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Francis

Francis

Private Maths and Physics Tutor in Herne Bay

I'm calm and patient (that's what others say) and PGCE qualified. This combination of quiet nurturing and more formal teaching produces happier, more confident students which gets the best out of them. Having tutored in home education, online and one-to-one, with experience of teaching at college, non-selective & selective schools and being involved in industrial training situations, I feel equipped to teach effectively in almost any setting.
My advantage over many other tutors is that my time spent as a professional engineer has given me a practical insight as to how Physics, Chemistry and Maths can be applied to real life situations in industry. This makes the subjects more interesting and valid to students.
I have taken part in work to encourage girls to take "STEM" subjects (science, technology, engineering and maths), as they especially tend to be reluctant in taking these subjects despite being perfectly able to.
I attained my teaching qualification (PGCE in Physics with Maths) in 2014.
I am married with children and grandchildren, and as a result of this family life and my working life, I feel I have a thorough understanding of youngsters, students and adults alike.

Tutoring Experience

Physics, Maths, Engineering and Sciences are my subjects.
To the present time I have lectured in / taught / tutored Physics, Engineering and Maths, at various academic levels (mainly GCSE, Access to university and HNC/D) and tutored Chemistry and Biology to GCSE in addition. I have also acted as a personal tutor to many students. As a result of previously teaching at four different schools (selective and non-selective,) I obtained my PGCE qualification. I have also completed studies into students' misconceptions (a major barrier to learning) and dyslexia and taught several students who suffered disabilities or mental health problems.
I have, in the past, tutored individuals in their school work and delivered industrial training during my time as an engineer.

Tutoring Approach

I like to be looked upon as a helpful mentor in the “STEM” subjects and, as such, hope to build a friendly but professional relationship with my tutees. This creates an atmosphere where they feel free to talk through any issues which are causing difficulties with their work.
My latest feedback from a small class of students said that I am helpful, approachable, knowledgeable and encourage independent learning.
The best way to see if I am a suitable tutor is just to give me a try. I attempt to maintain a flexible approach and, as such, don't insist on any formal type contracts with tutees but just ask that they give me honest feedback if there are any issues.
I hope these messages from some of my former students also give you a flavour of my approach to tutoring:
"Thank you SO much for all you have done for her: {My daughter's} confidence soared under your tutelage and she was really inspired to work hard."
“Thank you so much for the tutoring you've given me this year, you're such a great teacher and have the patience of a saint.”
“It has been an honour and a pleasure to receive your unique tutelage during this course.
As your class rep and your student, I can't express my gratitude enough for all the time and patience that you have given us all.”
"I wanted to say a personal thank you for your support this year, without your leniency and patience I would never have made it to the end of the course. I really will miss your physics classes, and that's something I never expected to say!

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

University of Oxford1980BachelorsEngineering Science (MA)
University of Kent2009BachelorsEnglish and American Literature with Creative Writing
Canterbury Christchurch Uni.2014PGCEPhysics with Mathematics
University of Oxford1985MastersEngineering Science

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