After spending several years at university revelling in the subject I love (Maths), I joined the commercial world: here I worked on software for the hydrocarbon industry, employed by various oil majors and service companies, both as software engineer and later manager. I retired from this business in 2015.
I have tutored in Mathematics at GCSE, 'A' and undergraduate levels - both in my later university years and during my work period in software. My employers or agents included various tutoring companies in Oxford and London, and Oxford University. I also helped my three humanities-oriented daughters achieve very good GCSE Maths grades.
So many people I have come across - including students and work colleagues - seem to believe that some aspects of Maths have a special mystique, or are especially difficult, or that they are not something they have an aptitude for. This is very rarely true! What is most important in effective tuition is to work together to construct individually-tailored 'mental models' for the mathematical concepts, so that they become 'familiar' and no longer 'scary'. This to my mind is the unique value of individual private tuition. In practice it involves working patiently together through examples and problems to identify what knowledge or approach (however basic) is missing or not understood properly, and getting those gaps filled. For whatever reason this is often not addressed in classes, even (as I found out) in some of the best private schools in the country. It is important that the tutee does consolidate the lessons learnt in tutorials though, by spending just a little time on one or two specific exercises between lessons. This approach I can guarantee will gradually overcome any anxiety about the subject, build confidence, and set up the student to achieve their target grades comfortably.
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|Cambridge University||1976||Bachelors||1st B.A. Mathematics|
|Oxford University||1981||Doctorate||D Phil Mathematics|
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