I have a great deal of experience as a tutor. I have been working at one of the UK's leading Grammar Schools for the past four years. I tutor maths GCSE and A level online. I have also conducted numerous online webinars/ webclasses and drop-in sessions for students across the country for A Level maths. I love to make maths engaging. My instagram and YouTube accounts (Mark-a-minute maths) has had a wide following from students and I consistently post short 1 minute videos for students to get snappy, bitesize reviews of topics and model answers to exam questions.
I've been a teacher and tutor for over 30 years and feel I'm just about getting the hang of it. In addition to teaching content, I focus particularly on getting my students to think more deeply about how and why they study, helping them learn better how to learn, That really is the fun of teaching. Essentially, I try to provide the kind of education and support I would want for my own children. Not that I actually do provide that for my own children, of course; I’ll be looking for some other sucker to tutor those little monkeys. I work in the North Kent area (principally in and around Gravesend and Medway) and specialise in maths and physics, but also run sessions on essay writing (which concentrate on improving grammar, punctuation and structure). Most of my students are studying A-level or IB, but I also run GCSE and 11+ sessions. Although offering individual tuition from time to time, I mainly run small groups, classes and crammers, which provide a better education at far lower cost.
In addition to offering personal tuition, I also produce free video tutorials for those unable to afford help (or for whom a trip to the bucolic paradise of North Kent is sufficiently unfeasible or unpalatable). The library is currently small but will doubtless grow with my children (who are the reason I currently have so little time to make more – either videos and children). In terms of qualifications, I hung around Cambridge till they gave me a couple of degrees to go away, then repeated the trick at Oxford a few years later. I've therefore acquired a bachelors in physics, masters in history/philosophy and theology, and a doctorate in theology. Which displays either commendably diverse interests or an inability to stick at anything. My wife suggests the latter.
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I am a Heads of Mathematics at an independent secondary boarding and day school in Kent who has a strong focus on integrating technology into the classroom given my background in Computer Science and Mathematics. I have recently finished my MEd at Cambridge University which gave me further tools to best support the students in my classroom and have been tutoring students up to A level in Mathematics and Further Mathematics (Edexcel, IGCSE, Level 2 Further Maths, etc) for the last 6 years.
I was a private tutor in maths as KS3 and GCSE for two years. Improving the grades of all my students.
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So you want some additional tuition for your primary-aged child – great!
But what things are important to you in choosing the right tutor for your child?
You could hire a local University student cheaply…surely, they will know and be able to teach your child what they need, right? After all, they passed their A Levels recently, so they are ‘in touch’ with school life and what children need….aren’t they?
Or do you consider any of the following as the minimum?
Actual recent or current experience as a teacher?
Knowledge of the National Curriculum?
Enhanced DBS check?
Well, a qualified teacher is a step in the right direction for sure. The curriculum knowledge a qualified teacher can bring can be priceless in supporting your child towards their academic goals.
What is the Top Tutor 4 U difference then?
1. I have 25 years’ experience in the teaching profession as Teacher, Deputy Head, Headteacher and returning to current classroom teaching experience, as children’s development and education is my true passion.
2. I have been an established and well-regarded private tutor for 8 years, amassing many successful outcomes for primary pupils in SATs and GL/CEM 11+/Selection tests. My knowledge and experience of what works in regard to these assessments can guide you as a parent while nurturing your child’s skills in the strategies and techniques to give of their best in the test.
3. I have an NHS accredited counselling skills qualification and a keen interest in the coaching and motivational approach to learning. I know that any learning challenge is as much about mindset, anxiety management and test technique as it is about ‘ability’. Within my tuition, children are slowly and steadily encouraged to take more control of their own learning and mindset as they are supported to develop the skills to do so. This means that your investment in their learning will support them in the broadest sense by developing their work ethic and ability to drive through challenges throughout their school and working life.
4. I have personal and professional experience in working with children with a range of neurodiversities, including ASD/Autism, ADHD, Anxiety issues and Dyslexia. Although I cannot profess to have a specific qualification in any of these specific areas, my 25 years teaching experience has afforded me plenty of strategies to use to support the different needs of different students.
5. My skills and experience are Top Tutor 4 U’s greatest asset and I know that the development of a trusting, supportive rapport is all important in nurturing a learner’s confidence and willingness to take learning risks and make valuable mistakes. A one-size-fits-all computer programme like some faceless (sometimes not even teaching qualified) franchise owners use in the name of ‘tuition’ can never match the targeted and dynamic professional support I can provide.
Should I choose individual tuition or group tuition for my child?
There are benefits to both types of tuition, so it really depends on your child and how you feel they would work best. Top Tutor 4 U offers both types of tuition, to suit every need and preference.
Small group tuition (3-6 students) offers these benefits:
*A group dynamic means children share knowledge and ideas can learn from others’ mistakes and successes.
*A group approach can increase the confidence of more introverted students while supporting the naturally confident student in their preferred social context.
*Needing to articulate ideas so others can understand supports and consolidates learners’ own understanding over again. We say, “When you explain, you expand your brain!”
*Using a ‘hive mind’ and speaking and listening skills improves creativity when exploring a new challenge. This can feel less pressured than having to find the entire solution individually.
*Having the opportunity to use and develop interpersonal skills to work both independently and within a team is a skill which is highly valued by employers.
*A cost saving when compared to one-to-one individualized www.*** ;
Individual, one-to-one tuition offers these benefits:
*A personalized and tailored approach meaning learning is adjusted to meet the individual needs of the student
*Completely dedicated time to fill gaps from school that may positively impact immediately back at school or stretch and extend learning to give a child a ‘head start’ and therefore boost their confidence in the subject matter.
*Dedicated time to explore a question/question type in depth with support, before being asked to try independently.
*The rate of new learning is matched to the student’s particular needs, ensuring that they are pushing beyond their comfort zone, yet not into the stress zone.
*Bespoke resources can be used on an individual basis.
What happens when I contact you?
a) We schedule a 10-minute needs assessment meeting or phone call, where we can discuss your child’s needs, your aims for tuition for them and plan the best www.*** ;
b) I evaluate availability of session times and/or group tuition focuses to suit your child’s need and we agree a way forward. I also send you information and helpful paperwork about Top Tutor 4 U.
c) Your child attends a ‘Pay as you go’ initial session at an agreed date and time to establish that Top Tutor 4 U tuition is the right match for your child.
d) If you and your child are content to work with me, a bank transfer is made in advance for the half term to secure your child’s space in a group or individual session, (just as you do for many other extra-curricular activities).
The choice is yours!
You could choose any number of ways or a franchise (which may not even be run by a qualified teacher) to provide private tuition for your www.*** ;
However, if you are interested in finding out how my experience and expertise can best meet your child’s needs, do drop me a message to arrange your 10-minute needs assessment call. It will be my pleasure to formulate a plan with you to enhance your child’s future.
I can’t wait to help your child on their learning journey!
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I am a very dedicated and determined teacher who believes in spending time with pupils to help them understand the subjects they are learning. I am qualified, friendly and experienced teacher dedicated to student learning.
I feel that I am able to connect with pupils through my friendly and personable nature. I love teaching and have the determination to provide the best possible education to my students. I am flexible, patient, and understanding. I am extremely keen to explore creativity within the curriculum, and am committed to high expectation and achievement whilst looking to make learning more accessible and fun.
I am keen to be assigned to a position that will help me build up on my skills and grow as a professional in order to make me the best teacher that I am able to be.
Maths and English lessons in Cranbrook, UK.
Available online during Covid. I am a current A-level grammar school teacher and am targeting Year 11 students who want continuity and a base for A-level, as well as Year 12 students.
Full time maths teacher in the UK since 2011
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Economics, Basic Maths, Maths, and Chess lessons in Dartford, UK.
I am a Primary school teacher, with an experience of 13 years. Having worked in both KS1 and KS2, I know and can teach all areas of National Curriculum.
I am a believer of hands-on learning, utilising a variety of manipulatives both purchased and found around the house. Before starting teaching in school, I have worked for 6 years with pre-school children and understand the ways young children develop their learning. A lot can be learn through playing and questioning.
Being exposed to a variety of abilities, I am very flexible in changing my teaching methods, adapting them for each child. As problem-solving underlies most of the learning, I ensure that children learn to apply their knowledge in a variety of contexts.
I am happy to teach online as well as teach small groups of up to 4 children.
Maths and English lessons in Ashford, UK.
We are a long established tuition centre in both Hadleigh and Benfleet. Previously Kumon we changed to First Class learning in 2013.
We teach from pre-school through to year 5 in maths and English and from year 6 through to year 11 in science.
We prepare students for the 11+ exams both CEM and CSSE and local school exams.
Students do work in class and also at home, which they return each week. Classes are kept small and so invariably we have waiting lists.
Our 11+ class starts from year 4 so as to give the students a good foundation rather than intensive tuition.
One of our First Class Learning tutors will meet with you to discuss how we can help your child with maths or English. They will then sit down with your child and complete an assessment to determine which path is most suitable for them. Once we have established your child’s needs, we will put together a bespoke course of action that will support and encourage your child’s learning.
If you feel happy with our plan and that we are the best option for you and your child, they will then be able to start attending regular classes at the centre. In these classes they will complete a short piece of work which will be marked, returned and discussed with the tutor, who will give them a detailed programme of homework to be completed before the next class.
At WinA Tutors, we work independently with each student though in a group setting with an average of 4-6 students per tutor and a maximum of eight students where the learning plans are similar.
The learning plans are individually developed and agreed with the tutor and where progress is made, targets will be reviewed following periodic formative assessments.
The student is encouraged to eventually take control of his/her development plan thereby moving from a dependent to an independent learner.
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