Information About Ciaran - Auckland tutor
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|NCEA Level 1||$35.00|
|NCEA Levels 2-3||$40.00|
After graduating with maths degrees, I put my analytical and problem-solving skills to good use in the software industry for several years. Then I made one of those profound life decisions and became a stay-at-home dad to my three young kids. But a few years ago the time came for me to go back to indulge my passion, which is mathematics, and specifically its learning and teaching, and I've been doing just that in various guises for the past seven or eight years. I enjoy it, I believe I'm very good at it, and so I want to keep doing it for as long as I can. And to that end, I undertook and graduated from the PGCE (UK professional teaching qualification) programme at Queen’s University of Belfast.
I'll be on a working visit to NZ until May 2023; during that time I'm especially keen to work with the NCEA maths syllabus given its similarity to the system back home.
I have been a personal maths tutor for seven years now. The bulk of my experience has been with the Irish (Junior and Leaving certificate) and UK (GCSE and A/AS Level) systems, and I have a sound knowledge of those programmes and their challenges. I have also done extensive work with third-level students of maths, statistics and engineering courses.
I am responsible for the mathematics content of a blended-learning diploma programme at the National University of Ireland, Galway; this entails delivery of both face-to-face and online tutorials, along with the setting and grading of continuous assessment coursework and final exams, as well as being available for timely assistance with students' maths queries.
I help tutor an annual short programme of engineering maths classes as part of the entrance requirements for NUI Galway, and over the past five years I have tutored various courses in the Mathematics department in that university.
I believe you have no business being a maths tutor unless you know your subject matter inside out. That said, I also believe you never stop learning, and I am constantly exploring new ways to explain concepts and techniques. To that end, I am a huge fan of the use of technology in maths education, for its power to illustrate complex ideas and bring them to life.
We learn by doing; I can talk to you about maths until the cows come home, but until I actually walk you through tackling a problem you'll never truly grasp its solution and genuinely learn. And rather than simply provide an answer to a given problem, I much prefer to explain why a solution works, explore the underlying technique, and make sure it becomes something that a student can build upon in his or her own future learning.
All this requires a sound and extensive familiarity with the subject, long experience of its teaching, and an abundance of patience - but I think I have all that!
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- Queen's University, Belfast (1989) - MSc Applied Maths/Theoretical Physics (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Queen's University, Belfast (1987) - BSc Mathematics (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)