# Information About Jim - Andover tutor - *(***65** reviews)

**65**reviews)

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## Maths |
Hourly Rate |

Primary | £40.00 |

Secondary | £40.00 |

GCSE | £40.00 |

A-Level | £45.00 |

University | £45.00 |

Casual Learner | £40.00 |

## Physics |
Hourly Rate |

Primary | £40.00 |

Secondary | £40.00 |

GCSE | £40.00 |

A-Level | £45.00 |

University | £45.00 |

Casual Learner | £40.00 |

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## Personal Description:

I am an experienced, qualified teacher and tutor with a long record of success helping students overcome specific difficulties in physics and maths and greatly increasing their confidence in these subjects.

I graduated from Cambridge in Physics and Theoretical Physics, then worked in the oil industry as a seismic field engineer and as an instructor officer in the Royal Navy before becoming a teacher in 2002 and a tutor since 2013. I recently completed an MSc in Astrophysics at Queen Mary University London.

I like tutoring because of the progress you can see a student make when you can give them your undivided attention and when they are motivated. Of those students who came for help preparing for Summer exams in 2013 for example (and who gave me news of their results), one student moved his grade from a U to a C*, three moved from a U to a D, two more moved from E to B, two from D to A, one from D to B and one from B to A.

*(January module result against resit result or final result as relevant. Unfortunately as there were no January modules in 2014 similar data are not available for that year).

## Tutoring Experience:

I taught A level for 8 years at a large sixth form college in Winchester and then for a year at a public girls' school nearby. I've also worked over several years with two revision colleges in Oxford. In the last two years I have also been a professional tutor and have worked with over a hundred students from age 9 to university level.

In maths, I tutor many students for OCR MEI A level (Maths and Further Maths, C1-4, FP1-3, S1,2 D1), but also some for OCR, Edexcel and the International Baccalaureate (IB). GCSE and IGCSE have been mostly Edexcel.

In physics, the boards have so far been mainly OCR B and OCR A, AQA A, Edexcel and IB at A level and Edexcel and AQA at GCSE/IGCSE

I help students prepare for the Oxford PAT test and the Physics Olympiad as well as pre-university courses in maths and physics and professional entry tests (for pilot and commercial marine engineering courses). I also tutor students on University courses.

## Tutoring Approach:

In fact tutoring Maths and tutoring Physics call for rather different approaches, as do tutoring for GCSE and tutoring for A level and University, but in all cases the approach is to work with you (the student) to identify what your needs are in relation to the subject and then to address those.

For some students who may have struggled up till now, a lot of the time the first need is to gain confidence and begin to see that these are subjects that

a) make sense and

b) they can do.

Often this is achieved by being helped to 'see through' the unfamiliar terms used to recognise that what is being talked about is actually something familiar and sometimes even commonplace.

For other, advanced students who have been doing well but want to 'guarantee' an A/A*, it's more often just concise explanations of whatever key ideas have not been clear till now and coaching on giving good exam answers that are needed.

Younger students often need lots of encouragement and help to achieve some early successes in the subject which leads to increased motivation and means students tend to believe more in themselves in the subject, trying harder than they would otherwise do to solve problems (increasing what psychologists call their 'self-efficacy' in the subject).

Applicable in all these cases is the idea that above all these subjects are principally about what you can DO, not what you know and as in learning how to do anything, there's no substitute for being shown how to do it and then doing it a few times for it to start to become easy.

The main point though is that what is appropriate will depend on you and your particular needs.

PACKAGES

The rates quoted in the profile are for single,potentially one-off sessions. If regular tutoring is sought, then I offer the following package:

For A level £400 for a prepaid block of 10 sessions, to be used within 3 months

(If the sessions are not used within the specified time period then the sessions that have been had are reckoned at the single lesson rate and the remaining credit can be refunded in full or carried forward. The same applies if you decide to stop having tutoring at any time.)

**Native Language:**English (British)

**Additional Languages:**Portuguese, Spanish

**Availability:**Weekends / Weekdays (all times)

**References Available:**Yes (✔ On File)

## Qualifications:

**QMUL London**(2012) - MSc Astrophysics (Masters) (✔ On File)**University of Greenwich**(2005) - Post-16 PGCE (PGCE) (✔ On File)**Selwyn College, Cambridge**(1988) - MA Physics and Theoretical Physics (Masters) (✔ On File)

### Jim's Feedback

Tutees Providing Feedback: | 65 |

Tutees Providing Positive Feedback: |

**From William ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*working with Jim has improved my son's confidence in maths.Rather than dictating what topics they would cover,Jim encouraged him to practice questions at home and bring these back to direct the learning.This meant my son had to be much more engaged in the learning process which I think helped him.He found Jim's explanations very clear and easy to understand.

**From Adam ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*very happy with service received - exactly what was needed

**From Victoria ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim has been helping me work towards my Maths OCR A Level due for examination summer 2019. Jim is an amazing tutor, he is totally understanding and I am never afraid to tell him when I don't understand things.He manages to explain difficult concepts very clearly, shows me what I really need to know and we have plenty of time in our sessions to work through exam questions.

I highly recommend Jim.

Thank you.

Jamie

**From Mike ( /5):**

*(GCSE Physics)*Jim is an excellent tutor. He engaged quickly with my son and was really helpful in helping him understand the topics that were causing difficulty.

**From Mark ( /5):**

*(Casual Learner Maths)*

**From Honor ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*

**From Paola ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*After her first tutorial with Jim, it was clear to my daughter that he was going to make a measurable difference to her understanding of the Physics A Level syllabus. Jim is very good at explaining difficult concepts and has a no nonsense but sympathetic approach to teaching. I look forward to seeing my daughter's confidence improve with each passing week.

**From Nazli ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*He is very experienced,professional and knowledgeable. Explain everything very well

I would recommend him to anyone as I plan on continuing sessions with him.

**From Ken ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim, the tuition you have provided Emma leading up to her A-Level Maths exams has at times given her a different way at looking at problems a solutions and given her much greater confindence in the subject matter. As a result Emma was able to improve her AS modules by two grade levels and acieve the overall A-Level result she needed to get in to her preferred University course. Your tuition was definitley a significant factor in helping Emma achieve this.

Many thanks Ken and Emma

**From Safwan ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim was a fantastic tutor for me this year, his ability to breakdown topics to help me understand the concepts was very useful! He was also extremely patient when i'd struggle, and would push me to tackle the most difficult questions! I would like to thank Jim for his services this year, and would highly recommend to any other A-level students!

**From Jenny ( /5):**

*(GCSE Physics)*

**From Vanessa ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Very quickly understood problem & provided excellent explanation & strategies to solve any difficulties with A level statistics. My daughter felt much more confident & able to tackle these problems afterwards. Would definitely recommend.

**From George ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim really helped our daughter who was struggling with some areas of A2 maths. He was very thorough and provided support questions in the areas she was weaker in. I am very happy to recommend him .

Julie

**From Deborah ( /5):**

*(University Physics)*My son is in his 2nd year at Imperial reading Physics and needed some guidance before his end of year exams. Jim put in many hours of preparation time before the tutorial and was very helpful in answering his questions and bolstering his confidence.

**From Amanda ( /5):**

*(GCSE Physics)*Brilliant tutor. Thorough and great explanations. My son achieved an A at GCSE due to his help.

**From Elizabeth ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim worked with my son who is preparing for his Maths A level this summer on a particular aspect of the subject. He was very efficient and prompt in all correspondence, gave clear instructions as to where we would meet up and what information he expected my son to bring with him. His teaching was a genuine help and provided clarity on certain issues. In the tutoring period they covered a great deal of ground and helped my son with areas of the curriculum he had missed due to illness. He was able to advise on aspects of study and exam performance that my son struggles with. We were very happy with this experience and would be glad to ask for Jim's services again.

**From Alison ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*my daughter has had her first lesson with Jim and is very happy.

**From Susan ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim is excellent tutor.My daughter said "he makes the physics very simple and easy to understand" . My daughter starting to enjoy physics again after having a lesson with jim. She even ask me to book math lessons with Jim.I wish i knew him long time ago. Thank you so much jim. you are star.

**From Kayla ( /5):**

*(University Maths)*Jim has an in-depth understanding of both maths and physics and was able to quickly discern the help I needed. He is very patient and all lessons (both in person and over Skype) helped me feel confident and prepared. I would highly recommend Jim!

**From Clare ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*We used Jim for a few weeks leading up to Physics A level for our daughter.

We would have no hesitation in recommending Jim; he helped give our daughter added confidence heading into the exams.

**From Claire ( /5):**

*(Secondary Physics)*I would strongly recommend Jim as a tutor for GCSE Maths and Sciences. Jim was very patient and thorough with our sons tutoring, very pleased to say he got all his required grades in these subjects, to move on to his chosen college A level courses! Thank You again Jim.

**From Sarah ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*When my son started working with Jim he was disinterested in physics due to the college tutors. He was predicted a D and had an E in one of the As modules. Jim was very patient and enthusiastic about the subject. Adam enjoyed his sessions. I felt able to liaise with Jim about progress. To secure his place at uni he needed a C. He re took the As module and converted the E to an A. In the A level he got a C but was 3 marks off a B. We were delighted that With Jims help he gained his place at his preferred university. I would highly recommend Jim.

**From Rudi ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*jim has been involved, attentive and proactive in helping francesco attain his goals. it was important that he not only knew his subject very well but was able to adapt his teaching to the specific areas and techniques that gave francesco the maximum benefit.

thank you.

**From Chris ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim tutored our son for Maths and Further Maths during his A2 year. Our son found him patient, approachable and very good at providing specific help for areas where he needed additional explanations. The sessions with Jim gave him a real confidence boost going into his exams and we are definitely planning to use Jim to help our next son with both AS and A2 levels.

**From Lydia ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Excellent style of teaching which really made me understand each step of the methods used. Very understanding and encouraging!

**From Chris ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*My sone missed some school time due to a sports injury and needed 'fill in' tutoring to cover the areas that he had missed. Jim did a fantastic job and was able to confirm his understanding of the areas that he had covered and filling in the areas that he had missed. An excellent tutor and we have already recommended him to some of our friends.

**From Samuel ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim is an excellent tutor, I would recommend him to anyone taking physics at any level, he explains and describes things in such an understandable way and his approach to teaching and learning is so simple and effective.

**From Ghaida ( /5):**

*(University Physics)*

**From Karen ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Unfortunately we were unable to use Jim (who did seem to be an ideal tutor for our son) as we were not keen to have the tutoring in the Discovery Centre. We prefer to have it in the home environment.

**From Jack ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Very patient and very clear to understand!

**From Peter ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim is helping our son with physics, he is in his first year of college and on attending a parent evening realised that he was struggling, it was,a case of pupil and tutor breakdown, so our son began to lose confidence and not engage in lessons. Since working with Jim our son has understood the subject much more and has now started to engage in classroom discussions and feels far more,confident that he will reach his goal grade with Jim's continued help. When I met Jim he was very informative and gave lots of very interesting points to,help us on our journey through college which has been invaluable. Our son is very happy attending a weekly session with Jim which is fantastic.

**From Edward ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Jim was the best tutor I could of asked for. I really recommend him. I will be using him in the future.

**From Ken ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim has been a great help for my son who is doing A level Maths and Physics. In AS level he managed to get an A for both the subjects.

Jim also helps my other son who is doing GCSE with his maths and science subjects. He too has improved although not as much as my elder son.

Just be slightly flexible with the time as Jim can get very busy on certain day.

Recommended.

**From Verena ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim has been very helpful to my daughter. We would have no hesitation in recommending him.

**From Ian ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*I cannot recommend Jim too highly: since he has been helping my Son in his A2 Maths, his test scores have improved markedly. Jim is very flexible in arranging times and locations and has a very calm, personable and no fuss approach to the tuition sessions. He knows exactly what to focus on and how to resolve problems areas effectively. Highly recommended …

**From Deirdre ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Excellent and very helpful. Thank you

**From Lina ( /5):**

*(GCSE Physics)*Mr. Jim is quite an extraordinary tutor who has aided me to achieve an A in my IGCSEs.

I am grateful for his support and his outstanding sincerity as well as his professionalism.

**From Lucy ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim assisted my son with his A level maths, in particular with a retake AS maths statistics module, many thanks he got an A in this module. Jim is reliable and calm, providing reassurance and confidence to his pupil. I have no reservations about recommending his tutoring highly.

**From Amanda ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Jim has been really accommodating to fit around our complex lives! This was one of the most important factors for us when selecting a tutor as me and my daughter don't live in the same county! Jim has met with Emily and the first session went well with Emily feeling increased in confidence. Jim suggested some flexible arrangements for the tutoring which will work well for us.

**From Daniel ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*we highly recommend jim,we found him both patient,tolerant and calm,he has helped our son build his confidence whilst studying maths 'As' level and also to achieve a 'B' in his GCSE retake.

we hope to use jims services again once our son begins his second year of A levels!

**From William ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Hi Jim

Thanks so much for your help. It enabled me to get a secure B in physics which got me into my first choice uni at Loughborough. Thanks so much. Am really happy!!

**Reply from Jim:**Nice one Will! Really pleased you got the grades you needed, you deserved that. I enjoyed our Skype sessions together and I'm glad what we did helped. All the best at Uni! Jim

**From Philippa ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Jim has been extremely helpful and gone over the various GCSE maths topics my daughter hadn't fully grasped at school. He was kind, calm and gave my daughter the confidence she was lacking. Jim was approachable, his teaching skills, time keeping, availability etc were all excellent. I would certainly contact him again and therefore would highly recommend him.

**From Samuel ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Jim was very friendly, helpful and supportive. He makes maths much easier to understand.

**From Yvonne ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*

**From Victoria ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*Jim tutored my son in A-Level and Further Maths. He has an excellent teaching method which has made all the difference in the understanding of various difficult topics for my son. We will continue to use him and could not recommend him more highly. Thank you Jim!

**From Ileana ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*I am an IB student and Jim helped me really much in preparing for my exam. He explains everything in great detail and he makes difficult things seem easy. I would recommend him to anyone who needs help with A-level or IB Physics.

**From Kate ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*My son came away from each session with a smile on his face - Jim has been very good at helping him understand areas of maths with which he was previously struggling. He is also very flexible in his approach and my son is very happy with the arrangements. Highly recommended!

**From Angela ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*We have meet up with Jim. Very happy. My son feels he is able to understands areas in Maths that he was struggling with once Jim has spent time going through the topic. Very impressed!

Thank you

Angela Curtis

**From Mina ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim was professional, prompt and approachable. He was very thorough with help on the Physics topics I found difficult. He was flexible with his appointments and each lesson was planned in advance depending on what I needed help with. He was able to go through topics, discuss problems and check understanding. I felt confident and well prepared for my exams. Many thanks.

**From Karen ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*My daughter was reluctant when we first mentioned finding a Tutor to help her with maths but she enjoys her sessions with Jim and finds them extremely useful. She would not want to go back to struggling on her own. She says that Jim's approach does not make her feel stupid and therefor she is not afraid to ask the questions that she feels she cannot ask in class.

**From Janet ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Friendly and very helpful helpful. Problem solving approach to maths tuition.

**From Minnie ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*My son received a D is in his Jan 2013 Physics module, Jim provided some tuition and his AS Level result is now an A!!!!

My son found him easy to talk and discuss the subject… in his words Jim was amazing!!

Thanks so much Minnie

**From Nicholas ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Very responsive & helpful. Happy to recommend.

**From Irina ( /5):**

*(GCSE Maths)*Thank you very much for your help to find tutor. I have made contact with Jim.

Irian

**From Gary ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim is an excellent tutor for both Physics and Maths for AS level, he is very strong in both subjects and I will be using him again throughout next year for both subject for the final A level exams

**From Tara ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*My son had A-level Physics tutoring with Jim following some disappointing marks in his January exams, and his confidence and knowledge have improved immeasurably as a result. Jim's explanations are very thorough and he corrected the basic ideas which my son had misunderstood. My son's physics exam is tomorrow and he going into it with a much better grounding in the subject and is much more confident of getting the result he is capable of and deserves.

**From Yl ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Jim's tutoring of my son has been excellent. There has been a marked improvement in his confidence and ability in physics. I would highly recommend him to others.

**From Iain ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*A very patient tutor who gives good examples to make sure that the student understands what is being asked of them. Very good assistance given when working through past papers.

**Reply from Jim:**… and a text from the student on results day… "Hi Jim… I just got my results and I jumped from a D to an A! and got a B overall in the subject. Thank you very much for the tutoring, it paid off!"

**From Yvonne ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Our son has found Jim to be approachable and friendly. He has been able explain the theory and its application to real life situations. He has also helped him gain confidence in methods of calculation. Jim's positive approach has enabled Robert to gain confidence in his own ability in this subject.

**From Jamie ( /5):**

*(A-Level Maths)*I had Maths tutoring with Jim for a couple of hours and it really cleared up a few misconceptions that I had as well as re-learning some old topics. We really could go at a fast pace compared with college as it was one on one and his techniques are really useful. I would definitely recommend Jim as a tutor for Maths.

**From Denise ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Great tutor, very patient and explained very well.

**From Sonia ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Excellent Tutor for my daughter

**From Yerzhan ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*He is very good at teaching. He has helped with things that I have struggled with and now I have improved a lot thanks for him.

**From Dawn ( /5):**

*(A-Level Physics)*Calm, tailored and supportive tutoring. James is really able to understand taught concepts in a way he finds difficult in a large group. He looks forward to his lessons and his confidence is growing. Thanks Jim.

From David (5/5):(A-Level Maths)Sacha really appreciated her first tutorial