John (Tutor in Wimbledon)
University of Bristol
Design and Technology
Information about John
I have always had a passion for mathematics. I achieved the highest grade in my year at GCSE scoring 100% in one of the papers. I then secured an `A` at both maths and physics A level before going on to graduate the University of Bristol with a first class degree in Physics (final year project: Computing the self-similarity of topologically distinct knots in discrete space).
I then trained and spent 3 years as a teacher of mathematics in inner London schools. I have been able to teach a huge diversity of students and perfect my teaching style over this time.
I take time to understand a student`s particular and unique learning style. What`s clear most often is that a student will carry fears and insecurities that stem from previous experiences with the subject. This is a huge obstacle to progression and so it is my aim to create an environment in which failure is allowed and even encouraged - students learn from mistakes after all.
I have a huge passion for mathematics and physics yet, as is to be expected, not everyone shares my enthusiasm. The reality of the situation is that many students want a grade from their exam and hope they never have to look quadratic equations again. I fully sympathise with this approach and make sure that I am teaching good exam technique. My strong grasp on the current curriculum allows me to prepare students for their examinations as fully as possible.
Above all I realise that exam preparation is about hard work; I am not afraid to work students and demand 100% effort from them. A student will be most productive when they take ownership of their learning and I aim to create a professional atmosphere that fosters a productive working environment.
I am currently working as a software developer whilst maintaining a tuition base during evenings.
Availability: My availability is usually weekday evenings from 18:30 onwards
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I have three years professional experience teaching mathematics at GCSE and A level. I have taught a range of levels ranging from lower set KS3 (basic numeracy) right up to Further Mathematics A Level (matrices, calculus, kinematics, probability etc.).
During my time as an employed teacher, I have helped many students achieve the grades they needed to progress onto A levels and further education. At William Morris Sixth Form, I taught in a department that achieved well above the national average for GCSE retake students.
I graduated from the Institute of Education in 2016. This is known for its teaching excellence and has armed me with a thorough grasp of the pedagogy required to motivate, communicate to and engage students. Along with 4 years of private tuition, my teaching experience has proven invaluable to allowing my tutees to reach their potential.
Feedback For John (6)
John, really helped Annabel with her A-level maths exams.
John was very professional, knowledgeable, patient and charming.
Very good tutor for our 15 year old covering Physics and Matgs GCSE.
John has been a tremendous help to my son who is facing the first year of the new GCSE exam and finding it very stressful. John is very patient and takes time to explain things in a clear and constructive way. Would highly recommend him. Mrs Melton
John has provided very tailored tuition for our son. We wanted to be the lessons to be enjoyable and most importantly re generate some lost confidence in Maths and help Max feel good about the subject again. John has a good sense of the pace appropriate for the pupil so the lessons have a bit of stretch but no strain. John is an energising tutor and generally fun to learn with and can flex comfortably around the topics whilst following an overall plan for learning. Would highly recommend
John helped to prepare for my Maths professional skills test for my PGCE training. He is patient, approachable and very good at providing specific help for areas where I needed additional explanations. Excellent and friendly tutor, I would highly recommend him to others.