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Subjects Taught


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £25.00£22.50
Secondary £25.00£22.50
GCSE £27.00£24.30
A-Level £30.00£27.00
Casual Learner £35.00£31.50


Hourly RateOnline Lessons
Hourly Rate
Primary £25.00£22.50
Secondary £25.00£22.50
GCSE £27.00£24.30
A-Level £30.00£27.00
Casual Learner £35.00£31.50

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Personal Description:

Unusually I have expertise in both art and applied technology. I qualified as a Naval Architect with Chartered Engineer status and 11 years professional experience as a ship designer, shipbuilding manager and consultant engineer before leaving the industry to study and practice fine art. I am now a professional artist and art tutor with a wide variety of experiences which link art to science. I maintain a strong interest in science and technology and am currently working with climate change scientists at the University of Northumbria and with the Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany on an art-science PhD. I help my 3 children with their understanding of maths and physics. I believe that this breadth of learning is mutually beneficial in science and art.

Tutoring Experience:

1997-2003: visiting lecturer with Newcastle University Dept of Education.
2003-2011: visiting lecturer with Sunderland University Centre for Lifelong Learning.
2002-2007: schools in service trainer for North Shields Council.
2005-2017: tutor at Higham Hall College, Cumbria.
2008-2012: tutor at Alston Hall College, Preston.
2009-2016: assessor for Darnley Career Academy.

Tutoring Approach:

I believe that every student can improve their current performance, sometimes quite dramatically, by developing a strong desire to learn, self-organise and achieve the success they plan for. The best improvements in learning come from students who are motivated to learn. I use my experience of learning and working life to bring Maths and Physics to life for each student so that they can develop a stronger motivation to set appropriate targets, plan their time effectively and put in the required work of knowledge acquisition, understanding and revision practice.
On first meeting a new student I find out what their longer term aspirations and motivations are. I assess where their weaknesses in understanding and technique appear to be based on exam results if available, and on a review of each topic area. Depending on how much time remains before the exam(s) I encourage students to develop a detailed revision plan and to deploy well known techniques of learning and revision appropriate to the amount of time remaining and their level of understanding in each topic. In this way I help the student to prioritise learning and revision.

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


  • North west Regional Management Centre, St Helens (1985) - Diploma in Industrial management (Professional) (✘ Not On File)
  • Newcastle University (1981) - 2:1 BSC Naval Architecture (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
  • Leeds Grammar School (1977) - A level Physics grade A (School) (✘ Not On File)
  • Leeds Grammar School (1977) - A level Maths grade A (School) (✘ Not On File)

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