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Fiona
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£35/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
  • School science
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • Adult education
  • A Level
  • BTEC

Michael - Maths and Physics very experienced Teacher and Tutor to GCSE and A-Level; ONLINE or face-to-face if local to Twickenham; always 1 to 1 .

Methodology

Dear Parent / Student,
Welcome to my profile.
But, first a word of explanation.
This company "Superprof" have taken over our favourite "Tutor Pages" and changed the style of presentation of the tutors' profiles. What was a clear, structured interview on "Tutor Pages" appears below as a series of questions and answers. It's a bit wordy but it should answer most of your questions.

Introduction:

I work to find out the student's strengths and weaknesses, then fill in any gaps in the student's knowledge and understanding. Followed by plenty of practice on questions. The approach is totally personalised to the needs of the individual 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 all levels to A - Level.
For the new GCSE; IGCSE; Maths (9 to1 ) and Physics (9 to 1).
For adults seeking QTS or Maths Aptitude Tests or PGCE.
For all the major Exam Boards, UK and Ireland.
I offer top quality personal tuition in Maths and / or Physics, face-to-face if local; otherwise I'm available ONLINE across the UK and worldwide.
Yes, I currently (Sept. 2018) have students in China and Australia !
Friendly, patient and reliable tuition - to meet the needs of the individual student.
Please see examples of my work in "My Files" and my Testimonials, recently updated.

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, qualifications, 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 shown below.

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

preliminary meeting and discussions;
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 support between lessons;
providing feedback to students and parents.

So, when you consider the full package, you will see that each lesson means you get at least 2 hours 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. Please see examples of my work in "My Files" and my Testimonials. I trust they still exist on this site ! If not, just ask me to show you.

Q - Where do you teach?

I am based in Whitton, Twickenham and spend part of the year in Northern Ireland.
I offer tuition in my home office or ONLINE worldwide. Currently - Summer 2018 - 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 lessons to Kuwait, China and to Spain.

Please see my 1st. video added to "My Files" on how I work online.

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

Buses H22, 481 and 281 run very close by and Whitton railway station is only 150 m away.
Easily accessible from Hounslow, Richmond, Ealing.

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 ages and levels do you teach?

I teach students aged from 8 to 18 to KS2, 11+, 13+, KS3, GCSE, Engineering apprentices, and AS / A - Level,
I teach adults seeking to improve their Adult Numeracy Skills for employment or PGCE or QTS Numeracy and Literacy.

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 phone or send me a text message.

Modern technology enables you to have a personal tuition learning experience which is just as effective as having face-to-face tuition. My job is to make it so.
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 tuition.
With my current online students and parents (GCSE Maths; GCSE Physics and A - Level Physics ) 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.
I do it this way because the quality of my handwriting on paper is excellent and much better than writing on online whiteboards.
However, 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.

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, etc.... 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 bit easier for you.
Other than that, if your still reading, very well done!
I wish you every success in what you choose to do.

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 I nowadays 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 the 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 : £35/h

Details

GCSE £35
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
  • School science
Levels
  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
  • AS Level
  • Adult education
  • A Level
  • BTEC

Michael's CV

I have taught Maths, Physics and Technology for 7 years in St. Mark's School, Hounslow. Then I did 15 years in Cranford Community College, Hounslow, where I was Head of the Physics Department.
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.
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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