- Hourly rate £20
- Response Time 1h
- Number of students 50+
1st lesson free!
Experienced & impassioned Maths tutor. Ambassador for SuperProf. Master’s in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Manchester. Open to group session work
- By webcam
We host the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Shane will be happy to arrange your first Maths lesson.
About the lesson
I believe that students are more capable than they often give themselves credit for. Under conditions/environment in which they feel most comfortable and supported, people are able gain the confidence to wildly exceed the limitations they can feel from both themselves or others.
I define Mathematics as "The language we use to explain numerical concepts". The reason I believe there to be merit to this definition is because it can be used to highlight the two difficulties people often have with mathematics: the concepts themselves, but also the language we use in our attempts to explain these concepts (Let's face it, the language we use in mathematics isn't always the nicest *cough* vectors *cough*).
I hope to take students and show them that they have what it takes to "succeed" in maths, even if they don't consider themselves a "maths" person. I intentionally draw attention to the word "succeed", as it can be quite a subjective term, and it is up to each individual to define what they consider to be a success. Whatever your personal definition of the word, I wish to help you succeed.
I like to teach through examples, providing well defined steps to ensure that we can pin point what the student understands and where they are having difficulty. I often tell students that "Everything is difficult until you know how to do it". This is something I've experienced first hand many times in my life; I believe something to be too difficult until I properly learn it/it has been properly taught. Upon reflection, I see how it wasn't so bad all along. This is the destination where I wish to help students get to, where they can look back on everything and realise it wasn't too difficult for them after all, they just needed some help along the way.
- Further Maths
Sixth Term Examination Paper
I graduated from my Masters in Mathematics and Statistics from University of Manchester in the summer of 2020. During this time, I studied Mathematics Education while also holding study sessions for first years.
I have previously worked as a Statistician for the University of Oxford, and now hope to study a PGCE to qualify as a Teacher back home in Northern Ireland
Perfect! My 7 years old son loves maths. Shane kindly agreed to work with him. Now my son loves math even more and looks forward to his next lesson. Thank you Shane
Excellent! Good time managment
Perfect! Shane was very engaging and knows the subject very well. He is very patient and doesn’t mind questions being asked or repeating something if required. Shane is organised and very punctual. Looking forward to many more lessons with Shane.
Perfect! Shane is very understanding when I'm confused. He explains maths in a very easy way for me to grasp and I feel I understand a lot more now in maths than I used to. He goes more in-depth than other teachers and tutors I've had, which makes the topic much easier to understand.
- Shane's response : Rudy appears to have a clear focus in his attempts to understanding the material, meaning he has little trouble grasping key concepts and applying them to questions. I also appreciate Rudy's honesty in describing when he doesn't understand something, meaning that we can have an effective session where I can help him improve.
Perfect! Full and detailed explanations. A lot of work covered in an hour.
- Shane's response : Enjoyable sessions going through GCSE past papers to prepare for final exams in the summer
Perfect! Amazing tutor...so helpfully and he has a lot of pateince...my son waiting another lesson...thank you so so much Shane...we see you soon again
- Shane's response : An incredibly polite and focused student. While I am thankful for their review describing me as patient, I must admit that there has been little need for patience on my part. Keep up the good work
Perfect! Really enthusiastic about maths and helpful in explaining problems to my son bringing it to life for him. Very quick responses and lovely to deal with.
- Shane's response : A student with great ambitions who is prepared to work very hard in order to reach his goals and potential; always a great attribute to see in my students
Perfect! Methodology very clear
- Shane's response : I enjoyed creating content videos where I tackled questions the student was struggling with. I especially enjoyed how this meant I could be creative with my time
Perfect! Shane is a super tutor. He comes to each lesson well prepared and even adds his own experiences and examples to supplement the sometimes vague or confusing course material. His enthusiasm for the subject makes the lessons go by quickly and leave me looking forward to the next! Highly recommend!
- Shane's response : Amy has consistently been a joy to tutor, and shows genuine engagement in the content we cover, which always makes for better sessions
Perfect! Amazing at explanations and solving complex mathematics problems.
Excellent mathematics tutor show every step essential to solve a question.
- Shane's response : I have enjoyed going through problems with Elias, which involves A-Level material being taught at University Level
Perfect! Shane is an exceptional maths/statistics tutor, would recommend highly!
Perfect! Shane, is a very good math tutor. He can solve the University statistics questions so quick even without I noticed and I hope that he will have more times to solve more questions. Thank you so much !
Perfect! Shane is excellent at explaining difficult theories and is patient to work through topics with me that I find difficult . He always comes well prepared and is great at checking that I understand each topic.
- Shane's response : We discussed statistical concepts used frequently in higher education, such as hypothesis testing and logistic regression
Perfect! Shane taught me Year 2 A level Maths. His delivery was excellent which really helped me understand this difficult subject. His is very knowledgeable in Maths and I highly recommended him
- Shane's response : We had productive discussions surrounding proof by contradiction, proof by contrapositive and the roles of rational/irrational numbers
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Shane is a fantastic tutor. My children's experience has been beyond expectation. In just few lessons we have seen results of scoring better marks. The lessons are stress free as they are online. Shane took the responsibility to find out what topic the children would like to cover on a weekly basis.
Shane really took time to find out what exactly is needed and to prepare for the lesson! Very thoughtful and thorough approach. I recommend Shane with pleasure.
Shane helped me a lot at university (he was in the year above and part of the peer tutoring scheme). He took difficult concepts and explained them in a way which made sense to me. He was really good at picking up on my personal style of learning and what does and doesn't work well for me.
Shane is an incredibly Maths/Statistics tutor. He gives a lot of examples, goes through the intuition, and thoroughly prepared my for my exam. I would definitely recommend him - 10/10.
Shane is excellent at explaining difficult theories and is patient to work through topics I find difficult. He is always well prepared for each lesson and is great at checking if I understand everything ok.
Shane is very knowedgebale in Maths as exemplified by his maths degree from a top class university. He spent a lot of time preparing for the lesson and asked in advance so he could prepare better to make the lesson more useful. Highly recommended. He was on time for the lesson and is very reliable.
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Find out more about Shane
1) When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
I have had an interest in mathematics for as long as I can remember; mathematics was always considered to be "my thing". I developed an interest in tutoring when I was still in secondary school, while my own learning was still ongoing. I was interested in the different ways in which people viewed the content and I wanted to help them see it the way I saw it.
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
I teach mathematics. My favourite topic to teach is Calculus, often referred to as the mathematics of change. Within Calculus, I enjoy explaining the concept of differentiation. I believe this is because I myself only began to truly understand the core concepts when I was already at university. I believe students have a right to have these concepts explained to them properly while they are still at school, to challenge them and also help them gain a more honest view of what mathematics truly is.
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
My role model in the world of teaching mathematics is an Australian Teacher/Youtuber named Eddie Woo. I encourage anyone, whether they have an interest in mathematics or not, to watch his lessons on YouTube. The best aspect of his teaching is that he is genuinely interested in what he is teaching, and is able to put himself in the mindset of someone who is learning mathematics for the first time, despite himself being an expert. Even having graduated with a Master's in Mathematics, I find myself learning new things from watching him teach high school.
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
The most important quality to being a good tutor (or teacher) is empathy. It is essential to understand what it means to not understand. A good tutor must be able to put themselves in the shoes of someone who is absolutely bewildered by the content, and needs their understanding developed from the ground up. A good tutor must understand the material well enough to truly understand why someone else might not understand it.
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
I remember an end of year exam we had in maths where a question read "What 2 numbers multiply by themselves to give 25?" and provided 2 boxes to provided the 2 numbers. Almost everyone put the number 5 in both boxes, using the logic that 5x5=25. I was aware that the answer they wanted was 5 and -5, and put that as my answer. Other students thought I was some kind of genius for recognising that was the correct answer when, in reality, I had just happened to have seen an episode of The Simpsons where the exact same question was asked and answered. It made me think, we often think someone is a genius for knowing something we don't but, in reality, they just know it because they've been exposed to it before and we haven't, even if that exposure is something as trivial as having seen it in a cartoon.
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
My biggest difficulty in mathematics came from my first year at university, as most students had done Further Mathematics at school, whereas I hadn't as it wasn't available. As I mentioned in my answer to the previous question, I felt stupid because all of these people knew things which I didn't when, in reality, they only knew these things because they were presented with an opportunity which I wasn't, not because they were necessarily smarter than me.
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
My passion within teaching is definitely specific to mathematics. Mathematics is a way of thinking, and I enjoy challenging people to think differently about things. Teaching mathematics means teaching new ways to think. I also enjoy teaching mathematics because it means I get to help young people achieve a level of understanding in something they thought they might not be capable of. If they realise they can now understand something they thought they never would, this helps them realise that they have potential they may not have recognised yet.
What makes you a Superprof?
I believe I'm a Superprof because I care. I remember and recognise all the difficulties associated with being a young person, especially in this day and age. In a world and system which can seem as confusing as it does difficult, I am honoured to provide these young people with even the smallest amount of help which might makes their lives that little bit easier.