Information About Christopher - Stroud tutor - (8 reviews)
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Christopher offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!
I am a self employed musican and tutor. I have a very strong academic background in physics having achieved a first class masters in Physics during 2008-2012. Since then I have branched out considerably, moving towards music. Despite this, I retain a keen interest in all things physics and maths and have a passion for teaching all my subjects.
In my central musical occupation, I am currently writing a tutorial package on drumming including composing music for the purpose and for a solo album, in addition to playing live with my band and performing any session work that comes up.
I have been tutoring maths and physics for 2 years during which time I have had much success in raising students achievement in both short and longer term arrangements. I have helped students move up multiple grades and derive enjoyment from the learning process. I have never had a negative relationship with a client.
I'm practiced at thinking on my feet and responding fluidly to student requirements in session. My role teaching at a popular music school and delivering lessons to 2 drummers at once sometimes for durations of 2 hours has helped me develop the ability to engage students on difficult topics and activities for long periods of time and make demonstrable progress within each session.
During 2013/2014 I was enrolled on a PGCE secondary science course which I left as I did not believe that the teaching style I was being asked to conform to was adequately aspirational.
I treat every student as an individual, and find the most challenging and important part of my job is working out how each student's brain works. This is vital if I am to develop the correct approach for the sessions. In teaching maths in particular, I've discovered that skills are often best taught through an application that is intrinsically interesting, preferably visual too at least ostensibly, rather than in complete abstraction and isolation. For instance, I use the Fibonacci sequence to teach many topics including the following: basic sequence terminology, ratio, formula substitution, basic compass and construction skills (via the golden rectangle), basic concept of modelling (rabbit population), generating equations and quadratic solutions (golden ratio), linking mathematics to the real world by example of the golden ratio (maths is more interesting if students feel that it's real!).
I firmly believe in empowering students to take charge of their own study, as a result I find setting homework, sometimes open ended challenges, a very important aspect of my work. My philosophy is never that the right answer is enough; I value all the steps in between even more, for it is in traversing these paths and through the missteps and epiphanies along the way, that true learning takes place.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- The University of York (2012) - Physics, First Class Honours (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Abbeyfield School (2008) - A in A level Maths (School) (✔ On File)
- Abbeyfield School (2008) - A in A level Physics (School) (✔ On File)
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Update Aug 2016: My daughter achieved an A in her physics A-Level and is very chuffed. It is difficult to say how much of this is down to Chris, but I am sure that the invaluable support from Chris and the resultant increase in her knowledge and, in particular, her confidence in the subject matter was a big factor. She is now off to her first choice university and we would be very happy to recommend Chris.
Christopher is a punctual, dedicated and professional person.