Information About Mike - Carlisle tutor - (17 reviews)
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I am a 35 year old with 5 years experience working at Trinity Academy in Carlisle in the SEN department. I have a masters degree in physics so have high skills in physics and maths. I am passionate about my subjects and believe that enjoyment and motivation are key to learning, hence I try to add variety and fun into my lessons wherever possible.
I am very familiar with the Edexcel and AQA G.C.S.E. courses, as well as the AQA A-level physics and the AQA A-level maths, especially the core modules C1, 2, 3 and 4, mechanics 1 and 2 and statistics 1 and 2.
PLEASE NOTE, I am currently full at weekends and evenings. I can still take appointments during the day if your not in full time education or employment.
I have taught in four different high schools around the country during work experience and my PGCE course, including Upton High School in Chester, Keswick High, Newman and Trinity in Carlisle. At Trinity I worked in the Learning Support department for over 5 years, supporting statemented children in lessons and in one to one sessions, so I have extensive experience at tutoring in a school setting. I also have taught Maths and Literacy lessons in Trinity with class sizes ranging from 12 to 20, as well as taking over the year 10 science lessons due to a long term illness to a colleague.
I have extensive home tutoring experience. I have 5 permanent tutees currently, all of which I have experienced great succes with. My success includes:-
A 17 year old male, who was failing at A level maths, he scored 9% on C1 and 11% on C2 on his mocks. After hiring me in February, he was achieving A's and B's on all the past papers on both modules, consistently scoring 80% or more. UPDATE - The pupil in question came out with an A in his AS exams resit, and got a C in the A2 section (A in C3, B in M1 and E in C4, getting a C overall)
A 40 year old male, who was completely illiterate, to read and write to an adult level in less than a year by diagnosing his type of dyslexia and altering my teaching style to suit his needs.
A 7 year old boy to read and write properly using phonics, taking him from bottom 5 in his class to official pupil of the year in less than a year.
A girl from when she was 10, and achieving a level 3c in maths, and in less than 2 years and 60 lessons with me(average once a fortnight), she has gone from that level to getting a level 6a at the end of year 7 test. She is now at the end of year 10 (as of June 2016) and is expected to achieve a B by her school, although I am still hopeful of an A or better (I only see her once a month on average now).
A girl who got a U in maths, a D in core science and a G in additional science in her year 11 mock exams. I worked with her for 5 hours a week for 3-4 months, and yesterday on results day she got a level 4 in maths, and C's in both science modules, which means she has got onto her level 3 college course as needed.
An 18 year old man in A2 level physics. When we started he was really struggling to understand any of the concepts in the unit. I taught the unit from a different perspective and he became very confident before sitting the exam with this different teaching.
UPDATED 25/08/2017… I have home tutored 49 people from September 2012 until now (August 2017) who have sat exams, and I have 5 permanent tutees. All but one has achieved at least 1 grade improvement whilst being tutored by me, five people have achieved a 2 grade improvement and one person achieved a 3 grade improvement, with the last person who got her results yesterday improving by FOUR grades in two subjects!!! (U to level 4 in maths and G to C in additional science).
At Trinity Academy, the pupils I tutored in my additional numeracy lessons and small sessions all got excellent results. I tutored a girl in year 10 who was getting a E, she achieved a C. Another girl who was predicted a G achieved an E in her GCSE, and a boy I was tutoring achieved level 6 in maths and level 7 in science at the end of year 9, despite being in part time education. I tutored this person again after he was excluded from education, helping him achieve a level 2 in maths and a level 1 in English functional skills (he did not do level 2 in English).
My experience has informed me that enjoyment and motivation are key to learning, both adults and children alike need to enjoy what they are doing and feel as if they are achieving. My most important mantra while tutoring is 'be calm when they get it wrong, and happy when they get it right'.
My exact approach will be tailored to who I am tutoring, I adapt every lesson and every question to the tutees needs at the time. If the way school teaches worked for everyone, no one would need a tutor, so I try to get as many games and fun tasks in as possible, and I will explain things in a different way than a teacher would in school. I rarely use printed sheets and textbooks, instead writing my own questions so the learning is tailored to the lesson I have taught and the needs of the tutee.
The syllabus I will use will also be personally tailored to who I am tutoring, however I nearly always separate my syllabus into small chunks to make it easier to access, and I will use a spiral staircase approach, where old topics are revisited and built upon to secure and consolidate new knowledge and skills.
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- University of Salford (2005) - 2:1 Physics with Space Technology (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
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Stewart & Linda
He made maths interesting and fun and my daughter improved in all areas.
Reliable and punctual, would recommend.
Sorry for the delay in this review - still waiting for Adams exam results however many thanks for your input it was really appreciated. Adam spoke very highly about your teaching style and the way that you explained things in a way that he could grasp.
We will be ringing you again soon to arrange further mentorship.
He really understands learning difficulties.
In two years he has really made a difference in my daughters learning she has caught up so much. when mike started working with her she was 10yrs old an her understanding of maths an English was around age
5 yrs due to her learning difficulties.
Since working with Mike she is now at the learning age of 7 to 8 yrs. with her maths an English an still going strong.
haveing mike has really helped an i am really confident with his help my daughter is going to be able to go to main stream secondry and reach her full potential an maybe more. she surprises me every lesson.
thank you so much
I would recommend Mike to anyone who has experienced difficulties and work with him to overcome them.