Retired London University lecturer with 20 years' experience tutoring. Patient and empathetic, keeps up with latest teaching methods.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Mathematics and Science and History.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
BA (History), Cornell University, 1967; MSc (Applications of Computing) University of North London (as it is now), 1978; PhD (Computer Science) University of Greenwich (as it is now) via CNAA.
- How much do you charge?
£35/hour; I don't charge for initial interviews; I do pro bono work for genuinely deserving cases. I supply printed and digital materials to my tutees to help them learn.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home; I live in Bramley, Surrey, which is near Guildford, also near Cranleigh and Godalming.
- When are you available?
I am available all hours and seven days a week.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach children from 11 years onward, and all levels up to university level. I can teach university level computer science, depending on the subject (database is a specialty)..
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
SATs, Common Entrance, GCSE. I can help with first-year A-level but it's not my speciality. I enjoy preparing my tutees for scholarship exams.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
I teach maths and science using every trick in the book: we learn jingles ("boo-boo-boo, the square root of two"); we visualize (it should be "square side" not "square root"); we start with reality and then go to equations and formula (what is the volume of this box? Fill it with 1x1 cm cubes and count them; then see if we can find an easier way to get the answer); we keep the syllabus in front of us so our current topic is "located"; we use every past paper we can get our hands on; we use Mathematica demonstrations and videos and on-line programs to help make maths and science vivid; plus old-fashioned flash cards; and we learn some history too: you will appreciate the Pythagorean Theorem if you know about Mr Pythagoras (who was probably not the first to discover it).
I keep up with current developments in Science and Maths teaching, and also try to follow what the cognitive psychologists are revealing about human memory, learning theory, dyslexia and dyscalcula. I am patient and empathetic -- I know exactly what it feels like to be drowning in a sea of frightening and incomprehensible symbols. I have helped lots of people pass their maths and/or science examinations, and have tons of local references.
I hate the inane, Orwellian "Maths is Fun!" approach you see in some published material -- (how about "Having Root Canal Work is Fun")? But learning how to solve problems in maths and science, and comprehending the deep order of the universe that these subjects reveal, can be profoundly satisfying, which is far better than being "fun".
- What kind of experience do you have?
I lectured in Computing from 1980 to 1985 at Thames Polytechnic (as it then was), 1985 to 1995 Goldsmiths College, and then at Royal Holloway. I have been tutoring since 1995.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, an Enhanced one. In fact, I have several, since I do volunteer teaching at local schools and you have to get one for each separate school.
- Where and with whom did you train?
Tigerland (Fort Polk), US Army, 1967.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Mathematical Association and the Association of Teachers of Mathematics.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Students from both private and state schools. I am also a mentor for the UK Mathematics Trust, and prepare students at two state secondary schools to compete in the Mathematical Challenges and related maths competitions. I also do Saturday School workshops in mathematics and science for gifted children.
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