"Howard received coaching for Maths “A” Level from James and went on to study Economics at Queen Mary London. James tailor-made his work to focus on the areas where Howard needed most help, including a limited amount of coaching with his university work"
Mr Shaw, A Level Maths Tuition
University of Cambridge, MA Maths
University of Cambridge, BA Maths (2:1)
A-LEVELS: Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Physics (A), Chemistry (C),General Studies (C)
O-LEVELS: 7 (A) and 1 (C)
My specialists subject is Maths, I also have experience of tutoring Physics, Economics (GCSE & A-Level), 11+ Entrance Exam and Scholarships Exams. I have been working as a full-time tutor since 2013 supporting over 50 individual clients.
I am very familiar with the various GCSE and A-Level Maths courses, having taught all of the material many times. I have worked with students from a mix of schools both state and independent schools. Mainly tutoring GCSE and A-Level, with some experience of entrance and scholarship exams. Furthermore, I have strong subject knowledge and educational background.
I am very enthusiastic about my subject, this enables me to communicate the course content clearly and effectively. My key strength as a tutor is building confidence and motivation, helping students successfully grasp the subject matter. I understand how important it is to establish a good teaching relationship and make lessons interesting.
I am an experienced private Maths Tutor, who has tutored many students on a one-to-one. Below is a sample of my most recent experience.
GCSE FOUNDATION MATHS
‘R’ was struggling with foundation GCSE maths and needed to get a grade C (the highest possible at foundation level) in order to join his school sixth form. ‘R’ was much better at arts based subjects and found Maths much harder. In addition, ‘R’ was diagnosed with learning difficulties. We had weekly lessons, worked hard on basics such as mental arithmetic, and he made very good progress and comfortably got his grade. ‘R’ went on to achieved the C grade with ease.
GCSE MATHS & PHYSICS
‘D’ is now in sixth form, I tutored him for GCSE Maths and Physics. He had fallen behind academically, having changed schools, and was forecast not to make the required grades to join the sixth form. I tutored him during a time when he was not attending school. Primarily, I helped prepare him for his interview and re-admissions test. In the following year, I supported him with his GCSE Maths and Physics. I am very pleased to have helped him turn the situation around moving from predicted D grades to overall B’s.
‘H’ is the sister of ‘G’. I tutored her for A level maths. ‘H’ was highly motivated and put herself under a lot of stress, which led to severe exam nerves. My approach was to organise a schedule for her and get her to work fewer hours, but more effectively. She achieved her required grades and is now at university studying biochemistry. She achieved an overall A in Maths.
‘L’ was an older student, who was married and was studying A-Levels in order to go on to higher education. She was struggling with A-Level Maths, which was her weakest subject, and at risk of not meeting her offer. Over 6 weeks before the exam date, we worked through the entire syllabus and she achieved higher grades than needed. ‘L’ was predicted a B when we started tutoring. We worked together 3-4 times per week for 6 weeks for 2hrs at a time. She achieved A’s and B’s in final exams.
Student who was predicted a D at school. We worked together for 6 months and she ultimately got a B in her final exams.
A-LEVEL MATHS (RE-SIT)
I tutored two siblings in one family. The eldest son was tutored for his Maths re-sits (Papers C3 C4 S1 modules), he got A*’s in all modules and got A* overall. He went onto study Maths and Economics at Nottingham University. I went on to tutored him with his first and second year Mathematical Economics.
‘G’ is currently in his third year at university studying mathematical economics. I tutored him for A-Level Maths, but still keep in touch and occasionally help him with his degree course. ‘G’ was potentially a strong student, but needed help that his school could not provide. During the period of my tuition, ‘G’ became much more confident at Maths and achieved the grades needed for his offer. ‘G’ went on to study Economics at University. He has a Maths based exam in his first year – I supported his with unit and he achieve a 2:1. In additional I worked with ‘G’s younger brother ‘B’. He needed support with the statistical elements of Psychology.
Physics support for a student wanting to apply for an Engineering degree. He needed to complete a conversion course before going into the degree programme. I supported the student with Maths and Physics. He later gained entry to his Engineering degree course.
13+ ENTRANCE EXAMS
I have experience of short-term support during school holidays. I have worked with students that gained entry to Dulwich College, Eton and Westminster Scholarship.
We went through past papers once per week for 1hr. Building up from marginal score to getting strong marks. The student was applying to range of top independent schools
Westminster Scholar student, we worked together over a few lessons mainly reinforcing the demands of the Westminster scholarship papers.
Hobbies and Interests
In my leisure time I really enjoy computer programming, playing bridge and sailing.
James has proved to be an outstanding mathematics tutor to my two sons Howard and Bernard, both at “A” level and at University Level.
Howard received coaching for Maths “A” Level from James and went on to study Economics at Queen Mary London. James tailor-made his work to focus on the areas where Howard needed most help, including a limited amount of coaching with his university work.
Bernard took Statistics AS Level, which was not offered by his school. He received tutoring from James at home and was otherwise entirely self-taught in Statistics. His success in AS Level Statistics without teaching at school was one of the reasons for his acceptance at LSE, where James also helped him with his first-year Logic course.
James is an inspirational tutor whose enthusiasm for his subject is infective. He is reliable, punctual and effective. I would thoroughly recommend James for any tutoring on maths or statistics up to “A” Level and most selected university mathematics modules designed for economists or scientists.
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