David L

VERY EXPERIENCED maths tutor. Vast resources

£35 per hour

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

I have lived in the Ascot area for over 20 years and have 2 sons who have now left university. My undergraduate degree was in Maths at Aston University and I studied for a PhD at Reading University. Since leaving university I formed and run a computer company for 27 years and have since formed and run 2 successful businesses. For the last 15 years I have been tutoring Maths both face to face and online to over 50 students from GCSE to university level.

What do you specialise in?

I specialise in AS and A level Maths. I concentrate on finding the gaps in a students knowledge, bringing them up to date with their syllabus, and hopefully pushing them beyond their current schedules.

How do your lessons usually plan out?

I like to work with the knowledge students have on a subject and then build from there. With maths it is at times necessary to re-visit the fundamentals - these can be forgotten as time passes. I have a wealth of information sheets and tips covering the various topics on the syllabus and make use of past papers to prepare students for their exams. I like to discover a students strengths and weaknesses early on and believe my experience helps me with that.

When did you first start tutoring?

My sons were predicted B and C grades at A-level. I managed to tutor them and they both achieved grade A's. This rather strange success started my career in Maths tutoring over 12 years ago. I did however lecture Maths at Reading University around 1980.

What do you love most about teaching your subject?

Those LIGHT BULB moments when students discover the gaps in both their advanced and basic Maths knowledge ! I consider myself calm, patient and supportive with students. Lessons are structured to and tailored to meet the student's needs and include a variety of hands on material and varied learning styles. I have built up a vast wealth of teaching resources.

What is your teaching style?

I like to work with the knowledge students have on a subject and then build from there. With maths it is at times necessary to re-visit the fundamentals - these can be forgotten as time passes. I have a wealth of information sheets and tips covering the various topics on the syllabus and make use of past papers to prepare students for their exams. I like to discover a students strengths and weaknesses early on and believe my experience helps me with that.

What is your favourite thing about being a tutor?

The many genuinely grateful feedback responses I receive along with discovering students have achieved a higher grade than expected.

What is your teaching philosophy?

Each student is different and everyone learns in their own unique way. I use multiple methods of teaching to reach students, so that no one is left behind. I pride myself in being able to discover a students weaknesses very quickly. Most importantly I try to make lessons fun and relate where possible the topics to the real world.

What do students love most about your teaching style?

I believe I am very patient and introduce some fun and excitement into a subject that people generally do not get over enthusiastic about, especially when have run into brick walls, which there are many of in Maths !

What is the greatest success you've had with teaching?

I remember 2 special moments in my career: 1 - A university student who 6 weeks before finals had given up on his Maths module. After 6 intense lessons I was delighted to hear he had achieved a first class honours ! 2 - An A-level student who was predicted a C in Maths and was unable to secure a university place. She achieved an A after around 8 hours of tuition and subsequently went on to achieve a good degree at university.

Teaches

Subject Level
Maths KS3
Maths IB
Maths GCSE
Maths A-Level