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Maths

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

Physics

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

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Personal Description:

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, working under supervision of Prof. John Hannay, we studied and advanced a method for calculating probabilities associated to quantum spin networks. This was essentially the first attempt with the clear aim of showing how the concept of space can arise from quantum exchanges. Basically this turned old ideas upside down, space is no longer 'just there' - rather, is is the particles themselves that are fundamental, and their exchanges give rise to the properties of space.

Since graduation, I've been tutoring privately as a sole means of income. A lot of people are surprised when they hear this is my only job! I've been fortunate enough to work for myself these past few years and I believe it is largely down to my fair hourly rates, passionate delivery and rock solid understanding of the material.

In my spare time I like to tinker with computers. I'm self taught in a lot of programming languages and I'm increasingly interested in JavaScript derived languages and frameworks. Learning is a lifelong passion for me - so I'm often following courses online or reading textbooks in my home. I'm quite interested in photography, but can often find precious little time to practice it. I've played basketball since I was 14 and I'm currently playing in the local league. It's a great way to blow off steam and keep in touch with old friends. I'm a keen cyclist as well - you'll often find me getting lost on Dartmoor or navigating the coastal paths.

Tutoring Experience:

I've been teaching privately 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 university.

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.

Qualifications:

  • University of Bristol (2010) - MSci Maths and Physics (Masters) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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