**My slots fill up quickly and as a result I only have daytime slots Monday and Tuesday and Thursday. These are ideal for UK A Level/IB Students/ who potentially have free periods, International Students, or students who are not in mainstream education. These slots are also ideal for learners wishing to gain Functional Skills qualifications in Maths and ICT as part of their apprenticeship qualification. *.
My name is Richard and I tutor Mathematics, Music and Computer Science. I have been a qualified teacher for 15 years, and have been working as a full time professional tutor since 2014. I tutor face-to-face at my home, or online, and have taught students from all parts of the UK and Internationally. I currently have International clients from Italy, Australia, Russia and the US.
I will teach any student that has a willingness to learn, and I have a sub-specialism in teaching neurodiverse students, as I am neurodiverse too.
I am a UK trained qualified teacher, and learnt my craft teaching in British schools prior to teaching privately. My last teaching post was in a mathematics department belonging to an outstanding secondary school in Leeds. (In the year I left, the maths department was ranked amongst the top 10% in the country). I know the GCSE Examinations inside out, as for the past 4 years I have been employed as an expert examiner for a major UK Examination board. Marking these exams during the summer gives me a unique insight into the examination process, and in turn, this means your child has a greater awareness of the what they need to do to successfully pass their exams.
I am unique in the fact that I can tutor, and have tutored, across the entire age range, and across the entire Mathematics and Music Curriculum. I have prepared students for distance learning exams, and I am comfortable designing bespoke programs of study for an individuals unique requirements. I have worked closely with engineering businesses in the past, designing, and delivering their apprenticeship programs of study, and have helped military engineers learn how the theoretical applies to the practical.
My tutoring skills have been sharply honed by my school based experience, where I have been consistently rated as outstanding during formal and informal observations.
In terms of my school based teaching career, highlights that have had a positive, lasting impact on my private tutoring include: Holding the position of head of KS3 mathematics and head of functional mathematics (This involved improving the teaching of problem solving, reasoning and then designing and producing new schemes of work for the rest of the department to follow.) This also involved visiting primary schools to deliver practical learning experiences that I designed and produced. I have been responsible for designing Schemes of Work (ie what to teach, when to teach it and how to teach it), managed a school initiative that involved teaching parents in conjunction with students, and monitored pupil progress to ensure that those who were not performing their best pulled their socks up! I know first hand what this looks like from a teachers' perspective, so I know exactly how to remedy it during a period of private tuition. I have helped other teachers develop their careers by being an official training mentor/manager to Trainee teachers and Newly Qualified Teachers. This involved watching their lessons, analysing their teaching methods and behaviour management, and giving them feedback on how to be even better. This continuous process of reflection and evaluation underpins how I refine and perfect my teaching practice.
A confident learner is a successful learner and in maths, that confidence is crucial. I will help build up my tutee’s confidence so that they will feel able to answer questions with ease and notice an improvement in their ability, I will encourage, not humiliate, and I will ensure that topics are pitched perfectly so pupils can make progress straight away. Exam rubric (what the exam boards want to see and how they want to see it) will feature heavily and we will work together so weaknesses will be consolidated over time. Due to teaching music (and being a working musician in addition to my teaching work), I offer a unique, creative approach to tutoring both subjects. A lot of people assume that mathematics is not creative, and vice versa, and this is simply not the case. I spent many years helping creative people understand that their creativity is what is going to help them excel at mathematics, and helping others, who are frustrated at their progress, to take a more creative approach in how they approach mathematical problems. This has had a tremendous impact on their perception of the subject.
As I have had lots of experience teaching in schools this gives me a unique insight into how teachers think, and what they would like to see from their pupils who are engaged in private tuition - usually teachers will notice when pupils go back to their studies with a new found confidence.
I aim to help pupils over the long term by also discussing revision strategies and memory aids to ensure that topics covered in sessions will remain fresh and exam ready. We simply keep trying new ways until we find a way that works!
Teaching is a two way process so expect questions – lots of them! If any stumbling blocks have been encountered I will use a range of questioning techniques to get to the bottom of the problem. One of the key benefits of private tuition is having the opportunity to assess a tutee's knowledge and remedy where appropriate.
I use a range of resources, from Numecon (plastic slates that are great to visualise number) to old school A level text books, from weighing scales to tennis balls. I will use whatever is needed to get a point across. And will adapt my teaching methods on the spot to ensure that I teach in the way my student wants to learn.
I have been told I make learning fun and I am inclined to agree as I think I am hilarious!
|References Available||On File|
|EM Direct (York)||2009||PGCE||Secondary Maths|
|Leeds University||2006||PGCE||Secondary Music|
|University of York||2004||Bachelors||BA (Hons) Music|
|Leeds University||2006||QTS||Awarded QTS|
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