I am a Cambridge graduate with great experience tutoring in Maths and Science and teaching numeracy in business. I agree a broad programme with parents then adjust as specific tests come up at school and I set very targeted homework, followed by an email feedback after every lesson. I use a mixture of interactive on-screen slides and quizzes I have created myself, plus short internet videos and tests, and real past paper questions with worked answers. I mix conventional theory with syllabus-related examples from sport, music and the news.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
Maths is my speciality from 11+ entry through KS3 to GCSE and iGCSE and early A Level. I also teach Science at KS3 and GCSE namely Chemistry Physics and Biology, and also Business Studies GCSE and A-Level aided by real life business experience. I also coach Cambridge Natural Science, and Oxford PAT entrance exam and interview, and train the QTS professional skills exam for teachers.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I got perfect A1 A1 A results for A and S Level in Maths Physics and Chemistry from Newcastle Royal Grammar School then I graduated from Cambridge University with a 2.1 in Natural Sciences. I secured a Master of Business Administration from Humberside Business School and then qualified in Prince 2 Project Management.
- How much do you charge?
I charge a flat rate of £35 per hour per pupil, rising to £40 from summer 2019.
- Where do you teach?
I teach at my home in Strawberry Hill, Twickenham so pupils come from nearby areas such as Richmond, Kingston and Teddington in SW London, Middlesex. I also Skype abroad to places like China and Brussels
- When are you available?
Mainly Monday to Friday mid afternoon to early evening, but also mornings on request for on-line foreign locations.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
Age 9-11 for 11 Plus KS2 through KS3 and KS4 GCSE all the way to age 17 for early A :Level
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
11 Plus Entry, GCSE, i GCSE, AS Level, Cambridge NSAA, Oxford PAT, QTS professional skills.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Skype and Zoom to run screen share using my bespoke presentations in countries like China and Belgium
- Do you have a personal message for students?
A golfer called Gary Player said famously "the more I practice the luckier I seem to get". The same can apply with GCSEs and exams, the more you understand the methods and practice past paper questions, the more likely it is that when you open that exam paper and think, "well that's a stroke of luck, I think I have seen almost that very same question before and I know how to do it ! ". In our lessons and homework we'll have some fun but I very seriously "teach to the test" from end of term checkouts through Mocks to formal exams, and I'll help you especially if you can tell me what you are doing at school or which schools you are applying for. You can improve marks in three ways, first by practicing past papers, second learning the theory and finally applying exam techniques like time management and checking answers and I'll develop such techniques with you and set tailored homework.
- What kind of experience do you have?
In my tutoring career I have over 1000 hours 1-1 experience with pupils ranging from those aspiring for excellence such as A grade GCSE or Independent school entrants, to struggling pupils aiming for C, to those with specific problems such as dyslexia. I take special care to "teach to the test" with very detailed up to date syllabus knowledge, and coaching is given in exam techniques and help for e.g. Mock exams. In my business career I spent many years training individuals or groups in business numeracy topics such as finance, statistics, data handling and presentation, graphs and IT. I have combined some of these skills with carefully researched academic syllabus knowledge to create around 200 specific lesson plan presentations across Maths, Business and Science topics in the AQA and Edexcel programmes, each covering detailed definitions, methods, tips, exam style worked examples and closing plenary. I run through these on screen and issue handouts. The specific homework I set covers both written past paper examples and web sites such as BBC Bitesize. I tutor at my home and also by Skype to e.g Brussels and China. I am also a school governor, provide Oxbridge entrant interview practice, write an educational blog on my website which I run with my wife Alison and tutor my children (when they let me!). I am also a qualified examiner have marked hundreds of Maths GCSE scripts. Finally, I get to know a pupil's hobbies such as sport and music and try to build worked examples around those to keep things fun!
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes I do and so does my wife who is generally around to assist if needed
- Where and with whom did you train?
During a long career with BP I undertook many "train the trainer" coaching sessions and coached around 1000 people in 20 countries in Europe Asia and America in business numeracy. Much of this feeds very easily into the Maths, Science and Business syllabae that I teach, having researched in great detail the new 9-1 GCSE programmes.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
Prince 2 Project Managers
- Tell me about some of your current students.
Some of my pupils have been with me for several years while some have a very specific shot term requirement like recently marking and reviewing some mock Business Studies A Level papers. I am currently teaching the following variety of pupils: several very bright young Chinese and South East Asian background pupils aspiring for local Independent/Grammar schools such as Tiffin and Hampton; several KS3 pupils who need a little help in Maths and Science; and several year 10 or 11 pupils at both local State and Private schools aiming to turn lower to medium grades or medium to higher at GCSE. I am also coaching some resits. Some of my pupils have mild dyslexia and I take care to understand their needs. Some of my pupils like sports like football and music like rock and I generally introduce those to the material I teach to lighten the lesson e.g. with a Physics of Soccer case study. Many of my pupils come from word of mouth reccommendations from previous tuition parents I am also helping a Chinese student who studies at the Wycombe High School in China and who hope to come to UK to study. I am tutoring a pupil hoping to qualify for Cambridge University Natural Science.
• MA Cantab in Natural Science Cambridge University
• Master of Business Administrattion MBA
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