I am a GTC (General Teaching Council for Scotland) registered secondary Maths teacher with a first class hons BSc and PhD in Chemistry and a background in engineering and industry.
While I am highly academically qualified, I understand how it feels to struggle with study and the benefit of getting extra support. I found parts of maths and language difficult at school and was lucky to have a very understanding teacher who helped correct the damage to confidence and understanding left by some rather less sympathetic practitioners.
I am friendly and approachable with a real concern for individuals and their experiences, passions and difficulties and how I might be able to help them. This helps me to take a flexible approach and to build positive relationships with people having different interests and personalities.
I have many interests from sports and the environment to languages and the arts and believe in lifelong learning, both for the enjoyment of gaining new skills and the importance of remaining adaptable and responsive to change.
I have over 20 years of teaching experience. As an undergraduate and school pupil I was informally helping fellow students. During my PhD I taught in undergraduate chemistry labs and was a mathematics tutor for first year engineering and science students at Edinburgh University. I also gave private tuition in A-level chemistry. I continued individual tuition whilst teaching in secondary schools.
I have experience in coaching statistics at advanced higher and for university students of Sciences and Social Sciences, this is frequently an area where it can be helpful for students to have assistance where they may have little previous background and need statistics skills for data analysis of various types.
I find the coaching and mentoring aspects of tuition and the ability to address individual's concerns in detail, more satisfying than classroom teaching and so now focus on providing one to one tuition at both school and undergraduate level.
Due to the current situation with exam cancellations and Covid-19 I am now doing all tuition online via interactive whiteboard shared electronic resources and skype conversation. As the exam diet in summer 2020 is cancelled I am focusing on preparing students for next year.
A positive relationship between tutor and tutee is essential for effective learning, so building a respectful and trusting dynamic is the basis of my work. I always seek to focus on improving and deepening understanding with an approach that reduces anxiety and builds confidence and motivation.
In maths particularly students can feel anxious and worried about making mistakes. I try and help students understand that making mistakes is not only ok, but also a necessary, inevitable and useful part of learning. We will all make mistakes, the important thing is how can we best learn from them?
I also use various strategies to help students to improve their study techniques and habits and to become more independent learners and reflective and critical thinkers. This helps students to achieve at their best in all subject areas and also to develop the resilience and self-directed study skills needed to succeed in their future studies.
Travel: The vast majority of students travel to me for tuition. I am only able to travel to students who live relatively close to me on the Southside (up to 1 mile by road) - if people need me to travel across town to them, I can, however I have to charge my hourly rate for the travel time involved.
|Languages||English (British), French|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Edinburgh||1991||Doctorate||Chemistry|
|University of Edinburgh||1986||Bachelors||Chemistry|
|University of Edinburgh||2000||PGCE||Secondary Mathematics|
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