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My Qualifications

King`s College London (University of London)
Pass  (2017)
Imperial College London
PhD in Mechanical Engineering
Pass  (2006)
The University of Edinburgh
Mathematics of Non-Linear Models
Pass (w/distinction)  (2001)
Loughborough University
PE, Sports Science and Mathematics
1st  (2000)

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Further Maths---£90---

Information about Alastair

Please note - during term time I am currently only available to tutor lesson between 10am and 3pm on weekdays.

Experienced maths teacher and full-time online tutor with a 1st class honours degree and PhD in Maths. I have a strong track record in coaching students for A-Levels (Maths and Further Maths). I have been tutoring online for three years and have tutored over 5000 lessons. This has provided me with the experience to ensure that students get the most out of my online lessons.

My tutoring services include:
*Producing notes and model solutions during lessons that I email to tutees within 24 hours of the tutorial
*Setting homework that I mark ahead of the next lesson thereby providing expert feedback on areas that require improvement
*Marking exam papers and providing expert feedback based on my experience as an examiner
*Creating bespoke revision programmes for tutees and helping them prepare to cope under the exam pressure
*Analysing papers to produce predicted papers for the GCSE and A-Level exams

PGCE in Mathematics, Kings College London
BSc (1st class hons) in Mathematics, Loughborough University
MSc (with distinction) in Mathematics, Edinburgh University
PhD in Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London
DBS certified

Availability: During term time I am currently only available to tutor lesson between 10am and 3pm on weekdays.

Willing to travel: 50 miles

Experience: I’m a professional tutor. I don’t do tutoring on the side of another job or in my spare time. It is my full time job and I am self employed so I treat it with the seriousness that it deserves rather than as a hobby. I take all my holidays over the summer when there is much less demand for my time. I am therefore available for lessons during half-term breaks or Christmas/Easter holidays.

I have a PhD in applied maths (in addition to a 1st class degree and MSc with distinction in Maths). This has provided me with the expertise in some extremely difficult mathematics and allows me to fully understand and explain concepts as opposed to repeating steps without comprehending them. My experience is that this is essential for very bright students aiming for an A* in maths.

I’m a former GCSE and A-Level Maths (and Further Maths) teacher with a PGCE in Maths. This has provided me with the coaching skills necessary to deliver the curricula to students in a way that they can understand. While at school I taught A-Level pure maths, mechanics and statistics. Most schools have teachers that specialise in only one of these meaning that 2 or 3 teachers/tutors are needed to teach maths effectively.

Of the ten students I taught Maths and Further Maths to last year (for exams in 2023), all but one achieved either an A or A*. Of particular note, one of my students scored an average of 91% for the A-Level exam whilst still in year 12 while another student scored 97% in one her A-Level maths papers.

The price that you pay doesn’t just pay for a single one hour lesson. In addition to this I also prepare homework questions following each lesson that are specific to the topic we’ve covered (as opposed to just sending a worksheet from a website). I am also happy to be contacted outside of lessons to look over any work or provide worked solutions. I generally reply to such requests by the end of the day. Finally, following each A-Level exam paper, I spend time analysing the previous paper to determine which topics are likely to appear in the following paper. Following this I will create a set of exam questions that are similar to those that I believe will appear in the next paper. This is something that takes a considerable amount of time (and in my opinion can only be done by an experienced teacher/tutor) but which my students have found particularly useful in the past.

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We have a total of 34 review(s) for Alastair.

Nicola (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

May daughter has gained enormously from Alastairs tutoring. He has unlocked for her the tricky concepts and questions she has had and does so in such a positive and clear way. She says he explains everything so well. She is looking forward to continuing the sessions.

Anna (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair has been fabulous- he has made such a difference for our daughter’s confidence. She says he was very friendly and kind and explained things really well. Thank you so much for your support with her GCSEs.

Joanne (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Absolutely brilliant. Can’t recommend Alastair enough. Gives excellent lessons that my slightly study-reticent son actually enjoys. After every lesson Alastair sends several pages of recap of what has been covered in the lesson plus related homework to do for the next session. A really great tutor. Thank you.

Joy (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is very patient, explains things well and our son is feeling a lot more confident in maths due to his sessions.

Faye (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Supportive with excellent subject knowledge. Good communication and planning for lessons.

Jill (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Fantastic. Very patient and my son is actually enjoying the sessions. Very impressive

Martin (Mr)

5/5 Rating

My son really enjoyed working with Alastair, who prepared and run the sessions very well. It helped my son enormously in the run up to his A-levels and the sessions with Alastair made a huge difference to his results.

Meghan (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alistair is an excellent tutor and a lovely person. He tailors his lessons and sets homework specifically for my son and his needs. I can’t recommend him enough.

Natalie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair explained concepts really well and helped my son with exam techniques. With his help my son went from a predicted E grade to getting A in his actual exams. Thank you so much for your help Alastair!

Birgit (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is an ace tutor, he has helped three of my children with Maths, and they all agree is is excellent!

Maria (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Very helpful in tutoring my daughter . Methodical in explains difficult questions and going through . Also very prompt in sending through recap of lessons and further help if needed .

Charles (Dr)

5/5 Rating

Very organised and professional

Ebru (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair has been working with my daughter for the past few weeks. He is very organised and provides her with tasks that will enhance her knowledge. Even after a few lessons, my daughter started seeing the progress with herself.

{d} (Ms)

5/5 Rating

I would highly recommend Alastair as a tutor. He put my son at ease, explained things very well to help him understand Maths concepts he was stuck on. He was always on time, communication great, prepared lessons well and marked any set tasks. I wouldn`t hesitate to book in tutoring with him, and just wish I had started him tutoring my son sooner.

Catriona (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My son has just finished year 12 and was struggling with some new concepts which he had encountered in lockdown, particularly in statistics. He is so positive about Alastair - he finds him very friendly and easy to talk to, but he is also extremely professional, explains things clearly and ensures that he understands the concepts and practice. My son is so much happier and his mathematical ability has increased after just a few lessons. We appreciate the tutoring and support Alastair is providing and will hopefully continue to use his expertise going forward.

Alina (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Since lockdown, all of my son’s tuitions had to be conducted online and this is where Alastair excels. He is so structured, well organised and very detailed in the tasks he sets and the quality of feedback to both my son and myself. Working back from the date of my son’s exam, Alastair has produced an unbelievably detailed plan of activity, including multiple exercises, revision activities and feedback sessions to ensure my son is truly benefiting from the tuition. Alastair’s communication style is exceptional and my son really enjoys working with him! I would highly recommend Alastair to anyone!!

Natasha (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

Alastair has successfully helped my daughter with her online school learning on Physics, he has really helped her understand the principals and she has enjoyed the lessons.

Sian (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter is in L6 and is so pleased with her overall progress in Maths A`Level over the last few weeks. Since having Dr. Alastair, she says that her confidence and techniques have drastically improved and she now feels fully equipped to tackle the June assessments.

Andy (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is tutoring my daughter in preparation for her maths A-Level. Alastair is a great tutor. Reliable and communicative, he is always on time for the lessons and always gets in touch a day or two before to ensure he is prepared for whatever topics my daughter needs help with. My daughter is quite a shy person and was nervous about working with a tutor she did not know. Alastair has a relaxed, confident manor that have put my daughter at ease and she finds his way of explaining things clear and easy to understand. I wasn`t sure if online tutoring was going to work but on Alastair`s recommendation we purchased a visualiser so my daughter can share her workings and it`s going very well. Highly Recommended.

Sharon (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Alistair has been an incredible support to my son who was concerned about his A level maths during this time he has been unable to be at school. Alistair has an approachable and supportive manner, making it easy for my son to point out where he hasn`t understood. Alistair explains things clearly and is happy to go over things again and check understanding My son has gained confidence and feels much more reassured about his progress. I`d strongly recommend Alistair as a tutor.

Danila (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Great tutor! Very professional and punctual. Really good at explaining staff

Giacomo (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Alistair has been really helpful with my second year A-level maths. He makes the harder topics seem easier due to his clear teaching methods and great knowledge of the subject. I highly recommend alistair to anyone struggling with A Level maths.

Ada (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is a fabulous Maths teacher with excellent online teaching experience. He provides exceptional A level Maths support to my son. Alastair explains difficult concepts clearly and patiently to ensure my son has a proper understanding of the subject. He is also very well organised, and will send students homework and detailed tuition notes after each lesson. My son enjoys Alastair`s teaching and always finishes the homework happily to see how well he can do. We are living overseas and can only contact Alastair by email. He is quick to respond and offer help instantly. Highly recommend.

Federica (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Excellent tutor with very effective teaching skills. Alastair’s explanations when it comes to tough questions are very precise and straight to the point. As he has enriched my maths abilities I would highly recommend him as a tutor. Marco

Liz (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair was a great tutor for my son. Very well prepared and would very much recommend.

Jeremy (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Alistair is an excellent and conscientious tutor. The lessons are well thought through and planned. He provides post-lesson notes and is available to assist in between lessons. Highly recommended

Monica (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is a great maths tutor. He has made maths very simple to understand for my son in the short time they have worked together. I am glad I decided to give online tutoring a try!

Beata (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is an excellent tutor. At the beginning I was not convinced about online tutoring but now I think it is a great way of teaching. My daughter is really happy about the progression she is making in Further Maths (not an easy subject). It is all down and thanks to Alastair and his engagement with students and his method of teaching. Now she understands more and more, she is more confident and not afraid of tricky questions.

Michelle (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is an amazing tutor. My son looks forward to his tutoring sessions as Alastair has the enviable knack of making maths fun! He breakdowns concepts into easily understandable explanations, creates a strong foundation around the students knowledge of the topic and instills confidence in the student. He follows up with excellent session notes and exercises to cement the topics covered. I would highly recommend Alastair as a 1st class tutor.

Rafiq (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is a very helpful and knowledgeable tutor. He has familiarity with even the deepest darkest parts of the Further Maths specifications. Looking forward to carrying on our lessons.

Nemr (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Dr Alastair is an amazing, kind and enthusiastic teacher. When tackling mathematical problems, he makes sure I understand why it is we tackle it in the steps required, as opposed to just "how to tackle the problem". In addition to deepening my understanding of maths, I have learned new skills and techniques that have helped me take my exams with greater confidence - I highly recommend Dr Alastair.

Melanie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is methodical and consistent in his teaching methods and has a positive and engaging communication style with his students. Our son has started to enjoy mathematics (GCSE higher) again and gaining confidence. If the progress continues, the plan is to take the advanced mathematics stand alone paper.

Rachel (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Alastair is an excellent tutor. He has taken the time to really understand my learning style and how to help me progress as quickly as possible. He is very good at explaining challenging maths concepts and has really helped me. I would highly recommend him as a tutor.

{d} (Mr)

5/5 Rating

One of the best tutor that you can ask. Focus: maths online lesson Alistair has a great expertise in Maths, he is calm clear and simplify the most complicated topic and make it easy. He Designs every lesson based on person capability in the best way possible He is very interactive, you can not be bored with him. i would strongly reccomend Alistair to everyone

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