Tim M

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£ 30.00-30.00 p/h

I have been passionate about maths since early childhood. I spent a decade as a fully qualified maths teacher, teaching GCSE maths and A-level (including further maths) to pupils from a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds and cultures. I semi-retired three years ago and have since tutored a number of pupils for A-level and GCSE. I have a first class honours maths degree from Oxford University and a teaching certificate in maths for secondary education. After 20 years spent working in industry, I trained as a secondary school teacher (teaching years 7 to 11), and then spent nearly ten years teaching maths in a post-16 school in the Greenwich Borough. There I taught A-level (both maths and further maths) and also GCSE maths for pupils resitting. A large number of my GCSE resit pupils were successful in raising their grades to a C (or now a 4). Pupils were keen to be in my class. I semi-retired around three years ago and have since tutored A-level and GCSE maths pupils, from a fairly basic level up to A level further maths. I normally do tuition on Saturdays, Sunday afternoons and evenings, and Monday late afternoons / evenings.

How would you describe your teaching style?

I believe in a very individualised approach, concentrating on identifying and improving the areas a pupil struggles with. My experience in school has helped me learn a variety of methods for teaching particular topics, and which ones are most likely to be successful. Practice outside of lessons is key to success in maths, and tutoring needs to be in addition to full attendance and participation in school lessons, homework and additional sessions schools offer, and is absolutely not a replacement for these activities.

What qualifications do you have?

I have a First Class Honours degree in mathematics from Oxford University (1985). I have a Professional Graduate Certificate of Education from Greenwich University in secondary education for teaching mathematics (2009). Along with this I received a certificate of Qualified Teacher Status, and subsequently a certificate for having passed my induction period.

Tell us about your experience...

After 20 years spent working in industry, I trained as a secondary school teacher (teaching years 7 to 11), and then spent nearly ten years teaching maths in a post-16 school in the Greenwich Borough. There I taught A-level (both maths and further maths) and also GCSE maths for pupils resitting. The pupils I taught were of a wide range of abilities, backgrounds and cultures. A large number of my GCSE resit pupils were successful in raising their grades to a C (or now a 4). Pupils were keen to be in my class. I semi-retired around three years ago and have done a fair amount of tutoring of A-level and GCSE maths pupils, from a fairly basic level up to A level further maths.

What locations do you tutor in?

Since the pandemic started a year ago, all of my teaching has been online (via Skype, although I am happy to use other products if necessary). This has worked surprisingly well. As it is slightly more difficult to explain things when you are not face-to-face, and also do not have travel time and costs, I usually go a little over the hour (75-90 minutes) but charge the normal rate for a one hour lesson. For the protection of my elderly mother-in-law, I will need to continue with all lessons online for the foreseeable future. I am happy to tutor pupils as often or infrequently as desired, and do not charge for cancelled lessons (provided I am informed in sufficient time to avoid a wasted journey). Pupils are free to leave at any time if they feel they have achieved everything they set out to achieve, or that things are not working out. I normally do tuitions on Saturdays, Sunday afternoons and evenings, and Monday late afternoons / evenings. Available slots currently are starting at: Mondays up until 3pm; Saturday 7:30pm may become available in mid-January. With the advent of the coronavirus, in line with official guidance (and for the protection of my elderly mother-in-law), I am only teaching pupils via Skype (or similar packages). For the safeguarding of pupils under 18 a parent should be in attendance whether the lesson is online or face-to-face. Normally, for pupils at school I do face-to-face tutoring in their homes, but a parent must be in the house at all times for safeguarding reasons. For mature students I tutor them in a neutral location such as a coffee shop.

What is your personal message to students?

I have been passionate about maths since early childhood. I spent a decade as a fully qualified maths teacher, teaching GCSE maths and A-level (including further maths) to pupils from a wide variety of abilities, backgrounds and cultures. I was successful in helping my pupils achieve good grades, including helping pupils achieve at least a grade C (now a 4) in the GCSE, and pupils were keen to be in my class. I semi-retired three years ago and have since tutored a number of pupils for A-level and GCSE. I have a first class honours maths degree from Oxford University and a teaching certificate in maths for secondary education. I will adopt an individualised approach concentrating on gaps in your knowledge, and using my experience to use a variety of methods to explain the various topics. Having a tutor must be in addition to full participation in lessons and homework, not a replacement for it.

CRB/Disclosure Certificate: CRB
Home-based tutor: No
Travelling tutor: None during pandemic
Online tutor: I tutor via Skype, but happy to use other platforms if necessary
Subjects: Maths GCSE
  Maths A-level
  Further Maths A-level