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I am a Mathematics graduate from Cambridge University. After graduating, I worked in the IT industry, initially for a large corporation and then for an independent software house. I later formed my own company, specialising in developing applications for small- to medium-sized companies. I used the logical skills developed through studying Mathematics in my work as Business Analyst and Project Manager.
Since 2009, I have been tutoring Mathematics full-time. I also study extensively to keep up to date with the latest mathematical ideas and educational trends.
Outside work, my main interest is music, particularly singing. I belong to two choirs.
After leaving the IT world, I taught for eight months in an after-school academy in New Malden, preparing children for 11+ and Common Entrance. I now teach exclusively one-to-one, as I believe that provides the best outcome for learning Mathematics.
In the five years that I have been tutoring Mathematics, I have taught the following topics to over 200 pupils on a one-to-one basis:
GCSE – Edexcel, AQA and iGCSE
A-Levels (AS/A2) – Edexcel, AQA and OCR:
Advanced Extension Award
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Standard and Higher
Undergraduate topics including:
Laplace & Fourier transforms
Ordinary and partial differential equations
Probability & Statistics
Vectors and matrices
My school pupils are drawn from a number of local schools including:
• Tiffin School
• Tiffin Girls
• ACS Cobham
• Esher College
• Kingston Grammar
• Hinchley Wood
• Epsom College
• Sutton Grammar
• Surbiton High
• Kings College Wimbledon
• Richard Challoner
• St John’s Leatherhead
• Lady Eleanor Holles
• Reed’s School
The majority of my university pupils attend Kingston University, or one of the University of London colleges, though many come for intensive lessons in the holidays from other universities to reinforce the topics they are learning, or to prepare for re-sits.
I believe in tailoring the teaching approach to each student’s needs and individual learning style. For school children and university students, I discuss their aims with them - and with their parents, if required - to determine what topics need additional tuition and then to work out the appropriate programme. I advocate continuous assessment to measure the student’s progress. Closer to exams, the pupils will work through old papers. At this stage, strategic choices may be made to focus on the pupils strengths.
For adults, I work with them to develop a personalised programme to enable them to achieve their goals.
I have great passion for and a deep knowledge of Mathematics. My aim is always to get my students to enjoy the subject. Most importantly, they are encouraged to gain confidence in their own abilities by building on what they feel comfortable with. I believe that the right teacher can undo wrong learning very quickly.
Lessons take place at my students’ homes, or at my home in Kingston, where I have a quiet study. Assignments and homework are an integral part of my teaching: there can be no improvement without practice.
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