I was awarded an open scholarship to read Engineering Science at Balliol College, Oxford, and I graduated with First Class Honours in 1985, also taking the Lubbock Prize for top graduating Mechanical Engineer. I went on to complete a PhD in Electrical Engineering (Control Theory) at Imperial College, London. I then worked as a researcher, on the design of helicopter control systems. For many years, I have taught university students a wide range of subjects, including Engineering Mechanics (Statics & Dynamics), Spaceflight, Aircraft Performance, Mathematics, Programming, Flight Dynamics & Control, and Rotorcraft.
I took my A and S Levels in 1982, in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, and Chemistry. My O-Levels included Latin, French and German, all at grade A. I also speak Russian reasonably fluently.
I will target my lessons at the topics you want help with. We shall discuss those right at the start.
I have a very wide range of interests, including foreign languages, and, for a university academic, the relatively unusual additional skill of holding a class 1 ("C+E") HGV license; during the pandemic, I have been doing my bit, on a part-time basis, helping keep all manner of industrial and consumer goods moving driving 44 tonners across the country.
I have been tutoring university students for twenty eight years. Over the years, I have also done quite a lot of ad hoc tutoring of A Level students, face-to-face. In March 2020, my teaching had to change to "on-line". I surprised myself by being singled out in student feedback as the most successful "on-line" teacher of engineering in the department.
The sensible "default" is to focus the lessons on the topics requested by the learner. If the learner has no idea, then I can follow any of the standard recognised syllabi.
Exam Board Experience
I am reasonably well acquainted with the Edexcel Maths courses. However, to be able properly to explain and to teach a subject, I think that what really matters, (dare I say it, far more than an "insider" knowledge of this year's syllabus tweaks), is a sound understanding of said subject. Thirty eight years post A-level experience certainly gives me that.
Student Success Stories
My experience tutoring and lecturing to university students goes back to 1992 and results have been, on the whole, excellent. Even this "covid-19" affected academic year, students taking my classes "on-line" have achieved, and in many cases surpassed, the learning outcomes.