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GCSE £28.00
A-Level £28.00
Casual Learner £28.00


Hourly Rate
GCSE £28.00
A-Level £28.00
Casual Learner £28.00

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Personal Description:

I am a (young) 71 and I have a long standing degree in Physics and Mathematics from Sussex University. More recently, (2013) after 9 years studying, I completed another B.Sc. degree, this time in Physical Sciences securing a 2.1 classification
In 1967 I became an engineer at Rolls Royce Aeroengines in Derby - later taking early retirement from a management post after 31 years.
In any spare time I enjoy reading, photography and Open University activities - for the last I help organise an annual revision weekend for students taking undergraduate science and maths modules.
Now that I have secured a double B.Sc. I have started a BA course in the Arts, totally different and quite challenging. My time is now filled with my hobbies, my ongoing studies and tuition, the last I find most rewarding. Just recently I have been admitted as a full member of "The Tutors' Association" in recognition of my experience and values. I also have a renowned (?) sense of humour that sometimes drives my wife quite mad!

Tutoring Experience:

My work at Rolls-Royce required me to prepare and offer many courses on a wide range of subjects. The feedback from all of these has always been very positive and helped me to become a full Member of the Institute of Quality Assurance. My current interaction with the Open University means I am up to date with teaching techniques and the latest developments in my subjects
Over the past 10 years I have met and tutored many young adults and received some lovely feedback and references.On occasions I have been asked by my local school to assist students who would benefit from a little extra help.
I just love teaching and helping to build confidence in mathematics and physics. 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 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.

Tutoring Approach:

As much as I love teaching my subjects I recognise that my job is getting you the grade you want in the exams! I believe that if the student has a wish to learn then this is half done. I expect to give the student as much time as is necessary to tackle any problems he/she may have. Sometimes this amount of time is not possible in a school or college environment. I encourage constant feedback from both the student and parents so that I can focus on individual needs. It will be hard work as I recognise that these subjects 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
There will also be some time to discuss exam techniques – trying to make any examination less formidable - and this has helped my tutees gain confidence in their own abilities and to avoid losing marks unnecessarily. With the introduction of the "new" specifications starting in 2016 then discussions as to the impact of these on the students becomes very important.
We can discuss any need for me to set homework, this is at the request of the student, but strongly encouraged by me!
I shall be available by e-mail, telephone or Skype to go through problems outside normal tutoring hours - just part of the service.
However I do expect my students to put in some serious 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.)


  • The Tutors' Association (2013) - Member of the Tutors' Association (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Institute of Physics (2012) - MinstP (Professional) (✔ On File)
  • Open University (2012) - B.Sc. (Hons) 2.1, Physical Sciences (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
  • Sussex University (1967) - B.Sc Physics with Mathematics (Hons) Sussex University (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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