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£30/h
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Lessons offered by Michael
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Physics
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • Adult education
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Diploma

Michael - Maths and Physics - experienced Teacher and Tutor to GCSE and A-Level; 1:1 tuition, SKYPE or ZOOM (ONLINE); please read my profile below to find detailed lesson costs.

Methodology

Dear Parent / Student,

My name is Michael. I am a fully qualified teacher, experienced, professional and friendly tutor of Maths and Physics.

Q - Which subject(s) do you teach?

Maths and Physics to KS3, GCSE / IGCSE and A - Level.

I offer top quality personal tuition in Maths and / or Physics, face-to-face if local to Twickenham; otherwise I'm available ONLINE across the UK and worldwide.

Q - Tell me about your qualifications.

PGCE. (Teaching qualification), University of Sheffield
M.Sc., Solid State Physics, University of Sheffield
B.Sc. (Hons)., Applied Physics with Maths, University of Essex

CRB/DBS, enhanced certificate.

At our preliminary meeting my credentials, my qualifications and my DBS Certificate, will be presented to parents & student.
References are available on request.
Please see my Testimonials.

Q - How much do you charge?

My hourly tuition fees for 1-to-1 tuition are given below:

My fee covers not only the hour of tuition, but also:-
I offer the following, at no extra charge:

* pre-lesson preparation time;
* providing personalised lesson notes at the end of each lesson;
* setting homework or past exam paper;
* marking homework or past exam paper;
* providing online expert support between lessons;
* providing expert feedback to students and parents.

So, when you consider the full package, you will see that each lesson means you get at least 1 hour of a specialist teacher's time and the benefit of my years of work and experience as a teacher. I hope you will agree that the lesson fee is actually very good value for money.

Fees:
KS2 = £30 per hour
KS3 = £40, GCSE = £40 per hour, for 4 lessons paid in advance. One off lessons are £50 per hour.
Similarly for A-Level = £50 per hour for 4 lessons paid in advance / £55 per hour for a one a one-off lesson
Preliminary meeting / discussions = FREE..

Q - Where do you teach?

I am based in Whitton, Twickenham and I'm available for face-to-face tuition local to Twickenham.
or ONLINE worldwide, as I am frequently away from Twickenham.
Currently - May 2019 - I have students living in various parts of the UK, in China and in Australia (yes, I too am amazed at the technology); last year I delivered Maths and Physics lessons to UK, Kuwait, China and to Spain.

Please see below for further details of how I deliver ONLINE tuition.

Q - When are you available?

I am available Monday to Friday, from 10:00 to 21:00.
Sat. 11:00 to 14:00
Sun. If needed, closer to exams.

Q - Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Key Stages 2 and 3,
7+, 11+, 13+
GCSE, IGCSE,
Engineering apprenticeships.
AS - Level
A - Level,
Adult Numeracy Skills for QTS; PGCE, Numeracy & Literacy Skills; Maths Aptitude Test. Physics Aptitude Test.

Q - Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

Over the last few years I have developed strategies, including Skype, Zoom and screen-sharing, to deliver tuition online, so that I can share my knowledge and enthusiasm with a wider range of students who would benefit from my help. It is an excellent option when travelling distance is a problem.

For your FREE online discussion of how I teach online, and to see it in action - please either email to (concealed information) or send me a text message to 0044 (0)(concealed information)

Modern technology allows the student to have a personal learning experience which is just as effective as having face-to-face tuition. My job is to make it be successful.
For many students online tuition is less stressful and more effective than face-to-face tuition. You might like to try a free preliminary Skype / Zoom meeting online. It's free, takes 20 to 30 minutes of your time to see how my system works, with no obligation to book further tuition.
With my current online students and parents I create a working relationship and a learning experience which is just as effective as face - to - face tuition. That's my job and I'm good at it. See if you agree.

We use Skype (or the more stable ZOOM) for conversation. It's just like talking to each other around the same kitchen table ! I can still share my qualifications, my certificates, my enhanced DBS certificate and discuss the student's educational needs, just as I do in face - to - face.

In our online lesson - the pages of notes which I - and the student - compose together in the course of the lesson - at the end of the lesson I scan the pages and send them to the student. That way the student gets the complete set of our personalised lesson notes, to keep on their computer or to print out.
Also, an interactive online whiteboard is good to use from time to time; and can be useful for both of us to write on, for working together on questions and past papers.
It depends on what the student prefers.

The student does not have to download anything to his / her computer (just Skype - or Zoom - for free), and have a reliable internet connection and a printer / scanner is helpful.
I sometimes use a graphics tablet and stylus to write on the interactive whiteboard, BItpaper, and the student can write on it too using a mouse or the Huion 420, but it's not a necessity.

The benefits to the student and teacher of online tuition are:
• convenience of not having to travel on cold and dark evenings. Great if you can't find a local tutor or if you are overseas.
* you can find an excellent tutor online.
* you're not limited to a tutor who lives within a 5 or 10 mile radius.
* 2 students together can benefit from online tuition.
• no travel costs.
• no disruption to home life.
• working in familiar home environment, or anywhere you can get on the internet. (It doesn't have to be a very fancy high speed connection).
• more time slots available.
• excellent for either one-off help, short - term or longer term help with homeworks, topics or exam paper practice.
• no long - term contract, unless you want to discuss a longer term package of
lessons.
• tuition when you need it.
• tutor support between lessons, within reason.

Q - Do you have a personal message for students?

Whether you need help with homework, coursework guidance, specific topics, revision strategies, or exam technique and practice at past exam papers, catching up or getting ahead.... help is available, and you and parents WILL see improvement = decreased stress, less worry and anxiety, increasing CONFIDENCE with the subject.
This usually follows through to BETTER GRADES in tests and exams.
Do you want to learn Maths or Physics, have fun and make great progress?
PERSEVERE - and you WILL find a path to your dream.
Drop me a line. Maybe I can help to make the path a lot easier for you.
Other than that, if your still reading, very well done!
I wish you every success in what you choose to do.

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Background

- What kind of experience do you have?

I've been a secondary school teacher in the West of London and a private tutor of both Maths and Physics for 25+ years;
Having taught in St. Mark's School, Hounslow and as Head of Physics in Cranford Community College and Ealing Tutorial College.
Nowadays I provide tuition, either face-to-face in my home at Whitton or - increasingly - ONLINE.
I have taught students across the full ability range, students with moderate learning difficulties as well as those aiming to achieve top grades in GCSE and at A - Level.
All of my advanced students have gone on to University, some to medical school and successful Oxford or Cambridge entrance.
In my early years I gained experience as an examiner and that has enabled me to guide my students more effectively in preparation for GCSE and A - Level exams.
I am very familiar with the requirements of the main Exam Boards and the recent changes to their specifications in both Maths and Physics.

Over the last few years I have developed strategies, including Skype and the latest advances in technology, to carry out tuition online, so that I can share my knowledge and enthusiasm with a wider range of students who would benefit from my help. Please ask me for details of how online tuition can work for you and see details below.

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

Yes I have an Enhanced DBS certificate.

At our preliminary meeting my credentials, qualifications, DBS Certificate, will be presented to parents & student.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

I am a member of the National Education Union (N.E.U / NUT).
Affiliated to the Institute of Physics.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

They range from Years 8, 9, boys / girls for Maths / Science, years 10 / 11 and Year 12 & 13 boys and girls for Physics & Maths, GCSE and A - Level, and adults - recently a woman seeking Numeracy Skills to gain entry to a University Nursing course (success) and yet another seeking seeking Numeracy Skills for entry to a teacher training course for QTS (PGCE) (success again).
ONLINE - some of my students are nearby, others are far away in the UK and others are overseas, notably, last year, a boy being home schooled in IGCSE Maths and Physics in remotest Spain, and a girl in A - Level Physics in China; another in Kuwait. In either case we have just as good a 1 - to - 1 working relationship as in face to face, maybe even better ! Please see examples of my work in "My Files". Many other examples are available on request. Just drop me a line.
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Rates

Rate for online lessons : £30/h

Details

Saturday morning class = £20, subject to suitable demand.

KS2 £30 per hour
KS3 £40 per hour
GCSE £40 per hour
A-Level £45 per hour

Lessons offered by Michael
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Physics
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • Adult education
  • A Level
  • BTEC
  • Diploma

Michael's CV

I have taught Maths, Physics and Technology for 25+ years in the London Boroughs of Hounslow, where I was Head of the Physics Department for 15 years, and in Ealing and Richmond
In the last 10 years I have developed my skills as a personal tutor and now offer teaching and learning to a wide range of students online in the UK and across the world. I combine the advantages of traditional 1 - to - 1 tutoring with the convenience of modern Information and Communication Technology to bring a valid, effective and enjoyable learning experience to the student, who then receives full lesson notes and a homework task after each lesson.
Testimonials are available on request.
If you would like your own free consultation just write me a few lines.
Regards,
Michael

11 reviews on Michael
  • 4.9/5

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Fiona

Excellent! Michael is a very experienced tutor who clearly explained the topics and provided the 'lesson notes' very promptly after the session - would use him again

Michael's response

Initial Feedback:-
To begin with, last week - Fiona - Claudia's mother- and I, we had a detailed chat on the phone and followed this with a Skype / Zoom meeting where all 3 of us discussed the Physics tuition needed and my method for delivering effective tuition online.

This week Claudia and I met on Zoom for our first lesson - Physics A-Level.
We soon got into our stride, with Claudia communicating clearly, asking good questions and me writing our notes as our conversation progressed. We covered Newton's Laws of Motion, 1 and 2, saving his Third Law for another occasion and got started on "Work, Energy and Power". After the lesson I scanned our sheets of notes and sent them to Claudia. It's early days yet, but I feel we have made a very good start.

10 recommendations

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Max

6.4.2018
“M. likes the sessions with you and likes doing it online. Considering he got a 3 for his mocks and is now getting a secure 5 and perhaps with a push he could scrape a 6 we feel the sessions are really paying off.”

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From B., mother of A. a year 11 boy for GCSE online Physics (8.4.2018)

8.4.2018
A. is finding your lessons very useful. His grades at school have improved and he is now actually predicted an A – IF he continues to work. I still don't think he likes the subject but is definitely getting extra practice, help and support through your weekly lessons.
As a parent I like the notes you provide and the promptness at which you send these on. I also like the way you mark the papers using an online pen. You were the first online tutor I have experienced and would like to say

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From B., mother of A. a year 11 boy for GCSE online Physics (8.4.2018)

how impressed I am with this method as it is saving us both valuable time.
You were the first online tutor I have experienced and would like to say how impressed I am with this method as it is saving us both valuable time.
Michael, I would highly recommend you as a tutor and wish I had found you earlier. Who knows A. may have taken A Level Physics.

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Shirley

14.4.2018 girl (Physics) in China.
Michael, I really like your online method, I can easily get points of different concepts. For me that is a really big step. I really enjoy the lessons. Your elaborated preparations made every lesson so fun and meaningful. I used to be afraid of physics, but now I think it is getting more and more interesting. I benefited a lot from the lessons.
For your online lessons, I think everything is perfect.
Thank you very much for teaching me well.😊
Best Wishes,
S.

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Jahan

Michael,
I am happy to tell you that my overall results are:
Maths: A
; Economics: A
Philosophy and Ethics: A
and (for AS)   Physics: B
I am writing to thank you for our lessons together, as you acted as a key to a door in my thinking.
The way graphs and formulas worked together is an example that springs to my mind.
This way of thinking helped me to boost all my grades I believe and is more than partially thanks to you.
So Thank you,
J.

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Karen

Hello Michael,
It's Karen.
I got my GCSE Results earlier and thought I would let you know how I did. I got 5 B's and 6 C's so I have enrolled for college in and will be doing my A - Levels. I got a C in Science, which is good as I struggled in that subject, and a C in Maths. Just want to say a huge THANKYOU for pulling me through science & maths. You were a massive help and without your lessons I doubt I would have passed. So thankyou for getting me into college :)
Hope your well
Karen.

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Kay

Hi Michael
Stop press!! Sarah's maths GCSE has been remarked, and is now officially graded A* rather than A !!  Thought you'd like to know.  The school advised we sent it in for review, and they were obviously right to suggest we did so.
Regards,
Kay

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Mona

Hi Michael.
I hope you've been well these few weeks. Just wanted to tell you my result for maths. I got a B for my overall maths grade.
Fortunately I've been offered a place at the Medway school of pharmacy, which is part of the university of kent.
Thank you so much again for all your help, I really appreciate it
Kind regards,
Mona

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Mark

Dear Michael,
We are delighted that with the help you gave Christian he can now go forward and achieve the next level in his education, A - Levels., and hopefully work towards a degree.
We have no hesitation in recommending your teaching to other parents and students and Christian looks forward to the possibility of working with you again in the near future on a Higher Educational tier.
We wish you all the best in your future aspirations.
Best Wishes,
Mark and Denise

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Lorraine

Hi Michael,
Im really happy with the pace we are going - really enjoying my lessons with you, the stories, the theories, videos, questions, experiments and this is really important for me to integrate concepts Ive never been able to before. And the hands on experience is a real 'luxury' - for the first time I can see and understand what is happening and 'remember' things - such as a series circuit and current which I shall never forget.

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