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Humphrey offers a discount of 25% on their first / introductory lesson!

Maths

Hourly Rate
Primary £20.00
Secondary £20.00
GCSE £23.00
A-Level £25.00
Casual Learner £25.00

English

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Secondary £20.00
GCSE £21.00
A-Level £23.00

Physics

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Secondary £20.00

History

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Primary £18.00
Secondary £20.00

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Personal Description:

I have a passion for mathematics and science which communicates well to others. So with the exams out of the way why not get ahead for the next academic year? Or allow me to offer exploration of the weirder things beyond the official syllabus such as fractals and higher-dimensional space. Or study the likes of T S Eliot’s ‘The Four Quartets’ in full, not bite-size.
I write regular essays and articles, highly relevant to students of any subject up to undergraduate level needing help from first essay draft to final version. My profile picture was taken on Mount Etna volcano where I have observed volcanic eruptions from close to, an interest I incorporate where appropriate into both mathematics and English tutoring. I have designed a laptop app which adds, multiplies and converts in or between all number systems from base-2 (binary) to base-64. So if you like, you can count, add and multiply in base-13!

Tutoring Experience:

I have successfully tutored in GCSE and ‘A’ Level mathematics, and have helped a mildly-dyslexic Animation undergraduate draft and refine two extended essays, thus enabling him to continue on his Bachelor's course. He has since graduated with an Honours (2:2) degree. I have given seven months of fortnightly 90-minute general-interest sessions in mathematics to a work colleague’s 18 year old son, demonstrating that mathematics often involves open-ended investigation and enquiry. I have also given a number of talks on Physics including practical demonstrations of electromagnetic induction to a small group at Weston College’s ‘Weston Bay’ unit for students on the autistic spectrum.

Tutoring Approach:

1. English: For essay-writing I would encourage students to draft top-down, i.e. to start with the general lay-out and then to look at the weighting of particular topics. I will also recommend pruning and careful use of vocabulary, especially if I am presented with a completed essay that needs further drafting. For creative writing – is it ‘New and True and You’? I studied Latin to ‘A’ Level, useful for explaining spelling and word meanings.
2. Mathematics and science: ensure that students understand the underlying concepts e.g. ratio (essential for proportion, scaling and trigonometry) and growth (logarithms). Where possible I give the wider context (for instance at A-Level, the relationship between the Binomial Theorem and permutations and combinations). I can also show how to fit Russia onto a postage stamp, look inside a nine-dimensional box or think about cosmology: such enterprises often spark a more general interest in the both mathematics and science.
3. Timing: I would recommend 90-minute (charged pro rata) rather than 1-hour sessions for A Level work with 1 hour being sufficient at GCSE, but have successfully tutored for 2 hours at a stretch (plus break) at this level at one tutee’s request.

Qualifications:

  • Middlesex University (1996) - Applied Informatics (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • Open University (1990) - Mathematics Foundation M101 (Other) (✔ On File)
  • Open University (1986) - S271 Discovering Physics (Other) (✔ On File)
  • Univ Coll of North Wales, Bangor (1976) - English Language and Literature (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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