I am a retired, fully qualified Maths teacher aged 55. Throughout my 30 year teaching career, I have taught GCSE and ‘A’ level Mathematics including Maths and Further Maths in a grammar school, a high achieving academy and comprehensive schools. I have always enjoyed good success, with excellent exam results at all these levels.
Recently I decided to concentrate on private tutoring and achieved excellent results with my first year of tutees, with many of them achieving one two or three grades above their schools' predictions. One Year 12 boy started with me last September having achieved only a 'six' in his GCSE - I helped him to improve this to an 'eight' in the couple of months before the November resit and he is now very confident and making good progress with A level. My tutees' parents say that their children enjoy their time with me and are enjoying maths more, too.
I did a degree in Engineering and worked for a while in the engineering industry both in the UK and abroad in the Far East, but fairly soon qualified as a teacher, moving to full time teaching which I have enjoyed for over 30 years. This practical experience of seeing how mathematics is applied in the real world is something which adds to what I can do to prepare my students for university and the world of work.
I taught for more than 25 years in a selective grammar school with a significant number of my pupils going on to university. I then taught in an Independent Academy which has a superb reputation for exam success. Both of these schools were rated ‘Excellent’ repeatedly by Ofsted. I am equally happy teaching Pure or Applied Mathematics (both Mechanics, for which I illustrate my lessons with a variety of practical models to aid understanding, and Statistics).
I have also enjoyed working as a private tutor for people studying for GCSE and A level Mathematics, and in the last year have achieved some excellent improved grades with my tutees. One boy went from a 'B' at GCSE and very low A/S grades to an 'A' at 'A' level in the year I tutored him; one of the girls I helped to go from a 'D' predicted to an 'A' at 'A' level including the Mechanics module at which she had not been at all confident. Several others went up a couple of grades from their predictions before I started with them.
I have taught ‘A’ level modules C1, C2, C3, C4, FP1, FP2, FP3 , M1, M2, M3 and S1.
I am also familiar with many of the ‘new’ aspects of the GCSE and A level syllabus, because I used to have to teach them in the early part of my career when they used to have to be covered.
I use a variety of approaches, but the important thing is for my pupils to obtain a good understanding of what they are doing and why they are doing it. If a pupil shows a lack of understanding, we go back to a level at which they are confident and build the topic up until he or she can see why the new topic works the way it does. I insist on them writing down their workings in a correct and rigorous way, developing a framework into which they can fit the full variety of questions which can be asked on a topic. I often employ models of a mathematical nature which I have made to aid understanding, particularly with Vectors and Mechanics where it is often difficult for the student to visualise the question otherwise. My tutees say I make things seem very simple and their parents say they are much more confident with the subject.
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|The Brentwood College||1986||PGCE||PGCE equivalent|
|The City University||1985||Bachelors||Degree in Civil Engineering|
|Southend College||1980||College||TEC Diploma|
|The FitzWimarc School||1978||School||Nine 'O' levels|
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