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Matthew

Matthew

Maths and Physics Tuition in Acton

Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology
School/Uni Admissions

I am a full-time private tutor with over 6000 hours’ (6 years) experience, holding a BA (Hons) and MSci in Natural Sciences from Pembroke College, Cambridge. I support students both in person and online.

  • All core subjects at primary school level in preparation for 11+ (Common Pre-Tests, school assessments and interviews).
  • Secondary school science and mathematics in preparation for 13+ (Common Entrance), 16+ (school assessments & interviews), GCSE/IGCSE, A-Level, IB and Cambridge Pre-U exams and coursework assignments such as the IB IA.
  • University admissions to Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities (personal statement, interview, admissions tests inc. PAT, MAT, NSAA, ENGAA, STEP, TSA and BMAT).
  • Foundation/university level tuition in engineering, physics and mathematics – and mathematical content of other courses such as economics, business and finance.
  • Home-schooling: ranging from temporary support (e.g. online support while a student is quarantining) to full curriculum delivery over one or two years (where I am solely responsible for the child’s education in that subject).

Example schools my students have recently received offers from:
Westminster, St Paul’s Girls’, St Paul’s Boys’, City of London, Merchant Taylors’, Latymer Upper, Hampton, Godolphin & Latymer, Highgate, St Augustine’s & UCS (I collect details on exam and interview questions from every student, culminating in a very large and insightful database!)

I am currently the Oxbridge mock-interviewer for STEM subjects at Epsom College, and have formerly run PAT/MAT workshops at UCS.

Being a car driver, I am in a unique position (compared to most London based tutors) to travel out to hard to reach places by public transport in the North West, West, South West and Central London areas and beyond into Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. I tutor all times of day and every day of the week which makes me very adaptable to each client’s schedule. Normally, I will have certain days of the week where I try to concentrate work to a particular area of London, but again can be flexible which is made easier by the fact I drive.

In present times there has been a large move to online teaching. Having already taught regularly over Skype/Zoom for international clients in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Russia, I have been able to easily adapt my tuition to meet government lockdown regulations. I have a dual webcam display which seamlessly transitions between my handwriting and my profile, enabling a very clear and effective delivery of lessons, including mathematics. Further, I also use a collaborative online whiteboard (BitPaper) which I find invaluable for teaching younger students where it is essential for both student and tutor to monitor every stage of each other’s working.


My background:
I graduated from Pembroke College, Cambridge in June 2013 with a BA (Hons) and MSci in Natural Sciences. Having covered a mixture of mathematics, physics, chemistry and materials science in my first two years, I went on to specialise in Experimental and Theoretical Physics in my final two.

I developed my interest in education during my time at university through immersing myself in a wealth of educational projects. For example, through the Cavendish Laboratory Educational Outreach, I was placed part time at Coleridge Community College to act as an assistant physics teacher in my third year. I taught science, mathematics and English as a foreign language during my summer vacations in schools in India and China.

I am now excelling as a full-time private tutor and have established tutoring posts with many high profile clients in and around London. I have been a tutor/educational consultant for 16 premier London agencies including Gabbitas and Oxbridge Applications and have acted as an agent myself for others. In November 2014, I was privileged to be invited to deliver Oxbridge Applications workshops to several of the top schools in Hong Kong including La Salle, German-Swiss International School and Harrow International. Currently, I am the Oxbridge mock-interviewer for STEM subjects at Epsom College, and have formerly run PAT/MAT workshops at UCS. I always strive to be the best tutor I can, and I am open to working with clients from all backgrounds and situations.

I am passionate about helping children secure a solid education, to lay the foundations for a successful career later in life. My Cambridge education has opened up a wealth of opportunities and I too want to help children receive the best education so they can go on to achieve great things.

Outside the education sector, I have completed a prestigious geophysics summer internship at BP's North Sea Headquarters and worked for the Pembroke Development Office as a fundraiser as part of the Pembroke College Telephone Campaign.

In my spare time I enjoy travel and over the past few years have visited many exotic locations such as Australia, South East Asia, India, China and the Americas. I have taken an interest in algorithmic trading and have found it fascinating how tools learnt in A-Level/University Mathematics and Physics can be applied to the world of finance. I often share observations with students to inspire them and demonstrate how the skills they are honing are transferrable beyond the world of academia. Finally, I am a sporty individual having achieved a black belt in kickboxing and played badminton for my college at university.

Tutoring Experience

Private Tutor, Self-Employed
2013 - Present
Over 6000 hours’ experience teaching all core subjects at primary school level, secondary school science and mathematics and preparing students for application to independent schools and Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. A wide knowledge base covering 11+, 13+ Common Entrance, GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, IB and Cambridge Pre-U exams and university admissions tests such as PAT, MAT, NSAA, ENGAA, STEP, TSA and BMAT. Experience delivering lessons in person and over Skype/Zoom and tailoring courses for home schooled children. In addition to First Tutors, registered with 15 other premier London agencies including Gabbitas, Simply Learning Tuition and Holland Park Tuition.

Mock Interviewer, Epsom College
2018 - Present
Since 2018 I have been the principle Oxbridge mock interviewer for STEM subjects at Epsom College. Along with my colleague who covers the humanities, the school has observed an increase in the number of candidates successfully achieving Oxbridge offers each year. Interview days are conducted in a similar format to below.

Mock Interviewer, Oxbridge Applications (Company)
2012 - Present
Over 200 hours experience delivering 25 minute Oxbridge mock interviews and providing clients with feedback on their performance. Adept at recognising the interviewee’s strengths and weaknesses and encompassing findings in a clear and meaningful report. Experience coordinating head start days for the physical sciences, engineering and mathematics.

Assistant Physics Teacher, Coleridge Community College
Jan - Mar 2012
Placed at a local secondary school for a term as an assistant physics teacher through the Cavendish Laboratory Education Outreach. Trusted to help in the preparation and delivery of lessons and plan the physics curriculum for year 8.

Teaching in China, Camford Royal School, Beijing
Jul - Aug 2011
One month placement teaching English as a foreign language at a national summer school in China. Planned and delivered lessons as part of a team of foreign teachers with the aid of translators.

Teaching in India, Rushey Mead Foundation Charity
Aug 2010
Similar to the above: two week excursion to Gujarat, India to teach English, science and mathematics in a region devastated by the 2001 Gujarat Earthquake.

Tutoring Approach

There are three roles I can take as a tutor. Firstly, I can act as a resource to help the child through homework assignments and explain difficult material in textbooks. Secondly, I can act as a teacher and deliver lessons in parallel to the school curriculum, tailoring a custom made course to target the child's interests. Finally, I can act as a mentor to help the child manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential. Usually clients request a balanced mix of all three and as the tutorials progress we can continually evolve the approach to exactly meet the interests of you and your child.

For university admissions, my services range from personal statement and interview advice to a bespoke course guiding the student through the entire UCAS application service right up to the final stages of interview preparation. It is advised to start early in order to ensure students have completed all the recommended extracurricular readings and activities to ensure a competitive application.

Being a car driver, I am in a unique position (compared to most London based tutors) to travel out to hard to reach places by public transport in the North West, West, South West and Central London areas and beyond into Surrey, Buckinghamshire and Berkshire. I tutor all times of day and every day of the week which makes me very adaptable to each client’s schedule. Normally, I will have certain days of the week where I try to concentrate work to a particular area of London, but again can be flexible which is made easier by the fact I drive.

In present times there has been a large move to online teaching. Having already taught regularly over Skype/Zoom for international clients in China, Hong Kong, Korea and Russia, I have been able to easily adapt my tuition to meet government lockdown regulations. I have a dual webcam display which seamlessly transitions between my handwriting and my profile, enabling a very clear and effective delivery of lessons, including mathematics. Further, I also use a collaborative online whiteboard (BitPaper) which I find invaluable for teaching younger students where it is essential for both student and tutor to monitor every stage of each other’s working.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University of Cambridge2013Masters2:1, MSci Natural Sciences
Desborough School2009School4A's, A2 Level Physics, Chemistry, Maths, Further Maths
Desborough School2008SchoolA, AS Level Biology

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