“Abenezer was my statistics tutor while I was studying for my economics degree at Kingston University last year. He is an extremely smart individual who’s very knowledgeable and passionate about maths. He is very professional and comes to every lesson well prepared. I found him to be very encouraging and personable. He was always very patient and happy to repeat concepts as many times as I needed before I understood things.”
T. Zenebe, Undergraduate Statistics Tuition
2017-Present, King’s College London, MSc Maths.
2015-2016, University of Warwick, MASt Maths (Merit).
2012-2015, University of Warwick, BSc Maths (2:1).
2010-2012, Pimlico Academy, A-Levels: Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), Physics (A), Chemistry (A).
I have been working as a tutor since 2016, my subject specialisms are Math & Physics.
My approach to tutoring varies with the student’s style of learning. In my experience, I have found that ensuring that the student has a solid understanding of the fundamentals and developing this understanding with creative problem solving has been a very efficient strategy. Tutoring for me is not just about teaching a subject, it’s about aiding the holistic mental development of a tutee with a special focus on the subject required to be taught. Therefore, other aspects of the tutee’s development are something I like to monitor. For instance, I have found in my experience that a lot of students struggle with confidence in the subject at hand. Often, I would see that they know things, but they are just unsure, or they lack confidence in their ability to solve problems. The solution is to teach them to have more confidence in their own ability – that they are able to solve most things that come their way. Such an approach is effective in helping them harbour a “can-do” attitude and inspires a passion for the subject. In conclusion, I strongly believe that what makes me a good tutor is the fact that I focus on developing skill on top of reinforcing subject knowledge.
I believe my students should learn to become independent thinkers. It has often been pointed out to me in the past that I have a memorable way of teaching a subject material. I think this is because I always try to find how best a student responds and try to convey my ideas through this medium that makes the tutee more receptive. For instance, one of the techniques I use is to draw parallels with some concepts that the tutee has already mastered. In such a way, I have always found that tutees not only understand the subject at hand, but they also start to comprehend subtleties, this is often a giant leap towards them mastery.
I have in excess of 150 hours of tutoring experience working with students at GCSE through to A-Level. I have provided a sample of my recent tutoring experience.
Please find a snapshot of my recent tuition experience below.
GCSE Maths & Physics
I was enlisted to help a twin brother and sister, Lee and Lauren, in their final year of GCSEs. Both tutees were highly motivated and hardworking, but they were failing to meet the goals they had set for themselves in mathematics and physics. Whilst their grasp of physics was okay and didn’t require much attention, I found that their approach to mathematics was very much algorithmic and they were memorizing concepts when they should really be understanding them. So, I focused on helping them understand and internalize concepts and consistently tested this understanding through challenging problems that required them to think. Overtime, they learned to be independent thinkers and properly understood subtleties which had eluded them before. Both went on to achieve excellent grades in both subjects and met their entry requirements for a top north London school.
A-Level Maths & Further Maths
I have been tutoring Alastair since the last academic year. He struggled with severe depression towards the end of his secondary school education. His illness carried on in sixth form and he was unable to continue his education. Upon returning to sixth form later on in the previous academic year, his family reached out to me to help him catch up with the rest of his peers. Over the 5 months that followed, I helped him catch up with 6 maths modules -3 for Maths AS and 3 for Further Maths AS – as well as, having him exam ready. This academic year, I am working with him to get him exam ready for his A2 exams. Our lessons the previous academic year helped him develop independence and confidence his own ability so much so that for much of this academic year I served, and continue to serve, as a peer with whom he can discuss his work, as opposed as a tutor who is there to teach him.
IB Maths SL
Olly came to me because his parents and his school thought he was on the brink of failing. He was very laid back and lacked motivation when he came to me. Over the course of 4 months I helped the student master the entire IB Maths SL syllabus and had him exam ready. He scored a Level 6, which both he and his family were very pleased with.
STEP Entrance Exam Math
I tutored Ted in the famous mathematics entrance examination used by both Cambridge and Warwick. Ted was an extremely bright young man who has always been on his school’s gifted and talented register. Upon an unsuccessful first attempt at securing a place to read maths at Cambridge Ted enlisted my help to make sure he didn’t take chances on his second attempt. We went through many past papers together with me highlighting challenging techniques to use to answer questions and stretching his thinking skills. I helped him sharpen his problem-solving skills and helped him develop an arsenal of mathematical tools he can use to tackle problems. He successfully received an offer and passed his STEP II and STEP III exams with flying colours.
I tutored Anna intensely during her exam preparation to sit her Group Theory exam. As she had a reasonable grasp of the course material, we focused on exam technique and sometimes I helped fill gaps in her knowledge. She went on to do exceptionally well and achieved her goals.
Hobbies and Interests
I am an avid glider pilot and light aircraft pilot. Flying is a hobby I take very seriously. I have both a glider pilot’s licence and a national private pilot’s licence. My glider pilot’s licence has a basic instructor’s rating which gives me the privilege to carry out basic flight instruction, i.e. teach people how to fly. Over the few years I have been flying I have been lucky enough to have flown over 10 different types of aircraft as a pilot in command.
“Abe tutored my siblings. During this time, I have observed that he is obviously a very gifted individual -I’m sure you too have seen this. My siblings really enjoyed tuition with him as he always made each lesson interesting and communicated his passion. I noticed he was also generous with his time as he would often stay in order to make sure each lesson comes to a good conclusion. One of the things I appreciated during his time with us was the fact that he made it a habit to routinely give us update about their progress. It was really nice to see that he cared about his students’ progress. I have no doubt recommending Abe.” Dr. S (Guardian)
“Abenezer was my statistics tutor while I was studying for my economics degree at Kingston University last year. He is an extremely smart individual who’s very knowledgeable and passionate about maths. He is very professional and comes to every lesson well prepared. I found him to be very encouraging and personable. He was always very patient and happy to repeat concepts as many times as I needed before I understood things.” T. Zenebe (Student)