My name is Mark Bertolaso and I currently give lessons to GCSE Maths students in Year 11 and also to Functional Skills students who require a Maths qualification in order to successfully pass apprenticeships.
I can also teach A-Level Statistics to S1 Level.
I endeavour to teach a 3-part lesson comprising a starter, a main subject and then a plenary, depending on the topic being taught.
I prefer 1:1 tuition where the student and I approach questions together and I guide them through it questioning and assessing understanding regularly. Additional or alternative methods are suggested and explored.
I am not judgemental but try to encourage the use of thinking skills and build a students confidence with gradual stages of success. I try to encourage the students to put into writing whatever they think in linguistic and mathematical terms and instil in them the correct mathematical methods and structure when answering a question or formulating a solution to a problem.
I have been tutoring for one year since retirement, as I felt my knowledge and experience could be invaluable to others, but I have also been employed in the capacity of a tutor at a learning centre, where 3 to 5 students may be present.
I have taught 2 GCSE students recently and 3 apprentices requiring Functional Skills level 2 in order to pass their courses.
I have yet to discover this year the fruits of my labour.
If a student was in Years 7 to 9 requiring tuition, I would only charge £20 per lesson, however, if the student was studying for A-Level Statistics, I would charge £30 per hour.
If I had to travel in excess of 10 miles, I would add an additional £1 per mile.
I have the following qualifications:
OND in Engineering (Technology) 1979 People's College, Nottm
HND in Electrical and Electronic Engineering 1983 Trent Polytechnic
B Ed Degree in Maths and Physics
My work experience in schools teaching Maths:
Mary Linwood Secondary School, Leicester. August 1989- December 1990
Frank Wheldon Comprehensive, Carlton, Nottm. January 1991 - May 2001.
Top Valley Comprehensive, Nottm. Second-in-Charge of Maths Dept. May 2001 - Dec 2002.
All Saint's Catholic Academy, Mansfield, Notts. Tutor, Statistics teacher, Data Manager for Department. Jan 2003 - July 2016.
Experience teaching Maths since retirement:
Tutor at the Kip McGrath Learning Centre, Mapperley, Nottingham, tutoring students at GCSE level in maths.
Tutor of Functional Skills students wishing to achieve level 2 and in order to successfully complete sports apprenticeships with the Gedling Sports Partnership in Nottingham.
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