I’m married with three grown-up children, and with my wife have gone through the parental anguish of public and college/university exams every year since 2006 and will potentially do so until 2020!
I’m a professionally qualified accountant with an honours mathematics degree and a postgraduate certificate in education. I’ve had a career working in local government finance, supporting managers in managing their service budgets. I have particular interest in the relevant computer applications (e.g. spreadsheets), financial training and quality issues.
I’m keen to share my skills with a wider audience and make a real difference.
Tutoring since 2012
Teaching practice at a Reading school.
Written and presented well-received financial training materials, led a project group at work on training.
I've supported service managers with often limited numeracy ability to manage multi-million pound budgets.
While only one of my three children has a natural leaning towards scientific subjects, they got A, A* & B at Maths GCSE (fairly light-touch parental support, rather than any intensive tutoring).
While mindful of the immediate goal to pass exams and “get the grades”, I endeavour to instil real understanding of the subject. While it would be great to hear I’ve helped turn a 4 into a 7 (C to an A in old money), I’d as much like to hear that someone no longer fears or hates maths lessons, arguably a far better preparation for a life in a world full of numbers.
I cannot offer coaching for the 11+ examination.
Apart from secondary Maths tutoring up to GCSE I can offer:
Excel Spreadsheet Support:
One-to-one sessions tailored to your needs, to learn new functions, pick up tips and good spreadsheet practice, problem solve on your current spreadsheets or help you build new practical spreadsheets.
IT Basics – Got a computer and haven’t got a child at hand to help you; then maybe I can help. I’m no computer geek, but over the years I’ve learnt to solve most problems thrown up by our IT equipment at home and at work and have used them in a variety of practical ways.
Financial management for non-accountants: Are you one of those people given the responsibility to manage a budget at work, but feel you are lacking a bit of confidence and some of the skills to do it properly? Did you leave mathematics behind at school and feel it hasn’t quite prepared you for this? I can hopefully help you build confidence in your own abilities and show that a bit of calculator common sense or spreadsheet savvy is not beyond you.
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|West London Institute of HE||1989||Professional||CIPFA|
|University of Reading||1984||PGCE||Mathematics|
|University of Southampton||1983||Bachelors||Upper 2nd Mathematics|
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