Matthew

Matthew

Cambridge Tutor

I recently graduated with BSc Hons in Physics from Bristol University. I am starting a Masters then PhD at Cambridge University in October 2018.

Prior to Bristol I studied the first year of the Natural Sciences Tripos at Cambridge University, having to move to Bristol for personal reasons.

For someone my age, I have considerable extra-cirrular experience:

-- Undertaken two scientific research placements with at the Defence Science and Technology Laboratory Porton Down between completion of my A Levels, both at classification "secret".
-- Sponsored summer research project within the Particle Physics Group at Bristol. Computational study of proposed design for a linear particle accelerator.
-- Amateur astronomy. I have a home observatory, both for photography of nebulae/star clusters/galaxies, and am now looking to get involved in the exciting world of professional-amateur variable star studies.
-- Metalwork and electronics. Both are great hobbies, and both were crucial in my final year project for which I was awarded a First class mark.

I believe the above enables me to provide an additional viewpoint in tutorials - science is after all a potentially world changing career and all too often I've been told that it is taught in isolation as just an exam' scoring exercise. Obviously the choice of tutorial style is solely down to the student, however I feel it's important to highlight my extra experience to those looking for a more rounded approach to learning science and maths.

That being said, I'm still young (just about!) enough to fully empathise with the numerous pressures of the present British A Level system, I am intimately familiar with the examination side of things too.

I also thoroughly enjoy British Sitcoms.

(With me moving away to Cambridge at the end of September, we can either have a concentrated burst before then with top-ups as and when, or make continuous use of the online option. Or a bit of both.)

Tutoring Experience

I have tutored about 25 students since beginning private tuition 4 years ago.
As such I have two full written references from past tutees that I can supply to prospective tutees. One anonymised reference is downloadable from my profile.

I have a current Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check. The DBS check has replaced the CRB check (it is a thorough criminal record check) issued by the Home Office.

I am a registered private tutor with two London tutoring agencies: Bright Young Things Tuition Ltd. and Blue Tutors Ltd.

My recent experience of British schooling and modern maths and science syllabi is of great relevance to successful teaching and guidance to current examinations - most of my past and present tutees said that this was important to them in selecting a tutor.

In addition to the academic content of sessions I persist in nurturing deep inquisitiveness. This makes the difference between just being an excellent student, and an excellent scientist/mathematician.

I always try to ensure lessons are enjoyable and most importantly well organised. I have various scientific/mathematical teaching aides such as: a specialist graphical/data program, chemistry molecular model set, various physics items and instruments etc.

When I have a good idea of what the student wants from the lessons, we can work towards a mutually agreed schedule of topics (towards exams etc), and I shall always move and change things whenever the student's requirements change.

Tutoring Approach

I can offer three options for tutorials:
- I've developed an effective online system using Skype (which has been very successful according to a number of previous online tutees)
- You can come to my home
- I can travel a short-ish distance to come to you

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

The Park School2010CollegeA Levels {A* Mathematics, A* Further Mathematics}
The Park School2010CollegeA Levels {A* Physics, A* Chemistry, A* General Studies}
University of Bristol2018BachelorsBSc (Hons) Physics
Royal Astronomical Society2016ProfessionalElected Fellow, FRAS

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Maths
GCSE£60
A-Level£60
Physics
GCSE£60
A-Level£60
Casual Learner£60
Entrance Exams
University£60