John

John

Matlock Tutor

I am a (young) 72 and I have a long-standing degree in Physics and Mathematics from Sussex University. More recently (2013) after 9 years of part time study I completed another B.Sc. degree, this time with the Open University, securing a 2.1 classification
I started work an engineer at Rolls Royce Aero Engines in Derby retiring from a management position after 31 years, I had many enjoyable years there and made many friends. It was here that I learnt the skill of persuading the most reluctant of listeners.
In any spare time I enjoy reading, history projects, photography and Open University activities - for the last I help organise an annual revision weekend for students taking undergraduate science and maths modules. However my passion is for tutoring young adults.
My time is now filled with my hobbies and ongoing interest in mathematics and the sciences.
I have helped many young adults over many years of tutoring.
Thanks for your time to read this.

Tutoring Experience

My work at Rolls-Royce required me to prepare and present many courses on a wide range of subjects. The feedback from these has always been very positive - apparently I’m quite persuasive. This experience helped me to become a full Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance.
My interaction with the Open University, as well as a considered evaluation of the new GCSE and A level specifications means I am up to date with teaching techniques and the latest developments in my subjects. Most importantly I like to make these subjects fun for the student – not always possible – but I do have lots of physics gadgets for when the formulae get a bit too daunting.
Over the past 12 years I have met and tutored many young adults and have received some lovely feedback and references
On occasions I have been asked by local schools to assist students who would benefit from a little extra help.
I just love teaching and helping to build confidence in my chosen subjects. It is a wonderful feeling to be able to help students to get the grades they need for their planned careers - or into the university or profession of their choice.
Please note, unlike some tutors who do this for 'pin' money I undertake tuition as a professional tutor and that is why I am proud to have been elected as a Member of the Tutors' Association. Your son/daughter's education is too important to do this as a hobby.
Please contact me for more information – I shall be pleased to answer any of your questions and to reassure both parents and young students alike.

Tutoring Approach

As much as I love my subjects I recognise that my job is getting the grade needed in exams. With recent changes to the specifications this is becoming even more challenging. However, I believe that if the student has a wish to learn then significant progress can be made. I expect to give the student as much time as is necessary to tackle any problems he/she may have especially where schools have moved too quickly onto other topics. Sometimes there is so little time in a school, college or work environment.
I encourage constant feedback from students and (if appropriate from parents and the school) then I can focus on individual needs. It will be hard work as I recognise that maths and physics can be trying - but this means that we can discover, not only the satisfaction of doing well in exams - but the also the thrill of understanding a difficult subject. Confidence makes examinations so less formidable.
There will also be a lot of time discussing exam techniques, this is where so many marks can be lost. With the introduction of the new specifications understanding what is required by the examiner becomes even more relevant.
We can discuss any need for homework, this is at the request of the parent/student but strongly encouraged by me!
I can be available by e-mail or telephone to go through problems outside normal tutoring hours. Cancellation/ rescheduling of tutorials is not something I make a meal of - things crop up. Provided this is not abused, and you let me know in advance, fees are not payable if no lesson takes place.
However, I do expect my students to put in some seriously hard work so a direct commitment from the tutee to want to study is paramount. Equally if you feel that it's not working for you just let me know - I have no minimum contract that some tutors insist upon - you can sack me on the spot - (fortunately this has yet to happen).

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Institute of Physics2012ProfessionalMinstP
Open University2012BachelorsB.Sc. (Hons) 2.1, Physical Sciences
The Tutors' Association2013ProfessionalMember of the Tutors' Association
Sussex University1967BachelorsB.Sc Physics with Mathematics (Hons) Sussex University

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Maths
GCSE£35
A-Level£35
Casual Learner£35
Physics
GCSE£35
A-Level£35
Casual Learner£35