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Subjects Taught

Nicholas offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!


Hourly Rate
GCSE £40.00
A-Level £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Electronics / Electronic Engineering

Hourly Rate
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Entrance Exams

Hourly Rate
13 Plus £40.00
14 Plus £40.00
College £40.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00


Hourly Rate
A-Level £30.00
University £30.00
Casual Learner £30.00

Study Skills

Hourly Rate
Secondary £30.00
GCSE £30.00
A-Level £30.00
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Mechanical Engineering

Hourly Rate
University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

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Personal Description:

I'm an educator based at Newcastle University doing research in Computer Science, Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and interactions between, and have worked for the maths outreach unit. I also consult on matters of a mathematical or statistical nature in the private sector and with other academic researchers.

I've just finished my PhD, and am correcting the thesis. In my free time, I run, hike, climb, and I play and sing in several local ensembles ranging from an acoustic trio playing functions and weddings to a 30-piece jazz orchestra.

Tutoring Experience:

Privately tutoring mathematics, computer science and the hard sciences at GSCE (or equivalent, 2004–) and higher; consulting as a part-time tutor at the drop-in clinic at Newcastle University library (2013–2015).

Lecturing on computer programming for mathematicians at Newcastle University (2015, 2016) and academic publication using TeX (2016); teaching assistance on Bioinformatics taught master's degree programme (2014); assisted with organisation and teaching at Software Carpentry workshop at University of Manchester (2015).

Tutoring a wide range of undergraduate syllabi in:
- Mathematics (2007-8) at the University of St Andrews;
- Mathematics and Chemistry (2009–2011) at the University of Glasgow;
- Mathematics for Engineers (2010) at Glasgow Caledonian University;
- Computer Science (2013) and Mathematics (2011–) at Newcastle University;
- Courses on Mathematics (2014-15) at the University of York;
- Mathematics for Chemistry (2014) at the University of Bristol;
- Courses on Mathematics for Mechanical and Electrical Engineers (2014-2016) at Northumbria University.

Other relevant work experience includes mathematical and statistical consultation in academia (2012–) and in the private sector (2014), compiling lecture notes (2008–), publishing research in peer-reviewed journals (2011–), and teaching music theory and performance (2004–).

Tutoring Approach:

I take a fairly holistic approach to teaching, but emphasise three particular points to make sure students understand the material and how it needs to be presented.

- Examples: We understand best when we can see something in action concretely; I work hard to generate lots of examples for the student to get to grips with and exercise with. This helps see flawed intuition and bad habits.

- Exam Strategy: For the average student, the approach to navigating the exam paper can make as much difference to their mark as their approach to studying. I help the student to develop a good exam strategy to allow them to get the most marks from the body of knowledge they enter the examination hall with.

- Presentation: By teaching the student to write how they think, we can help the student see the flaws in their own approach and then to establish "best practice" through studying well-presented, correct sample solutions to appropriate example problems. This emphasis on presentation also benefits the student by reducing their tendency to make casual errors such as copying errors, and to catch them as they occur.


- No obligation, no fee: The first session is free if it's closeby. We'll meet up and you set the agenda; my time is yours ––––––––––– this might be an opportunity to break the ice or it could be a free lesson/consultation.

- Referral: There are many reasons for a student needing to be referred to another tutor. If at any point in the course of tutoring you feel the need to change, I'll happily refer you to a qualified local colleague if there is one available.

- Consulting tutor guarantee: I am a consulting tutor, not a teacher. I provide a wide and deep expertise that allows me to give a better practical and theoretical context for technical material than a traditional teacher with a narrow focus.

- Rates negotiable: If I don't need to travel far (in particular, if you travel to me), and if the material is standard, so that I don't have to budget time to prepare for lessons, I'm able to offer a discount on the stated price on my profile. Just ask: if you can provide me details of the course, ideally with a link to teaching/assessment resources, then I'll check and will be happy to adjust my quoted rate if appropriate.

- Value for money: We'll discuss at the first meeting how much time you can commit to doing exercises between sessions, and I'll offer a regime of practice material that suits your development goals and your ability to commit to development, to help keep contact time to a minimum while maximising your development over the course of tuition.


  • Newcastle University (2016) - PhD Mathematics (Doctorate) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of Glasgow (2011) - Work towards MSci(R), no award given - transferred instead to PhD program at Newcastle (Other) (✘ Not On File)
  • University of St Andrews (2009) - MMath (Masters) (✔ On File)
Native Language: English (British)
Additional Languages: English (British), French
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)

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