I grew up programming early computers such as the ZX Spectrum. Thirty years on, I have 13 years experience as a programmer in the videogame industry, and have worked on games that have sold millions.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
GCSE, A-Level and degree-level Computer Science / Computing. Contact me regarding other courses.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
When I was 18 I dropped out of university for personal reasons (I had been getting on fine with the course itself up until that point). However, I went on to gain the skills and knowledge that I would have learned at university, both through my job in the games industry and through personal research. My highest academic qualification is a BTEC in Computer Studies, for which I received a Distinction grade. I also have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
- How much do you charge?
A standard tutoring session costs between £28.50 - £33 for 45 minutes, depending on level. There is a discount of £2 per session if you book and pay for 4 or more sessions in advance, and a discount of £3 per session if you book off-peak times (weekday daytimes, and during the summer holidays).
- Where do you teach?
Tuition is available both locally (Newmarket and Cambridge area) and nationally (via Skype or Google Hangouts, using screen sharing).
- When are you available?
Please contact me to discuss availability.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I primarily teach GCSE and A-Level students, if you fall outside these categories please contact me to discuss.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Online tutoring takes place over Skype or Google Hangouts, using screen sharing. The typical structure for my lessons is to do 45 minutes with a 15 minute break in the middle – this break is helpful to me due to a health condition, but it actually works well for the student too as I can ask them to try a task during the break and then check their work in the second half of the session.
For A-level and GCSE students, I produce a comprehensive spreadsheet to keep track of their progress - listing each part of the course syllabus, including my own notes on the topics and links to relevant resources. I also maintain a number of YouTube playlists of videos relevant to the courses, and a list of errors in some of the official textbooks.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I started tutoring in early 2015 and have tutored 25 students. In the 2016 exams, "K" got an A in his International GCSE - my estimation was that he had previously been on course for a C or a D. "A" got a C in his GCSE - he said that he felt he would have failed if it wasn't for my help. "M" and "A" got A* in their GCSEs.
I worked as a programmer in the videogame industry for 13 years (leaving only due to a health condition), and worked on the following games:
Dog's Life (2003) - PlayStation 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (2004) - PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! (2005) - PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! (2005) - PC
Thrillville (2006) - PS2, Xbox, PSP
Thrillville: Off the Rails (2007) - PS2, XBox 360, Wii, PC
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (2009) - Wii
Kinectimals (2010) - XBox 360
Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011) - XBox 360
Elite Dangerous (2014) - PC
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I am also a first aider with St John Ambulance and was DBS (CRB) checked when I joined them in mid 2012.
• Level 3 Award in Education and Training
• I have a current DBS certificate
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