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Maths

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Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Physics

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Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Chemistry

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Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

Biology

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Secondary £35.00
GCSE £35.00
Casual Learner £35.00

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I DO NOT CURRENTLY HAVE ANY AVAILABILITY FOR STUDENTS WHO NEED TO FIT AROUND SCHOOL. If you are looking for teaching during school hours then I'd be happy to hear from you.

I came to Cambridge in 1992 after graduating from Oxford and have lived here ever since, with my husband and 2 sons. Having done some university teaching in the early ‘90s, I began teaching secondary science (KS3 & 4) in 2003. Twelve years on I have decided to concentrate on private tutoring. I generally teach in my home in Cambridge (near Cambridge Leisure).

In addition to teaching I am an Assistant Examiner for OCR, marking GCSE Biology papers; this gives me a useful insight into common exam pitfalls, which undoubtedly helps when I am working with students on exam technique.

Tutoring Experience:

For nearly 12 years I was the science teacher at the Red Balloon Learner Centre in Cambridge (a small school which was set up to accommodate young people who had been the victims of severe bullying); for most of that time, I was also doing some private tutoring alongside. At RBLC I was responsible for taking students, spanning a wide range of abilities, through their GCSEs/ IGCSEs in all 3 of the sciences. I have taught a variety of different syllabuses and am well aware of the similarities and differences between them. I have also supported struggling mathematicians from upper primary through to the lower end of GCSE maths; I have particularly enjoyed the opportunity to work with adults whose school experience had left them with a fear of maths. I have experience of working with students with a range of additional needs including anxiety, dyslexia and ASD.

Tutoring Approach:

The beauty of 1:1 teaching is that it allows the teacher to respond to the needs of the individual, whether those needs are for systematic teaching of content or just for troubleshooting of particular problem areas. School science can often feel like a bewildering list of unrelated topics; I find that most students are helped by an approach which seeks to link the pieces of information to form a bigger picture. Building confidence in the learner is also very important; a dialogic (conversational) approach helps most students to realise how much they do, in fact, know.

I do not generally set homework, but as exams approach I encourage students to tackle past papers so that we can identify and address weaknesses both in knowledge and in exam technique.

Qualifications:

  • University of Oxford (1992) - MA (Zoology) (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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