Ian S.

Ian S.

£30 per hour

I was a fairly slow starter in Maths. Then, when I was nearly 15, a teacher did something a different way in a geometry lesson. When I tried to solve some other problems from the same standpoint and he confirmed that I was on the right track, I was away. Maths became my favourite subject, even over my then beloved French and Chemistry. I skipped the normal GCE Maths and got a Grade 1 in Additional Maths the very next summer. ‘A’ level Maths and Further Maths and then a degree in maths followed I didn’t think I was suited for teaching and went into a completely different career for many years. Again and again, I saw the looks of fear or confusion in people’s eyes when faced with a problem involving maths. When redundancy ended my other career, my wife suggested teaching. I wanted to help those who had great difficulty with or had not learned or had become afraid of maths and number. Thus I taught in Further Education colleges, adult and prison education. I also did some private tutoring in the evenings. My time was spent trying to lower those fears and to find ways for each student to grasp as much maths as possible. I was overwhelmed by the positive responses I got from students and parents and now tutor full time. There are two main groups I specialise in helping: • Those with poor memory, slow processing and /or aspects of dyslexia, dyscalculia, and other barriers to learning maths. • Those whose main strengths are art, English or anything apparently far from maths and have what may be seen as a strange interest or ability in my subject but frustrated by ‘standard’ maths teaching. My students are aged 13+ and study for a wide range of school, public and professional exams involving maths. They include undergraduates who have no idea what the maths lecturers are saying! Sessions involve a very wide range of teaching methods and materials; including a lot of colour and as much fun as I can build in. Many of my current students are going forward to the next academic year with end of year exam results or predicted grades up to 3 levels above those at the start of 2012/13.

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