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Maths

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

Electronics / Electronic Engineering

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University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

Entrance Exams

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

Music

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

Study Skills

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

Mechanical Engineering

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University £40.00
Casual Learner £40.00

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Personal Description:

I'm a researcher and educator based at Newcastle University and working in Computer Science, Mathematics, Theoretical Physics and interactions. I've worked at the maths outreach unit there over the past five years, where I've helped hundreds of students to overcome mathematical difficulties across disciplines. 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 in algebra, and am correcting the thesis. This leaves me with a great deal of flexibility: most weeks, I'm available at a range of times, and I'm just as happy working to a regular appointment as to schedule in a more adaptive manner, and short-notice cancellations are seldom an issue. For your convenience, I also maintain a live, public feed of my diary online, so you can always see when I'm free before you get in touch to arrange or move appointments.

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:

Essentially every student I've ever encountered has suffered to some extent or other from all three of exam ineffectiveness, gaps in understanding, and suboptimal presentation of information. I first emphasise examples to test intuition and correct any flaws in understanding and help cover gaps. Then the student studies model solutions to practice questions that they can adapt to similar problems; these are designed to balance brevity, clarity and logical completeness. After the student has acquired some degree of mastery of the techniques involved, we then round out the exam strategy with some simple tactics to increase mark acquisition including pacing and question choice.

In brief, the three main target areas to improve are the actual learning, the presentation thereof, and applying these in an assessed situation. I build all three aspects of improvement into my approach at every stage than most tutors, which students often report as valuable even outside of the specific subject I'm teaching.

Stipulations:

- 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.

- 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.

- 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. The time I offer more than offsets your expenditure for my details, and I'll guarantee to refer you on if you're unhappy anyway.

- 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 price stated 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.

Qualifications:

  • 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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