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 support 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.
If any students are particularly gifted at mathematics I will extend their learning and understanding using problem solving. Many tutors will teach topics beyond their key stage (some going to degree level topics), whilst this encourages curiosity it can also encourage students to learn methods instead of having an in depth understanding of a topic. I believe it is more important to encourage curiosity within their key stage in order to develop as a good mathematician. I will ensure that students can explain concepts to me by asking them appropriate questions and giving problems to solve within their key stage. Where possible I will try not to go beyond their school topics as this can cause boredom in class when their reach the corresponding topics in school and is consequently a waste of their time.
Currently all sessions will be online via Microsoft Teams. I will send a session link 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.
I charge £50 for each one to one hour session.
All payments are to be made in advance of the session.
I have a 24 hour calculation policy otherwise sessions will be chargeable.
I am currently fully booked for regular term time September 2020. I will have ad hoc availability from September where anyone can view and book my weekly available spaces from cancellations. I also provide a text message alert service for any last minute cancellations to anyone wanting ad hoc sessions, please use the contact me form to sign up to this.
I am now booking Ad hoc sessions on Sundays through the November lockdown. These are available for anyone to book here.