Oliver

Saltash Tutor

I am a newly graduated, enthusiastic Maths tutor with an easy, outgoing, and friendly personality. I am very flexible in my teaching methods, and I will adapt my style to every individual student.

Maths is often seen as a difficult subject, but the underlying logic is beautifully simple. I believe that, taught in a way that is right for them, everyone can learn to see this logic and apply it, and Maths will suddenly become much more accessible and intuitive.

I have just completed my degree in Maths, attaining first class Honours (with 100% in the final examinations for several modules). I am proud to have graduated with three prizes for my performance at university, and am looking forward to continuing my own education. In the meantime, I want to help teach Maths to anybody who wants to learn it.

I am looking for enthusiastic students who are struggling with Maths or simply want a chance to explore it more fully. I offer tuition for every module of A-Level Maths, Further Maths and Additional Maths in all three major examination boards (Edexcel, OCR and AQA), as well for GCSE and undergraduate university students. I will also be happy to cover any syllabus I haven't listed here at GCSE or A-Level equivalent.

Having been a keen computer programmer since childhood, I completed a project in computational physics for my dissertation, for which I achieved the Project Prize at my university. I am happy to teach mathematical computer programming to students who are interested, including C, Python and MATLAB.

For undergraduate university-level tuition, I can offer tuition across a wide-ranging set of fields in Mathematics from Foundation to final-year level. Please get in touch to see whether I can help!

In my spare time, I like to keep myself occupied! I love to play the piano, and I am teaching myself to play the electric guitar. When I have a free evening, I love to go to concerts and gigs, both local and across the UK. I love cooking and developed a love of coffee at university, which led to me working as a barista at Costa Coffee for a while. I am also a qualified First Aider and am fascinated by anything to do with medicine. I am looking to use my Maths degree to further developments in medicine in the future.

Tutoring Experience

I attained A*s in my Maths and Further Maths A-Levels, often achieving 100% in my exams, and therefore while at school, I was a peer tutor in Maths. This developed my interest in teaching as, using nothing but a graphics tablet and my computer, I was able to help many students who had difficulty seeing concepts understand them through the illustrated examples and tutorial videos I created.

While studying for my degree, I was employed by the University as a PALS Tutor in Mathematics, offering group tuition to first year students. Here, I spearheaded the use of online support and interactive tools to make these tutorial sessions more accessible and enjoyable for everyone. This made my group very popular, and our attendance increased sharply.

Tutoring Approach

I believe that a strong grasp of the underlying principles of Maths is the secret to being able to work with it. More so than any other subject, practice is vital because it sometimes takes a little while for the brain to see what is really happening underneath. When that becomes clear, everything else becomes easy.

I like to start by getting to know the student's strengths and weaker points in Maths, and use this to tailor our lessons to best help the student become confident. Sessions with me will generally revolve around the student practising hands-on rather than just listening, as I believe that there's nothing like doing something to help understand it.

Everyone learns in different ways. Some students will prefer to work under supervision until they are confident, and others will like to take home what they've learned and practise in their own time so we can go over anything they find difficult together. I am happy to work in any way that helps the student most.

When introducing concepts, I make sure that the student is comfortable with each step before moving on to the next one, as missing steps in the chain and trying to do something without fully understanding every step is behind a lot of student confusion.

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

Qualifications

Plymouth University2017BachelorsBSc (Hons) Mathematics (1:1)
Devonport High School for Boys2015SchoolA-Level Further Mathematics (A*)
Devonport High School for Boys2014SchoolA-Level Physics (A*)
Devonport High School for Boys2015SchoolA-Level Chemistry (A*)
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Subjects taught
Maths
GCSE£30
A-Level£40
University£40
Casual Learner£30