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Luke

"Luke managed to prep my 14-year-old for UKiset in just 6 Skype sessions with a spectacular result, including 99% percentile in maths. My son loved working with Luke who was encouraging, positive, constructive and effective."

13+ Ukiset Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • 16+

  • A Level

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Economics

  • Maths

  • Oxbridge Applications

  • Senior School Entrance

  • UKiset

Academic History

2012-2013  Cambridge University, MEng in Engineering (Aerospace & Aerothermal)

2009-2012  Cambridge University, BA (Hons) in Engineering (Aerospace & Aerothermal)

2006-2008  Edinburgh Academy,

A Levels: Maths (A), Physics (A, top of school), Further Maths (A, top of school)

Scottish Higher: English (A, band 1), Maths (A1), Chemistry (A1), Physics (A1), Spanish (A1)

2002-2006  St. Thomas of Aquin’s High School,

Intermediate 2: English (A), Spanish (A)

Standard Grade: Biology (1), Chemistry (1), Geography (1), Maths (1), Physics (1), Spanish (1), PE (2)

Other:

Edinburgh Academy Dux Club (2008)

Air League Educational Trust Engineering Scholarship (2009)

Air League Educational Trust Flying Scholarship (2009)

RAF Pilot Aptitude Test Strong Pass (127/180, cut-off for selection: 112)

Cambridge University Engineering Department Structural Design Prize 2010

Pembroke College, Cambridge Book Prize 2011 (for 1st class results in Materials, Thermofluid Mechanics & Electrical Engineering)

About Me

My specialist subjects are Maths and Physics, and I also teach Economics and Chemistry, and Biology to GCSE and for sixth form 16+ admissions. I have tutored extensively for the 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance exams, and prepared students for the UKiset. Additionally, I help students prepare for Oxbridge Admissions, and 100% of applicants I have supported progressed at least to interview. My success rate for Cambridge is twice the national average, and 100% for Oxford and Imperial.

I thoroughly understand the subjects I teach, having experienced success through hard-work, drive and a multi-directional approach to learning. As a former undergraduate scholar of several academic engineering institutes, I have developed communication skills that leave me well placed to ensure that my students realise their full potential, overcoming personal academic obstacles to give their best to their course of study. This is achieved through a combination of bespoke strategic planning, patience and professionalism on my part, and persistence and trust on the part of my students. I have over 1000 hours of tutoring experience.

Recent tuition

Please see below for a snapshot of my tuition experience:

Eton List Test

I prepared this student for the Eton List test by selecting resources from my databank pertaining to the areas the test focuses on: English, Maths and Reasoning. He scored strongly and went on to sit the King’s Scholarship papers. I supported him with his preparations for Maths A, Maths B, and Science, and have developed my own solutions and mark schemes to the past papers.

13+ English and Maths Support, Highgate School

This student was very unmotivated when it came to her 13+ exams. She was feeling overwhelmed by the pressure and a fear of failure. I came up with a structured revision timetable and reassured her that I would be with her throughout the preparation process. She responded well to this consistency and structure, easing her nerves whilst developing her confidence in Maths and English. As a result, this student did well enough to win a place at Highgate.

GCSE Maths

I worked with this student for the best part of a year to prepare for his GCSE Maths resit. He had been poorly taught in the past and liked to understand the theory behind the techniques required to solve questions. It was therefore important to focus on covering the syllabus carefully and in a very engaging manner to ensure that he had the necessary understanding to enjoy tackling past paper questions. As a result of our collective efforts, this student passed his resit with flying colours and went on to study Maths to AS-level.

GCSE Physics

I worked with this student for an intensive few weeks over the Easter holidays to prepare for her GCSE Physics exam. She was an extremely bright girl and already had her sights set on studying Physics at Oxford. She wanted a tutor who would expand the syllabus and challenge her critical thinking, ultimately preparing her for the Oxford PAT (Physics Aptitude Test) in just a few short years. By devising Oxbridge-inspired questions that extended the GCSE syllabus, I was able to increase her enjoyment of the subject and boost her Oxbridge candidacy.

16+ Preparation (Scholarship application)

I worked with a student to help them prepare their letter to the Headmaster as part of their Harrow scholarship application.

16+ Preparation (Economics, Chemistry, English Literature)

I worked with this student for three months in the run up to their sixth form entry assessments. Their first choice school was Fettes College. We worked intensively together for 4-6 hours per week, regularly pausing to assess the students levels and keep him on track.

16+ (Chemistry, Physics, Maths)

I worked with this student in the five months ahead of their assessments. The student was applying to Dulwich College. We regularly kept in contact via email so that I could continue supporting them outside of lessons.

UKiset Preparation

I have worked with students in preparation for the UKiset assessments, both for students looking to enter UK schools at 13+ and at 16+. I work quickly to assess where there are gaps in the students’ knowledge, and together we focus on plugging those gaps and familiarising the students with the online and adaptive format of the tests. I can assist with all aspects of the test.

A Level Economics

Over a period of several months, I met this student in person and online (in roughly equal measure) to prepare for his Unit 3 and Unit 4 exams, as well as his Unit 1 and 2 resits. He was fascinated by Economics and always considered the economic environment he encountered on a daily basis (everything from changing prices of Twix bars to mergers and acquisitions he read about in The Economist). Unfortunately, he lacked solid exam technique, in particular he struggled with using diagrams to explain trends. By adopting a targeted past paper approach, in tandem with teaching/reinforcing the material, we were able to refine his exam technique and ensure that he evaluated his responses and answered questions within the time limit.

IB Physics (HL)

I started working with this student a few days before the IB Physics HL (Higher Level) exam. She revised well, but struggled to convert this effort into exam performance. By analysing her revision methodology, it became apparent that she gave too much weight to less crucial parts of the syllabus, and too little weight to pivotal rules of physics that underpin many questions. By refocusing and adopting this triage approach, she was able to achieve a strong pass and take up her place at Warwick to read Engineering.

IB Maths

I worked with this student over a period of two years to prepare him for the IB SL Maths AA exam. He had been well taught by his school teacher so could follow the logic of most worked examples. However, he initially struggled with recognising which method to use for the more demanding questions, finding the synoptic nature of the past and mock papers challenging. By working methodically through past papers we were able to improve his ability to assimilate the wording of the question, which allowed him to progress from a working grade of 4 at the end of the first term of Y12, to a final grade of 6 in the official end of Y12 exams.

Personal Statement Support (Imperial)

This student had an impressive range of work experience, academics and related extra-curriculars. However, he struggled to organise all of this information and highlight to the admissions tutors exactly what he had learnt from each of his experiences. I encouraged him to focus on the most transformational experiences and analyse them in great detail, rather than merely listing a series of activities, some of which were more relevant than others. Consequently, he was offered a place at Imperial to read Aerospace Engineering.

Engineering Application, Cambridge

This student was very passionate about Engineering and motivated to gain a place at Cambridge. He had a very impressive range of extra-curriculars and a strong academic record, as well as much intellectual potential. However, he struggled to present all of this achievement in the personal statement, TSA (Thinking Skills Assessment) and interview arena. It was therefore important for us to visualise the application process from the admission tutor’s perspective, so that he could appreciate the importance of, for example, transparency and efficiency during the interview. Consequently, this student was offered a place to read Engineering.

Oxbridge Applications

I have worked closely with Oxford Admissions, advising candidates on the Oxbridge admissions process. In addition to running group tutorials and conducting mock interviews, I spearheaded the development of an Engineering ‘School of Ideas’ event, which exposed Y12 students to Oxbridge Engineering, developing their skills portfolio in order to optimise their chances of success at interview. 100 percent of the participants rated the most recent event ‘outstanding’. From this, more events have been cleared and each application season I mentor a diverse range of Oxbridge Engineering applicants.

Undergraduate Engineering Resit (Oxford)

This student had to resit Part IA of Oxford Engineering in order to progress to the second year of the degree. He thoroughly struggled with a revision strategy without the support to which he had been accustomed at school. My challenge was therefore to teach him to work independently and take charge of his own academic campaign. With this confidence and direction, he was able to pass the resits and move on with his degree.

Hobbies and Interests

My main interest is racket sports. I captained the Cambridge University Lawn Tennis Collegiate Team in my second year and regularly played on the college 1st teams for  badminton, table tennis and tennis. Moreover, I am an LTA (Lawn Tennis Association) Grade 4 Line Umpire.

Additionally, I am interested in technology, environmental issues and widening access to higher education.

 Client Testimonials

“Luke is a great tutor. He has been working with my daughter on A level Physics, Maths and Further Maths. He has identified areas of weakness and is working with her to improve these. He is reliable and thorough; he takes time outside of lessons to prepare and sets some homework too. My daughter thinks he is a good teacher and is confidant he can help her through these tough subjects. He takes time to discuss Ines’s progress with me and is articulate and engaged. Highly recommended!”

Parent of current tutee, A-level Maths & Physics

“Luke mentored my son through his Oxbridge applications and also offered career guidance to him. He’s a very capable and supportive mentor who was able to build a solid rapport with my son and motivated him to do his best. I can highly recommend Luke. My son is much more communicative and focused in his aspirations to pursue a career in Engineering. With Luke’s guidance he has worked hard to increase his knowledge of science and maths, and their applications.”

Parent of Cambridge Engineering applicant

“Luke is an outstanding tutor, very thorough and organised. He is well prepared for lessons and reports back on progress and future goals. He has been tutoring my daughter for her A2 Physics exams. They get on well and he makes the work understandable, she is now far more confident. He has also been very helpful with her exam technique.”

Parent of A2 Physics tutee

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