# Information About John Alan - Tadley tutor - *(***9** reviews)

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## Maths |
Hourly Rate |

GCSE | £30.00 |

A-Level | £30.00 |

## Physics |
Hourly Rate |

GCSE | £30.00 |

A-Level | £30.00 |

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## Personal Description:

Known as Alan.

I gained a first class honours degree in physics from Kings College, London, and also a PhD in theoretical physics. This provided an effective launch into my career. I am also a Chartered Physicist.

I am now retired after almost 40 years working for a MoD research establishment. This was contractorised in 1993, so I have effectively worked in private industry for the last 17 years of my career. My work involved theoretical assessments of military systems and their effectiveness. I therefore have a depth of experience in the application of mathematical physics to everyday problems.

I take a delight in continuing to increase my knowledge about maths and physics, and I am therefore very knowledgeable about many areas of my subject. Having now retired, I am anxious to pass on some of this knowledge to others, and particularly, to help students to thoroughly understand these subjects, and to find the pleasure to be had from that deep understanding.

## Tutoring Experience:

Little, in the formal sense. I was a personal tutor for 14-16 year old students at a school in Basingstoke for about 5 years, but that was more about everyday life than about schoolwork. However, the latter did crop up from time to time, and I was only too happy to help with homework some of the time. Near the end of my professional career, I was a maths and physics tutor for three years at a school in Tadley. I have now been tutoring students in maths and physics for GCSE, A-level and 1st year university courses since 2011. Part of my professional career involved giving lectures to knowledgeable audiences - and one has to have a thorough knowledge of ones subject, and be able to put it over well, to get away with that.

## Tutoring Approach:

Not being a teacher, I am in no position to pontificate on my chosen subject. However, I have a keen awareness that students often have a mental block about certain aspects of subjects and need to be encouraged to see the subject from different ways. No single approach to understanding exists - we all have to be guided to an approach which is most helpful to us. Thus, students’ difficulties would result in a discussion between the student and me with the aim of seeking various avenues of possible solutions. I am a great believer in the student trying to solve problems themselves without much help from the tutor. After the struggle, then would be the time to discuss options for solutions. This would begin with the student explaining how he/she has approached the problem, and what the line of reasoning was used. In this way, light is thrown on what is causing the problem for the student. Having helped to overcome the problem, the student would then have another go at the question.

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**Native Language:**English (British)

**Availability:**Weekends / Weekdays (all times)

**References Available:**Yes (✔ On File)

## Qualifications:

**Kings College, London**(1974) - Theoretical Physics (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)**Kings College, London**(1968) - 1st Physics (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)

### John Alan's Feedback

Tutees Providing Feedback: | 9 |

Tutees Providing Positive Feedback: |

**From Margaret ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Liam looks forward to your sessions and always comes away inspired and enthused. You are really helping with Liam's understanding of both subjects. Thank you.

My original request was only for eight sessions/weeks but would you be able to extend this to end May/June?

Margaret

**From Nick ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Alan will be helping our son with his A2 maths. One session so far, but booked on regular basis in 2014. Main aim is to help with any past paper problems. Will said was very useful in that he enabled Will to work out how to tackle the problem rather than telling him how to do it, which is much more helpful at A2 level.

**From Mary ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Thank you for your patience with Freddie! Whilst not the most enthusiastic pupil I know he has found the sessions with you very helpful. Hopefully he will be able to put into practice some of his learning with you and also be more confident in asking his school tutors for help if he his struggling. I am sure there will be an occasion when he may feel the need to email you for help and that is a very valuable back up option for him.

With many thanks.

Kind regards

Mary

**From Andy ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*My son's marks in, and confidence with, mathematics have both improved markedly since he began working with Alan. Specifically, in his latest maths AS level test paper, he improved his result by two grade boundaries. Many thanks!

**From Liam ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Very pleasant gentleman. Fantastic tutor. Liam is delighted and feels he is making good progress with Alan. Really enjoys his sessions.

**From Kamila ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*I truly recommend Alan to anyone struggling with maths - he was very patient and, even though I was only taught by him for a short while, found that he really helped with both my understanding of topics that I didn't understand and my confidence leading up to the exam. He explained everything in a way that I understood; thank you very much!

**From Jane ( /5):**

*(GCSE Physics)*Alan's approach has been to confirm to my son that he has the knowledge and the ability to do well in Maths and Physics, which I believe will filter through to his other subjects. Alan is a patient, friendly, approachable person who I am confident is helping my son gain extra knowledge in areas he was not so confident in. Alan's tutoring approach has adapted to my son's needs and personality.

**From Anu ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*

From Cecilia (5/5):(A-Level Physics)Enthusiastic tutor.Just did one lesson so far.Will book more in future