Are you finding Maths a struggle? Do you feel you have gaps in your learning that need to be filled in? When you have the right support, Maths is easier than you think. As a qualified teacher with well over a decade's experience of teaching Maths in colleges and schools, I can help you to develop your confidence and skills in order to get the results you need in your GCSE, A-level or other Level 1/2/3 Maths qualification.
I find it very rewarding when I see a “penny drop” – when I am able to help a student who has been struggling with a particular concept to understand it and realise that, actually, it's not as hard as they thought.
I was full up until this week but have just had two slots vacated due to changes in students' circumstances: Mon 16:15 and Wed 17:20 will be available from the beginning of April. At a pinch I could fit in one more student during school hours too. Obviously there's a limit to what can be achieved in the 8 or so weeks remaining before this summer's exams, but it's enough to straighten out a few topics that you might be struggling with and practise some exam technique, and that might be enough to push you up by a grade or two.
Apart from these new slots, I don't expect to have any regular availability until after the summer exams. If you're looking for tuition for next year then its a good idea to get booked in sooner rather than later; last year my slots outside school hours were all filled by the second week of September, and more than half of those for September 2019 are already spoken for now.
I have taught Maths in a variety of schools and colleges since 2003, going up to A-level, and am now focusing on private tuition - though I'm also still doing occasional cover work, which helps me to keep up to date with the changing landscape of Maths education.
The majority of my experience is with the AQA A-level but I have also taught the Edexcel specification at A-level, AQA A-level Use of Maths, the Maths element of the new Level 3 BTEC in Engineering, and Edexcel, AQA and OCR at GCSE, as well as a variety of other Level 2 qualifications (IGCSE, Functional Maths, Adult Numeracy, Edexcel Award in Number & Measure, QTS Skills Test).
Since 2010 I have also been working as an examiner for AQA, marking A-level module papers, and, since 2017, the new GCSE. In addition I have marked Singapore A-level papers for the Cambridge International exam board. This all means that I have a very good understanding of how answers need to be presented to obtain maximum marks.
All teaching takes place at my home in Hall Green, Birmingham. Most of my teaching is on a 1-to-1 basis but if you have a group of 2-4 students who are all working at a similar level and would like a regular joint lesson then that can be arranged (rates available on request).
I'm happy to try to coordinate with a school scheme of work if you can obtain a copy for me, but usually the student is able to tell me what areas they want to focus on initially and then we take it from there. I produce an individual plan for each 1-to-1 student - typically updated about once a month - but it's always flexible if the student decides that they want to work on a particular topic, perhaps something that they've been struggling with at school that week. Obviously with a group the structure has to be a little more rigid, but the pace is still tailored to the level of the individuals being taught.
I offer a free initial 20-minute consultation with both tutee and parent present, where we discuss the student's particular needs and work on relevant skills, usually addressing one or two areas of difficulty. This knowledge enables me to better personalise the teaching at subsequent, paid, lessons. If you would prefer to go straight for a 1-hour lesson then I will discount the cost of that first session by £12.
After the initial session I ask for payment in advance at the beginning of each month by bank transfer or standing order. I also have a 48-hour cancellation policy.
I prefer to tutor face to face, but can offer an online lesson (using Zoom and Bitpaper) if a student is occasionally unable to travel to me, for example due to an infectious illness or icy weather conditions.
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|Newman University||2004||QTS||Qualified Teacher Status|
|Solihull College||2003||Other||CELTA (UCLES)|
|University of Salford||1993||Bachelors||1st Class BEng (Hons) Engineering & German|
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