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Computer Studies / I.T.
I am Richard, a 30 year old maths graduate from Leek. I currently work freelance as a programming and systems development expert, and contribute to various open source communities.
In my spare time my main passions are sport and music. I used to play for the Rugby team at school, but now mainly play racket sports. In music, I mainly like guitar based rock. I played in a band at school, and at university I was involved with the student radio, at one point getting a feature I recorded aired on Radio 1.
I have experience in both 1 to 1 teaching and class teaching. I have given tuition to all age groups between Y7 at school and Undergraduate university. I regularly have good outcomes, with tutees achieving their goals, and also enjoying the tutoring experience. I find that I am able to form better relationships with younger tutees than their school teachers as I am closer to their age, and this allows better communication and hence better learning. I have also found with some of my tutees that tutoring presents an opportunity to improve the confidence of the tutee and help him/her to believe in themselves and their ability to do the work. I have had experience with STEP maths entrance exams, along with GCSE, A-Level, Undergraduate University
I have also taught small groups during my undergraduate studies, where one 4th year student will provide personalised teaching to four 1st year students, and a larger class during my PhD.
I generally use the first session to do a litlle of the subject, but mainly to get to know the tutee and possibly parents depending on the tutee. We would also discuss what the aims of the tutoring are, and think about how we are going to achieve them. Then in future sessions we would work towards the goals we have set. The work vaires depending on the purpose of the tuition. If the tutee has fallen behind and wants to catch up. I will probably suggest a workbook to buy and then work through it, looking at the areas where the tutee is struggling. It will be up to the tutee whether they wish to do work outside of the sessions, but I would suggest it to get the most out of the tuition. If the work is for exams, then we will do past papers and talk about how to approach different kinds of questions. My approach to higher level non-standard undergraduate maths topics is to research them in advance. This has happened in the past, with a successful outcome.
I have found during my tutoring experiences that 1 to 1 tutoring is very different to class teaching. In class teaching, because of the numbers of students, there is an element of crowd control and not really an opportunity to build relationships with the students. In tutoring there is the opportunity to build trust and this means that some of the antagonism of teaching is removed. If the teaching is done correctly and things go well, the tutee should want to be at the sessions, becuase they are fun and because the tutee believes in their ability to learn the subject.
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: No (✘ Not On File)
- University of Warwick (2010) - Master of Maths (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Newcastle U Lyme School (2006) - A-Levels: Maths - A, Further Maths - A, Physics - A, Music - A (School) (✘ Not On File)
- Newcastle U Lyme School (2004) - GCSE 7xA* 2xA (School) (✘ Not On File)
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