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Primary £125.00
Secondary £125.00
GCSE £125.00
A-Level £125.00
University £125.00
Casual Learner £125.00

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11 Plus £125.00
13 Plus £125.00
14 Plus £125.00
College £125.00
University £125.00
Casual Learner £125.00

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**It is to be noted that I have no more availabilities until January 2017. Please contact me to book tuition for January 2017 onwards.**

I am the Programme Director for A2 and Fast Track (FT) A Levels (Head of A2/FT) at one of the most prestigious international schools in the United Kingdom. This is a managerial position in addition to my teaching role.

I am an experienced classroom teacher and a subject specialist with a masters in mathematics. I bring exceptionally high standards of teaching and subject knowledge to my tutoring sessions.

Teaching mathematics is my passion and I really enjoy working with young people. I am looking to tutor and mentor a handful of students this academic year helping them understand mathematics, fulfil their true potential and fall in love with the subject.

I am also available for international ventures during certain times of the year.

Outside of the classroom I like to promote mathematics. I currently run the following extracurricular activity:

Foundation of university mathematics (September 2014 – Present)

This is a course developed by me based on undergraduate courses by Professor David Mond (University of Warwick) and Professor Matrin Leibeck (Imperial College London). The aim of this course is to build a bridge between school and university mathematics. Many of the concepts discussed will have been covered by the students at some stage but this course will take the topic much further in a way that is interesting and stimulating. There is an emphasis on rigorous reasoning and proofs in the course. The hope is that students will benefit from the intellectual and spiritual benefits of mathematics more than they suffer from its stressfulness. I have arranged for Professor Martin Leibeck author of “A Concise Introduction to Mathematics” and lecturer at Imperial College London to give a lecture to the students on a topic which we will be building up towards over the course of the next few months.

I have also taken students on the following trips (there are more planned in the new year):

Einstein’s Legacy (November 2015)

A meeting that marked the 100th anniversary of Albert Einstein’s presentation of the complete Theory of General Relativity to the Prussian Academy. The meeting brought together researchers and enthusiasts from the UK, and throughout the world, to discuss the many avenues of research and inquiry that have sprung from Einstein’s theory. The main event was talks by world-leading experts in General Relativity; Professor John Barrow of the University of Cambridge and Professor Sir Roger Penrose of University of Oxford.

London Mathematics Society (November 2015)

Having recently become a member of the London Mathematics Society I gave my further mathematics students a guided tour of De Morgan House, the societies home. We spent some time in the Verblunsky members’ room where we looked at the Members’ Book which dates back to 1865 when the society was founded and contains the signatures of members throughout the years, including De Morgan, Poincare, Hardy, and Mary Cartwright. We also spent some time looking at the Societies Special Collections which consisted of The Hardy Collection and The Philippa Fawcett Collection.

Tutoring Experience:

I am an experienced classroom teacher and a subject specialist with a masters in mathematics from the University of Warwick. Masters dissertation: 'Chaos in the Double Pendulum'.

I currently teach A-level mathematics and further mathematics, University Foundation Programme (UFP) mathematics and IGCSE mathematics. I teach predominantly international students, from a diverse range of cultures and backgrounds-over 59 different nationalities-with varying levels of English comprehension and academic ability.

I have received outstanding rating (grade 1) from the college, the highest possible, for 3 consecutive years for my teaching (including this year).

In the academic year 2014/2015 I attained one of the best set of results (when it comes to my students’ final grades), both within and outside of the mathematics department out of a teaching cohort of over 35 teachers.

In addition to my timetabled classes and responsibilities as Programme Director I have the following experience:

1. UKMT and BMO coordinator for CATS College Cambridge (Sep 2013-Jan 2014).
I ran classes to help prepare students for the UKMT and BMO.
2. University Foundation Programme coordinator for CATS College London (Jan 2014 – Aug 2015).
3. Further Mathematics and STEP/AEA/MAT coordinator for CATS College London (Aug 2015 – Present).
Responsible for developing strategies and policies to help prepare students for further mathematics, STEP, AEA and MAT. This includes running classes to help prepare students for STEP, MAT and AEA. I also play a key role in preparing students for any mathematics or mathematics related university applications which includes but is not limited to; help with UCAS application, help choosing course and university, and mock interview.

In my role as Programme Director I have overall responsibility for discipline, attendance, behaviour and academic progress of A2/FT students. As part of this role I manage the on-going delivery of, and lead new initiatives in, UCAS applications, the Key Professions Programme, Higher Education Support Programme and other arrangements to support targeted students such as Oxbridge entrance and Medics.

I have extensive experience with, and know what is required for a student to get an offer and secure a place at the best institutions in the world. During my first year as Programme Director (academic year 2014/2015) the college had the most successful year when it comes to offers from Russell group universities including an offer from Cambridge University. Furthermore, A Level results showed good improvements when compared to the previous academic year.

I was awarded excellent by the college, the best feedback possible, in every measure of my performance as the Programme Director of A2/FT for two consecutive years (including this year).

Outside of the college I am a private mathematics tutor catering to a small group of students in central London. In this capacity I have extensive experience in preparing students for 11+ entrance exams. I am very familiar with the type of questions that students will face in these exams and what is needed to do well in them.

I have experience in the following entrance papers for boy’s schools:

Dulwich College
Highgate School
City of London School for Boys
Forest school
Northbridge House School

And the following entrance papers for girl’s schools:

THE NORTH LONDON INDEPENDENT GIRLS’ SCHOOLS’ CONSORTIUM (Group 1):
Francis Holland (Regent’s Park)
Francis Holland (Sloane Square
Notting Hill
Ealing High School
Queen's College
St. Albans High School
St. Helen’s School
South Hampstead High School

THE NORTH LONDON INDEPENDENT GIRLS’ SCHOOLS’ CONSORTIUM (Group 2):
Channing School
City of London School for Girls
More House
Northwood College for Girls
Queen’s Gate School
St James Senior Girls’ School
The Godolphin & Latymer School

THE NORTH LONDON INDEPENDENT GIRLS’ SCHOOLS’ CONSORTIUM (No Group):
North London Collegiate School
Haberdashers Aske’s Girls School
Elstree
St. Paul’s Girls’ School

Tutoring Approach:

My sessions are tailored to each student depending on their ability and aspirations; these vary from getting students ready for an exam (entrance exam, A Levels, STEP etc.) to an “intervention plan” for students who are failing to meet their target grade and/or their true potential.

I raise attainment by first making sure that students are comfortable with the “foundations of mathematics”. Then we move onto progressively more difficult concepts, using past exam paper questions to measure understanding and familiarise students with the style of questions they will face in their final exam. I take note of, and constantly reinforce areas that need further developing, reviewing them periodically to make sure that the student has a true understanding of the concept at hand.

In my teaching I always emphasise the importance of understanding rather than just being able to apply a procedure and I strive to achieve understanding with all my students. As an experienced teacher I appreciate that each student has a different learning style and my tutoring reflects this. As a subject specialist I am aware of a variety of different methods available to tackle a given question or explain a given mathematical concept. Furthermore, I am able to derive them from first principles. I believe these qualities are key in getting students to truly understand mathematics as it provides them the opportunity to see a given theorem from “different angles” and choose what makes sense to them.

I always make the effort and take the time to get to know my students. I look to build a relationship of trust and have excellent rapport with my current students. This is of paramount importance as student’s need to feel comfortable enough to ask questions no matter how trivial they think the question is.

For all my students I create a “tutoring plan” which will outline the aims and objectives for our tutoring sessions as well as provide a schedule for what we will cover. Furthermore, for those students who commit to frequent tutoring sessions I create a “working folder” that is tailored to their needs. This folder will contain resources and the notes from each tutoring session.

In my teaching I always look for opportunities to create a sense of awe about mathematics and aim to develop a long term love of the subject. As part of my mentoring I encourage students to be intellectually curious and inspire them to pursue academic lines of enquiry. I aim to motivate students to be proactive about their learning and fall in love with the process.

I have invested in the latest technology to ensure my online tutoring sessions are as close to the real thing as possible. Students will benefit from outstanding teaching with little compromise. Before students commit to any lessons we will have a 15-30 minute skype call, free of charge, to test the connection and for the student to get a taster of my online tutoring.

I fundamentally believe that every student is capable of attaining the top grades in mathematics given they have the right guidance and are willing to put in the work. My experience and qualifications place me in a perfect position to help students attain and surpass their target grade.

Qualifications:

  • University of Warwick (2013) - MMath Master of Mathematics (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Peter Symonds College (2008) - A level Mathematics (A grade) (College) (✔ On File)
  • Peter Symonds College (2008) - A Level Further Mathematics (A grade) (College) (✔ On File)
  • Peter Symonds College (2008) - A Level Biology (A grade) (College) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: Persian, Azari
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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