I am an experienced maths tutor, bringing exam success, increased confidence and enjoyment of maths to all my students.
I have a First-class BA in mathematics and am currently doing postgraduate studies in topics of pure mathematics (so I can relate to the delights of being a maths student today!). Previously, I studied zoology at the University College of Wales, Aberystwyth. On graduating, I joined what is now PriceWaterhouse Coopers in London, qualifying as a chartered accountant in 1982. I become a tax specialist and started my own practice in 1991. I have tutored mathematics since 2009.
I am married to a Buckingham GP and we have lived in the area for over 30 years. We have two grown children, both educated at local schools. When I am not working I like to read books without equations in them and am re-kindling my love of photography.
I have lectured, conducted seminars, run presentations and taught students since 1983. I have been a maths tutor since 2009 and I provide support to students from Year 10, through GCSE to A Level. I am very familiar with all exam board requirements and have supported students of all abilities and across a wide selection of schools in North Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Northamptonshire. I am experienced in tutoring across all GCSE specifications from Foundation to Additional Maths and iGCSE. For A Level I cover Maths and Further Maths.
With my extensive personal experience of taking exams I have particular expertise in preparing students for these.
I can also help those using maths in other subjects, both for A Level and undergraduate/postgraduate courses.
I also tutor adults or others who want to refresh or improve their understanding of maths topics, whether for preparing for job entry tests, career progression or general interest. I have experience in coaching for the QTS Numeracy Skills Test, entry exams for the maritime and aviation industries and for the numeracy tests set by the Armed Forces.
I provide in-house support for businesses looking to improve the maths skills of their employees.
I am an Associate Member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, a body which supports, promotes and enhances mathematical knowledge and culture. I am also a member of the Mathematical Association which supports mathematics in education.
I have held an Enhanced DBS/CRB Clearance since I started tutoring in 2009.
The format of sessions is tailored to suit each individual student. Whilst I am happy to teach all areas of school maths, my main focus is on helping with gaps in students’ understanding of what they have learned, often by approaching a topic in a new way. I help them develop strategies for dealing with maths problems, especially for exams. Above all, the aim is to make the subject interesting - something the exam system sadly knocks out of many students. With my science and finance background I can relate mathematics to a wide variety of contexts, especially connecting with other exam subjects.
I am happy to cover just isolated topics of difficulty, or more fundamental areas of the subject. Support can be tailored to suit your needs. It might be just ad hoc sessions when needed, or involve regular sessions throughout the academic year. I am available in each of the three Half Term breaks and during much of the Summer break, when I see students wanting to prepare for the next academic year.
I tutor both face to face and online. I see all face to face students in their own home. Parents and students tell me this is much preferable compared to having to drive out to see their tutor. Note that I now only see students face to face who are living in Buckingham and Brackley. I also charge a £5 travel supplement to all students where I travel, as a contribution towards my travel time and costs. This is in addition to the prices quoted on this page.
I also tutor online, using whiteboard software and Zoom for audio/video. The whiteboard software does not need to be downloaded and you do not need a webcam or other equipment, apart from a microphone and speakers, or a headset.
All students are free to contact me outside session times to follow up on work covered in sessions. Sometimes problems don't get solved in the hour and I am happy to finish these before the next session. There is no extra charge for this.
Experience has shown me that the one issue that holds up progress in mathematics more than any other is confidence. It is all too easy to lose confidence and that always leads to lower grades - lower than a student's ability suggests they should achieve. It's at that point that maths becomes a dreaded subject. I've always succeeded in increasing students' confidence and interest in maths and that is reflected in their improved grades and more positive approach to the subject.
Please get in touch today if you would like further information.
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|Open University||2013||Bachelors||BA(Hons) mathematics|
|Open University||2010||Other||Dip Maths|
|UCW Aberystwyth||1978||Bachelors||BSc(Hons) zoology|
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