I studied Maths in Manchester University, the Maths Department being regarded then as one of the top ones in the country.I've had two spells of teaching Maths in schools - in the sixties and the eighties/nineties. Since then, I've taught a mixture of Maths and Computing in further education colleges. I've now retired, but have remained an examiner for Edexcel in two of their further pure A-Level papers.
In the sixties, I taught Maths for two years in Colfe's School in Lewisham - then a voluntary aided boys' grammar school - and was able to teach them in much the same way as I'd been taught myself only a few years earlier.
When I returned to Maths teaching in the late eighties, I had the chance to do a post-graduate education course which was designed for mature entrants. I then taught for about ten years in Meridian School in Royston - a co-educational upper school in the local three-tier system.
Since then, I found my way into teaching in further education colleges, mostly North Hertfordshire College, teaching various forms of ICT and computing, and then A-Level Maths and Further Maths, as well as contributing to an extended degree programme which prepared mostly older students for various science degree courses.
There are two things which I particularly enjoy about teaching. The first is being able to set out a topic in such a way that students have the chance to understand it for the first time. The second is reacting to questions which show that a student has not understood what I've shown them - that then forces me to find a different way to help them into the subject, and that's a challenge which I enjoy.
I tutor individuals in my own home, not least because of the huge range of resources I have on my computers so I can print out worksheets etc when they're needed.
Most of the private tutoring I do is responding to what topics a student says they've found difficult to understand, or to which exercises they've not mastered. But I'm obviously able to take someone through a whole syllabus if needed. I'm more at home in A-Level work and above than in GCSE - I'm not the right person for someone who's struggling with foundation level GCSE.
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