I am a full-time STEM educator and science communication specialist, with extensive classroom and lecture experience. After several years of teaching large groups, I'm keen to make sure I maintain my skills in small-group settings and individual tuition. Academically, I have a background -undergraduate and postgraduate- in both Mathematics and Astronomy, and I have followed those interests from research into education. In my current role, I teach formal lessons primarily to children from early-years level to Post-16, and more informal lecturing for general audiences of all ages. I have experience of teaching all ability levels, as well as working with many SEN groups, and I have a particular interest in helping adult learners who may have been disheartened by their school experiences of mathematics.
How would you describe your teaching style?
For many students, classroom maths lessons feel like a constant judgement of whether they are getting sums right or wrong, and a race to memorise as much as possible as quickly as they can. This works for some people, but can be extremely stressful for others. Over time, maths lessons can end up feeling like a fearful expedition, with each new concept being another source of error to worry about. I aim to foster an environment where students feel confident about exploring maths problems, and to take the time to understand the underlying concepts. I like to encourage them to poke around, and see changes in mathematical behaviour when we change initial conditions, or look at similar problems in a different context. By testing little pieces to destruction, or learning where the pitfalls are, students can build up the rigorous approaches crucial to tackling new problems. Rather than adding extra layers of difficulty, I want to teach students to treat new material as an exploration of a near-limitless realm of discovery.
What qualifications do you have?
MSci -Mathematics and Astronomy, University of Glasgow (2002 - 2006) Ph.D -Natural Philosophy, Institute of Gravitational Research, University of Glasgow (2006 - 2010)
Tell us about your experience...
After completing my postgraduate degree, I took a position in the Science Learning & Public Engagement team at the Royal Observatory, Greenwich as a planetarium astronomer. Current duties include anything from creating planetarium shows for very young children, to giving public lectures to movie fans about the science behind science fiction. However, the most relevant core of my work is conducting classroom-based activities and lessons as part of a formal school programme, for students between 5 and 19 years old.
What locations do you tutor in?
I'm keen to be an asset to my local community, so areas like Lewisham, Blackheath and Greenwich are my main focus. However, I'm happy to discuss tuition in adjoining areas like Deptford, Charlton etc.
What is your personal message to students?
For many students, maths feels like really hard work. Classrooms aren't always the best environment for discovering the joy of problem-solving, and many adult learners have miserable memories of slogging through endless rules and sums without ever understanding what they were supposed to be learning, or why it was relevant, or how to apply it to anything other than the next exam question... I don't think it has to be like this. I'd like to work with you to convey some of the satisfaction there is in solving mathematical puzzles, or explaining what's behind school homework, or even just chipping aware at the despair you sometimes feel when confronted by a fiendish-looking maths problem. Maths can be tough, no doubt about it, bit it can be great fun too (it can, it really can!), and together we can build your skills and confidence to explore this amazing subject at whatever level you want.
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|Travelling tutor:||Greenwich, Blackheath, Lewisham, Deptford, Charlton|
|Subjects:||Maths||Early Years to Post-16|
|Physics||Early Years to Post-16|