Ellen

Ellen

Maths and Physics Lessons in Edinburgh

I have just started my PhD in quantum computing at the University of Edinburgh.

Tutoring Experience

I have taught Maths to two young women, one of whom was doing her GCSE's and the other who needed help with her 11+ exams. The struggles of the former were that she had very low confidence and so our sessions were all about building that self-esteem and giving her techniques to truly understand the material - once she got over the idea that she "wasn't good at maths" her grades got better and better. The latest student did not have a problem with confidence, but found that she sometimes made a few mistakes because of doing things too quickly and so we worked on time management and thinking through each step and checking questions.

I have tutored a GCSE Physics and GCSE English Literature and Language this Summer, around 5/6 sessions with each student and a one-off lesson in Physics for a year 9 exam.

Aside from paid tutoring work such as the above, I have spent a lot of time working in study groups with my peers during my fourth year of university. I had to explain several concepts to friends and find new and inventive ways to present them so that each person could understand.

I would really like to expand my tutoring experience, particularly with university level physics courses as it would be beneficial for me going into an academic career.

Tutoring Approach

Every student is different and I would want to spend a session with you/your child going through certain questions and seeing where strengths and weaknesses were. My main goal would be to instil a sense of self-belief and wonder in the subject being studied.

I think it is easy to get left behind in classes of 30 at school, and in classes of 100s at university...sometimes you just need someone to work on a concept with only you for an hour and really clear things up. Moreover, a lot of people struggle with Maths and find it scary, I think it is the most beautiful language with which to describe the world and when you can do something you couldn't do before you really do feel a huge sense of satisfaction and joy!

I know how difficult it is to come from A-level to University Physics - the jump in material is staggering and you feel like you are no longer top of the class. My main strengths are in Quantum mechanics/Advanced Quantum theory/Quantum computing, but I would also be able to help with any first or second year maths courses and some programming such as Java/Python. Again, my approach would be confidence and understanding - not just doing. If you understand a concept you will be able to apply it again and again to any problem, and this is key for completing a physics degree.

With English tutoring I would be mainly concerned with reading...if the student reads as much as possible and writes as much as possible that is the greatest way to learn. We would then discuss several ideas/themes that had come up during reading of the book, and come up with ways to answer set questions from the curriculum.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (evenings)
References Available On File

Qualifications

UCL2016Masters2:1 MSci Physics
Ellen
Rating from 2 references
Reliability

Trustworthiness

Professionalism
Subjects taught
MathsIn-personOnline
Primary£25£22.50
Secondary£30£27
GCSE£35£31.50
A-Level£40£36
Casual Learner£40£36
PhysicsIn-personOnline
Primary£25£22.50
Secondary£30£27
GCSE£35£31.50
A-Level£40£36
University£45£40.50
Casual Learner£40£36