Information About William - Whitstable tutor - (19 reviews)
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I am a Chemical Physics graduate with 24 years experience from my first career as a computer programmer and software engineer. I made the career change into teaching, training and lecturing in 2002. I am located in Whitstable with my own transport, so I am available from Sittingbourne, through Faversham, Whitstable, Herne Bay to Reculver and down to Canterbury.
Please note that due to problems with unclear and exacting requirements for the statistics component (particularly due to the Large Data Set) of the new Edexcel maths A-level, at present I can only offer help with the pure and mechanics components.
Experience: I began teaching work in the situation of an ICT trainer in the voluntary sector in 2003 to 2004 with a focus on Windows and Office suite applications and qualified as an ESOL teacher in 2005, then taught in a number of summer English language schools in 2005 to 2007. At the same time (from 2003), I began private tutoring in maths and sciences (KS3 to A-level) and since then, after making this my main role, have tutored a large number of students, originally in SE London and latterly in Kent.
From November 2013 to February 2014, I also lectured part-time at East Kent College on the Organic Chemistry and Medical Physics Techniques units of an Applied Science BTEC.
Most recently (January to May 2017), as well as tutoring my current cohort of private students, I have been working part-time in the Additional Educational Needs department of Norton Knatchbull school assisting students on a one-to-one basis with their Maths and Science GCSEs.
Age Range: 14 to Adult. If student is a minor, I will provide lessons at client's homes, with at least one other adult present. Lessons: 1 hour minimum, up to 2 hours maximum. For adults, I will provide lessons either at my home or in the client's home.
I tend to be guided by both the wishes and needs of the student and informed opinions of the parents and school feedback, so I will focus on for example, elaborating curriculum content not properly understood, revising curriculum content forgotten or practising problem-solving examples to improve exam technique as appropriate. With adult students, I adopt the style that they request.
My quoted rates are for 1 hour lessons in the local area (up to 5 miles around Whitstable). I have to charge something for petrol if travelling further than this, particularly to South Canterbury during the rush hour, but may be able to waive this for longer lessons. Contact me to discuss.
I do not offer free ‘taster’ lessons but can do an assessment for free combined with the first lesson, so charge for a one hour lesson but give one and a half hours of my time for that lesson, if desired.
My availability changes very rapidly as demand is very dynamic. Please contact me for the current situation and to discuss.
Please note, if you are in Essex, that is too far for me to travel.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Hastings College of Arts and Technology (2005) - Trinity Cert TESOL (College) (✔ On File)
- Canterbury College (2003) - C&G 7307 Stage 1 Adult Ed. Certificate (College) (✔ On File)
- Open University (2002) - Software Engineering Module of MSc. (Masters) (✔ On File)
- Bristol University (1977) - BSc. Hons Chemical Physics (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
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'Josie (my daughter) said her exam board is Edexcel and she is in the second year but needs to revise the first. In particular, she needs support for year 1 mechanics and stats which went badly in her mocks in September. She is re-taking after half term. Although she coped fine in class and was predicted an A, when it came to applying her knowledge to exam questions, she couldn't do it at all and achieved an E.'
During the lesson, it became immediately apparent that you were unprepared and were not familiar with the curriculum in spite of having the new year 12 stats/ mechanics book. Josie had to explain what they had been doing and illustrate via the maths mock & text book. I would have expected that you would have come to the lesson having familiarised yourself with the curriculum. If you had done so, you would have identified that you were unable to help Josie, since, in spite of being present for over 1.5hrs, you were not able to explain ANY of the questions that Josie had trouble with even though she only achieved 30% in the mock, so there was plenty of material. Your comments such as 'I would have absoloutely no idea how to do that' were not helpful and were actually demotivating. Had you reviewed the curriculum, you would have been aware of the types of questions.
Your final comment that you are 'unable to help' and 'suggest we speak to the school' illustrates that you were not appropriate for this level/ type of tutoring. We have already spoken to the school on several occasions, and were now seeking a tutor to assist at their suggestion.
I am raising this feedback as I explained very clearly what I needed and you could have identified that you were not able to help before I paid for the registration fee and £30 for your lesson. The lessons provided 'no help what-so-ever, and in fact put me behind as I could have been practising other aspects of maths' in the words of my daughter.
I feel that your abilities were misrepresented in this case and although you may be qualified to teach other areas of maths, you were not able to meet the needs that I asked for and should have been able to identify this in advance.
Thank you for your email and feedback. It has taken me sometime to reply as I have not received a complaint before and I needed to find out the correct way to respond. Firstly, if First Tutors decide not to refund the arrangement fee, I will do it instead as a goodwill gesture.
I am sincerely sorry the lesson did not meet your needs. I always endeavour to have a good familiarity with the syllabus content of the subjects I tutor. For this new syllabus, I had been through the AS and A-level statistics specimen papers and made notes on them and tutored one other student in this syllabus in the run-up to the summer exams using the Edexcel-endorsed textbook I brought along on Sunday. I also prepared for the lesson by reading through the statistics chapters and looking at examples on the days before. I have of course, worked on the previous syllabus statistics module S1 with many students over a period of years.
The particular problem in question is the Large Data Set (LDS). The specification and the textbook expect ‘familiarity’ with this without explaining the full scope of this expectation. That this includes knowledge of the various geographic locations and measurement units is addressed in the book and could reasonably be expected. However, consulting other sources, such as ‘The Student Room’ indicates that the particular point I could not answer on the school mock (identifying a particular month), which was the only point the teacher had not chosen to answer on the script either, is bound up with knowledge of another aspect. That is, the Examiners seem to expect familiarity with (in fact, by rote memorisation of) the actual date ranges of the weather data individual locations and years. The question can apparently then be answered by a consequent process of logical elimination of months rather than by the superficially more obvious comparison of the different population statistical parameters supplied in the question, namely from the means and standard deviations given in a table with the medians and interquartile ranges read off from the supplied set of box plots.
Again, I deeply regret the inconvenience and distress this has caused. My response here is that, apart from the refund, since the textbook fails to identify the full scope of this expected familiarity with the LDS and there are at present insufficient past and mock papers available to provide sufficient clues to this, I am abandoning teaching the statistics component of the maths A-level until more such information becomes available and so I am updating my profile accordingly.
Specifically, from my point of view, coming to your home and tutoring Alex has been an enjoyable and rewarding experience and I have no hesitation in predicting success in Alex's further studies and wishing your family all the best for the future.
son and made lessons interesting.
He was able to fit us into his schedule and was flexible when other events came up.
We are very pleased with his work and hope to continue our engagement with him in the near future.
We wait with great confidence for the GCSE results to come in.
Subject - Chemistry
and more confidence going into the exams. Thank you William.
Knowledgeable about different exam board requirements, also flexible in approach - responds to requests to concentrate on a particular area / question.
Reliable and punctual - often spends over the hour in order to finish something off.
Very pleased so far.