University of Cambridge
Physics with Theoretical Physics (Natural Sciences)
Information about Gavin
I have a Physics degree from Cambridge and still maintain an active and deep interest in the subject. Among my hobbies is close harmony singing - I run a mixed local singing group and have travelled widely in pursuit of musical excellence. I also appreciate the countryside and am happy to live, and walk, in a beautiful part of our country.
My introduction to tutoring came through successfully helping my sons through their A-levels in Maths, Further Maths and Physics. The experience inspired me to look into tutoring as an alternative occupation, and, for the last couple of years, I have been pleased to take on other students. I now work part-time in software development but love teaching and find tutoring very rewarding. Generally, most of my students are working their way through their A-levels but I can also help out up to University level, either with preparation for entrance exams, or with some of the topics encountered in Maths / Physics / Engineering courses. I also do work at GCSE level in these subjects.
I like to treat students as individuals with differing needs. For some the key is to develop a solid understanding - subject knowledge tends to build on itself, and those who miss basic points in class can often find themselves slipping behind, feeling lost and not able to cope. For others, it involves digging deeper into the subject to perhaps make connections that weren`t at first apparent.
At all levels, I have found that guided questioning and encouraging students to think through their own difficulties is very effective. It is very pleasing to see the spark of light when an idea hits home. And once the basics are established, of course, the key to success is practice, and the development of exam technique.
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Availability: I have availability on weekdays and evenings and I`m happy to make ad-hoc arrangements during school holidays.
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I have worked as a software developer for 30+ years on many varied and interesting projects: rocket control systems, drilling systems in the oil sector, helicopter flight control to name a few. I have tutored A-level and GCSE Maths, Further Maths and Physics, helped students with University preparation (NSAA, PAT, STEP), and have a good knowledge of the new specifications.
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Feedback For Gavin (3)
Gavin has just started working with our son (A Level Physics) but he has already proved to be very helpful. His clear and concise feedback - together with guided work suggestions - have already had an impact !!
Thorough approach and great feedback. My daughter is growing in confidence with every lesson.
My son has been going to Gavin for just a few weeks now for tutoring in A Level Further Maths. The sessions are very thorough, Gavin has accurately assessed where my son is with his learning and is helping him to work on necessary areas. He also provides homework which supports, consolidates and challenges. I get a thorough report of what has been covered by email the following day. My son really feels he is making progress. I would highly recommend this tutor.