I am an experienced teacher of secondary maths for ages 11-18, retired from classroom teaching to concentrate on tutoring, writing and research.
I have a wide range of interests which include amateur drama - I am active in a local drama group, and have written two pantos - music - I play sax and flute in local groups - tennis, climbing, and skiing.
I am happy to travel to you for lessons, but charge an extra £5 per session to cover the time and cost of travel.
I am able to travel to tutees within a radius of 10 miles, though I reserve the right to be reimbursed for fuel.
I have taught in a wide range of secondary schools and sixth form colleges, three as head of department. I am a Principal Examiner for A level maths, and have written books and numerous articles about maths education. I have run revision courses for A level maths students and sessions for student teachers at Southampton University, and am an Associate of the National Centre for Excellence in Teaching Mathematics.
Most of my tutoring has been with GCSE and A-level Mathematics students, but I have also worked with students aged 11+. I have a First in Maths from Cambridge, and have also successfully tutored university students wanting help with maths courses.
I realise that many students actively dislike maths. I think this is because teaching often fails to interest them. They fail to see the relevance of much pure maths like trig and algebra, and try to learn it as a set of rules which they instantly forget! I try to explain the relevance of what they are learning to real life skills, and teach the 'why' as well as the 'how'. Hundreds of hours of trying to get re-sit students through their GCSE has given me plenty of practice! I also like to talk a bit about the history of maths - many students get the idea that maths is just 'out there' to learn, and are surprised to find out out that its roots lie in the interplay of many cultures and civlisations, such as Iran, Egypt, Greece, Rome, India, Mexico, as well as Europe!
I'm also interested in the use of computers in teaching and learning maths, and have developed materials to support this. I quite often use computer programs such as Geogebra in my tutoring sessions.
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|Southampton University||2010||Doctorate||PhD in Mathematics Education|
|Warwick University||1973||Masters||MSc in Mathematics Education|
|University of North Wales, Bangor||1972||PGCE||PGCE in Mathematics|
|Cambridge||1971||Bachelors||1st class hons degree in Mathematics|
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