Frank D

GCSE & A Level Maths & Science (GCSE Physics and Chemistry) Specialist

£30 per hour
Qualified Teacher
DBS Checked

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Tell us a bit about yourself.

All of my students say that I am passionate about teaching. I have over 20 years of international experience in helping students in The Gambia, Canada & UK achieve the unachievable! While inspiring pupils to break records and compete with the best is part of my DNA as a teacher, I also specialise in restoring confidence to those students who may not be that good at Maths by revisiting the basics and consolidating on a solid foundation.

What do you specialise in?

I specialise in Maths as I did my Post Graduate Certificate in Education (UK). However, I have also taught Physics, Chemistry and Combined Science for many years registering success at all levels.

How do your lessons usually plan out?

My plan would normally take a form of discussion followed by a brief assessment (usually 3 questions) which is meant to gauge the student's level taking into account their fluency, reasoning and problem solving skills. This insight will then inform our inform our next steps.

When did you first start tutoring?

I first started tutoring over 20 years ago.

What do you love most about teaching your subject?

I am very passionate about Maths and Science. I love the logic and reasoning as well as the trends, patterns or equations that enables us to predict the unknowns with certain precision in numerous technological innovations. I am fascinated by the fact that mathematical concept like Fibonacci's number can be found all around us in nature. For example, the spiral shape of shells, the sunflowers, the pinecone and even more amazing, the tendencies of the waves to curve into a spiral or the helix shape of the galaxies way above us can all be considered to be mathematical representation of Fibonacci sequence. Maths is fascinating and real!

What is your teaching style?

With regards to teaching, I tend to diversify my mode of presentation to include Audio, Visual and Kinaesthetic learning wherever possible. Please use the link below to watch one of my videos I made during the first lockdown to get a glimpse into my style of teaching. This was a lesson I prepared for my year 8 top set, an exceptional group of talented students. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bGepyRHegb8

What is your favourite thing about being a tutor?

In a class of 25 students, it is very difficult to adopt a teaching technique to suit all the learning styles in that classroom. Tutoring, on the other hand, often provides one with incredible insight into how a tutee learns which is crucial to the approach or strategies employed to help the pupil.

What do students love most about your teaching style?

They love a lot of things including my passion which is infectious, my stories which illustrates the concepts, the sacrifices I am willing to make to support them as well as the optimism which causes them to believe in themselves and excel.

What is your teaching philosophy?

It is my ardent belief that every child has got untapped potential waiting for the right kind of teacher to cultivate the right set of conditions to flourish. Hence, I subscribe to the growth mindset philosophy which is not satisfied with the  status quo but is rather prepared to go above and beyond, particularly for disadvantaged children from a lower socio-economic background where support at home is non-existent. 

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

I have produced from my tutorial (Frank Tutorial Classes) three and two out of the best ten students nationally celebrated in The Gambia in two consecutive years. On the side of private tuition, I helped a boy get into Oxford university as well as produce e few students that has got nines in their GCSE Math. In the three years I served a my former school, I have been able to make a difference in all year groups and levels of abilities, notably, amongst a top set I taught in year 7 and 8. Despite two years of teaching punctuated by the first lockdown in March 2020, it was amazing to see how well advanced the large majority of these year 8s had become to the point where they had outperformed their year 9 seniors and competed with our top year 10 students.  I once took a team from the same year 8 onto an inter schools Math competition in Stevenage in the UK. They won the completion!

Which relevant qualifications do you have?

Physiotherapist at Royal Victoria Hospital Proprietor in Frank Tutorial Syndicate (Maths, Physics, Chemistry tutor) 2:1 Degree in Applied Theology at Moorlands College, Gloucestershire University Post Graduate Certificate Education (P.G.C.E for ages11-18) with Canterbury Christ Church University Qualified Teacher Status holder (UK) Math Teacher in UK Mainstream Education Science Tutor on the National School Program for TLC

What inspired you to become a teacher?

I have been influenced by some great teachers in my life. I have also had some pretty uninspiring ones. Inspiring the next generation of critical thinkers to become the problem solvers who will contribute positively towards national development is fulfilling.

What are your interests outside of teaching?

I love to play the piano and I am also intrigued about the the mathematical ratios and their corresponding notes of sounds made.

What exam boards and year groups do you teach?

I teach AQA, Edexcel, OCR in Math, Physics, Chemistry and Combined Science all the way from Primary (SAT) through Secondary (IGCSE/GCSE) through to Sixth Form (A-Levels)

Teaches

Subject Level
Maths KS3
Maths IB
Maths GCSE
Maths A-Level
Further Maths IB
Further Maths A-Level
Science KS3
Chemistry IB
Chemistry GCSE
Chemistry A-Level
Physics IB
Physics GCSE
Physics A-Level

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