I am a highly experienced tutor catering for students aged 9 to 16. I excel at helping students who lack confidence in their ability. I have received outstanding feedback from past students and their parents.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I'm experienced at teaching both GCSE (all exam boards) and the Edexcel IGCSE. I also teach children who are home-schooled and/or live abroad.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I completed a Bachelor of Education/Science in Secondary Mathematics Education with ICT at the University of Wales College, Newport, graduating in 2001.
Previously I completed 240 credits with the Open University in Mathematics and the Social Sciences.
- How much do you charge?
All lessons are £30 per hour with a shorter trial lesson free.
- Where do you teach?
I teach both at home and online via Skype using an interactive online whiteboard that both the student and I can work on simultaneously.
- When are you available?
From Monday to Friday I am available for lessons in the mornings and then from 3.30pm until 7.30pm.
I am also available for lessons on Saturday mornings.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students from aged 9 upwards.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I help students to prepare for a wide range of examinations including the Year 6 SAT's, GCSE and IGCSE.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I'm experienced at teaching online using a variety of online software in conjunction with Skype.
Students will be sent a link to my online whiteboard and they just need to click the link to enter the online classroom and start working on their maths.
If you are using a Mac computer, you may need to update your flash player first. You need to have a good broadband connection at home for the lessons to run smoothly. A headset with a build in microphone is beneficial although not essential.
The online lesson needs to be paid for in advance of the lesson taking place.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
The more you put into your studies, the more you'll get out of them. There is no quick fix in maths. Be prepared to put the effort in and practise daily where possible. Do not be put off by making mistakes, I would actively encourage you to make them. They will help you to consolidate your learning, identify where you went wrong and to move forward with greater confidence. Enjoy the challenges and difficulties that lie ahead in your mathematical studies - they will help you to become a resilient and successful learner.
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have thoroughly enjoyed teaching mathematics for the past sixteen years in Hereford. It is an exciting and challenging subject and it is very rewarding when students who have previously not enjoyed the subject turn round and tell you that it's now their favourite. Or when students who were predicted a grade D or C at the beginning of their GCSE course go on to study A Level Mathematics or Further Mathematics because they've made such fantastic progress. I believe that each student should learn in the way that works best for them, there is not a one-size fits all approach in Mathematics. This means that I use a variety of methods and techniques to help each student understand the concepts being taught. I have received excellent feedback from former students and their parents on my Facebook tutoring page. My mission is to help students overcome their difficulties in Mathematics and to enjoy their studies more.
Please see my Facebook reviews from former students: (concealed information)
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
- Where and with whom did you train?
I completed my teacher training in 2001 with the University of Wales College, Newport.
This was a two year fast-track Bachelor of Education Degree in Secondary Mathematics Education with ICT.
• BSc/BEd Secondary Mathematics with ICT
• QTS gained alongside degree
• DBS disclosure up to date
Emma provided tuition for my daughter Libby during her high school years and GCSE's. Libby hated maths, felt out of her comfort zone and struggled to grasp concepts straight away. Emma provided the gentle nurturing and gave Libby the self belief and confidence that she lacked in Maths. Emma was always calm, friendly, patient and extremely kind to Libby, helping her to achieve a grade B, which at one stage she would never have believed possible.
When I was in school I struggled a lot with mathematics. I was often awestruck at how easily Mrs Gray could, without fail, make the answers appear as if from nowhere. What was more important than her abilities as a mathematician however, were her abilities as a teacher. No matter who the student was she always found a way to get them engaged with the subject. Her passion and enthusiasm easily overwhelmed any struggle I had with the subject and really developed my academic confidence.
As someone that struggled with maths and understanding how to do it a standard way, Mrs Gray helped me develop my own way of understanding. She nurtured my alternative ways and methods and always let me work at my own pace. I've always said that she can teach 10 different people 10 different styles of learning at the same time. Absolutely brilliant teacher!
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