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*I generally tutor in your home, or in a coffee shop/library if required for a university student. However, due to the current situation I'm currently tutoring exclusively online - but I'm happy to revert to in-person tuition once things return to normal* I have been a full-time professional tutor for 9 years. I graduated from the University of Cambridge with a double first class BA in mathematics, and stayed on to complete a masters degree (MMath) in mathematical physics. I am bright, enthusiastic, and have a passion for teaching maths and physics. The levels I teach are: GCSE, A-level/IB, and University (including University entrance & STEP exams). I have tried to provide tailored information for each of these levels in subheadings below - so do scroll down. My rate is £60 per hour for all levels. My experience includes nine years of 1-1 and classroom tuition, and I have worked for some of London’s top tutoring agencies and centres. Students I tutor often progress rapidly, attaining and often succeeding their own expected exam grade. I believe that, with dedication and the correct instruction, any student is able to learn mathematics and science. I have also worked with students who are home-schooled, ad their full-time teacher. I’ve also tutored students who need crash course revision sessions during holidays and study breaks in the run up to an examination. I have undertaken research at King’s College London in the field of mathematics education. I have an excellent understanding of educational theory, and its applications to mathematics, and also fully aware of the issues of mathematical education in schools and how these can be overcome. Areas that are a short commute for me are: Richmond, Twickenham, Chiswick, Hammersmith, Hounslow, Feltham, Kingston ----------------------- GCSE & IGCSE ----------------------- I provide tuition for Edexcel, OCR , AQA exam boards in both maths and physics GCSE. I can also tutor iGCSE. My approach at this level varies. Sometimes the student is highly motivated, and is looking to attain a high grade to study at A-level or IB., in which case I will supporting them and trying to achieve a balance of succinct explanation, problem solving, and exam technique within lessons. On the other hand, if the student has fallen behind in class and is finding it difficult to comprehend anything in school, then I will work at filling the knowledge gaps with the student, to allow the student to get back on track to understanding class material once again. -------------------- A-LEVEL& IB -------------------- At A-level I have prepared students in all the main exam boards: Edexcel, OCR, AQA and OCR MEI. I am happy to provide tuition for any examination in any pure maths, further pure examination, and physics. At IB, I have taught both maths (SL studies, SL & HL) and physics (SL & HL). The new exams at A-level are now much more rigorous, and place a much larger emphasis on modelling and problem solving. Often, students are taught in a “bullet point” way in schools, where connections across different topics are not made – which sometimes makes learning the subject frustrating, as there seem to be an infinitude of different “recipes” for solving different problems. An emphasis will be placed on drawing connections and giving the “why” not just the “how to”. This is far more malleable to different, more complex, problems which are now appearing in examinations. ------------------------------------------- University Entrance & STEP ------------------------------------------- This usually encompasses Oxbridge interview practice and/or entrance exams. I provide support for Oxbridge interviews in maths, physics and engineering. One focus is developing problem-solving skills, especially to the sort of open-ended questions that are given at interview, and finding multiple solutions to a particular problem. Another focus is developing communication skills, so that one can verbally explain thought processes with clarity. Entrance exams are required at interview at some Universities: I can help to prepare for these. STEP exams are also used by Cambridge (and sometimes Warwick) as an entry requirement, and I have significant experience in tutoring for these - including at Cambridge University as a mentor for prospective applicants from state-school backgrounds. I can also help prepare for the MAT and PAT which are used by Oxford prior to invitation to interview. --------------------------- University Tuition --------------------------- I have tutored students at universities including: Cambridge, Imperial, LSE, UCL, King's (and many other colleges in the University of London) Students I tutor come from a wide range of disciplines include undergraduate and postgraduate students of: Maths, Physics, Engineering, Natural Sciences, and Computer Science. Often University lecturers equate reading or writing out lecture notes to teaching. And this can often lead to difficulties in studying at a higher level, even for those who managed school level studies with ease. At university level I try to pull apart lecture notes into digestible and memorable chunks, highlight important results and provide many examples of the theory, encourage rigour in written solutions, and provide model solutions to past paper questions. It is vital that the student is prepared with materials for their own course (e.g. past papers, lecture notes, textbooks) as each University has their own syllabus. Also, you must be hard working and motivated to learn university material - otherwise tuition is useless. Please do not contact me if you are looking for someone to simply complete coursework on your behalf. I have taught for distance University learning, where I correct and provide model solutions to questions. A (non-exhaustive) list of courses I have taught are: PURE Linear Algebra Number Theory Set Theory Group Theory Real Analysis Complex Analysis APPLIED Vectors & Matrices Vector Calculus Differential Equations Mathematical Methods Dynamical Systems THEORETICAL PHYSICS Classical Dynamics Special Relativity Fluid Dynamics Quantum Mechanics Electromagnetism APPLICABLE Optimisation Probability Statistics

Tutoring Experience
My experience includes nine years of 1-1 and classroom tuition, and I have worked for some of London’s top tutoring agencies and centres. Students I tutor often progress rapidly, attaining and often succeeding their own expected exam grade. I believe that, with dedication and the correct instruction, any student is able to learn mathematics and science. I have also worked with students who are home-schooled, ad their full-time teacher. I’ve also tutored students who need crash course revision sessions during holidays and study breaks in the run up to an examination. I have undertaken research at King’s College London in the field of mathematics education. I have an excellent understanding of educational theory, and its applications to mathematics, and also fully aware of the issues of mathematical education in schools and how these can be overcome.

Lesson Planning
The structure and pace of the lesson will be adapted to the student's level and ability. For a GCSE student who has followed behind, after an initial assessment I will draw up a list of topics that will need to be recovered. In each lesson, I will try and achieve a balance of theory in one of the topics, followed by working through examples and if the student is in an examination year including past paper style questions. I try to involve the student from the outset and I don't leave any stone unturned: developing multiple ways to tackle a problem rather than a recipe. For A-level, quite often students have much more autonomy over the subject and may have specific theoretical points or questions that they've struggled at during their school lessons. If so, then the student may want to use me as a point of expertise to get into the areas they don't understand. Other students may need more guidance in which my initial approach will be similar to my approach at GCSE above. However, I will gently encourage autonomy as time goes on. For university entrance (Oxbridge) there are four main areas of development: a) Depth of understanding i.e. being able to justify and prove the results in the A level specification, even if not required by the exam b) Becoming a better problem solver, especially with the non-routine style questions which crop up at interview and on entrance exams like MAT, PAT and STEP. This is through exposing students to different - often open ended - problems c) Presenting arguments with clear logical rigour, making sure that communication on paper is efficient and precise. d) Graph sketching - and important skill for any serious mathematician or scientist, and almost certainly is tested at interview. At university there is no exam board and every module at every university is different. Thus, university students must be prepared with lecture notes / problem sheets / past papers or any other appropriate resources.

Exam Board Experience
I have substantial experience with the three major exam boards: Edexcel, OCR (including OCR MEI) and AQA at GCSE, IGCSE and A-level.

Student Success Stories
I have had many students delighted with their exam results, going on to study at their university of choice, including Oxford and Cambridge. However, success can only be achieved through the tutee's engagement with personal study - there is so substitute for diligence.

Subjects

Maths GCSE IB A-Level Pre U Graduate
Further Maths A-Level
Physics GCSE IB A-Level Pre U Graduate

Qualifications

Level School Subject Grade
Masters University of Cambridge Mathematics (Theoretical Physics) Pass
Bachelors University of Cambridge Mathematics 1st

Rates

In-Person Online
Physics (GCSE) £75 £75
Maths (GCSE) £75 £75
Physics (IB) £75 £75
Maths (IB) £75 £75
Physics (A-Level) £75 £61
Maths (A-Level) £75 £75
Further Maths (A-Level) £75 £75
Physics (Pre U) £75 £75
Maths (Pre U) £75 £75
Physics (Graduate) £75 £75
Maths (Graduate) £75 £75
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