Thorn Tutors and Thorn Tuition


UK Tutors allows you to find Thorn teachers in your local area and across the UK. Our Thorn home tutors offer popular subjects like English, Maths and Physics as well as other niche subjects such as Portuguese. Our private Thorn home tutors also cater for Entrance exams, SATs, GCSEs and A-Levels home tuition all around Thorn.



Our simple search will list private tutors in your local area according to their proximity from you. The subjects we offer include, but are not limited to, English, Maths and Physics from primary level through to GCSE, A-Level as well as undergraduate level tuition. Also before making final arrangements with a tutor you can check they cover your syllabus (such as AQA, EdExcel or OCR exam boards) before releasing their contact details and commencing tuition.

We're constantly looking for new private tutors that are able to provide private tuition services in or in any of the other regions we cover. You can click here to register with UK Tutors and create your own personal tutoring profile and begin receiving tuition requests all year round.



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Tom (Mr)
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Subjects: French  |  Special Needs  |  English (Foreign Language)  |  English  |  Drama  |  Maths  
Availability: Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / Online
Info: I have taught in many capacities as a tutor, classroom teacher, special needs tutor, teacher's assistant and was deputy head of English at an Outstanding South London secondary school. I enjoy working with young people and helping them to achieve. I ...
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Personal Description:
I have taught in many capacities as a tutor, classroom teacher, special needs tutor, teacher's assistant and was deputy head of English at an Outstanding South London secondary school. I enjoy working with young people and helping them to achieve. I value enjoyment as top of the list. If you enjoy lessons you enjoy learning but I also value making what you learn of a high quality. I think you must have pride and hard work to get the most out of whatever you learn and with those ingredients I believe anyone can do anything.

Teaching Experience:

3 years as a teaching assistant and special needs worker at a variety of schools. Achieved outstanding results with ADHD, aspergers, dyslexic and autistic pupils.
Personal tutoring for young people in maths, music, English and French.
Trained as a TEFL teacher and 5 years experience working at home and abroad teaching children and adults.
Deputy Head of English at a South London secondary school where I achieved fantastic GCSE results and taught from year 7-13. I wrote and delivered schemes of work on grammar, English Literature (Dickens, Shakespeare etc) and English Language.
I currently deliver drama and English in many settings such as prisons, with refugees, in schools and with theatres.

Tutoring Approach:

I believe in building a rapport of achievement and enjoyment with the tutee. Patience and a sense of humour is vital. I would prepare in detail and allow the lesson to be focused and achievable. I have taken on over 12 tutees from this website aged 6-16 and have enjoyed each one. I can provide appropriate references. I set high goals and believe in adapting to the learning styles of the tutees.

Subjects
  • French
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (28 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (29 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (27 p.h.)
  • Special Needs
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (26 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (28 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (30 p.h.)

  • English (Foreign Language)
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (25 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (30 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (28 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (30 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (28 p.h.)
  • English
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (25 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (30 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (30 p.h.)

  • Drama
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (30 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (30 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (30 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (35 p.h.)
  • Maths
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (27 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (27 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (30 p.h.)


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Balan (Mr)
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Subjects: Maths  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you
Info: I am a graduate from Westminster University, London. I worked in IT for more than 15 years in College and School looking after the IT systems. I enjoy learning and teaching Mathematics. I take pride when my students achieve their goals. ...
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Personal Description:
I am a graduate from Westminster University, London. I worked in IT for more than 15 years in College and School looking after the IT systems. I enjoy learning and teaching Mathematics. I take pride when my students achieve their goals.

Teaching Experience:

I have been teaching students at GCSE, AS Advanced Level for the last five years achieving very high results for my students. I hope continue my current achievement though dedicated individual coaching.

Tutoring Approach:

My approach depends on the individuals need. When required I work from the foundations upwards. I don't assume anything but as the subject progress, speed of progress will depend on individuals. I also do fast revision and past exam papers as required. I prefer one to one teaching.

Subjects
  • Maths
  • GCSE or Standards (23 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)

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Raya (Mrs)
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Subjects: Music  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: From their home
Info: I hold an Artist Diploma for a concert pianist from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and BMus Hons from the Royal Academy of Music. ...
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Personal Description:
I hold an Artist Diploma for a concert pianist from Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance and BMus Hons from the Royal Academy of Music.

Teaching Experience:

I have a broad experience as a solo pianist and an instrumental and vocal accompanist-I have worked with different types of instrumentalists and chamber groups. So far I have worked with people of all ages and professional levels but have never found the collaboration difficult because I love trying new exciting things and meeting new colourful people who I can make beautiful music with. I have been teaching piano for the past 10 years. I have a vast experience in working with children and youngsters,as well as adults.I offer one-to-one tuition and work in small groups. So, if you are looking for someone to help you to prepare and perform for your Grade exam,(ABRSM,LCM,GCSE or A-Level music ) ,an important audition,competition or a concert project,or just want to learn to create music-don't hesitate to contact me!

Tutoring Approach:

I am happy to either prepare students for music examinations with a recognised board( ABRSM,LCM,GCSE or A-Level music),auditions of all aspects,competitions and concert projects or work within a less regimented structure-people who want to play for fun and learn to create music. The approach towards each student is absolutely unique according to the particular needs of the individual but if necessary, the lesson might concentrate on sight-reading, elements of theory, technique and developing aural skills,as well as on technical and creative sides of certain music pieces. However, the ambiance is always inspiring and friendly because my main aim is to encourage the student to do their best!

Subjects
  • Music
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (35 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (35 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (35 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (35 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (35 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (30 p.h.)

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Marc (Mr)
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Subjects: Self Defense  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (evenings)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you
Info: My name is Marc and I teach self defence moves/techniques that work under fear induced situations, are natural movements using body mechanics and can been taught in a short space of time. I teach the best tried and tested self defence methods that ca ...
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Personal Description:
My name is Marc and I teach self defence moves/techniques that work under fear induced situations, are natural movements using body mechanics and can been taught in a short space of time. I teach the best tried and tested self defence methods that can be incorporated into existing disciplines or used solely to enable individuals to successful defend themselves.
I was a boxer for 10 years with 2 of them being at a professional level.
As well as being a Self Defence Instructor, I am also a Service Delivery Manager, Parent Governor, recurve Archer, Records/Tournaments officer for Archery club, devoted Husband and Father or 2 beautiful daughters.

Teaching Experience:

I have been teaching Natural Self Defence for 6 years on a one to one basis or in groups of 2 to 20 people. I offer to train people, 1-2-1 or in small groups, in their own homes so traveling to my course is not a problem. I have been a Manager within I.T for 22 years where I have had to teach all levels of personnel (from engineers to senior executives). Training includes technical, managerial, financial, procedural and personal development e.g. confidence building, goal setting, assertiveness and career progression.

Tutoring Approach:

I use handouts to enable people to take notes at particular sections of the training and also encourage open discussions on techniques, moves and legal implications of our actions. Each move is explained in detail and reasons why particular approaches are recommended.
Each week the previous weeks instructions are gone through and discussed in case a question has been thought of between sessions.
I encourage note taking whilst training to ensure the moves are not only phyiscally carried out/remembered but also mentally committed to memory.
I offer to train people, 1-2-1 or in small groups, in their own homes so traveling to my course is not a problem.

Subjects
  • Self Defense
  • A-Level or Highers (30 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (30 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (50 p.h.)

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John (Mr)
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Subjects: Maths  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home
Info: I am a mathematics graduate with knowledge of KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A Level maths and further maths. ...
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Personal Description:
I am a mathematics graduate with knowledge of KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE and A Level maths and further maths.

Teaching Experience:

I currently tutored in two secondary schools and have done since Nov 2013. I have been a full time private tutor since Oct 2013. I have tutored part time since Sept 2011. Prior to this I have had voluntary experience of supporting pupils within five secondary schools and one primary school.

Tutoring Approach:

I believe that tutoring is all about formative assessment to establish the pupil's strengths and areas for improvement. A bespoke action plan will be developed tailored towards the pupil's educations needs. I am cheerful and supportive and believe strongly that everyone is capable of success.

I was recommended to go into tutoring by the Director of the Secondary Mathematics PGCE.

I charge a few pounds more if I travel to the student (2-4).

Subjects
  • Maths
  • 11+ (secondary) (14 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (16 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (18 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (16 p.h.)

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Kerry (Miss)
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Subjects: Spanish  
Availability: Weekdays (evenings)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home
Info: I am a young, fresh and energetic teacher with a fun approach to language learning. In my teaching I use a variety of authentic materials in unison with a variety of auditory, visual and kinesthetic actives something to suit all learners. ...
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Personal Description:
I am a young, fresh and energetic teacher with a fun approach to language learning. In my teaching I use a variety of authentic materials in unison with a variety of auditory, visual and kinesthetic actives something to suit all learners.

Teaching Experience:

I am a fully qualified teacher with five years of secondary education teaching. I prioritise in KS4 teaching (14-16)

All suitable tutees are entitled to a free consultation.

Tutoring Approach:

My approach to teaching is generally simple: I adapt my teaching to suit your needs. Whether you are a beginner, after the basics with culture and enrichment, or a parent looking for a tutor with experience and knowledge in all Key Stages, my approach to teaching is altered to suit tutees` needs.

Subjects
  • Spanish
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (15 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (20 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (20 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)

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Inka (Miss)
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Subjects: Maths  |  History  |  Drama  |  English  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home / Online
Info: I am a approachable but disciplined individual. I have tutored privately for 9 years now, 3 of which have now been in the UK. I have 3 degrees (in which I achieved with distinction) in both Humanities and Commerce. I believe in the power of education ...
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Personal Description:
I am a approachable but disciplined individual. I have tutored privately for 9 years now, 3 of which have now been in the UK. I have 3 degrees (in which I achieved with distinction) in both Humanities and Commerce. I believe in the power of education and my passion for teaching has quantified excellent results.

Teaching Experience:

Like I mentioned, I have tutored privately for 8 years now. I have given over 300 lessons in English, Maths, Drama, History and Biology from class 5 to class 12 ( A levels); male and females students, classes and individuals alike.

I have even been a substitute teacher at a renowned Cape town school. I have excellent references from pupils in the UK.

Tutoring Approach:

I believe that everyone learns differently and tailor my lessons to each individual. I have studied learning techniques and the psychology of learning for many years now; believing that everyone has the ability for excellence.
My pupils can quantify their success both through their results academically and mentally through their changes in attitude and approaches to their work.

Subjects
  • Maths
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (25 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (25 p.h.)
  • History
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (25 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (25 p.h.)

  • Drama
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (25 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (25 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (25 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (25 p.h.)
  • English
  • 11+ (secondary) (25 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (25 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (25 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (30 p.h.)


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Jocelyn (Mrs)
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Subjects: Mandarin  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home / Online
Info: PhD student of Portsmouth University; fairly good English level; can communicate fluently; have approved Mandarin Certificate; love kids. ...
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Personal Description:
PhD student of Portsmouth University; fairly good English level; can communicate fluently; have approved Mandarin Certificate; love kids.

Teaching Experience:

Have taught kids English and Maths before.

Tutoring Approach:

Oral and exercises

Subjects
  • Mandarin
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (20 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (20 p.h.)

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Xiaohong (Miss)
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Subjects: Mandarin  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home
Info: I am a highly motivated, extremely organised self-reliant, conscientious and enthusiastic individual with the drive and ambition to achieve the highest standards possible within both my professional and personal life. I have a strong work ethic, and ...
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Personal Description:
I am a highly motivated, extremely organised self-reliant, conscientious and enthusiastic individual with the drive and ambition to achieve the highest standards possible within both my professional and personal life. I have a strong work ethic, and the ability to work effectively with the minimum of supervision or as part of a team.
I am fluent in English, Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese and possess excellent written and oral skills in English, Chinese Mandarin.
I am Enhanced DBS certified and can supply supporting documentation on request.

Teaching Experience:

2013 - Present: Teacher Chinese Community School, Leeds + Bradford
Teaching reception age children the Chinese language using subjects such as History, Maths, Geography and drama to improve both their oral and written skills.
Ability to identify individual needs of students to ensure they receive the relevant tuition in a sensitive and inclusive manner.
Maintaining a safe, happy, friendly learning environment for all students to encourage development and confidence in the use of the Chinese language in a range of social settings.
2015 - Present: Chinese Language Tutor (one to one private teaching)
Teaching of the Chinese language in both oral and written format to both adults and children.
Working to an accredited syllabus to ensure that recognised qualifications may be obtained by the students.
Working to ensure that students are competent and confident in the use of the Chinese language in a broad range of personal and professional situations
2015 -2017: Interpreter Pearl Linguistics, Leeds + Bradford
Accurate and precise interpreting of Chinese Mandarin and Chinese Cantonese to English and vice versa.
Clear and concise communication with medical professionals ranging from consultants and doctors to other healthcare providers such as nurses, physical/occupational therapists and their support services
Working with the highest levels of professionalism, integrity and sensitivity at all times, whilst maintaining appropriate levels of confidentiality.
Constantly working without direct supervision but helping to facilitate appropriate care for patients in very traumatic and emotive situations.
2012 - 2013: Beeston Primary School (Leeds) Supervisory Assistant + Classroom Assistant
Supervise children at lunchtime ensuring welfare and conduct is maintained in accordance with school policies Organise and coordinate games and activities ensuring student safety. Report accidents to manager and complete appropriate forms if necessary.
Assisting in classroom with reading, drawing and painting Keep myself up to date with all Safeguarding issues and any policy changes in any of the roles that I under take.

2012 - 2014: Cottingley Primary Academy (Leeds) Classroom Assistant
Teaching Numeracy to children in years 4 and 5 .
Excellent communication skills and ability to deal with people at all levels and from different multi-cultural backgrounds in a sensitive and professional manner.
Passion for students to receive excellent tuition in a friendly and welcoming environment.
Ability to follow teaching plans and be efficient in lesson planning, preparing the classroom,
Recording and discussing children's progress, attending, parent, teacher meetings.
Ability to motivate children and adult, keep them interested.
2000- 2005: Secretary Xingyuan Group Co, China
A large Hong Kong based company specialising in hotels, industrial complexes and apartment sales.
Provide first rate secretarial support to senior management in a busy office environment
Use a variety of software packages to produce professional correspondence and documentation for a range of executive clients.
Devising, developing and maintaining office systems.
Attending meetings and taking accurate minutes and providing high quality representation of events to very tight schedules
Managing and maintaining budgets.
Liaising with internal and external customers of all levels
Achieved employee of the year 2003
Education
2011 - 2012: Tomas Danby College, Leeds
Level 1 Adult Literacy (English - reading, writing and oral) - Passed
2004 - 2005: Belinda International Training School, China
Beauty Therapy skills and principles - Passed
1997 - 2000: Baoji Weili University, China
Certificate in Secretarial Studies and Administration - Passed
Professional, Occupational or Skills Training
Certificate in Community Interpreting - Passed
Certificate in Interpreting for the NHS - Passed
Certificate in Mental Health Interpreting - Passed
Certificate in Health and Safety, Security, Confidentiality, Equality & Environment - Passed
Certificate in Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults - Passed
Certificate in Legal & Court Interpreting Date - Passed

Tutoring Approach:

My approach to tutoring is to ensure that the adult and the pupil receives the highest standards of teaching possible. It is about working hard and always trying to improve upon previous success. I am always patient with my students and tailor my approach to their individual needs, varying my teaching style to avoid the student becoming bored and making sure they fully engage with the subject.

I always instill in adult and children the belief that they can make a difference to their lives through education and that it could broaden their options and give them the future that they desire.

Subjects
  • Mandarin
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (20 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (20 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (25 p.h.)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (25 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (25 p.h.)

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Pab (Mr)
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Subjects: Philosophy / Critical Thinking  |  Reading & Writing skills  |  English  |  Drama  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home / Online
Info: A resident of Edinburgh for the past twelve years I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things myself. I am fairly well travelled, enjoy the arts and have a passion for working alongside others to help them achieve their goals. I am a profes ...
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Personal Description:
A resident of Edinburgh for the past twelve years I enjoy meeting new people and learning new things myself. I am fairly well travelled, enjoy the arts and have a passion for working alongside others to help them achieve their goals.

I am a professional actor with degree level qualifications in both Philosophy (Dundee University) and Acting (Queen Margaret University College).

Teaching Experience:

I have worked with adults in improving spoken and written English for UK degree entry level. I have also worked with college and university students in the Middle East (UAE) to train science and drama education in both Arabic and English.

For several years I have visited schools in both the public and private sectors delivering reading, drama and science communication classes.

I have regularly taught 5-15 years drama in private classes and enjoy working with pre-drama school entrants of all ages in working on giving the best entrance audition possible.

Tutoring Approach:

I am confident at creating a structured approach that works with a pupil's own strengths and needs to provide a tailor-made package for learning.

Ideally I meet with each student to discuss their learning needs, current level and expected outcomes.

Although it is important to push the boundaries of learning, it should always be a workload that is both manageable and individually tailored.

People learn best when they are enjoying themselves, so I try my best to make learning fun and interactive.

Subjects
  • Philosophy / Critical Thinking
  • 11+ (secondary) (15 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (20 p.h.)
  • Reading & Writing skills
  • 11+ (secondary) (15 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (20 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (20 p.h.)

  • English
  • Up to 11 years (primary) (10 p.h.)
  • 11+ (secondary) (15 p.h.)
  • GCSE or Standards (20 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (20 p.h.)
  • Drama
  • A-Level or Highers (20 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (20 p.h.)


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Peter David (Mr)
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Subjects: Maths  
Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home
Info: I am a recently retired Clinical Scientists (registered). I am married with a son and I am a youthful 67 year old with an 8 years old son! We are a non smoking family. My involvement with "mathematics", at various levels, dates back to when I left se ...
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Personal Description:
I am a recently retired Clinical Scientists (registered). I am married with a son and I am a youthful 67 year old with an 8 years old son! We are a non smoking family. My involvement with "mathematics", at various levels, dates back to when I left secondary school (Blackpool) in 1964 and worked for the Civil Service for 5 years. I was in an accounts division and passed two additional maths (and eventually English!) O'Levels via evening classes as well as enjoying the 60s and playing bass guitar in local groups. I took a 1 year full time A''Level course (Maths, Further Maths and Physics) and subsequently read for a Mathematics degree (Physics subsid.) at the University of Nottingham (1970-73). During this time, I had 3 vacation studentships with different departments of the Scientific Civil Service. After graduating, I worked for around 15 years as a computer programmer / analyst during which time I passed an HND in Computer Studies (University of the South Bank, London). Although I was 40 years old when I was made redundant from a communications company, I decide to make a significant career change and return to my "roots" and look for scientific work where my mathematical skills would be better used. After 2 years as a Medical Laboratory Scientific Officer in the lung function laboratory at the Royal Brompton, I had the tools and experience to apply for a research post in Paediatric Respiratory Medicine at the Royal Post Graduate Medical School (RPGMS, Hammersmith Hospital).

I retired in 2014 after 25 years as a researcher / Clinical Scientist at the RPGMS and Royal London. A large part of my research involved mathematical analysis of breathing patterns and flow-volume curves. This involved developing techniques and algorithms for alternative methods of assessing "lung function". I published many papers in international medical journals and all included a significant maths / stats content. During this time, I took evening classes obtaining additional A' Levels in Biology, Chemistry and Statistics and then read for an M Sc in General Biochemistry and Molecular Biology at Kings College London. In 2005, my portfolio was reviewed by the Health Professions Council and I registered as Clinical Scientist, which is a protected title, The main reason for the additional qualifications was my passion for learning and the thrill of sitting examinations and testing myself. The addition A'Levels and M. Sc. were taken for the challenge and pleasure and were not directly relevant to my career. One important reason for offering private tuition is my love of teaching / learning and I miss my close involvement with the "sciences". I have been accepted as a Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) ambassador and I have an enhanced DBS check certificate.

Teaching Experience:

Although, I do not have formal teaching qualification and I only started offering private tuition at the beginning of 2015, I am a patient person who has tutored a range of tutees from Common Entrance Exam level to adult learner including CGSE students for both Mathematics and Statistics.

However, my "teaching" roles / experiences go back to the mid 60s helping friends struggling with the Civil Service maths entrance exams and later, post graduation, I taught maths, unpaid, to several children of friends as well as adult friends and colleagues who needed to obtain better qualification. My research positions included (i) formal teaching / lecturing roles at all levels e.g. work experience students, medical / nursing students, visiting medics, junior members of the lab staff as well as registrars and consultants; (ii) presenting the research at local, national and international meetings and (iii) giving guest lectures on B. Sc. and M Sc. courses.

In my research / technical support work, I found particular pleasure explaining to children and parents the purpose and science that underpinned the tests and the analysis and interpretation of the results. This was a unique experience for almost all of them. It gave them and me a lot of pleasure and improved the success problems. In my own time, I helped patients, some who missed a lot of school time due to their problems, with both school work in the sciences and others with projects related to the maths and biology of their respiratory problems. Invariably, they ended up knowing more than their teachers!

Tutoring Approach:

As George Orwell never said "All tutees are not the same but some are more different than others".

I have a variety of approaches, depending on factors such as (i) whether the tutee needs teaching or revision; (ii) the number of lessons the tutee can fit in before the exam; (iii) their strengths and weaknesses, as well as their interests; (iv) whether the tutee is struggling to keep up or a flyer needing to ensure an A* (v) the length of the sessions 45-90 mins and whether it is one or two session a week and (vi) the work they are able to do between sessions.

However, there are aspects that are common to all tutees: before starting the lessons, I am happy to meet for a chat (no charge) to spend as long as necessary clarifying important issue such as (i) which board, level and paper they will be sitting; (ii) the text book they use and which parts of the syllabus have been covered and whether any need revising or explaining and (iii) wherever possible, obtaining suggestions and feedback from their teachers including where marks had been lost in recent exams.

Other aspects of my approach include (i) the tutee attempting appropriate questions / papers from other boards to encourage and foster "thinking outside the box" and, thus, to be prepared for questions that do not fit the usual mode; (ii) e-mailing questions of papers in advance of session to allow adequate time for preparation; (iii) feeding back how sessions have gone and suggestions for changes and being available between session via e-mail; (iv) moving up and down the difficulty ladder depending on the progress; (v) working on exam technique and teaching how to not misinterpret questions, sometimes, badly written; (vi) preparing tutees for difficult topics about to be taught at school, to ensure they get the most out of upcoming lessons; (vii) using examples from everyday life to demonstrate the use and usefulness of maths and statistics outside of the classroom and (viii) building up confidence and aiming to engender a passion and love of the subject and learning, in general.

I make extensive use of marking schemes and examiners reports to discuss how the tutee may have obtained the correct answer but lost marks due to not showing their working or lost time providing irrelevant details and this has been very successful and interesting for the tutees.

Some of my feedback:
(i) As a Year 11 student, Peter has been providing me with extra mathematics tuition during the final months before my GCSE examinations, offering distinct, concise teaching within a relaxed but highly enjoyable and yet professional environment. As a mathematician, Peter has aided me in approaching mathematics from a somewhat more lateral perspective, exploring multiple methods that could be employed to solve a challenging question; a form of thinking that is seldom used within a typical school environment. Peter's abundant, infectious passion for both his tuition and mathematics manifests itself within his unswerving support and guidance during our sessions together, delivering a uniquely engaging teaching environment within which to learn, but most importantly, to enjoy learning mathematics!"

(ii) Parent of a Year 11 school girl: Hello Peter, thank you for your follow up, your emails always have an interesting flair about them. We also enjoyed our meeting and Ebony particularly liked your relaxed approach to the subject, for that reason alone I think she would benefit from being able to ask questions without feeling awkward about what she doesn't understand, most importantly I agree with your 'spades a spade' philosophy in how to interpret the syllabus into the real world.

(iii) Teacher's reply to an e-mail from the mother of a Common Entrance school boy: Thank you for your email. I am pleased Edward has a good tutor and is happy doing extra Maths. The best paper to prepare Edward for our end of year test would be a practice SATs test as they follow a similar format to ours.

(iv) A recent GCSE student, EDEXCEL Higher, via his mother: Peter, I obtained and A in my Stats paper and B in my maths paper and I was told by my teacher that it might be worth remarking, as I was only several marks away from the A Grade)

Consulting the 'breakdown' of my overall Mathematics grade, it appears as though I (thanks to your support) did exceptionally well within the non-calculator paper (the equivalent of a very high A/ very low A* in terms of marks), but it was simply a few questions at the end of the calculator paper (that seemed to baffle everyone, regardless of ability) that partially pushed my overall grade down.

Once again, thank you for all of your support and guidance; I certainly would not have been able to achieve my result within the NON-calculator paper, the paper that I claimed was more intimidating, without our sessions within the Library. You have improved not only my proficiency, but also my confidence in Maths enormously and for that I cannot thank you enough.

(v) Father of a schoolgirl (EDEXCEL Higher): "E" did very well overall and passed all 13 ! In Maths she was one point off a B so of course that's a C. I think we will request a remark for the maths paper. Many thanks again for your help in the past, best wishes.

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Subjects: French  |  English (Foreign Language)  
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Types of Tutoring: Travels to you / From their home
Info: A French native, I came to live in England in 1989. In 1999 I enrolled at Anglia Ruskin University as a mature student and studied English Language and History of Art. I graduated in 2004 and concluded my studies by taking the CELTA Diploma in Ju ...
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Personal Description:
A French native, I came to live in England in 1989.
In 1999 I enrolled at Anglia Ruskin University as a mature student and studied English Language and History of Art.
I graduated in 2004 and concluded my studies by taking the CELTA Diploma in July 2004.

Teaching Experience:

I have been tutoring privately in Cambridge since 2004.

Tutoring Approach:

I aim to encourage confident communication with games and a lot of practice in conversation whilst providing a solid base in grammar through exercises.

For me the key is enthusiasm.

I will help you prepare for exams, for university or help you improve your existing language skills for everyday life.

The classes are tailored to your learning style and your needs.

Subjects
  • French
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (25 p.h.)
  • Adult/Casual learner (25 p.h.)
  • English (Foreign Language)
  • A-Level or Highers (25 p.h.)
  • Further/Higher (university) (25 p.h.)
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