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Sam offers a FREE first / introductory lesson!
I'm a professional iPhone Developer & Audio/DSP Engineer offering Maths and IT tuition to capable students.
I've always loved maths. The moment it clicks and the lightbulb goes on! After graduating in pure maths I moved into programming: 3-D games, iPhone development, audio engineering. This allowed me to travel the world whilst working on-the-fly for many years.
I've returned to England to focus on my own projects (writing pitch training iPhone/iPad games for children), and I split my time between this and tutoring.
I tutor because I enjoy it; service brings fulfilment. England is currently undergoing a crisis drought of engineers, so it is for us to step up through 1-on-1 tutoring, like the old-style apprenticeships. This is the only way to reach the fruit on the high branches.
My understanding in maths is my own, and I encourage students to come to their own understanding also. I have always come up with my own proofs -- for example I proved Pythagoras' Theorem when I was 12, and the Fundamental Theorem of Calculus when I was 19.
I am constantly re-examining the foundations, making new connections, seeing things in a new light. The university degree barely scratched the surface. My favourite fields are Fourier Theory and Geometric Algebra -- I find most interesting areas are those with applications in Physics.
I play county tennis, club chess, practice Kalarippayatt (martial art from India), play piano & sing (any song that catches my ear). I attempt to make my activity my meditation.
I have taught privately and in schools both in England and abroad over the last 20 years.
I encourage students to seek to understand, rather than blindly follow recipes. This is where real confidence comes from.
My speciality is working with students that have some proclivity for maths, to give them a deeper understanding than the UK curriculum offers. When they return to the exam papers, not only do the questions seem trite but they can even see into the mind of the examiner. Several of my students have gone on to study at Oxford and Cambridge.
That said, I'm keen to work with any student that has some basic liking for the subject. This is the only prerequisite. I can steer the rocketship, but that is the fuel.
I start with a blank sheet of paper, a pencil, a ruler and a compass. I summon everything into existence through common sense, insight, intelligent enquiry. I have created a YouTube channel of (15) lessons that showcases my approach -- the camera is aimed at the paper. Alas the site does not allow me to link it from here, however if you contact me I will happily provide it.
An intelligent 14-year-old can (with suitable mentoring) handle advanced concepts normally held back until maybe the second year of the undergraduate degree. It is key to assimilate these concepts early while the brain is still highly plastic.
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