Ritchard

“Ritchard came to tutor my daughter, Sophia, for A-level Maths in the Easter holidays, 2016. Ritchard was always punctual and was able to be flexible on times of lessons. Sophia found him to be very good at listening and ascertaining where help was needed. He then went on to be extremely attentive and helpful during lessons even taking away problems to solve and emailing them back. Sophia felt that the tutoring she received from Ritchard was extremely helpful and I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a Maths tutor for A- level.”

Fiona, A Level Maths Tuition

  • Biology

  • Chemistry

  • Computer Science

  • Economics

  • Maths

  • Physics

Academic History

Imperial College, London: BSc Material Science & Engineering.

American International School of Budapest: International Baccalaureate, A*/A.

American International School of Budapest: IGCSE’s A/B.

About Me

I started tutoring in 2014. My main subject specialisms are Maths and Science. In addition, I am able to support students with Computer Science and Social Sciences.

In line with Carol Dweck’s Growth Mindset philosophy, I believe that all students are capable of growth and development and my primary role in that is to catalyse their passions. My strength is the enthusiasm and holistic approach I bring to learning. I start by getting to know the student, understand the reason for their performance and organise a revision plan for the coming weeks or days. In my experience a majority of students require guidance in exam technique and enthusiasm for the subject. Through that focus I am able to help student deal creatively and effectively with problems and essays.

Recent Tuition

I have tutored over 50 individual students, working with students at Pre-School age to A-Level. I have provided below some example case studies below to illustrate my recent experience.

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Maths A-Level
Piers was a student in year 13 who needed support with his Maths A Level. Finding maths quite hard due to his dyspraxia and a little reluctant to ask for help in school, Piers was looking to boost his confidence and understanding in the lead up to exams. Through high-level lesson plans, offer flexibility and a good understanding of Piers’ weaknesses, I was able to push Piers to achieve his best potential. I believe that as a tutor, it is my role not just to teach but also provide students with emotional support and guidance, which in turn is seen through an improvement in their learning. My focus is always on each individual’s needs and in this way I have helped numerous students make sense of subjects that were previously a mystery to them. Patience and enthusiasm were all important to help Piers to work effectively

GCSE Home schooling
David was a student suspended from school who suffered from ADHD and dyslexia. When I met him he was in dire straits for his examination. Due to his condition, he often felt marginalized by his teachers and as a result disengaged from the school process. As a result, his academics suffered. Nonetheless, though my work with him across GCSE maths and sciences (chemistry, biology, and physics), we were able to get him exam ready and he felt more confident going into the exams. He needed intense guidance, which was made more challenging due to his ADHD, but through my enthusiasm and belief that students should be met where they are, I was able to help him maintain focus for 4 hours across and intense month of study. His feedback was that he felt empowered because he could constantly ask questions and we moved at his pace.

11+ Maths and (Non)-Verbal Reasoning

I tutored Charlotte last year for her entrance examinations. Whilst she was apprehensive and hesitant in the beginning, I worked to help her become a more enthusiastic, motivated, and curious thinker. I saw her confidence and curiosity about mathematics grow and I learned by watching her learn. She became a fantastic student. Charlotte was quite a strong student but her reasoning improved and she was able to gain acceptance at competitive London Independent Schools including St. Pauls Girls, Latymer, and City of London.

GCSE Chemistry and English (Edexcel)

I have been teaching Maddi once a week since the start of the academic year. I focus on explaining subjects in a straightforward way that is relevant and interesting to the student, something that is hard to do in a classroom. I also employ active recall techniques that push her to retrieve weaker memories that is scientifically proven to be the most effective learning strategy. Maddi has made progress in terms of her enthusiasm and mastery of the content. She is happy and engaged in Chemistry, a subject that she wasn’t interested in before. She is also really assimilating active recall and has improved in her tests, moving from a C to B.

A-Level Maths (AQA)

I have tutored Luca for a year now in preparation for his Maths A-Level exams next year. I have focused on helping Luca understand topics in a clear and concise manner and expanding the range and depth of tools he has in problem solving. There is a clear structure to all his lessons, which has helped him optimize the use of time in all our sessions. Through the benefits of the active recall techniques, Luca has improved from a D grade to a B grade within 3 weeks of tutoring. With an emphasis on cognitive effort and problem discrimination, Luca has become a much better learner.

A-Level Biology and Chemistry (AQA)

I tutored Aurore during revision week in Biology and Chemistry at the A-level, both very demanding subjects. During that time, I focused on the interconnection between Chemistry and Biology in an effort to make the content more relevant and to optimize her learning. She said that it was a massive help having to be able to swap between subjects and levels so easily and it benefited her. She got an A Biology and B in Chemistry.

A-Level Economics (AQA)

Kai and I worked together for 6 months prior to his economics exams. When I met him, Kai was lacking motivation and had seen his predicted B in Economics fall to below a D. The lack of enthusiasm on his part and that of his teacher really had an impact on him. Nonetheless, as a believer in a Growth Mindset, I set out to help Kai regain his motivation and show the power of economics in everyday life. Through positive, engaging, and in-depth examples, Kai was able to apply his economics skills to political problems of the day and improved in his essay writing ability. It was clear that this positive approach was working as Kai’s grade increased first to C and then to a B in his final exams. His mother attributes this to my punctual, professional, and enthusiastic approach.

A-Level Economics

Oliver studied English, Economics and Philosophy and I met him after he received a B grade. He knew he could do better but his teacher were not able to give the correct support in content and had not practiced enough with exam technique. We focused on the behavioural economics component delving into details on framing, and other cognitive biases we have. We also looked at the microeconomics unit specifically market structures and the complex diagrams that describe them. He was able to improve his essay technique and content awareness.

A-Level Economics

Isabel was a very bright student studying Maths, Economics, English. She had very specific concerns that her school was not able to address specifically in the international economics unit on the Marshall-Lerner condition, Ricardian comparative advantage and different developmental theories. I was able to provide more depth on those conditions and enrich her learning with my own reading in economics. In addition, I identified gaps in her understanding and gave her heuristics to help her better answer questions.

A-Level Physics

I met Billy when he was in midst of his AS-level exams in Physics. He was bright and eager to learn but he was having trouble applying his knowledge on exams and understand the many complex applications physics could have. My job was to help him obtain the necessary information from questions in order to address those questions. As he become more familiar with the structure of the questions, his enthusiasm grew and his grades improved.

A-Level Physics

Shrimat and I met as he was preparing for his final A-level exams and he was without a doubt the brightest student I have encountered. His secret was his exceptional planning and motivation to understand and address physics past papers. In this case, my role as a tutor was simply to refine his strategies especially for longer answer questions so that he could gain more points from those. Furthermore, I felt that even though he was talented, he did not do enough to push himself into physics as a subject. Therefore, I highlighted, wherever I could, more advanced material and helped him gain a deeper understanding of the subject.

Pre-U Physics

I worked with Thomas when he was a Year 12 pupil at Rugby following the Cambridge Pre-U syllabus. When I met him, he was particularly struggling with Quantum Mechanics and Kinetics. He was also mildly dyslexic. Nonetheless through my guidance and his hard work he was able to boost his understanding for both topics and did well on his year 12 exams.

Pre-U Physics

Billy was a very strong student who had great predictions for his final but wasn’t confident that he was performing his best. Therefore, I was able to help him re-cap the topics and prepare for the exam. Through interleaving, elaboration and the use of mnemonic techniques he as able to consolidate his knowledge.

Pre-U Physics

Sam was a great student who planned to study Economics at university. She needed help to brush her knowledge of the course including electricity, relativity, mechanics, and kinematics. During February half-term and exeats in March we were able to create a plan for her study and worked on past papers to ensure she could handle difficult topics.

IB Physics SL

Natali and I started working together whilst she was preparing for her IB Physics exams at standard level. She had not engaged with the physics content due to a lack motivation as well the poor support she received from her teachers who were abrasive. I started first by revisiting basic concepts in mechanics, experimental technique, and electricity. Once I was confident that she had gained a solid foundation of understanding I expanded to more challenging topics using the best in class teaching techniques including interleaving, spaced learning, and multi-coding to ensure she could answer questions well with a depth of understanding. She improved dramatically and I only wish I had more time with her.

IB Physics HL

Colm studied an eclectic mix of subjects for his IB higher levels, including Physics, History, and Economics. No doubt a talented student, he was not as confident mathematically in his physics. The job here was to focus on mathematics and ensure that he was able to utilise his mathematical skills to solve physics problems. Furthermore, he was dissatisfied with the pace his school had set which would have meant he would be behind his studies. He set out to change that and we managed to help him understand the higher level content in ahead of schedule and in depth.

IB Chemistry and Biology

I worked with an IB student during his studies from September 2015. We worked together on Chemistry and Biology. I helped the students to gain a greater appreciation for Chemistry in the world and in medicine (a field he is interested in).

IB Chemistry and maths

I worked with an IB student who needed some particular support with Chemistry and maths. I explained important concepts to her, helped to contextualise her current knowledge and gave her some of her confidence back. She is now are really happy and looking forward to future lessons.

SAT/ACT Science

I helped Max with both his SAT and ACT science. He did not take any mathematical or science based questions and therefore both the SAT maths and ACT science components were difficult. The ACT was especially so since the science component references particles physics to materials to electricity. My goal was to get him familiar with the wide variety of question and how he could employ his reasoning skills to address the questions.

Hobbies and Interests

Reading non-fiction books.

Client Testimonials

“Ritchard came to tutor my daughter, Sophia, for A-level Maths in the Easter holidays, 2016. Ritchard was always punctual and was able to be flexible on times of lessons. Sophia found him to be very good at listening and ascertaining where help was needed. He then went on to be extremely attentive and helpful during lessons even taking away problems to solve and emailing them back. Sophia felt that the tutoring she received from Ritchard was extremely helpful and I would have no hesitation in recommending him as a Maths tutor for A- level.”

Fiona G

“Ritchard has been a wonderful tutor who has provided excellent and consistent service to my son in his A Level studies from September 2015. I hired Ritchard to help my son who was starting his IB studies in Chemistry and Biology. My experience with Ritchard was always positive. My son has commented that lessons are creative and that Ritchard is very supportive of his ideas and questions. Furthermore, Ritchard was very compassionate and sensitive to the social, emotional, and physical needs of my son. This attention has developed my son’s capacities in Chemistry and Biology thanks in part to Ritchard’s sessions.”

Sakiya S

“Ritchard helped her to get on the right track and do well in her last year IB diploma. We would highly recommend him. Knowledge of the subject of course is excellent and it’s very important, but also the tutorial skills are most important to engage the child to learn, Ritchard has both on high standard and he is the right one to help your child to get to the top! You will see your child’s progress immediately after two sessions. In two lessons my daughter felt confident at Physics lesson at school and ready to achieve more!”

Ekaterina M

“Before Ritchard I thought I was doomed for the IB Physics exams – desperate with a low self-esteem for physics I reached out for his help. It’s now with great confidence that I look forward to smashing the exams, thanks Ritchard!”

“Ritchard is very professional, arrives promptly and responds promptly to messages. My son looks forward to his sessions and has much more confidence since Ritchard starting tutoring him in IB Physics

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