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Mark (Tutor in London)

London W4
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Member Since: 01/04/2014
Last Login: 6 hours ago
Response Rate: 100%
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University College London (Universi...
Physics - Timing Resolution of Scin...
Pass  (2016)
The University of Manchester
2:1  (2011)
University of Cambridge
Photonic Systems Development
Pass  (2010)
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Rates summary: 55.00 to 60.00 per hour
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Information about Mark

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Physics, Python, Computer Science, Mathematics

Since 2014 I have taught in excess of 3000 hours across Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science as a full-time private tutor. I have tutored students from ages 12 to 22 across a variety of UK and European academic qualifications. These include both the more popular qualifications (GCSE and A level) as well as the rarer (IB and Pre-U). Predominantly I have tutored and home-schooled students for A level examinations.

Availability: Reduced price slots for specific locations (updated Feb 2018)

Monday evening : Central London @ £50 per hour from 6pm onwards.
Tuesday evening : Ealing Broadway (and surrounds) @ £55 per hour from 6pm onwards.
Thursday evening : Ealing Broadway (and surrounds) @ 50 per hour from 7pm onwards.
Friday evening : Ealing Broadway (and surrounds) @ 55 per hour from 7pm onwards.

I tutor Sunday to Friday inclusive, with times available throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Regular, intensive and one-off sessions are available. As I travel via a combination of Brompton (folding bike) and public transport I have good range and reliability across West and Central London. Please contact with your requirements and location and I will respond promptly with potential times and dates.

After School

Willing to travel: 5 miles

Experience: Background
I began work as a tutor in 2009 whilst completing my first degree in Physics (MPhys) at the University of Manchester. My second degree, a postgraduate masters of research, was obtained from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2011. Subsequently I began work on my interdisciplinary PhD based between University College London and CERN. Whilst writing up my thesis in 2014 (subsequently graduating in February 2016) I began work as a full-time tutor.

This has allowed me to continue two of my primary passions - learning and teaching. Over the years I have built-up an extensive textbook and popular science collection. I am constantly striving to find new ways to improve how I deliver content Especially those areas I had struggled with myself at school. In doing so I have developed an excellent breadth of knowledge allowing me to set course material in context. I find this allows students to see how disparate areas are related.

In Autumn 2017 I taught full-time as a teacher at a prestigious school in Surrey, UK. Here I was solely responsible for teaching the new OCR GCSE and A level Computer Science courses. Both qualifications required production of large quantities of teaching and assessment materials. Combined with my prior knowledge of the programming language, Python, I have developed methodologies to teach students of various aptitudes how to code. I am currently transcribing these resources onto my personal website for public use.

I have taught Physics, my first love, from school entrance through to University-level courses in Thermodynamics. Furthermore I have home-schooled students the entirety of A level physics who have subsequently gone onto university education. For mathematics I have tutored all five England A level exam boards (OCR, OCR-MEI, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel). Over the dozens of students I have taught, I have built up a set of heuristics to assess, teach and improve.

About Me
Outside of education I am currently renovating a narrowboat on the Grand un ion Canal. In my spare time I cook a great deal, I read interesting books and I travel.

My Tutoring Philosophy
In nearly all cases my job as a tutor is to fix one of three issues.

1. `domain knowledge` : These are cases where the student has forgotten or completely misunderstood the material. Depending on the volume of material to cover, this is generally just a matter of time and is the easiest problem to fix. For most cases material can be taught by example.
Following this questions can be attempted in class with further work on the content left as additional training. Future classes will refer back to this content to determine how ingrained material has become with the student. For some, this will mean a short 5 minute review per session, for others this can mean dedicating a third of each class towards building long-term memory. Ideally I would test on new content on a one day, one week, one month and two month basis per topic area. In this way topics are learnt properly, solidifying important concepts for further education.

2. `Slip ups` : These are the multitude of `silly mistakes` we all make from time to time. For some students this could be forgetting to write out full methodology or other cases consistently introducing errors into algebra. These slip ups can seem much more frustrating than simply not knowing the material. These issues are harder to identify, but over regular sessions getting to know a student, these slip ups become apparent. Once identified, I can suggest heuristics to counter the issue before the mistake is made. For instance converting all numbers in a physics exercise into SI standard form. Another method might be having a rigid checklist to follow on specific questions. Whilst inconvenient at first, this kind of technique works well.

3. `Exam Technique` : Broadly put this is to understand fully what a question is asking and how to go about answering it. For some this can mean parsing a question in understandable English. For others it can be identifying the intentional pitfalls that many examiners introduce. In nearly all cases improving exam technique is a matter of attention to detail. This is especially important in A level mathematics where a small misunderstanding can cost the student a whole grade boundary. The first step therefore is to build familiarity with the style of questions a student may be asked to answer. Initial efforts begin by seeing how students interpret intentionally vague questions on a subject. Whilst most certainly unfair this is a necessary step in teaching the student to see themes and required topics to bring to bear in a given question. The next (effective) method has a student sit a mock examination and mark the paper themselves according to the official mark scheme. Contrasting this with the examiners report (a document typically describing the successes and failures of the cohort sitting the actual exam) can be very eye opening for the student. This is especially helpful with students for whom the disparity between their knowledge and their exam grades is unclear. Thirdly, exposure to harder questions than those that will be on the exam paper. This has two effects. This helps build mastery in a given topic.
Once a student finds that a topic is easy, questions on that material no longer seem as scary or stressful. This is also means more of the exam time is spent on the harder material.

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Feedback For Mark (9)
We have a total of 9 review(s) for Mark.

Elizabeth (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I`m very pleased with Mark`s professional approach and excellent, targeted tuition for IGCSE Computer Science. I have no hesitation in recommending him.

Sarah (Ms)

5/5 Rating

After a 2 hour session with Mark, my son was more knowledgeable of the topics he had previously struggled with in the Computer Science A Level. His confidence has also improved. Mark is a very good tutor.

Natalie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

my daughter had a few lessons for far, she says Mark`s lessons are very well structured and helpful

Jackie (Dr)

5/5 Rating

We discovered Mark when my son was struggling with his coding in Python as part of his GCSE computer science course. Mark was amazing - immediately putting my son at ease and getting straight down to work. He helped his confidence and ability and gave him some valuable tips and advice which he hadn’t been given at school. We are really pleased to have found Mark, and I would not hesitate in the slightest to recommend him.

Allister (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Mark is helping to prepare my daughter for her final A-level physics exams. He is outstandingly good. He established a rapport with my daughter from day 1 and has already noticeably improved her self-confidence. She is very happy with the help he is giving her.

Massimo (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Mark`s academic history is impressive, and he does a great job helping my son through his Maths/Physics A-levels. Very good at getting in-depth into topics that are often explained too quickly at school.
With Mark`s support, my son is already improving his grades.

Sarah (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Mark helped to boost our daughter`s confidence with a one off session just before her physics A level

Nicola (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Mark is reliable and punctual, he has set up a great rapport with my 17 year old son. He is very knowledgeable and his enthusiasm for the subject helps with the tricky parts. Highly recommended

Linda (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Nice teaching style, very affable.

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