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A graduate of Bristol University in (MSci) Mathematics & Physics and an experienced home tutor. I have been teaching in and around the Plymouth area for five years. 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!
In my spare time, I am forever engaging in activities that sustain my interest, whether it be programming, photography or just a great book I've stumbled across. I read physics often in my own time, running through problems that I find stimulating & insightful. I also enjoy mountain biking - it is a great release for me. You'll often find me cycling to whit-sands along the coast line, or getting lost somewhere on the moors!
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 (since I was little) to understand material from the most basic of concepts (or axioms, you might say). 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.
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I offer to meet all students prior to the first lesson at no extra charge. This gives you a chance to meet me and resolve any questions you may have before beginning teaching. Generally this is a relatively quick and friendly affair, with some initial planning for the first few lessons.
If you’re looking for a little security, I currently hold an Enhanced DBS Check. I can also supply references on request, as well as present my degree certificate.
I do sometimes record tutorials with a live-scribe pen & paper. This produces an interactive PDF file which you can view back and witness the lesson (or parts of it) all over again! Please let me know if this is something you are interested in.
Typically I will provide numerous learning aids, in addition the tutorials themselves. This may include revision notes, past exam papers, targeted exercise worksheets or sometimes, my own personal notes on a subject. I can offer advice on exams, self-study or anything else you may have on your mind!
Aside from teaching friends and family, my first experience of teaching was in my second year at university. I signed up to the student’s associate’s scheme, which was an initiative to get university students into schools to inspire young people to pursue further education. I spent one day a week across fifteen weeks working as an assistant teacher within the mathematics department at St. Katherine’s School.
Following graduation, I started working as a part time personal tutor. Having worked very hard at university, I was confident of my ability to communicate my understanding to other people. I have now provided tuition within the local area since 2010. I have good knowledge of the various syllabuses and am always taking initiatives to improve the service I offer.
I am very approachable, patient and open minded with my tutoring. I encourage participation where appropriate and am keen on students getting questions done within their own time. I motivate students by being positive and encouraging them in every way possible. Ultimately, grades will open doors for you, so a keen attention to whatever syllabus you are studying for is essential.
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.
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