I am a newly retired teacher with 26 years of experience in a variety of mainstream and special schools as a teacher and Head of Department. I have also had responsibilty for teacher training as an Initial Teacher Training Coordinator and been a member of a Senior Leadership Team. This experience gives me the skills to tailor my teaching to the individual needs of the tutee using differentiated language and resources. When living in England I was involved in tutoring on a regular basis. My approach to maths tuition centres on teaching using carefully sequenced steps, which must each be mastered before pupils move to the next stage. Fundamental skills and knowledge are secured first. I focus my teaching on National 1 to 5 maths, application of maths and basic skills for children and adults. I can tutor at my home or come to you - the higher rate is charged if I travel. I can also offer tutoring via Skype or Zoom and using Google Classroom, if you have a Google account. Generally I am available weekdays and evenings and at certain times at the weekend.
How would you describe your teaching style?
Before embarking on teaching I determine the way the tutee likes to learn. I also ascertain the areas that the tutee feels comfortable with and those that are challenging. My teaching is underpinned by planning lessons and providing resources to foster deep conceptual and procedural knowledge. I break the mathematical concepts down into clearly defined steps which can be used to solve problems. I equip the tutee with the skills to deconstruct mathematical problems, enabling them to identify relevant information to arrive at a correct solution. Through practice and consolidation I build fluency and understanding of underlying mathematical concepts and the ability to apply them to solve problems. I use the tutoring cycle advocated by Dr R. B. MacDonald.
What qualifications do you have?
BSc (Ed) Hons Secondary Science Education - Physics PGCert Teaching Children with Autism PVG (Scotland) and DBS (England and Wales) Certified GTCS Registered
Tell us about your experience...
AUG/2019 - MAR/2020 ABERDEENSHIRE COUNCIL - ALFORD ACADEMY ASN TEACHER SEP/2003 - AUG/2019 HAMPSHIRE COUNCIL - SAMUEL CODY SCHOOL - SEN MATHS/SCIENCE/IT TEACHER SEP/2000 - AUG/2003 SURREY COUNCIL - ABBEY SCHOOL, FARNHAM - SEN MATHS/SCIENCE TEACHER SEP/1999 - APR/2000 HAMPSHIRE COUNCIL - CONNAUGHT SCHOOL, ALDERSHOT SCIENCE TEACHER SEP/1994 - AUG/1999 SURREY COUNCIL - GLEBELANDS SCHOOL, CRANLEIGH SCIENCE/MATHS TEACHER
What locations do you tutor in?
15 mile radius around my home village of Towie, Glenkindie. Tutees can come to me or I am happy to travel to the tutee's home. I can also tutor over 15 miles from my home. This will incur a mileage charge of 50p per mile above the 15 mile limit. Mileage determined from the AA website. Tutoring is also available via Skype, Zoom and Google Classroom (you will need a Google account to access Google Classroom).
What is your personal message to students?
Confidence breeds success. My aim will be to get you to believe that whatever difficulties you are having with maths they can be overcome. This not only means the actual mathematical concepts but also how to interpret a question and apply the appropriate technique to answer it.
|CRB/Disclosure Certificate:||Yes PVG and DBS disclosure|
|Travelling tutor:||15 miles radius from Towie, Glenkindie, Alford, Aberdeenshire|
|Online tutor:||I tutor via Skype and Zoom|
|Subjects:||Maths||National 1 to 5|
|Maths||Basic Numeracy Skills (adults)|
|ICT||Core Skills (adults)|