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Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £35.00
University £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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Personal Description:

I am an experienced maths tutor, bringing success, increased confidence and enjoyment of maths to all my students.

After science A Levels in 1975, I studied zoology at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. On graduating, I joined what is now PriceWaterhouse Coopers in London, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1982. I become a tax specialist and started my own practice in 1991.

I had cause to dabble in maths throughout my degree and professional qualifications but I only took it further in 2006, teaching myself A Level. I went on to take a First-class BA in mathematics and am currently doing postgraduate studies in pure mathematics (so I can relate to the delights of being a maths student today!)

I am married to a Buckingham GP and we have lived in the area for about 29 years. We have two grown children, both educated at local schools.

Tutoring Experience:

I have lectured, conducted seminars, run presentations and taught students since 1983. Since 2009 I have provided support to students for KS3, through GCSE to A Level. I am very familiar with all exam board requirements and have supported students of all abilities and across a wide selection of schools across North Buckinghamshire and Northamptonshire. In particular, at A Level I cover all optional modules (Statistics, Mechanics and Decision Mathematics) and Further Maths A Level. I am experienced in tutoring across all GCSE specifications from Foundation to Additional Maths and iGCSE.

With my extensive personal experience of taking exams I have particular expertise in preparing students for these.

I can also help those using maths in other subjects, both for A Level and undergraduate/postgraduate courses.

I also tutor adults or others who want to refresh or improve their understanding of maths topics, whether for preparing for job entry tests, career progression or general interest. I have experience in coaching for the QTS Numeracy Skills Test, entry exams for the maritime and aviation industries and for the numeracy tests set by the Armed Forces.

I provide support for businesses looking to improve the maths skills of their employees.

I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a body which supports, promotes and enhances mathematical knowledge and culture. I am also a member of the Mathematical Association which supports mathematics in education, and of The Tutors' Association which is a new body established to promote best practice in the tutoring industry.

I have held an Enhanced CRB Clearance since I started tutoring in 2009.

Tutoring Approach:

The format of sessions is tailored to suit each individual student. Whilst I am happy to teach all areas of school maths, my main focus is on helping with gaps in students’ understanding of what they have learned, often by approaching a topic in a new way. I help them develop strategies for dealing with maths problems, especially for exams. Above all, the aim is to make the subject interesting - something the exam system sadly knocks out of many students. With my science and finance background I can relate mathematics to a wide variety of contexts, especially connecting with other exam subjects.

I am happy to cover just isolated topics of difficulty, or more fundamental areas of the subject. Support can be tailored to suit your needs. It might be just ad hoc sessions when needed, or involve regular sessions throughout the academic year.

All students are free to contact me outside session times to follow up on work covered in sessions. Sometimes problems don't get solved in the hour and I am happy to finish these before the next session. There is no extra charge for this.

Experience has shown me that the one issue that holds up progress in mathematics more than any other is confidence. It is all too easy to lose confidence and that always leads to lower grades - lower than a student's ability suggests they should achieve. It's at that point that maths becomes a dreaded subject. I've always succeeded in increasing students' confidence and interest in maths and that is reflected in their improved grades and more positive approach to the subject.

The fees quoted on this page will apply from 1 September 2014.

Please get in touch if you would like further information.

Qualifications:

  • Open University (2013) - BA(Hons) mathematics (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Open University (2010) - Dip Maths (Other) (✔ On File)
  • UCW Aberystwyth (1978) - BSc(Hons) zoology (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
Enhanced DBS Check: Yes (✔ On File)

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