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Christopher offers a discount of 50% on their first / introductory lesson!

## Maths |
Hourly Rate |

Primary | £25.00 |

Secondary | £25.00 |

GCSE | £25.00 |

## Physics |
Hourly Rate |

Secondary | £25.00 |

GCSE | £25.00 |

A-Level | £25.00 |

University | £50.00 |

Casual Learner | £25.00 |

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.

**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)

Date Registered: | 15/05/2013 |

Date Last Logged In: | 28/11/2016 |

Tutees Providing Feedback: | 7 |

Tutees Providing Positive Feedback: | 7 Av. 5.00/5.00 |

Chris

Christopher**From Mike (5/5): ** *(A-Level Physics)* Chris has been tutoring my 17 year old for 5 months for her A-Level Physics. Chris is very knowledge and enthusiastic about his subject and this come across in his teachings. His sessions are well structured and demanding / challenging - he doesn't spoon-feed solutions, rather he makes sure that the student understands things rather than is simply able to repeat what he/has just learnt. Overall, we have been very happy with Chris and the resultant improvement in about daughter's understanding / ability.

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.

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.

Chris

Christopher**From Karen (5/5): ** *(GCSE Maths)* Within 8 weeks of Chris starting with are son he had moved up to top set in Maths. He continues to strive in his lessons. Chris has been very patient and adaptable with our son. Homework is always set on time with regular feedback Chris is also communicating with our son's Maths teachers as required. We would strongly recommend him.

Christopher**From Karen (5/5): ** *(A-Level Physics)* I contacted Chris at very short notice to help my son with As Physics. Chris was willing to help, organised, patient and encouraging. He allowed time to work out the problem, checked and ensured understanding and rebuilt my son's confidence in a very short time. I would have no hesitation in recommending Chris. Thank-you for your help and support.

Christopher**From Marguerite (5/5): ** *(GCSE Physics)* Christopher has been a great help in increasing my son's confidence as he prepares for his Physics exam. He has been quick to pick up and work on areas of weakness and his understanding of the difficulties that dyslexics experience has been very useful.

Christopher**From Stephanie (5/5): ** *(GCSE Maths)* Chris is just what my son needed, a calm approach to helping understand maths. Very reliable and trustworthy, would have no hesitation in recommending him.

Christopher**From Courtney (5/5): ** *(A-Level Physics)* I would thoroughly recommend Christopher . He has taught my sixteen yr old son maths and physics for 1hr a week for 8 weeks and in this short time my sons results and confidence in physics has significantly improved.

Christopher is a punctual, dedicated and professional person.

Courtney Wisdom

Christopher is a punctual, dedicated and professional person.

Courtney Wisdom

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From Lao (5/5):(GCSE Maths)My daughter lost her whole first year of Maths gcse at school,due to a teacher,who put fear in her and accused her of cheating in tests!(many of her peers had no respect for this woman either)… I then searched on FirstTutors,and found Christopher . He made himself available at the regular,weekly time that suited us,and he gave Anna,a good balanced approach of encouragement to build her confidence back up,and a straight-forward,honest strictness,if she said 'I don't know,'or didn't try.By re-affirming to her that she did know,and if she didn't,then to just try and give it a go,work it out however arduous that was… she always got there,with the feeling that it was her own hard graft,and not just being spoon-fed.By teaching in this way,he has shown her that,through blood,sweat and tears,and sheer determination,one can succeed! She got a B grade this summer… Thank you Chris! regards,Lao