Information About Thomas - Birmingham tutor - (11 reviews)
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Hello! I am a 26 year old Student studying for a Degree in Mathematics at Birmingham University. Originally from Bristol, I have always had a passion for mathematics and have pursued extra-curricular involvement with it from an early age. Including the regular qualifications, I regularly scored well enough to partake in Mathematical Olympiads while at Secondary School. At University I am exploring the mathematical landscape and love to share my experiences with others, including working for the mathematics parenting scheme and running a voluntary course on the fundamentals of coding.
At my Secondary School I was also both a Prefect and Peer Mentor, responsible for running school events and partaking in the pastoral care of students with various problems, be that learning difficulties or otherwise. I have a ECRB check for working with those under 18 which you are more than welcome to verify.
My teaching experience with regards to mathematics started out as tutoring family friends through GCSE and A-Level, followed occasionally by their friends These sessions were bringing them up to speed with topics they were struggling at, and if they wished to continue attempting marginally more complex problems with the same material, such that when they hit the exams the actual questions would be very easy. I also ran advanced mathematical sessions for other students at my secondary school for those who did not find the standard curriculum challenging enough. The purpose of this was to increase their enthusiasm for the subject, challenge them intellectually and to help prepare those of them who wished to apply to mathematics based courses at a prestigious University.
Since I started tutoring 6 years ago, I have had many tutees who have each managed to reach or surpass their personal goals for their time with me. Most recently, I spent over two years working for a professional tutoring centre as their lead physics tutor, as well as managing some of the more advanced mathematics classes.
For those struggling with the standard curriculum:
My approach to tutoring is attempting to encourage my tutees to enjoy the maths they do, as it is usually the largest hurdle to mastering the subject. Sometimes by using real world analogies the ideas can suddenly click into place in their minds to they can suddenly see what they are trying to do more clearly. My main method however is attempting to identify the root of whatever misunderstanding is happening. Mathematics is a subject that builds on itself, if you don't understand the first step, you won't be able to manage the second. By attempting to give a more complete understanding of whichever concept is the root of the problem, I build the tutee back to the original question or topic they were struggling with, and with a better base to work from they can then approach it far more easily. I generally try to teach through working through questions, which I can take either from the tutees resources or my own. I am happy to assign homework or not, depending on the preference of the client, though I do reccomend spending time doing a couple of problems outside the time spent with me
For those who wish to experience more advanced mathematics than what the standard curriculum provides:
I tend to let the tutees have more input into what they want to learn in these cases, I try to further encourage and foster their enjoyment of the subject, and try to introduce them to new and more advances uses of the mathematics they are taught in school, using my own experience or resources I have amassed over the time I have spent studying mathematics. I encourage more creative thinking and rigorous logic which is expected of University Students, rather than set step-by-step methods taught in GCSE and A-level. Overall, I try to expand the tutees mind to the possibilities and implications of mathematics through engaging questions and advised reading.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Bristol Grammar School (2011) - A A-Level OCR Mathematics (School) (✔ On File)
- Bristol Grammar School (2011) - A A-Level OCR Further Mathematics (School) (✔ On File)
- Bristol Grammar School (2011) - A A-Level AQA Physics (School) (✔ On File)
- Bristol Grammar School (2008) - A* GCSE Mathematics (School) (✔ On File)
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Thomas is kind and very thourough and I like his tutoring attitude and method. He makes sure that my son understands his maths and physics.
I will recommand Thomas to other parents.
I have no hesitation in recommending Thomas. He is a great maths tutor and my daughter always looks forward to his lessons and she has become more confident in maths. Thanks Thomas.
Son happy to continue and feels the support will be of great help.
Thanks again Tom.