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Maths

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Secondary £40.00
GCSE £40.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Computer Studies / I.T.

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Secondary £40.00
GCSE £40.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Philosophy / Critical Thinking

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Secondary £40.00
GCSE £40.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

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Personal Description:

Mathematics

I'm currently a lead teacher in Computing and Mathematics at one of the leading secondary schools in Bedfordshire. Prior to that I taught at secondary schools in Milton Keynes and Oxford. I fundamentally believe that everyone can `do` mathematics, but if it is experienced in the wrong way the subject can be alienating and lead to life-long `maths anxiety`.

I have experience in improving the mathematical skills of all abilities - from those working for Oxbridge entrance examinations to those who find it difficult to access the basics of numeracy. In all cases I work with the strengths and powers of the individual, helping them access the maths using the skills and perceptions they have already.

Computer Science

Before I became a maths teacher I was a teaching fellow in Computer Science at one of the UK`s leading universities. Thus, in addition to maths, I offer tutoring in all aspects of undergraduate, GCSE and A level Computer Science.

Programming and Software Development

For the past 10 years or so I have run a small software development company, undertaking work during school holidays. Clients have typically been from the education and retail sectors requiring web-based applications or services (I do a little bit of hosting). I would describe myself as a full stack developer and data scientist, with Ruby on Rails and R as my current tools of choice. I also have a pretty good understanding of all things databases, having extended SQL to work with additional spatial data types as part of my PhD. I can thus offer expert-level tuition on a comprehensive range of IT tools and programming languages.

Tutoring Experience:

- 8 years full-time teacher. Roles include Head of Department and Professional Tutor for trainee teachers
- PGCE in Mathematics and and MSc in Teaching and Learning both from Oxford University
- PhD in Computer Science from University of Exeter
- 2 Years Teaching Fellow in Computer Science at University of Exeter

Tutoring Approach:

Due to family commitments, I will be stepping down from full time teaching in September 2016. At this point I will have a number of tutoring slots. For the present time, however, my availability is limited, and I have only a few slots available. I can tutor clients at their homes if they are in Cranfield or one of the surrounding villages. Otherwise I prefer to tutor clients at my family home in Cranfield.

Qualifications:

  • University of Oxford (2013) - MSc in Teaching and Learning (Masters) (✔ On File)
  • University of Oxford (2008) - PGCE in Mathematics (PGCE) (✔ On File)
  • General Teaching Council (2008) - Qualified Teaching Status (QTS) (✔ On File)
  • University of Exeter (2007) - PhD in Computer Science (Doctorate) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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