I am a friendly and enthusiastic teacher of maths and science and have taken an early retirement to take up full time private tutoring since 2007 under the trade name The GOSH CENTRE for MATHS & SCIENCE. Over the years I have built up a reputation of making the learning of mathematics and science not only easy but also enjoyable. I analyse the personal learning ability of every child and help them develop their self-confidence, as it is, above all, a lack of confidence that holds most students back from achieving their full educational potential. I have found that, with this approach, students enjoy their learning, are motivated to succeed and their performance improves considerably without the rigours of “learning by rote”. Thus, while the relatively weaker students learn to overcome their shortcomings, those who are more able are given appropriate guidance to help them excel. My background includes a GCE ‘O’ Level [University of Cambridge] followed by Bachelor of Science [Physics Honours], Bachelor of Technology [Electronics & Instrumentation], Master of Engineering [Electronics & Control] and PhD[Eng]. For more than 30 years I have been teaching Mathematics, Science and Electronics at a wide range of levels including GCSE/IGCSE, GCE – AS/A Level, HND, ND, BSc and BEng. In 2007 I set up The GOSH CENTRE for MATHS & SCIENCE - the trade name under which I offer a personal tuition service specialising in tutoring small groups and one-to-one. Since then I have taught innumerable students with remarkable success. My students include those from independent schools such as Harrow School, Merchant Taylors' School, St Margaret's School, Haberdashers' Aske's School, The City of London School, as well as Grammar Schools and state comprehensive schools. Kindly visit www.goshcentre.co.uk for more details.
How would you describe your teaching style?
I analyse the personal learning ability of every child and help them develop their self-confidence, as it is, above all, a lack of confidence that holds most students back from achieving their full educational potential. Students develop a scientific, logical and systematic approach to problem solving and investigating – skills that can be applied to many other aspects of the curriculum and to life. Students’ preconception of mathematics and science as difficult and abstruse is often their biggest stumbling block. As a teacher I help them break these mental barriers and use creativity and intuition to help the student feel that mathematics and science are easy and entertaining. They soon realise that they have already explored, tested and refined many of the theories and principles of science over years of repeated experimentation at work, at play and at leisure. My method aims to spark a child’s imagination and helps develop his/her natural interests and abilities. It stirs the student’s creativity, fosters a better understanding of the world, and makes the overall learning experience more enjoyable and rewarding.
What qualifications do you have?
GCE ‘O’ Level [University of Cambridge] Bachelor of Science [Physics Honours] Bachelor of Technology [Electronics & Instrumentation] Master of Engineering [Electronics & Control] PhD[Eng].
Tell us about your experience...
For more than 30 years I have been teaching Mathematics, Science, Electronics and IT Applications at a wide range of levels including GCSE/IGCSE, GCE – AS/A Level, HND, ND, BSc and BEng. Since 2007 I have been working as a full time private tutor under the trade name The GOSH CENTRE for MATHS & SCIENCE.
What locations do you tutor in?
I usually teach at my home in South Oxhey, Hertfordshire. I also travel within reasonable distances subject to availability. The areas I cover include Watford, Carpenders Park, Bushey, Northwood, Moor Park, Harrow.
What is your personal message to students?
MY MESSAGE TO A MAJORITY OF STUDENTS: A substantial majority of students under-perform. Students’ preconception of mathematics as difficult and abstruse is often their biggest stumbling block. Many children attribute the lack of understanding to their own inabilities, and that is how the rot sets in. Once they begin to doubt their abilities they lose their confidence. I hold that under-performance is rarely the result of lack of ability. However, ability and talent count for nothing if ones confidence is undermined by a self-defeating attitude. This is usually owing to some gaps in learning made worse by not giving enough emphasis on ‘understanding’. I help students to break these mental barriers and thus overcome these gaps and have noticed that they find it easier to find answers from concepts rather than following “learning by rote” instructions to convert questions into answers. This helps restore their confidence and the motivation to succeed. MY MESSAGE TO HIGH ACHIEVERS: High achievers have the self-confidence to perform well in exams. Often they give all their efforts to make sure that they excel in exams. Unfortunately, the current GCSE as well as A-level curricula and their examinations fail to "stretch and challenge" these bright youngsters - factors that are essential in developing their true potential. The breadth, depth and articulacy needed to continue their high achievement in their professional career are not being taught. Besides academic performance, I help them develop intellectual creativity, a capacity for lateral thought and argument, and a deep knowledge of and enthusiasm for the subject. Thus, in addition to ensuring that they perform to their true potential at the exams, the students are prepared for a smooth transition to university physics, mathematics and a range of engineering courses as well as a bright career. I also encourage them to dare to be original. Then they dare to be courageous, strong, and vibrant and are willing to realize the full potential of their unique skills and talents.
|Travelling tutor:||South Oxhey, Bushey, Watford, Carpenders Park, Northwood, Harrow, Moor Park|
|Maths||KS2 to GCSE|
|Science||KS2 to GCSE|