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Manfred

''Thank you so much for your patience and your approach to teaching, my daughter is finally gaining some confidence and she is now able to understand topics she was never able to understand before.''

Gillian, GCSE Maths Tuition

  • A Level

  • GCSE

  • German

  • Maths

  • Music

  • Physics

  • Senior School Entrance

  • Spanish

Academic History

BSc Mechanical Engineering – Simón Bolívar University (Venezuela) – Grade: 3.8/5

BMus Popular Music Performance – University of West London – First Class Honours

About Me

Hello, I’m Manfred, born in Caracas, Venezuela, to a Venezuelan mother and a German father. During my engineering studies, I had an eye-opening experience working as a tutor at an academic centre that prepared students for university entrance exams. At this centre, I discovered the transformative power that tutoring can have on students. I witnessed my students becoming more confident, addressing knowledge gaps, finding happiness, and ultimately becoming better versions of themselves. I also realised I possessed a natural talent for explaining complex concepts and facilitating effective learning.

After completing my engineering degree, I embarked on a successful career as a Mechanical Design Engineer for a world-renowned tunnel construction machinery manufacturer in Germany, gaining valuable expertise in the field. Music has been an integral part of my life, and I have been playing the guitar since childhood. Following a year-long sabbatical, I made a pivotal decision to move to London to pursue my passion for music. Graduating with a First-Class Honors Bachelor’s Degree in Popular Music Performance from the University of West London marked a significant milestone in my musical journey.

Throughout my studies in London, I have actively served as a private tutor in various subjects, accumulating over 3000 hours of invaluable teaching experience. Guiding and preparing students for their GCSE/IGCSE, A-Level, and IB exams has been truly rewarding. Additionally, I have taken on the responsibility of home education for some of my students and have imparted guitar and music theory lessons, witnessing their skills flourish and their passion for music soar.

I strive to strike a balance between kindness and firmness, fostering confidence and resilience in my students. Consistent revision and lesson adaptation guarantee a thorough understanding of the subject matter. Regular communication and accountability play a critical role in maximising student success. With a professional yet friendly demeanour and strong motivation, I encourage my students to reach their full academic potential while developing a bond based on trust and the joint goal of improvement. Together, we embark on a journey of growth and achievement in their educational pursuits.

Recent tuition

Below is a sample of my tutoring experience.

A-Level Maths Home Schooling

I have worked with Killian, who has been home schooled since the early stages of his life, from Key Stage 3. Through our work at GCSE, he gained a place at an American college where he studied A-Level Mathematics. Despite having great difficulties understanding the syllabus, the highly focused and hands-on nature of our lessons outside of college allowed him to get a grip on the topics studied and successfully completed several mock tests in the six month period in which the lessons took place.

IB Maths SL

I provided online and face-to-face IB Maths SL tuition for a student in Dubai, while I was there completing a six month tuition contract. He had significant knowledge gaps, specifically from core algebraic knowledge, namely, solving quadratics, factorising and completing the square, solving and graphing inequalities, graphs transformations, dividing polynomials, etc. We managed to eliminate all knowledge gaps and bring him up to speed with the exam preparation. He managed to get the equivalent of a B.

IB Maths SL

I provided IB Maths SL tuition to an Asian student over the Christmas period.  She had quite significant knowledge gaps but more towards the advanced syllabus, namely, differentiation and integration, logarithms, exponential functions and trigonometric equations. We managed to get her up to speed in just five one hour sessions.

IB Maths SL

I am currently providing online IB Maths SL to a student in Geneva. She is quite behind in her school work and is not able to retain or effectively understand anything she is taught at school. We have been working really hard on building her confidence and strengthening her core knowledge from year 8 and year 9 syllabus, trying to gradually build up until she is able to be up to date with her IB course at school.

GCSE Maths and Business Home Schooling (SEN Dyslexia)

I’ve tutored Rhea from her 13+ exams all the way to her GCSEs. Rhea has dyslexia, manifesting in a difficulty in interpreting and reading words, and something that has made her struggle within her education. Through a very patient, flexible, versatile and detail-oriented teaching approach I have helped Rhea understand the topics we’ve covered together within the subjects of Maths and Business, as part of her homeschool education. She currently is on track to sit her GCSEs next summer.

Year 9 & GCSE Maths

Louis had always struggled with Maths in school, it was the only subject where he constantly underperformed and where obtained below average grades. I was engaged by his mother to help him gain more confidence with the subject, as well as help him understand and internalise all the concepts involved in a thorough manner. I started tutoring Louis during his KS3 year and I am currently working with him to support in preparing for his GCSEs. Since we started our lessons Louis has consistently been within the top three of his class and his confidence has improved enormously.

13+ Common Entrance Exam Maths

Polina was aiming to sit several Common Entrance tests aiming for different schools including: Sevenoaks, St. Albans, Latymer Upper, Godolphin & Latymer and Emmanuel. I prepared her for all the different schools using the specific test layout and content most relevant for each school. We carried out several sample papers for each school in the build up to the entrance exams. Polina was accepted at Godolphin & Latymer.

11+ Common Entrance Exam Maths

I prepared Sarah for her 11+ Common Entrance tests as she aimed to be accepted at Sevenoaks and St. Paul’s Girl’s, among many other schools. I guided and tutored her throughout her preparation for the exams and I’m delighted to say she was successfully accepted in St. Paul’s Girls’ and also received offers from three other schools.

Guitar (beginner and intermediate level)

Luan has managed to improve his guitar skills exponentially within three months. He is now able to play all major and minor chords in the open position, is able to identify notes on the fretboard and has managed to develop a great repertoire of songs.

Hobbies and Interests 

I play the guitar. I love playing sport (football, tennis, volleyball) and fitness in general. I also love diving (I was a dive master for 4 months in Indonesia!), hiking, climbing mountains, snowboarding, or simply being in nature!

Testimonials

“Hi Manfred- I received my GCSE results yesterday and I got a 9 in maths! I wanted to thank you for pulling my maths together from a fail to a 9 in such a short period of time, I will always be grateful for this.”

Elisa – GCSE Maths student

“I just wanted to report back that Manfred really is an exceptionally good maths tutor. My daughter has made unexpected and unusual progress since Manfred started teaching her, as noted by her teachers at Francis Holland. She’s now moved up 3 grade predictions and she actually enjoys maths. He makes a great effort to ensure that Stella understands the concepts, patiently varying his explanations until she understands.”

Jane – Parent of a GCSE Maths student

“Dear Manfred
What a result!!!! I know Domingo has been in touch with you but I just wanted to add my thanks and huge amounts of gratitude for your brilliant guidance, tutoring and support in helping Domingo get his A* and A. It was a tough and very isolating time for Domingo and you really gave him the confidence to keep going and the determination to shoot for the top grade. To have turned his C in Physics (grade originally given before amendment) into an A* really is a monumental feat.”

Christy – Parent of an A level Physics student

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