I have been a private maths tutor in Wokingham for 4 years and recently moved to online sessions because of the current pandemic.
I have always enjoyed Mathematics so, after studying my A Levels, I decided to study the subject at the University of Southampton where I received a First Class Degree and won an award for finishing top in my class in operational research. Growing up I always wanted to be a teacher, which is why after my degree I decided to train at the University of Reading for my PGCE. I then got my first job at a local school in Wokingham where I taught GCSE and A Level Mathematics for 7 years. During this time, I taught KS3, GCSE, A Level Mathematics, Further Maths and Statistics.
Having worked as a secondary teacher in a local school for seven years I fully understand the GCSE curriculum and how it is becoming more competitive than ever for pupils to get higher grades. The new style grade boundaries mean that a small boost of a few marks can make a big difference to a student’s final grade. As Key stage 4 coordinator I spent time investigating this curriculum to write Schemes of work for the change to the new exams.
I have been an examiner for multiple exam boards at both GCSE and A level.
A typical KS3 session would begin with a focus on classwork to ensure that the student is up to date and understanding topics from school. The aim of this is to ensure that the student feels confident with the maths they are currently learning. I try to avoid covering topics that a student has not yet seen in school.
If we still have time I like to spend it on problem solving questions. This is to encourage the student to think outside the box and use their maths skills in new contexts. I also find that these problems can be enjoyable for students and promote confidence in their ability.
GCSE sessions will always begin with an overview of current topics learnt in school. It is important at GCSE to ensure that students do not fall behind with any topic as the curriculum has expanded and consequently content is sometimes taught faster.
I try to do a set of mixed questions each session to ensure that the majority of topics are constantly being covered and do not get forgotten. I can also give a similar set of questions to be completed as homework for the following week. The aim of this is for students to continue these methods in a different environment that will hopefully make it easier for them when it comes to revision in year 11.
Closer to exams I will focus on exam questions and discuss exam technique.
I can provide revision for Maths and Further Maths at A level. My strengths are suited to students that would mainly benefit from revision in Pure, Statistics and Decision mathematics. I can also support anyone looking for tuition with the maths elements of the International Baccalaureate Programme.
At this level we will usually look at homework that has been set by school and recent topics to ensure that the student is keeping up with the fast pace of A level. A level maths is a big step up from GCSE so it is important not to fall behind at any point.
I charge £25 for each half hour session or £50 for the full hour. I recommend GCSE and A level students have the full hour but I can be flexible with this.
All payments are to be made in advance of the session.
Currently all sessions will be online via Microsoft Teams. I will send an invite once sessions times and payment have been confirmed.
I have setup a whiteboard with a camera that I use to show examples of working through questions. I also screen share so that students can view the questions that I use. I recommend that students come prepared with a notepad and pen to take notes.
Please ensure that you have a computer with a working microphone and a good internet connection before starting sessions.
My availability is listed below.
I will continue running sessions though the school holidays this year in order to offer continued support to students during this time.
Please contact me using the form below for booking regular or one off sessions.
Please contact me if you are happy with the above information and would like to book a session.
I have designed a 9 week course for those year 11 students who wish to prepare for their Maths A level. I have selected all the GCSE level 7-9 topics that are assumed knowledge for starting the A level. You can choose your own one hour session times and do not have to do all 9 sessions if you already feel comfortable with a topic. Please enquire below using the 'contact me' section.
Oakey Drive, Wokingham, Wokingham, RG40 2DT, United Kingdom