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Professional and approachable tutor with a 1st Class Master's, 5 years teaching experience, and a near 100% record for helping students achieve A/A* grades. Please do refer to my feedback at the bottom of this profile should you wish to see how my students and their parents rate me.
After completing my MSc in Mathematical Economics I moved to London to pursue my goal of representing Great Britain at the 2020 Olympics. I find helping students enjoy a topic, not just achieve excellent grades in it, to be hugely rewarding.
In October 2017 I will be commencing an MPhil in Mathematics Education at Cambridge University, hopefully leading to a career in lecturing high level mathematical economics. Unfortunately this means I will be unable to assist students beyond the 2016/17 academic year.
If it helps to say this in advance, I have availability at the following time slots (travel time permitting):
Thursday: 4pm - 6pm
Friday: 4 - 6pm
My teaching career began at a Young Offenders Institute, my job was to teach maths to children who, for whatever reason, had not been in school regularly at any point in their life. The content I taught was well below what I am capable of, but I thoroughly enjoyed seeing many of my students get the grades they required to get on apprenticeships and turn their lives around over time. This role taught me how important it is to engage students by keeping lessons interactive, upbeat and constructive at all times. I left this role to begin my first Masters Degree, and that's when I began private tuition.
I have taught everything from Year 7 maths to Cambridge University MSc Economics in my private tuition career. Over the summer holidays I teach at various summer schools, such as the Oxford Royale Academy, as well as offering intensive courses to university students who may have August resits approaching.
In the past I have worked as an examiner for maths and economics exams, this has given me a thorough understanding the exam technique required to confidently score excellent grades.
My approach to tutoring is tailored to the needs of the student and the time frame we have until their exams. Many of my students ask me to cover complete courses from start to finish, which I am more than happy to do (I like to be thorough!). However, if that is unrealistic in the given time frame I will ascertain which topics need to be covered and work through them systematically.
I believe that revision, repetition and application are just as important as the teaching received. If new knowledge isn't revised periodically it will be forgotten and this can often cause unnecessary stress on students (and parents!) coming into the exam period. With this in mind I plan my lessons so that time is diverted to revision of old topics, learning new content, and then applying it. Typically, I will start a lesson by asking a student to 'teach' me what they learnt last lesson as this encourages the student to revise last lessons content, this gives me an opportunity to plug any gaps that may have arisen (I think it was Einstein who once said "The best measure of understanding is your ability to teach it to others", but don't quote me on that).
I then move on to new content, teaching everything in a positive and constructive manner before starting to work through sets of questions in ascending difficulty. Often students have worksheets and textbooks provided by their school teachers, but I have plenty of my own resources which I can bring to lessons for extra practice if required. I take a very focused and precise approach to developing exam technique, and always look to have all content covered well in advance of exams so that the final few months can be spent developing the exam skills. I like to work through exam papers with students, under timed conditions, so that they can learn how best to answer questions, and I can identify where improvements can be made in their approach.
I have 'office hours' on a Thursday evening, in which time I mark students homework and provide feedback to parents. In this time I actively encourage students to get in contact with me by Skype if they are experiencing any difficulty with their studies, so that I can assist them using my online whiteboard and keep their studies progressing.
Thank you for reading my profile, and I hope to hear from you soon!
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