Sam

Sam

Maidstone Tutor

UPDATE: I’m still taking bookings for the current 2018-2019 academic year. However, all weekend and after-school slots have now been allocated, so unfortunately I’ll only be able to see people who are able to take lessons on weekday daytimes due to free periods or a homeschooling situation. Apologies to those for whom this is unsuitable, it seems to fill up earlier every year!

I am a Cambridge graduate in Natural Sciences from King's College, specialising in Astrophysics. I moved to the area in June 2012 and quickly built up a new client base, delivering 32 hours of tuition per week in mathematics and the physical sciences as my primary source of income.

I can teach any part of the A-Level maths or physics courses at short notice, including the specialist maths modules (mechanics, statistics, decision). Chemistry tuition is also available, although some advance notice of topics to be covered is helpful in these cases.

Undergraduates seeking tuition in mathematics should discuss the subject(s) required with me via the website's message system instead of "quick buying" my details - my training is primarily as a physicist, and the degree-level material I teach tends to be more applied than pure. Examples of topics include:

Ordinary differential equations (most Honours-level methods of solution, from integrating factors, exact differentials etc. up to series solutions, Laplace transforms, Green's functions etc.)
Partial differential equations
Fourier analysis (series, transforms, Parseval's theorem)
Calculus of scalar, vector and tensor fields
Complex analysis (eg. contour integration)
Variational calculus
Constrained/unconstrained stationary values

Tutoring Experience

My first client was a medical student who had been looking for help with a maths module at around A Level standard, and I taught him while finishing my final year of school. Throughout my degree I was supervised for 3-4 hours per week by many highly gifted tutors at Cambridge, and their various approaches have greatly influenced my current work. I have been successfully tutoring students one-on-one as a career since 2012, including home education of students not at school, and have also spent 18 months leading small-group classes at an independent tuition academy. My wider freelance education work has seen me teaching larger groups of all ages in environments such as schools, workshops and Immigration Removal Centres.

Tutoring Approach

My approach is based on Cambridge's acclaimed and effective "supervision model", which I experienced throughout my degree across several scientific subjects. What needs to be taught and how will depend on the individual student and their specific level/requirements. I will often recap some relevant theory to iron out any misconceptions before guiding the student through a worked example of a particular type of problem and providing a written solution to a sample question for revision purposes. The next step is usually to help them as they try the method themselves with similar questions, until they are confident enough to do it without any input from me.

Extra-curricular work can be assigned if required/desired, and this would usually consist of just a few carefully-selected exam problems, emphasising content over volume so as not to add unduly to the student's existing course workload.

Most students opt for either 60, 90 or 120 minute time slots each week, depending on the material to be covered and the time available.

I can provide extremely valuable help to both students seeking remedial instruction and those looking to consolidate their knowledge and ensure high grades - however, students must be reasonably self-motivated to get the most out of the sessions.

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

Qualifications

University of Cambridge (King's College)2012MastersMA (Cantab)
University of Cambridge (King's College)2009BachelorsBA (Hons)
Anderson High School, Lerwick, Shetland Islands2005School4 As (Adv. Higher), 5 As (Higher), 1 A (Intermediate 2), 7 Grade 1s (Standard Grade)

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Maths
GCSE£30
A-Level£30
University£40
Casual Learner£30
Physics
GCSE£30
A-Level£30
University£40
Casual Learner£30