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Maths

Hourly Rate
Primary £20.00
Secondary £20.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £20.00

Physics

Hourly Rate
Primary £20.00
Secondary £20.00
GCSE £25.00
A-Level £25.00
University £25.00
Casual Learner £20.00

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An experienced & professional home tutor. I have been teaching in and around the Plymouth area since 2010. It has become a full time occupation for me, one I've come to enjoy & relish. My enthusiastic delivery has earned me some great feedback over the years and I am always trying to improve.

I graduated from Bristol in 2010 with an MSci in mathematics and physics. It was a four year course with a dissertation playing large part of the final year. I chose to focus on theoretical physics - an enduring passion of mine.

I began giving tuition in 2010 after graduation. Initially, it was to support my travels that year, but, has since flourished into a rewarding career for me. It suits my lifestyle, and my character. I enjoy getting to know my students and fully appreciate the trust they've endowed to me as a tutor. I take great pride & responsibility in giving the very best that I can offer. It always brings me a resounding sense of joy & fulfillment to share my passion with others.

My hobbies include programming, photography or just a great book I`ve stumbled across. I continue to read physics often in my own time, running through problems that I find insightful. I also enjoy mountain biking. You`ll often find me cycling the coast line, or getting lost somewhere on the moors! I`m a bit of a gym bunny - often listening to audio books or music whilst I exercise. I`m a big fan of the UK music festival scene as well, getting to Glastonbury when I can, or volunteering with Oxfam at smaller venues. I currently play basketball within the local league as well - it's a fun way to stay fit & keep in touch with old friends.

Tutoring Experience:

I've been giving home tuition since I graduated in 2010. I've taught hundreds of students since then - both in mathematics & physics, and across all levels of education - KS3, GCSE, A-Level and occasionally undergraduate.

I've also been working increasingly with Plymstock School since 2015. They've entrusted me to tutor as part of there 'pupil premium scheme', which gives a little extra help to the GCSE mathematics students who could use it.

Tutoring Approach:

I would describe my teaching style as accessible & down to earth. I pride myself on providing explanations that humans can understand - only introducing the more formal terminology as a lesson progresses. I have always yearned to understand material from the most fundamental of concepts. For me, it is much more exhilarating to show a student how the complexity comes about from some simple and powerful core ideas, as opposed to simply citing the results your expected to know & use. If you can see the whole picture, and appreciate in its entirety, then you will feel a lot more confident for it.

Typically I'll be doing one of three things in lessons, teaching (!), going through exercises or working on exam technique. Teaching will involve the use of illustrations, equations, discussion and development. I'll work through one or two exercises following a discussion, encouraging participation as I do so, and then challenge the student to do some exercises independently, giving help and advice as needed. Exam technique is essential for students to achieve the grades they are capable of. Exam technique involves developing knowledge of the syllabus and mark scheme, relating it to your understanding, and gaining practice reiterating / expressing yourself in exam conditions using the correct language and hitting key points.

I will normally suggest some relevant questions targeted at the material covered in a lesson. This allows a student to demonstrate and reinforce the understanding they developed within the lessons themselves. I will then review the students work, and give feedback and advice where relevant. This constant cycle of learning, independently working and evaluating leads to the very best use of your time in lessons.

Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

Qualifications:

  • University of Bristol (2010) - MSci Maths and Physics (Masters) (✔ On File)

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