Maths & Sciences
BSc (Hons) Physics, PhD Physics, Selwyn College, Cambridge.
Maths all levels to A-level, science to GCSE, physics A-level
£90.00 per hour. Based in Islington; lessons at my home or online via Skype
I have over 20 years tutoring experience, having first started teaching 11+ and GCSE students while studying at Manchester University. I went on to gain invaluable experience from giving tutorials to undergraduates while doing my PhD at Cambridge. Then after taking a number of different career directions, with tutoring as something I did on the side, in 2006 I chanced upon full-time tutoring, only to find it was the most rewarding and enjoyable job I could imagine doing.
While maths always came easily to me I know from personal experience that without the right support and motivation students can fail to fulfil their potential. When I was at school at a failing comprehensive in a deprived area of Manchester, I was unmotivated and too busy playing cricket – and consequently did very badly in my GCSEs.
Realising that I was never going to make it as a professional cricket player the reality dawned on me that I’d better do re-sits and then try and get some A-levels. What made all the difference to my future was one truly inspirational Physics teacher at my sixth-form college who helped to set me on a new pathway, eventually winning a place at Selwyn College, Cambridge to do my PhD at the famous Cavendish Labs, home of numerous Nobel laureates.
I genuinely love science and maths and believe they are a vital part of everyone’s education. They are also directly relevant to a huge variety of careers. For instance after my PhD I spent 3 years working at a hedge fund where my job involved applying my mathematical skills to trade equity pairs using statistical arbitrage.
In my current role as a tutor what I find exciting is the diversity of students I get to work with and the challenge of tailoring my teaching to each individual’s needs. I have gained a wide variety of tutoring experience across different ages, abilities and backgrounds, and preparing students for a large range of examinations. The most important thing I have learnt over the years is that there is no such thing as an ‘average’ student and with the right support and motivation everyone is capable of success.