If you feel that your son or daughter could benefit from some extra help with their Maths, The Cambridge Tutor can help. I have experience teaching Maths to struggling GCSE students and can help them to gain that elusive C or B grade.
Fear of Maths is sometimes due to self-esteem or a fear that has been passed on from a parent or older sibling. Very often, there are gaps in understanding of the basics: for example, a student who does not understand the concepts of division will struggle to understand fractions.
I like to teach Maths in a fun way that will help struggling students to understand and give them confidence to try new things. As someone who struggled with Maths at school and who went on to do a GCSE as an adult, I know some of the fears Maths can cause young people, not least that 'wall' that comes down when certain concepts are being explained. I can make lessons non-threatening - even fun - and can instil a liking for Maths in the most stubborn maths phobics.
Don't worry about the fact that you struggle with Maths: I struggled with Maths at school and didn't sit my GCSE until I was married with children!
I hear lots of young people (and old people) say they hate Maths, and I understand how it feels when you don't understand something that your teacher has explained and you have to keep asking. I used to think I was thick, but I have discovered that it takes a bit longer for some of us and everyone learns in a different way. I found that drawing pictures of what I needed to understand really helped; some people learn by watching others; some just have to keep getting it wrong before it sinks in. Whatever works for you is what we will do.
Sometimes Maths teachers can seem a bit scary because they have always been good at Maths and don't seem to understand what it is like to struggle. I always used to feel silly if I couldn't understand straight away.
I will never make you feel silly. I will work with you at a rate that suits you, and I promise that you will start to like some things about Maths, even if you hate it now. And once you start to like it, you will want to do more and more. Honest!
As a parent paying for private tuition, you will want to know that you are getting value for money.
As well as being a fully-qualified teacher who has been in the profession since 2003, I have a BA and MA from Cambridge University (2001 and 2004 respectively).
I have worked with a range of pupils who have varying degrees of ability, helping many reach their potential. For some, this means exceeding the targets set for them by their schools.
I believe that every young person is unique and that the way they learn reflects this. It is difficult for classroom teachers to meet the needs of all the pupils they teach: large classes and surrounding behaviour problems are often barriers for hard-working pupils, preventing the achievements of which they are truly capable.
One-to-one or small-group tutoring can make a significant difference to pupils' self-confidence and potential to improve their grades. As a tutor, I will ensure that every lesson is tailored to the individual student's needs and that subsequent lessons are planned to ensure consistent progression and understanding. My years as a classroom teacher have honed my organisation skills and the degree to which I can differentiate lessons to suit pupils with a range of abilities; using these skills with fewer pupils will mean that each lesson will be planned with the precision every student deserves.
There are many excellent teaching resources available for every subject at every level: however, these are not always tailored exactly to meet the needs of all pupils. Once I have had the opportunity to meet your child and gauge where they are and what they need to do to progress, I will create the necessary resources to ensure that their lessons meet their needs and your expectations. This means that, unlike pre-prepared resources, mine will have been planned and prepared with your son or daughter in mind, without having to take the needs of other pupils into account.
I am happy to work with small groups of pupils (no more than four) at a slightly lower rate per student. This could be a cost-effective way of obtaining extra help for your son or daughter whilst sharing the cost with like-minded parents.
An hour’s lesson each week, which includes the time I spend preparing, sending tasks to complete independently, assessing completed tasks, and giving parental feedback, either written or face-to-face at the end of each lesson.
£45 for each lesson.
£40 for each lesson when you pay for half a term in advance. (Number of weeks will vary each half term.)
An hour’s lesson each week, which includes the time I spend preparing, sending tasks to complete independently, assessing completed tasks, and giving written parental feedback.
Ticket prices vary, usually from around £6 per session – see Events page for details of planned sessions.