I love mathematics, and I hope that some of my enthusiasm will rub off on you. The more you enjoy the subject the better you'll do, and so the more you'll enjoy it, and so on. There is usually a lot of smiling and even laughter in my lessons.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach Mathematics at A level and beyond. Mostly this is for students preparing for Maths and/or Further Maths A levels, but I also teach STEP and help some university students.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a First in my undergraduate degree, a distinction in Part III, now called Master of Mathematics, and a PhD, all in mathematics from Cambridge University. I have loaded my degree certificates under "My Files" for you to see.
- How much do you charge?
£35 an hour teaching at my home. If I teach at the student's home or school, I charge £45, or £50 if its over 5 miles each way.
- Where do you teach?
I teach mostly at my home. I live in Prestbury on the North-East corner of Cheltenham. I can also teach at my student's home or school, if the school agrees, within about 10 miles of my house, which of course includes all of Cheltenham, and Bishops Cleeve.
- When are you available?
I have regular lessons after school until about 6 on Mondays to Thursdays, and as I am retired, I am available for one-off lessons any day of the week and pretty much any time of day, including school holidays.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I mainly teach A level students, but I can also handle most first and second year undergraduate maths courses. I can also provide coaching for STEP papers for year 13 students aiming for the top universities.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been tutoring maths A level since 2010, shortly after I retired, having been a professional mathematician for 35 years. In my career as a civil servant I did a variety of teaching and coaching, in both technical and non-technical subjects, and further back, as a PhD student, I tutored undergraduates. For many years I have taught a session at the Royal Institution Maths Master Classes in Cheltenham on a Saturday morning (see (concealed information)
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes. I have loaded it under "My Files" for you to see.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I do not have any formal teaching qualifications, but I have been married to a teacher for 40 years, so I get some informal training! Meanwhile, over my career in the civil service I was trained in coaching and similar skills by a whole range of training providers, including the National School of Government. All this training is about teaching adults, which is one reason why I stick to A level and beyond, as A level students are near enough to adults for my training and experience to be relevant.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Yes. I am a member of the Mathematical Association, the professional body for mathematics teachers, (see (concealed information) and I am on their Teaching Committee.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
In the last few years I've had students from Balcarras, Bournside, Cheltenham College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Chosen Hill, Cleeve, The Crypt, Dean Close, Denmark Road, St Edwards, Hartpury, King's Gloucester, Marling, Newent College, Pates Grammar, St Edwards, St Peter's High and Tewkesbury School. I have sometimes taught university students home in the vacations: I've had students from Coventry, Sheffield, Keele and the Open University. I teach most of my students for one hour a week, but I have had a couple who just came occasionally when they want help with a particular topic, and at the other extreme I have taught the whole of a module or even the whole of Maths A level, when the school could not accommodate the student's choice of A level.
These sessions were not only a great boost to my confidence, they also vastly strengthened my mathematical capabilities. I am now much better equipped to approach mathematical problems because of the skills I gained in these sessions. My only regret is not getting this support sooner! I would have no hesitation in recommending Jim Simons as a tutor!
Jim's teaching is undoubtedly the reason for the improvements in my Mathematics grades. He is an extremely able teacher, not once have I asked him a question he was unable to answer, and he has consistently found new ways to explain some extremely complex mathematic principle to me. I unreservedly recommend taking part in tutoring sessions with Jim, and remain sure that his influence has been vital in achieving my grades.
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