Fantastic Tutor Matthew helped my son improve his A level Mathematics grade enabling him to get into his first choice of university. We are delighted. Matthew is very patient and my son enjoyed working with him on a one to one basis. Outcome: My son is very happy studying at his first choice of university."
Susan, A Level Maths Tuition
2009 – 13; University of Cambridge; BA Hons & MSci Natural Sciences (2:1) Having covered a mixture of Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry and Materials Science in my first two years, I went on to specialise in Experimental and Theoretical Physics in my final two.
2004 – 09; Desborough School, Maidenhead; A-Levels: Physics (A), Chemistry (A), Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Biology [AS only] (A)
I am a full time private tutor with over 4000 hours’ experience teaching all core subjects at Primary school level, Secondary school Science and Mathematics and preparing students for application to independent schools and Oxbridge and Russell Group Universities. I have experience preparing students for 11+ Pre-Test, 13+ Common Entrance, GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, IB and Cambridge Pre-U examinations and university admissions tests such as TSA, PAT, MAT and STEP. I also teach Physics up to an Undergraduate level. I have experience delivering lessons in person and over Skype, plus tailoring courses for home schooled children.
I am passionate about helping children to secure a solid education to provide the foundations for a successful career later in life. My Cambridge education has opened up a wealth of opportunities and I too want to help children receive the best education they can so they can go on to achieve great things.
I developed my interest in education during my time at university through immersing myself in a wealth of educational projects, from acting as an assistant Physics teacher in a local secondary school to teaching English as a foreign language abroad in India and China. Teaching has become an integral part of my life which is why I am endeavouring to keep my connection to education through tutoring as I explore different career paths.
There are three roles I can take as a tutor. Firstly, I can act as a resource to help the child through homework assignments and explain difficult material in textbooks. Secondly, I can act as a teacher and deliver lessons in parallel to the school curriculum, tailoring a custom made course to target the child’s interests. Finally, I can act as a mentor to help the child manage their own learning in order that they may maximise their potential. Usually clients request a balanced mix of all three and as the tutorials progress we can continually evolve the approach to exactly meet the interests of you and your child.
Please see below for a sample of my tuition experience:
Foundation Level Physics
– I worked with an international student who was studying a foundation year at St. George’s University Hospital for Medical School. We focussed primarily on Physics modules.
– I have worked with numerous students for Cambridge Pre-U Physics. This is a much harder qualification than A-Level, and I support the students in helping them to grasp the more advanced degree-level topics.
– William had failed his first year of AS physics and needed help preparing for his retakes. I worked with William helping him improve his understanding and exam technique. Once William regained his confidence physics came more naturally to him and he was then ready to concentrate on ways to tackle the exam. William passed his retakes with B’s and C’s.
A-level Chemistry AQA
-I was approached by a dyslexic student at A2 level who had to achieve a B in her Chemistry to meet her University offers but was concerned she had been achieving Ds in all her recent assessments. I worked with the student on a weekly basis up to the Summer exams, consolidating her understanding of the syllabus and focusing on exam technique. I also helped her to organise her independent revision and provided resources she could use to practice. The student achieved a B and made her university offer.
A-level Chemistry AQA
-I was approached by a mother whose daughter was very able but wanted to apply to Cambridge to study medicine. I was enlisted to assist her with her chemistry (and mathematics). My focus was on ensuring she not only understood the core content of her syllabus but also to take her knowledge beyond as is expected of Oxbridge/Medicine applicants. After a successful application to Cambridge we concentrated on securing her A* A* A offer, which she achieved with A*s across all her A-levels (including chemistry).
– I worked with Chinwe (17) through the topics that she found difficult in her A2 Further maths courses.
AS/A-Level Maths and Further Maths
-I supported siblings Harry (16) and Josh (17) with their AS and A2-level Further Mathematics work. Since tutoring Harry and Josh, their father Cliff became increasingly interested in improving his Mathematical skills so I began tutoring him additionally as an adult casual learner
– I supported Joel (16) through topics he found difficult in his AS-level further maths courses.
AS Mathematics, Physics and Chemistry
– I supported Dheevn (16) through topics that she found difficult in her AS-level maths, Physics and Chemistry courses.
– Jason was not happy with his AS mathematics results, D’s in C1, C2, and M1, and wanted help to improve his grades. In Jason’s case, it was clear he was very bright but just needed someone to look over him to ensure he managed his time effectively and kept on track with his school work and revision. Jason retook his exams and achieved A’s in C1 and C2 and a B in M1.
– Eldar was completing a Business degree and needed some help recovering the maths he had forgotten since taking his GCSEs.
IB Maths Studies
-I worked with a student in the last two weeks before their maths studies exam consolidating essential knowledge and working on exam technique. I was pleased to learn that the student had tried working with several other tutors unsuccessfully, but was happy with my approach and wanted to continue with me till the exams had been completed.
-I currently have a maths studies student attending an international school in Italy whom I teach over Skype. I helped prepare them for their first year assessments and write up their maths Internal Assessment coursework. They plan on continuing with me in September for the final year of the IB.
-I worked with a Benjamin for 3 hours a week from September to November helping him transition from the state sector to the private sector and apply to leading private day schools in London. Support included ensuring his knowledge met what was expected for entrance tests and interview (which often required knowledge from across different exam boards and beyond), exam technique, and mock-interview practice. English also wasn’t his first language so extra care was required to help him understand the subtlety of question terminology, e.g. describe vs explain. He gained a place at his first choice school of City of London School. His preferred A-level choices were Physics, Maths, Further Maths and Biology.
-I worked with Hongyi for 2 hours a week from September to November helping him transition from the state sector to the private sector and apply to leading private day schools in London. Support included ensuring his knowledge met what was expected for entrance tests and interview (which often required knowledge from across different exam boards and beyond), exam technique, and mock-interview practice. English also wasn’t his first language so extra care was required to help him understand the subtlety of question terminology, e.g. describe vs explain. He gained a place at his first choice school of Highgate, but also King’s College London Mathematics School. His preferred A-level choices were Physics, Maths and Further Maths.
-I worked with Nisha (already in private sector) for 2 hours a week continuously throughout her GCSEs and assisted her application to leading private day schools in London for Sixth Form. Support included ensuring her knowledge met what was expected for entrance tests and interview (which often required knowledge from across different exam boards and beyond), exam technique, and mock-interview practice. She gained a place at her first choice school of St Paul’s Girls’ School, but also Latymer Upper School. Her preferred A-level choices were Biology, Chemistry, and Maths
– I am helping Amin prepare for his mock IGCSE math exam with the intention to continue this support till his real exam this summer.
– In Tanya’s (13) school they started learning their GCSEs a year early and I helped her to grasp some of the topics she found difficult in her Physics course.
Year 10 Home Schooling
– Lee (15) had to take a month off of school so I home schooled him maths in parallel to other tutors covering his other subjects.
Mathematics and Science (Ages 11 & 14
– I supported siblings Mia and Harrison with their maths and Science homework assignments and prepared them for their end of unit tests.
Year 9 Mathematics and Physics
– I worked with Sebastian on his Year 9 maths and Physics, We worked together revising thorough his topics and making sure that he felt confident with his work.
Year 5 Mathematics
– Joseph needed help with his mathematics homework. Joseph was struggling because he had fallen behind at school and needed help rebuilding his understanding of topics he had not grasped in the classroom. Once we rebuilt Joseph’s foundation there was a dramatic change in his outlook and he started enjoying mathematics again. Joseph’s homework scores improved significantly from below 50% to 70% and above.
University Applications and Interviews
-Since 2014, each year I have taken on multiple students for one-to-one interview preparation sessions. The preparation process involves ensuring the student is familiar with the various topics that most commonly crop up in interview and then tackling interview style questions with a focus on interview technique (e.g. thinking aloud). Towards the end of the preparation process I will conduct full length interviews with the student and provide feedback on their performance. I cover both Oxford and Cambridge applicants for all STEM subjects. Each year my students provide feedback on the questions they were asked in their real interview and I have collated a database of these questions to practice with future students. I have a good success rate.
– Tom wanted help with his application to study engineering at Cambridge. I worked with Tom helping him compose a strong personal statement and preparing him for the types of questions he may be asked at the interview. Tom left his interview feeling confident about his performance and received an offer a few weeks later. Tom is now happy studying engineering at Jesus College.
– In 2018 I conducted two Oxbridge interview workshops along with another colleague (Arts) at Epsom College. I was responsible for conducting mock interviews for all the college’s science applicants and providing feedback.
– In November 2014, I was invited to deliver Oxbridge Applications workshops to several of the top schools in Hong Kong including La Salle, German-Swiss International School and Harrow International.
– From 2013-2014 I acted as a mock interviewer for the company Oxbridge Applications, where I would attend interview days they arranged at various schools around the country or their own venues.
Hobbies and Interests
Outside tutoring I use my time to pursue my other interests. For example, I am a keen musician and I am currently working on several electronic music projects with other artists. I would like to someday become a successful musician but also use this profile as a platform to work in the media for projects which popularise science. This vision stems not only from my fondness of science but my interest in video editing and production – a skill I picked up to help promote several charitable events I was involved with at university.
I enjoy travel and over the past few years have visited many exotic locations such as India, China and South America. Finally, I am a sporty individual having achieved a black belt in kickboxing and played badminton for my college’s III team at university
Written by Charles W
Matthew has helped me enormously so far to prepare for my for my Cambridge Pre-U examinations in Maths, Further Maths and Physics, firstly by going through topics which I am finding difficult and generating revision material on these topics, and then setting questions on specific topics for me to tackle and explaining carefully where the problems lie if I don’t get it correct the first time around. I would certainly recommend Matthew if you are looking for tuition in any of these subjects.
Written by William T
A level Physics
I really enjoyed the sessions I’ve had with Matthew. He was enthusiastic and passionate about A level physics, having read Natural Sciences from Cambridge University.?He was very friendly and was patient. He didn’t mind repeating topics a few times until I grasped the concept. ?He was organized and was always prepared for each session? I would strongly recommend Matthew to anyone studying physics.
Written by Susan N
Matthew helped my son improve his A level Mathematics grade enabling him to get into his first choice of university. We are delighted. Matthew is very patient and my son enjoyed working with him on a one to one basis.
My son is very happy studying at his first choice of university.
Written by Lana A
Matthew helped me a lot in learning Physics, although it is a hard subject and it is so difficult to understand what’s going on! he helped me a lot with simplifying everything with using examples from real life. Learning with Matthew is really fun and useful at the same time. He will actually make you love the subject you’re studying even if you don’t!
Higher marks in Physics in my academic year.
Written by Alison T
Great help with PAT test
Matthew helped tutor my daughter for her recent PAT exam. He was extremely thorough and dedicated and she found the sessions with him very helpful. Matthew was particularly accommodating in fitting in sessions to suit my daughter’s needs and timetable. He is currently asssiting her with preparation for her interview.
Physics Aptitude Test (PAT)
invited to interview following PAT test
Written by Teresa M
Preparation for Oxford
Matthew has been instrumental in preparing my daughter for the Physics Aptitude Test required for entry to Oxford University and I am delighted that she has been offered a place at St Hughes College, Oxford. We shall be retaining Matthew’s services to ensure that she makes the required ‘A” Level grades for entry to Oxford. Matthew has been an absolute delight to know, he is completely reliable and has helped our daughter to realise her dream of going to Oxford.
An offer from St Hughes College, Oxford
Written by Manjula O
Having tried a few tutors, my daughter was really happy with Matthew’s approach and his detailed knowledge of Chemistry and the specifications for her board. She was struggling to get through the huge volume of learning and was finding it difficult to organise her revision, partly due to issues with dyslexia. Matthew helped her plan the topics that needed to be covered, was great at explaining concepts that she did not understand and would get her to do questions during tutoring sessions and for homework so he could monitor her exam technique and ensure she could apply the knowledge. She might have failed her Chemistry A’Level without his help. He was very patient, polite and friendly. Definitely worth the money we spent as my daughter ended up with a B, which seemed pretty unachievable before Matthew started tutoring her.
Pushed A’level grade up to a B
Written by Keara T
Matthew tutored my daughter for A level Chemistry. He was consistently excellent and made even the most complicated topics accessible. I would highly recommend him.
Chemistry and Maths
A star at A Level. Place to study Medicine at Cambridge University.
Written by Charles M
I firmly believe that Physics becomes enjoyable when one actually understands the concepts in Physics, but not many people fall into this category because they usually get overwhelmed by Physics and don’t even try to understand it, or they do not wish to ask a lot of questions in the fear of looking ‘ stupid’. Matthew Shaw has a very rare talent in that he can explain Physics in simple English. This means that he can take a complicated topic in Physics and explain it with words that an art student would comprehend. An almost ‘ Physics is for everybody’ approach. Most people who seek Physics Tuition struggle in Physics and the reason why they struggle in Physics is probably due to the way Physics was introduced at school. Matthew almost washes away all the confusion from school and builds new foundations. I know this to be true because during my Physics Pre-U, despite how i knew absolutely nothing about superpositions and the behaviour of waves through slits and was completely confused by all of it, Matthew tunneled through the entire topic in a matter of hours where it may have taken two weeks at school and he really does make it simple. Simply because it is, really. Matthew specialises in A-Level, but the fact that he was capable in adapting to a much more demanding Pre-U syllabus not only tells you that this guy is the real deal, but that he understands the subject externally as opposed to internally. What i mean by this is that he is not a walking Physics Textbook, he can look around the room and relate physics topics to the surroundings, quite remarkable.
Matthew has the ultimate recipe to tutoring, mixing together both Fun and Focused Learning as that is how the subject should be taught. It’s … awesome ( excuse the overused word)
I would go on but i’m afraid i have a life too and i wish to stop the review. Give him a go, he’s worth it.
I achieved a first Distinction ( D1) in Physics, this is equivalent to an A** at A-Level although an A** doesn’t exist in the A-Level, as a D1 is off the charts of the A-Level.
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