Before you go any further:
I currently have a few spaces left for GCSE and KS3 sciences and maths tuition: Tuesdays from 7pm to 8pm, Wednesdays from 7pm to 8pm, and Thursdays from 6pm to 7pm. Have a look at my website for more details, and then contact me if you have any further questions, or if you would like to meet me in my office to discuss the possibility of starting tuition sessions. If your son/daughter is in Year 11, I would suggest that there are not many weeks left before GCSEs actually start....
If none of the above times are convenient, please note that I also do one-off sessions of up to 2 hours during the school holidays and half-terms (except the week between Christmas and New Year). These are available on a first-come first-served basis.
Now back to the standard information.
I am a qualified and experienced teacher, working full time on one-to-one tuition, specialising in Maths and the Sciences, for students of all ages, including mature students.
I am particularly adept at helping students who are struggling with the subjects or who are suffering from a lack of confidence. We identify the reasons, and then use a variety of strategies to resolve any issues - often these are gaps in knowledge and understanding from earlier in the student's school career. We then decide how to approach the tuition - working on specific issues, or working alongside the school lessons, embedding the knowledge and understanding. Of course, these two approaches are often combined! I also have a significant set of resources in my office, where I prefer to work.
I am calm and patient, and happy to return to areas where understanding may not be fully embedded.
Contact me for a free no-obligation half-hour consultation in my purpose built office, where we discuss the issues and agree the way forward.
I also have a small library attached to my office where parents can sit and wait during the tutoring sessions, and where they can read or use the internet.
I was a full-time science teacher in a Southampton secondary school, before semi-retiring in July 2014 - fully qualified and experienced. Prior to that, I worked in the finance and technical industries, latterly as a project manager, having started as a computer programmer (before the days of PCs!), and particularly enjoyed mentoring trainees, and presenting to wider audiences.
I am now well into my fourth year of tutoring, with a current list of about 15 students on my books, with significant number of these being recommendations.
Often, tutees will have some understanding of the subject that they are struggling with - but not always. I will use the free half-hour consultation in my purpose built office to start to identify issues and agree the way ahead. If the tutees is particularly unsure, it often indicates a lack of confidence, which is remedied by reviewing what they can do, building confidence, and then moving forward, with consolidation at each stage - for example, on completion of a small topic.
My wide experience in the real world allows me to link science and maths to everyday life, and also link concepts between the different topics within the curriculum - this enables the students to fit their new knowledge into an existing structure, which makes it much easier to remember and understand. I am enthusiastic about my subjects (and related subjects, as well as history) which also helps engender interest because I can talk about examples where the science under discussion is used in the world around.
|Availability||Weekdays (all times)|
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|Leeds University||1977||Bachelors||BSc (Hons) Zoology|
|General Teaching Council||2011||QTS||Pass|
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