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


Hourly Rate
Primary £15.00
Secondary £16.00
GCSE £17.00
Casual Learner £17.00

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Personal Description:

Hi, I'm John, and my favourite thing is to see someone understand something for the first time.

I recently graduated from Edinburgh University with a degree in philosophy, and am in the process of teaching myself computer science. In the evenings I work with a technology group that I helped form, where we create digital tools to help people take political action.

Tutoring Experience:

I've taught both my younger sisters maths, helping them get from a C at GCSE to A* (both got full marks on their final exams). At university I also volunteered to help students that were struggling with the maths portion of their degrees (usually economics undergrads). After a few weeks with me, these students were often found teaching other people!

Tutoring Approach:

The way maths is taught in schools is deeply flawed. Students are made to feel that maths is about remembering methods and following them exactly as they were told, and that the only important thing is to get the right answer at the end. This makes them feel stupid if they don't get it, and destroys any motivation to learn in their own time. Usually the problem is that the school assumes every student is the same, and thinks about things in the exact same way.

I am different. First I find out how my students think about maths in their daily lives. Most people, even from a very young age, do maths without realising! So for example, if a boy likes football, he will often be trying to work out how many points his team needs to win the league, or how often red cards are given out at games etc. I find that everyone has their own inner methods for doing this. Once I know what they are, I start there, and show how those methods are linked to the larger world of maths.

Once I've found the student's mental model for dealing with numbers, I help the student to grow that model, through practise, so that they can learn by themselves. My goal is to get my student to the point where they don't need me to help them learn new things any more.

In the first lesson, I ask my students if there's anything that they're finding difficult to learn, for example fractions, algebra, trigonometry etc. Then I focus the lesson on that, and by the end you can see that the student is much happier and comfortable with that particular subject. I hope I can help you soon!

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Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)


  • University of Edinburgh (2017) - Degree in Philosophy (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Longbenton Community College (2011) - A* in A-level Maths (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • Longbenton Community College (2009) - A* in GCSE Maths (School) (✘ Not On File)

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