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Mrs. Colette Lurshay

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£ 25.00-50.00 p/h

GCSE Mathematics is an important subject and I am pleased to offer specialist tuition to support students learning. Sessions cover topics for the Maths GCSE (9-1) syllabus both foundation and higher level and include tuition, discussion and practice questions. The sessions are one to one - with tuition available for all levels of ability. There is an option to share lessons with a friend/small group if preferred and many students benefit from the support and interaction this arrangement offers. If you would like to discuss how I can help or if you would like to secure a session please do not hesitate to contact me. I look forward to hearing from you. Colette Lurshay, CAL Mathematics. ​ ​

How would you describe your teaching style?

A structured approach with an ability to communicate difficult concepts in an easy to understand way. The key to effective teaching is to be able to communicate so that students understand and are able to progress independently. I offer encouragement and positive feedback as a matter of course. Positive feedback and encouragement from a teacher is powerful in empowering students to keep trying.

What qualifications do you have?

BSc(Hons) Degree in Mathematics (major) and Psychology; Award in Education and Training (PTTLS), and Foundation Certificate in Professional Coaching. DBS Enhanced Certificate held (Former Enhanced CRB Check)

Tell us about your experience...

On graduating from University of Surrey I pursued a career within the finance arena specialising in pensions. I worked for Hymans Robertson for 10 years latterly becoming a Partner. Following the arrival of my second daughter I took a career break and later joined OAC Actuaries and Consultants where I worked for 18 years until 2016. ​ In addition to private tutoring, I am pleased to work with schools when they have a temporary need for extra maths resource. I have worked with the Maths Department at St.Mary's School, Gerrards Cross, providing support in maths lessons to students in Years 8 and 9 . I have always worked in an environment where numeracy skills are key and with a passion for maths have often tutored. Helping students develop their understanding of maths is highly rewarding and my time is now fully committed to CAL Mathematics. Students come from a range of schools including; Beaconsfield High School, Berkhamsted School, Beaconsfield Secondary School, Claires Court Maidenhead, St.Mary's Gerrards Cross, Royal Grammar School (RGS), Thorpe House.

What locations do you tutor in?

Gerrards Cross Buckinghamshire

What is your personal message to students?

If you are struggling with Maths or feel you are not doing as well as you could you have come to the right place. Improvement in maths is most certainly achievable! Students need to believe in themselves and with support, effort and the right guidance anything is possible. Have Confidence. There is a tendency to believe with maths that you either have ability or you don’t. Students need to understand that this is not the case and that their skills and abilities are the result of hard work, study and practice. If you practise maths you will most definitely improve. Once students see an improvement their confidence will grow. Try. It is essential to encourage students not to be afraid of their mistakes. Students must be taught to value their mistakes. It is by making mistakes that we learn. ‘It’s only those who do nothing, that make no mistakes.’ (Joseph Conrad 1896). In maths, it is essential to go back over your work, to see what went wrong and learn how to reach the correct solution next time. By doing so, students can gradually build their knowledge one step at a time. Practice. This is so important. It will lead to improved performance and confidence will follow. The Maths Teacher is Key. If the teacher is positive and enjoys maths this can be instrumental in encouraging students to explore and learn. If this is not happening in school, it may be time to consider getting outside help. Positive feedback and encouragement from a teacher is powerful in empowering students to keep trying. Believe that you can do it. Improvement in maths is most certainly achievable! Students need to believe in themselves and with support, effort and the right guidance anything is possible.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: Yes
Home-based tutor: Yes
Travelling tutor: All Lessons are carried out at The Memorial Centre in Gerrards Cross
Online tutor: No
Subjects: Mathematics GCSE
  Mathematics Primary
  Mathematics Secondary