Are you finding Maths a struggle? Do you feel you have gaps in your learning that need to be filled in? Or do you you just need a bit of support to help you reach those top grades? When you have the right support, Maths is easier than you think. A good Maths tutor can help you to develop your confidence and skills in order to get the results you need in your GCSE, A-level or other Level 1/2/3 Maths qualification. I am a qualified teacher with over 15 years' experience, and offer support from Year 9 up to A-level. Adult learners are welcome too. As well as 1-to-1 tuition from £34/hour, I offer membership programmes with weekly online group tutorials from £11/week - full details on my website at https://b28mathstutor.co.uk.
How would you describe your teaching style?
All my 1-to-1 tutoring is tailored to the student's needs. With GCSE students I normally start off with a basic skills check, which more often than not will highlight a few misconceptions that we can fisx quite easily. After that I'm led by what the student wants to cover (I'll provide a list of topics as a prompt). I'm happy to follow the school's scheme of work if I'm given a copy, but usually the student has a good idea of what areas they want to focus on. With A-level students the starting point is my A-level skills checklist, and again my planning is led by the student's needs. I put together an individual plan for each student, which is always flexible if they want to go off-piste and look at a topic theyve been struggling with at school. The plan includes resources for independent study to reinforce what we've done, and is typically updated about once a month. I love it when I see a “penny drop” – when I am able to help a student who has been struggling with a particular concept to understand it and realise that, actually, it’s not as hard as they thought. This, for me, is one of the most rewarding aspects of teaching. Once the basic concepts make sense to the learner, the harder ones fall into place much more easily.
What qualifications do you have?
I have UK Qualified Teacher Status (2004) and a First Class Honours degree in Engineering from the University of Salford (don't believe anyone who tells you you don't need much Maths to be an engineer!).
Tell us about your experience...
I started teaching in England in 2003 (I'd done a couple of years teaching English in Japan before that) and taught Maths up to A-level in various schools and colleges in Solihull and Birmingham until the end of 2016. The majority of my classtroom teaching career was spent at Solihull Sixth Form College. Since the beginning of 2017 I have focused on private tuition, and have taught students from over 30 local schools and colleges. Since going all-online I have diversified and am now offering group membership programmes, and have also established a "Preparing for A-level Maths" online course to help students who are finding the A-level course hard going because they need to get fully up to speed on all the required GCSE content. Full details of these can be found on my website.
What locations do you tutor in?
Until Covid struck, I worked mostly on a face-to-face basis, at my home near the Robin Hood Island in Hall Green, south-east Birmingham. However, at present all my tuition is online, and intend to return to face-to-face only when there is no longer a need for social distancing. My terms and conditions can be found on my website; in summary, 1-to-1 tuition is paid monthly in advance by BACS or standing order, and I have a 48-hour cancellation policy.
What is your personal message to students?
You have it in you to succeed - all you need is the right support and the determination to keep at it until you get there.
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