry Pages the web site, has its origins circa 1998 when Adrian was teaching EDEXCEL A Level Chemistry in London. Adrian explains;
“I had spent several years developing a word-processed set of A level notes which I handed out to the students as a basis for their study. I became tired of photocopying vast quantities of these notes for my students, and it occurred to me that publishing them online, with the expectation that each student should be responsible for accessing their own materials, would have a double advantage. Not only would it remove a large administrative burden from my shoulders but, in a small way, it would also pass some of the responsibility for their own learning on to the students. Common sense suggests that passing the responsibility on to the student is a positive thing. It engages students and helps them to make the connection between their actions and the effectiveness of their learning.”
Web sites weren’t that common a thing amongst chemistry teachers back in 1997, making Adrian Dingle’s Chemistry Pages one of the pioneering educational sites of its time. Further, more subtle advantages became apparent pretty quickly back in the late 90’s. By publishing homework and deadlines in a public, 24/7 fashion, all ambiguity and misunderstandings regarding expectations of students were also removed. Many classic excuses for failure to meet those expectations were removed by the omnipresent nature of all tasks, deadlines and expectations. From those simple origins the site has grown to what it is today with large quantities of material added, updated and reviewed daily.