After a 20+ year career in software development in the aerospace and defence industries, I've changed tack and moved into teaching. At the moment, I prefer the one-to-one nature of private tuition but can see myself moving into providing group sessions in future and possibly a classroom environment eventually.
I've been closely involved with my wife's independent prep school for the last ten years or so, both in the classroom and on extracurricular activities. I homeschooled our daughter for seven years which was a resounding success, both academically and in terms of her broader development into a young woman. I've been tutoring privately for two years now and am enjoying the challenge of tailoring my teaching to the differing needs and styles of my students.
Friendly and relaxed but disciplined and efficient. I prefer understanding to rote memorisation but just getting through the material is sometimes the right approach. I much prefer my students to discover mathematics rather than them having it spoon fed to them. To achieve this, I ask targetted questions which help them to extend their existing knowledge and we build towards solutions to problems which would otherwise be beyond their ability. Sometimes there is not enough time for this approach though, particularly when a test is approaching, or in the final stages of the GCSE year. I'm not averse to drilling subject matter and exam technique in these situations. In short, I'm flexible and my approach depends on the context. I love to build confidence and self-awareness skills by ruthlessly analysing mistakes. That's where most of the learning is to be found. Mistakes should be expected, accepted, inspected and corrected. I never criticise a mistake but I never let one slide either; even if it's just "that was a silly arithmetic error". And I'm not above making my own from time to time either. That's a good opportunity to show that none of us is perfect and I'll use it as an opportunity to openly and gratefully examine my own weaknesses.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
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|University of Bristol||1991||Bachelors||BEng|