# Information About David - Stirling tutor - *(***9** reviews)

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David offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!

## Maths |
Hourly Rate |

GCSE | £30.00 |

A-Level | £30.00 |

University | £30.00 |

Casual Learner | £30.00 |

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## Personal Description:

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.

## Tutoring Experience:

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.

## Tutoring Approach:

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.

**Native Language:**English (British)

**Availability:**Weekends / Weekdays (all times)

**References Available:**Yes (✔ On File)

## Qualifications:

**Manchester University**(2011) - Secondary Mathematics (PGCE) (✔ On File)**Open University**(1999) - MBA (Masters) (✔ On File)**Edinburgh University**(1975) - 1 BSc Computer Science (Bachelors) (✔ On File)

### David's Feedback

Tutees Providing Feedback: | 9 |

Tutees Providing Positive Feedback: |

**From Azeem ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*David is a brilliant tutor. Very patient and very flexible with availability. Also is extremely competent at conveying complex mathematical concepts in an accessible manner. Would recommend him to anyone!

**From Jill ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*David is always prompt for tutoring sessions. He is clear with his teaching methods and always takes his time to make sure my son understands the maths before moving on, which is really important as teachers at school don't have the time, so he was lost in lessons. Tutoring has helped this as my son has asked to cover subjects in the tutoring session before it is covered in class, this way he is able to gain much more from school. David asks the student where they need the support, so is good at individualising sessions so the student gets the most out of the hour. I appreciate Davis applying the maths to real life to make it more relevant and therefore more interesting. I would not hesitate to recommend him for maths tutoring.

**From Erin ( /5):**

*(University Maths)*I am a second year University student that was struggling with statistics and beginning to fall behind in class. I contacted David and he was able to start meeting with me that week, which was very convenient. He was easy to understand and explained the questions in a way that I was able to wrap my head around more easily. Additionally, he even printed up old exam papers and brought them to our sessions so we could focus on what I was really going to be tested on. I really enjoyed working with him!

**From Jane ( /5):**

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**From Sean ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*David was very profeshional and understanding towards my daughters learning requirements. He arrived well prepared and understood the level required to be taught and set a structured way of teaching.

We have booked further tuition and would recommend to others.

**From Mark ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Our son is very comfortable with David's thorough approach and is growing in confidence in the subject. David takes the time to explain things in detail and is able to go along at the pace of the pupil. We are very happy with the way this tutoring contract is unfolding.

**From Joyce ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*We are very happy with the help David has given on the higher maths course.

David is reliable and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend him.

**From Lesley ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Approachable, reliable, extremely helpful and patient. Would recommend to other people.

From Gillian (5/5):(GCSE Maths)Very pleased with David as a tutor ,he was always punctual and went out his way to fit extra tuition in for my son last minute.In just a few lessons he helped my son gain so much more confidence with his maths,very pleased and can't rate him enough.