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Lessons offered by Mark
  • Individual
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The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
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Taught subjects
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • 13 Plus
  • Entrance Exams
  • Advanced Placement
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level

Mark Taylor - Highly Experienced Entrance Exam Tutor Provides Maths Tuition in Hampstead and Marylebone for 11+, 13+, GCSE and A-levels

Methodology

Award Winning Maths Tutor in London Specialised in preparing Students for success in 10+, 11+ Maths Tutor, pre-test 13+, 13+, GCSEs, A-level and IB, and homeschooling.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

My expertise and passion for helping students unlock their learning potential led me to found Hampstead & Frognal Tutors in 2010.
I have been teaching Mathematics for 20 years (over 20000 hours of teaching and tuition) and have experience from KS1 7+, KS2, 10+, 11+,13+ 13+ Pretest, 13+ Common Entrance through to GCSE & A-level. See list above. I have taught overseas at the International school of Oporto, then taught at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School for four years, and at South Hampstead High School where I was Head of Mathematics 2007-2008, then Head of House.

From 2006 - 2010 I was a member of the Girl's School consortium for writing the 11+ entrance papers that includes Francis Holland, Heathfield, Notting Hill and Ealing, Queen's, St Albans, St Helen's, SHHS, Channing, City of London School for Girls, More House, North London Collegiate School, Northwood College, St James's, Godolphin & Latymer.

My expertise and passion for helping students unlock their learning potential led me to found Hampstead & Frognal Tutors in 2010. Our company has a top success rate for exam entrance preparation, GCSEs and A-levels in North and Central London. My role at H&FTutors includes tutor training, recruitment and consultancy for advice to parents on school choice including school entry.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

BSc Mathematics
PGCE Mathematics
PGDip Mathematics Education
The Tutors' Association Associate and Corporate Member
DBS enhanced check

- How much do you charge?

My standard rate for tuition is: £100/hour. This reflects my experience, expertise and the high success rate of my students. See testimonials.


If you would like an excellent tutor in another subject such as English I work with a great team at Hampstead & Frognal Tutors. Simply email for further details.



For overseas travel and tuition please contact me to discuss the brief.

- Where do you teach?

I teach at our Wework office in Marylebone, 119 Marylebone Rd, Marylebone, London NW1 5PU. We also have an office in Frognal NW3 and at students homes in Belgravia, Kensington, Chelsea, Hampstead, Belsize Park, Swiss Cottage, Maida Vale, St John's Wood, West Hampstead, Westminster, Primrose Hill and the surrounding area. The nearest stations are Baker Street (2mins walk) Finchley Road (7mins walk) Jubilee/met lines, Hampstead (11mins walk) northern line, and the Frognal & Finchley Overground (4mins walk).

I can also travel to the students home outside this area. (travel expenses would be incurred)

For the overseas courses I travel anywhere worldwide depending on availability.

- When are you available?

I am available for one to one tuition from 0900-2000 Mondays to Fridays and Saturdays 0900 to 1400. Also available for block bookings of tuition during school holidays and summer holidays. When I am fully booked I can assign an alternative tutor from my company Hampstead & Frognal Tutors. I recruit and train the Hampstead & Frognal Tutors and direct the 11+ and 13+ Booster courses.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

All levels 7+ 11+ 13+ KS3 + GCSE+ IGCSE+ A-Level + Further + STEP + AEA + OXBRIDGE + Overseas States SAT's

I also provide coaching for gifted and talented pupils in Olympiad and Mathematics challenge training. I can offer a discount for this if there are two pupils or for block bookings.

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

7+, 11+ entrance examinations, 13+ common entrance, GCSE, IGCSE, A-level, IB, AEA, STEP
American SAT exams
Mathematical Challenges (Junior, Intermediate and Senior) and Olympiad preparation

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

online lessons are undertaken via Skype

- Do you have a personal message for students?

Learning mathematics is like climbing mountains - they both require determination and perseverance, and the sense of achievement in mastering both is extremely satisfying. Let me be your guide and I will help you achieve what you thought was never possible.

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Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I have experience of teaching and coaching at all levels for students in London. During school holidays if I am not preparing students for exams in the UK I sometimes travel overseas to teach or otherwise. My most recent visits abroad this year have included Spain, Isle of Man, and Switzerland for 11+ preparation. My experience ranges from KS1 preparing for the 7+, to the 11+ and 13+ common entrance examinations, through to KS3, GCSE, IGCSE, IB, A-Levels, and Pre-U. My students have successfully gained places at the leading London schools including:-

Aldenham school
Channing
Cheltenham Ladies College
City of London Boys (and girls)
Dame Alice Owen's school
Dulwich college
Francis Holland
Eton
Godolphin & Latymer
HABS
Harrow
Henrietta Barnett
Highgate
JFS
Latymer
Mill Hill
Merchant Taylors'
North London Collegiate
QE Boys
Queens
Rugby
South Hampstead
St Margarets
St Pauls
UCS
Winchester
Westminster (Challenge)

I was a member of the London consortium examination board for writing the 11+ papers from 2006 until 2010.

At the top end I teach Further Mathematics, and coaching for Oxford & Cambridge. I have successfully coached students through STEP & AEA in order to secure places at Cambridge, Oxbridge and Warwick.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

DBS is enhanced and up to date will be produced on request.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Having a solid background in mathematics and financial mathematics from the University of Southampton I went onto to train at Sussex University for the mathematics PGCE, and studied for the MRES/PgDip course in mathematics through the Professional and Education Studies Faculty at King's College London.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I am a member of the Mathematical Association, The UK Mathematics Trust, and The Tutor's Association

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I have taught many students and some of them made significant achievements - see below.
The names of the individuals are changed to protect the families privacy.
References can be obtained in respect of the individual students below following a request for consent to contact.

2017
11+ teaching a student whose confidence in maths in year 5 was severely fractured. Through careful planning to re-consilidate the KS2 curriculum and building confidence to tackle the toughest problems on the 11+ this student went from mediocre to beyond excellence. It was a pleasure to hear back from the parents that this student had gained offers from all schools applied including: NLCS, Habs, SHHS, Channing, Queenswood and Queens College.

13+ Westminster
Preparing a boy who often made typical student errors and was waitlisted for a number of schools. Using my bespoke programme of problems and exam techniques this boys maths improved to the point of gaining a conditional offer from Westminster for 13+ Entry.

11+ Girl Daisy was preparing for Top London Girls Schools. Suffering from maths anxiety we helped her to confront her fears to tackle the harder problems toward the end of the maths papers. The girl was very pleased to receive offers from a number of Top Schools including City, SHHS and Channing.

2016
13+ Common Entrance Year 8 boy prepared for the CE in the final 3 months to the exam after the boy had lost confidence. Working with the student on a weekly basis we were able to raise the boy's game and he successfully passed the CE exams. QUOTE FROM PARENT: "not only got into St Paul's, he sailed in with an amazing A- for Maths!!
Thanks so much for all your support in getting him there. I'm hoping St Pauls will take things from here, but should he need help at GCSE you will be the first person I call."

13+ year 6 Boy Stephen prepared over a 3 month period for the Harrow pre-test. Successful and invited for second round in year 7.

13+ year 7 Boy Kristian attended my booster course in December followed by an intensive programme of tuition. He applied for City of London Boys and invited for interview. Offered place subject to passing Common Entrance in Year 8.

11+ Girl Helen taught since end of year 4. Girl received all offers from NLCS, Channing, City of London Girls, SHHS including one offer of a scholarship.

11+ Girl Georgia taught over 18 month period obtained offers from all school applications including NLCS, City of London Girls, South Hampstead.

11+ Girl India taught over a 3 month period and India attended the 11+ Booster Course with Hampstead & Frognal Tutors. Offers were received from all schools applied, City of London, Channing, Highgate

11+ Girl Emma coached over a two year period. Offers received from Channing, Francis Holland, and a Top Boarding School in the South East.

13+ year 6 Boy Stephen prepared over a 3 month period for the Harrow pre-test. Successful and invited for second round in year 7.

13+ year 7 Boy Kristian attended my booster course in December followed by an intensive programme of tuition. He applied for City of London Boys and invited for interview. Offered place subject to passing Common Entrance in Year 8.

2015
13+ UCS and Highgate Prep for a boy at a middle ranking prep. For 3 months I worked intensively with this boy who had not previously been pushed to the higher thinking level of what is expected for these highly competitive schools. The boy was successful at 13+ Highgate (only 6 places available this year).

Helen scored top marks in the 11+ St. Michael's Grammar schools tests for both English and Maths. I continue to prepare our daughter for the independent schools before they make a final decision

Matthew started to prepare for 11+ in year 5 and following my advice we also prepared him for Eton 13+. (The parents found my advice particularly useful as they were unfamiliar with the independent schools). Eton have offered a conditional place. He decided to sit for Habs and Highgate anyway. Matthew was also offered places at Highgate and Habs (Scholarship), and he will be going to Eton in 2016.

James was offered places at Eton, UCS, Harrow and Highgate. Highgate was an outstanding achievement given that there were only 8 places offered from over 200 applicants.

Andrew achieved the top maths score for Eton out of 10 other students who applied from the top North London prep. He has an offer for Eton 2016 entry. In the maths test at Eton he scored 93% (the highest in his 'top' prep school). With an offer from St Paul's and wait listed for Westminster Andrew is in a strong position to choose between Top UK schools. Andrew is now working towards the Eton King's Scholarship.

Claire received offers for all but one 11+ schools including Wycombe Abbey, Highgate, NLCS, Latimer Upper, Channing, SHHS. Claire accepted NLCS.

Toby was prepared for 10+ City Boys and was accepted.

Elizabeth struggled with maths and lacked confidence before I worked with her to rebuild her confidence and relay the foundations in her mathematical skills. After a year Elizabeth's maths improved significantly and was accepted at Channing following the 11+ exams.

Jeffrey attended a state school and the family took an 11th hour decision in October to prepare for Highgate. After a programme of intensive sessions we helped Jeffrey develop his maths skills in applying them to the exam questions. In such a short space of time Jeffrey went from scoring under 50% to over 90% and received a place at highgate for 2015 entry.

2014
Hannah required prep from City Girls with only one terms notice and having not had a tutor before. We had to work extremely hard to get Hannah up to speed for the exam. With my advice and strategy of working through a variety of maths problems Hannah reached a very high standard and flew through the exam. Hannah is now at City Girls (and enjoying year 7) in 2014.

One of my students, George is in year 7. I was teaching him since July 2011, and he has been offered 13+ places at both UCS and Highgate.

James is in year 6 attending a state school and has offers from HABS, City of London, and Highgate.

Max attended a mediocre state school and I helped with the maths prep for Highgate and UCS. He was offered 11+ places at both schools and accepted Highgate.

2013
Elizabeth took further maths A-level last year and successfully went to Cambridge to study Physics.

Ben failed his AS maths before seeing me for help with the retake. He re-sat all of the modules with my guidance, achieved an A, and went to his first choice university (Warwick).

2012
Philip who attended a state school scored top 20 for early entry 10+ to City of London Boys' year 6 in 2012.

Emily who was attending an international school applied for Channing, NLCS, and City. She accepted a place at City.

Alex achieved a grade A in his Financial Economics module whilst studying at Oxford in 2012.

With only 25 places available for 150 applicants to Highgate Rupert (who attended a prep) was very pleased get an offer for 2013 year 9 13+ entry.

Rohit attended a state school and was offered 11+ places at all schools applied for including Merchant Taylor's, Habs, City and John Lyons (scholarship).

Jim passed the Westminster Challenge and struggled with the maths before tuition started. He is attending from 2013.

Harry started having lessons with me in June 2012, and we prepared for City Boys and Highgate. He decided to opt for Highgate for its reputable maths department. He then started to prepare for maths challenge and Olympiad. Through further coaching he was able to make a significant contribution to his Maths challenge team. Harry's team are through to the final.

Rates

Rate for online lessons : £100/h
Lessons offered by Mark
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • 11+ School Exam Preparation
  • 13 Plus
  • Entrance Exams
  • Advanced Placement
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • A Level

Mark's CV

• BSc Honours Mathematics University of Southampton
• PGCE Mathematics University of Sussex PG Dip Mathematics Education King's College London
Taught at Habs Boys and SHHS from 2002-2010
Wrote 11+ Papers for The London Schools Consortium
Volunteered for The UK Mathematics Trust
• Enhanced DBS (Dec 2018)
The Tutors' Association TTA Corporate Member
• Hampstead & Frognal Tutors (Founder)

5 reviews on Mark
  • 5/5

All our ratings are collected by us and are given in confidence, they correspond to a real experience.

5 recommendations

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Anika

Andrew was offered a conditional place at Eton. Mark's tuition was first rate and we continue to hire Mark for 13+ prep Westminster and St. Paul's.

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Pippa

My daughter was very rusty with her maths especially as she was in a different system (American). Mark provided excellent advice on the correct resources and then concentrated on developing Anna's mathematical ability through routine examples and exam technique. We must have done 40 practice papers with Mark and homework's and finally she was offered a place at City Girls.

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Lucy

Top maths tutor who knows many secrets to helping get students top marks in entrance exams. James attends a mediocre prep and Mark spent 10 sessions with him to prepare for UCS and Highgate 13+ pre-test. Alas James was accepted to UCS and Highgate (only 8 places were available this year 2014).
Mark is one of the best maths tutors we have ever known!

Interview with Mark

QUESTION 01 | 08
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
Mark — Since I remember as a child I was always fascinated my maths which led me to study Pure maths at University. Following a successful teaching career I began tutoring individual students.
QUESTION 02 | 08
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
Mark — I very much enjoy helping students boost confidence in maths at any age from 11+ through to GCSE and A-level exam prep.
QUESTION 03 | 08
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
Mark — I have many role models including leaders past and present. Jack Ma is obviously a fascinating one as he has developed a huge global business with a background in education and teaching.
QUESTION 04 | 08
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
Mark — Patience, emotional intelligence, connecting with students and genuine pleasure in imparting knowledge and a thorough understanding of the curriculum that one is tutoring.
QUESTION 05 | 08
Provide a valuable anecdote related to your subject or your days at school.
Mark — Maths was not my number 1 strongest subject at school (that was sport) and I remember the first time solving quadratic equations did not come easy to me at first, possibly the word quadratic made me receive the topic as difficult, but with effort this was quickly overcome.
QUESTION 06 | 08
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
Mark — No difficulties per se, but certainly the undoing of a child's loss of confidence in maths can take a few lessons to get a student back on track.
QUESTION 07 | 08
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
Mark — My favourite part of maths is problem solving because there are so many original problems out there and it is away fun to find a new puzzle to solve.
QUESTION 08 | 08
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P)?
Mark — Besides my knowledge of teaching maths, I am also highly attuned the the expected standards for the various exams that I prepare students for. Nothing pleases me more than helping students become highly competent mathematicians before that have to sit their exams knowing that they are fully prepared.

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