I am a qualified teacher of ten years` experience. I taught physics at Tiffin Boys grammar school in Kingston for four years and hold a degree in physics from Imperial College. I have extensive experience tutoring physics and maths at all levels.
I have a large number of testimonials from parents of previous students (see "Experience" section of profile.
I am currently taking bookings for the new term and beyond.
Levels covered include:
A-Level (AS, A2: Edexcel, OCR, AQA, WJEC)
GCSE/IGCSE (Edexcel, OCR, AQA, WJEC)
Common Entrance (Maths, physics/science, non-verbal reasoning: 13+ and 11+)
Entrance and scholarship exams (Eton College/King`s scholarship, Westminster/Westminster Challenge, Winchester, Whitgift, Trinity, KCS)
Please contact me if you would like to discuss a programme of tutoring suitable for your child or if you have any questions regarding tutoring.
Availability: 7 days a week including term time and school holidays.
Willing to travel: 10 miles
Experience: I am a qualified teacher and tutor of over ten years` experience. I taught physics at Tiffin Boys grammar school in Kingston for four years. I have extensive experience tutoring physics and maths at all levels.
I have helped many students to gain top grades at A-Level (AS/A2), IGCSE and GCSE, physics and maths, all major boards (Edexcel, OCR, AQA, WJEC) and I have tutored many younger students to pass entrance exams for independent and grammar schools.
My students have gained entrance to top schools including Eton (King`s scholarship), Westminster, Winchester, Whitgift, Trinity and King`s College School.
I also specialise in scholarship papers and have helped students gain scholarships, including the notoriously challenging King`s Scholarship for Eton College and the Westminster Challenge.
In addition, I have prepared numerous students for the 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance papers used by many grammar and independent schools: non-verbal reasoning as well as physics/science and maths. I also have experience working with younger primary school pupils, both in preparation for prep school exams and boosting general maths/reasoning skills.
"My son has been exceptionally lucky to be inspired by you at Tiffin and then in turn supported by your tutoring. You are one of the few tutors I have found capable of working with top students aiming for high grades. It`s great to find someone who knows the fine-grain detail of the markschemes and understands that every single mark matters for students aiming for top universities and A* grades. I hope you are still available when my daughter sits her maths and physics A-levels"
Julie Davidson, Surrey
"Tom was of great help to our 17 year old son during his A levels. As a result he achieved an A* in Physics and will soon be off to his first choice university to study mechanical engineering."
Brian Flasck, SW19
"Mr McKennan is an excellent physics tutor, with a passion for teaching. His interactive teaching style and extensive knowledge helped my son to secure a high A* in physics at A level. I strongly recommend him as a physics tutor."
Mr Sharma, Sutton
"The big success for us as parents is not only that our son did pass his 7+ exams [for King`s College School] but the fact that he enjoys maths. He is always looking forward to his lesson with Tom, eager to learn new things. Tom taught him how to think strategically which is applicable, really, to any subject at school!"
Drs Yiannis & Maria Kyriazis
"Dear Tom, thank you for all your hard work with Nicole over the last year. She has gone from being a mid range student to gaining a perfect 100% in her recent mock SATS Exam [Year 6]."
Charles Turner, Surrey
"Thomas has proved to be an excellent and reliable tutor. My daughter has just achieved an A* and A in her Physics and Maths A levels. She says Tom is patient and explains things well and that he has really helped her with her A Levels. Tom has really helped her in her understanding of the complicated and advanced aspects of the syllabus and advising her on the best ways to revise for the exams."
Georgina Benton, SW19
"Tom has been an inspirational tutor to my son who was lacking in confidence in his abilities at the end of Year 10. Through Tom`s encouragement and dedication his confidence grew and he moved from a C grade to an A* in Physics and a low B grade to a solid A in Maths (in a year of controversy with a difficult 2015 IGCSE paper!). Thank you."
""Tom is a dedicated and inspiring tutor. He encouraged, motivated and guided my son not only on what to think but on how to think in Physics. As a result, my son has gained more confidence and fascination for this science. He has obtained an A in this subject and he is well equipped to start an MEng degree in Mechanical Engineering at Sheffield, his first choice university. Thank you Tom!""
Dr G Cagliesi, SW19
"In late February this year I asked Tom to help my 16 year old daughter, Bea, with physics coaching for her GCSEs. This was after Bea had got a C in her mocks and had admitted she was struggling with physics. With only a few months available Tom gave Bea the individual support she had always needed to understand in her terms many of the complex physics topics she was confused by (especially electricity!). The coaching was carried out on about 8 Saturdays working in 90 minute sessions. Bea got on very well with Tom ,who adopts a very professional, patient but quietly challenging teaching style. In addition to explaining the troublesome areas of the syllabus he also clarified the marking systems and how to tackle the papers. When Bea took the papers she said they went well and that she felt Tom had been at her side through the exams and that she felt able to attempt answers to all the questions. We were, however, more than pleasantly surprised to find out today that Bea got an A* in her physics GCSE, which was an enormous improvement from the C she got in her mocks four months previously!! This achievement would not have been possible without Tom, who we are very indebted to."
Simon Kilgour, NW1
"Tom provided support with Maths tutoring to my daughter throughout her GCSE year. He came to the house once or twice a week and not only explained parts of the curriculum to her with which she was struggling, but more importantly, gave her the tools and confidence to look at problems and work them out. By these means he helped her convert a C/B grade in to an A grade. Tom has a cheerful and relaxed way of working and we are very grateful indeed for his efforts with our daughter. I am happy to speak with any prospective clients who are considering engaging him to help their children through the exam process"
Nancy Cogswell, SW19
"An excellent teacher with an ability to make Physics easy to understand, resulting in an A* at GCSE for our son"
Dr A Patel, Surrey.
"Punctual, polite and always very well prepared, Tom is an excellent tutor"
David Bailey, SW1
"Tom helped my older son for about 3 months, and I noticed that during this brief period my son had gained lot of confidence and had improved a lot in his Maths and was able to pass the 13+ entrance exams of two very academically selective private schools. According to my son Tom is very calm, patient and makes math problems easy to solve. I am glad I got to know Tom and would definitely recommend him to anyone I know."
Mohamed Rabie, SW20