I am an experienced tutor with a PhD in Theoretical Physics (Mathematical Physics), I am passionate about physics and mathematics, I enjoy teaching, and I have a genuinely positive attitude towards one`s aspirations and wishes.
I put an emphasis on a deep understanding of each concept, theory, method, and observation, as well as acquiring and mastering technical skills. I am thorough in teaching, and besides explaining everything clearly I also provide the necessary material usually in the form of notes, questions, problems, and past papers / exam practice papers for a solid understanding through assimilation of the ideas as well as practice. Problem-solving methods are discussed and explained, not only as to how a problem is solved, but also why its solved that way. This helps the student understand the maths and science behind the problem better, as well as develop their critical and analytical abilities that will help them tackle any other problem in maths and science as well as in life in general.
I encourage questioning everything, not hesitating to raise unclear points, individuality in thinking and working, having an inquisitive and creative mind, and being good friends and generosity with working time. My particular planning and delivery of the tutorials depend on the individual students current motivation, needs, and knowledge, as well as the particular content of the topic that is taught. I also often discuss with the student how to learn as well as study. True learning and understanding has a multifaceted nature.
I believe that everyone has the potential to reach their aims, and I always do my utmost so that this will happen for each one of my students.
Availability: Monday to Friday: morning to evening.
Saturday: morning to early evening.
Willing to travel: 20 miles
Experience: I have several years of experience in teaching: A-level maths and physics; GCSE maths and physics; KS3 maths and science; and Year 4 - Year 6 maths and science. I have also taught maths to many students with learning difficulties of various kinds, and I have volunteered as a teaching assistant at a special educational needs school.
Because of my academic background, I know what overcoming personal obstacles, motivation, understanding, learning, finding solutions, and succeeding are about and what it takes to reach those targets.
Here is the latest feedback I have received:
"I`m very pleased with the progress of my daughter thanks to Smara. Smara is very patient and outstanding as a teacher.
Thank you Smara."
"Smara has been working with son who has autism which means he finds it very difficult to engage in tasks and can be very challenging. Smara works brilliantly with him however and has managed to engage him to the extent that he is doing really well and making good progress. I would highly recommend Smara."
"I really enjoyed Smaragda`s AS physics tutorials and she was very clear with her explanations. I would definitely recommend her to my friends as she was friendly and I wasn`t afraid to ask her questions. She made herself available via email almost 24/7 for assistance if and when I required it. She accommodated my learning style very well with her broad subject knowledge and I really enjoyed every Monday! Smaragda also set relevant homework questions which reinforced my learning from tutorials. I have just done my exams and I feel confident I have done the best I can with her support. Thank you, Smara!! :) "
(Year 1 A-level student who got A in the exams)
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