I have recently moved back to Stirling after a long career in the IT industry as a project manager, consultant and software developer and, for a short period after I had retrained, as a mathematics teacher, both in the classroom and as a private tutor. I have two grown-up children and am now semi-retired.
I have classroom experience of teaching mathematics up to Sixth Year. As a private tutor I work mainly with students studying for SQA National 5, Higher or Advanced Higher Mathematics qualifications but could also help with the new Advanced Highers in Statistics and Mechanics.
I have worked with university students who find that they need help with mathematics or statistics occurring as part of undergraduate or postgraduate courses in subjects such as Economics, Engineering, Physics, Management and Computer Science.
I can also help with mathematics in HNC and HND courses, and with standardised university tests such as SAT and GRE.
Every student is unique (I have worked with over sixty over since 2012) and I believe it is important to tailor tutoring to meet his or her individual needs.
For most students an hour’s tutoring once a week works best. Sessions can be longer than an hour (though I wouldn’t recommend this for under 16s) and can be less frequent (for example, fortnightly), or more frequent (several intensive sessions in a week in preparation for a university re-sit).
Many students like to focus on exam questions from past papers. The more confident will try to do several of these in their own time, and check their answers against the marking scheme (I can show them how to do this). This means we can use the tutoring session to concentrate on those questions, or parts of questions, that they did not understand.
Some students prefer to work through problems in the tutoring session itself. This does mean that I am available to provide instant help and advice but risks delaying the development of their self-confidence. In these circumstances I always encourage them to work through some more similar problems before the next session.
Other students may want to focus on a particular topic which they know they do not thoroughly understand. Sometimes this can be part of elementary mathematics which they have never properly understood (for example the addition of fractions). In this case I can combine explanation with a series of graduated problems to try during and after the tutoring session.
I usually tutor students in their own homes. This tends to fit in better with the complex and demanding timetables of families, and most students find it less disruptive.
Most of my students come from the Stirling, Bannockburn and Dunblane area but I am willing to travel further, particularly to the north and west, and have in the past had students in Aberfoyle, Callander and Crieff.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|Edinburgh University||1975||Bachelors||1 BSc Computer Science|
|Manchester University||2011||PGCE||Secondary Mathematics|
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