Information About Ben - Kingston upon Thames tutor - (37 reviews)
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I am a Mathematics graduate from Cambridge University. Since 2009, I have been successfully tutoring Mathematics full-time, with over 95% of my students achieving their desired grades.
Before that, 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 then became a consultant within the pharmaceutical industry.
I study extensively to keep up to date with the latest mathematical ideas and educational trends. I ensure that I am familiar with the most recent syllabuses.
Outside work, my main interest is music, particularly singing. I belong to two choirs.
I teach exclusively one-to-one, as I believe that provides the best outcome for learning Mathematics. I am also available for home schooling: please contact me for rates.
In the eight 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 - legacy and 9-1
A-Levels (AS/A2) – Edexcel, AQA, OCR/OCR-MEI and Pre-U - legacy and new syllabus (from 2017):
University entrance exams:
Oxford Maths Admissions Test
Advanced Extension Award
International Baccalaureate (IB) – Standard and Higher
Undergraduate topics including:
Business and accounting Maths
Laplace & Fourier transforms
Ordinary and partial differential equations
Probability & Statistics
Vectors and matrices
My GCSE and A level pupils have come from local schools including:
• Tiffin School
• Tiffin Girls
• ACS Cobham
• Esher College
• Kingston Grammar
• Hinchley Wood
• Epsom College
• Sutton Grammar
• Surbiton High
• Kings College School Wimbledon
• Richard Challoner
• St John’s Leatherhead
• Lady Eleanor Holles
• Reed’s School
• Kingston College
Most of my university pupils attend Kingston University, Surrey 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 pupil’s strengths.
For adults, I work with them to develop a personalised programme to enable them to achieve their goals. This may mean working towards a specific qualification.
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.
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- City & Guilds (2009) - Preparing to Teach in the Lifelong Learning Sector (College) (✘ Not On File)
- APG (2005) - PRINCE 2 Project Management - Practitioner (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
- Cambridge University (1981) - Mathematics (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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Ben listened carefully to my concerns so he could understand the areas that I needed help with before going over them in detail. I was given some past papers to ensure I understood the topic - a very effective method of working. I recommend this approach. Very helpful.
Ben seems to be patient and willing to work at their pace and to their needs and neither of the children have moaned about being tutored (something of a miracle as they moan about everything else!). I like that a little bit of homework is set as well (even if they don't always do it) as it sets an expectation.
Both children need a bit of gentle stretching which has happened and I am confrident will continue. Reinforcing what they are learning at school at the time seems like a good stategy as allows them to own up to weaknesses in a safe environment.
Neither child likes to feel put down (does any?) or a failure and I think Ben has managed the balance between correcting mistakes and encouraging them without getting too 'pally.'
The flexibility about the occasional day swap is also very useful. Coming to the house is a huge advantage.
I can see us using Ben's services for some considerable time as I think they benefit from the continued support.
He was very helpful fitting me into his timetable at short notice.
I would have probably got more out of it if I hadn't left it so late, as we'd have had more experience of working together.
MrBen listened to her in order to define where the problems were and then constructed his work with her around difficult areas. Between tutorial sessions, he researched areas of the University syllabus he was not so familiar with and used this knowledge and materials such as previous examination papers to give our daughter the confidence she needed to achieve a pass mark.
Together with our daughter, he identified what she wanted to achieve and from this what she needed to do in order to achieve this.
Despite my daughter's difficulties with the subject, MrBen agreed a target mark with her that would meet the need to pass the module so she could progress to her second year.
MrBen set my daughter homework around her weaker areas and identified the areas she did not need to focus on so much. In this his technique was to assist her with what she wanted and needed rather than to define a standard she could not achieve. This assisted in raising her self confidence that she could pass the examination.
MrBen was punctual and reliable and was very patient and thorough. He explained things in ways my daughter could understand and taught her examination techniques to use when she sat the examination.
We would recommend MrBen as an excellent tutor and if we needed to, would unhesitatingly employ him again.
I should add that my daughter exceeded the target she and MrBen set for her retake by more than 10% so she has now progressed to her second year.