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Mike Brown A-level Maths Tutor (Southend on Sea)

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  • Last Logged In: 10 Jul 2015
  • Sex: Male
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  • Can Travel To: Barking and Dagenham, Basildon, Brentwood, Chelmsford, City of London, Epping Forest, Havering, Redbridge, Southend-on-Sea
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friendly, flexible, confidence-boosting maths and stats tuition
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I teach online using Skype, so you will need to have a working microphone on your computer or in a separate headset.. I use as an online whiteboard - this is free and should work on PC or Mac. You may need to update your version of Java, so it's best to go the website and check if it loads a blank board first.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach maths and statistics-based courses, ranging from GCSE, A-level Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Statistics, to the QTS numeracy test for teacher training, and vaious maths, quantiative methods, econometrics and statistics modules required for degrees in economics, business, social science, psychology, physics and others. This has proven particularly useful for students who need number-crunching (SPSS etc) for their degree projects, or who need help with the mathematical elements of courses in finance or engineering.

Although I'm well-qualified technically, I enjoy teaching students of all ages and abilities. At the other end of the spectrum to degree-level work, I enjoy working with primary school and KS3 students, with an emphasis on boosting confidence, grasping the basics firmly, and seeing that maths can be fun rather than painful!

I have undergraduate qualifications in science so feel free to enquire particularly about KS3 and GCSE Science, and A-level Physics. Students finding mathematics difficult often have associated struggles in science subjects. As I have lectured at a technical college my natural teaching style is to incorporate lots of practical, "real-world" examples to help boost relevance and understanding. As a result there is often a synergy between making progress in maths and science subjects!
Tell me about your qualifications.
BA (Hons), University of Cambridge
Diploma in Statistics (Distinction), Open University
Diploma in Natural Science (Distinction), Open University
Graduate Diploma in Statistics (Distinction), Royal Statistical Society
Postgraduate Certificate in Education (11-18 Mathematics), University of East Anglia
What kind of experience do you have?
My PGCE prepared me for teaching 11-18 year olds in a school setting, and I have worked in schools teaching KS3 (SATs), GCSE and A-level (Mathematics as well as Further Mathematics). I also have been employed as a technical college lecturer, where I delivered GCSE and A-level alongside a very wide range of courses: Adult Numeracy Certificate, Access (including Medical Statistics), BTECs (including Business, Computing, Construction), HNC Construction, FSMQ and more.

Across the years I have broadened my experience as a tutor by work with primary school children as well as university students (with a focus on their mathematics, statistics and econometrics modules). I have tutored many students for the quantitative methods and financial mathematics courses for MBA degrees, but other subjects have included economics, mathematics, psychology, business, marketing, sports science, astrophysics, biology, medicine, finance and public administration. The universities these courses were at includes Imperial, LSE, UCL, Oxford, Cambridge, Durham, Warwick, Nottingham, Keele, City, Essex, Barts Med School, the Open University and other UK universities, as well as overseas ones such as Grenoble Graduate School of Business, Syracuse (NY), and UC Denver.

I have taught all major A-level boards (OCR, AQA, MEI and Edexcel) - unfortunately this is particularly important in the Statistics modules, where different boards adopt contradictory definitions and methods! If you are sitting S1, S2 or a higher module, it's wise to ensure your tutor has prior experience of your board's syllabus, as this can be a real maze.
How much do you charge?
There are several ways to get my services at a lower price!

Take longer lessons: I charge a lower hourly rate, as it reduces my costs too! Double-length or 90 minute sessions are more cost-effective than hourly ones.

Share a lesson: I'm happy to teach small groups instead of one-on-one, letting you spread out the costs.

Come to me: I charge a lower rate for tuition if you can come to my home base in Benfleet. I recommend this for most students from the South Essex area.
Where do you teach?
I primarily tutor in the London (especially east and central London) and Essex areas. While I can provide tuition from my home base in Benfleet, Essex, and I recommend this for students based in the South Essex area, I will travel to London and have worked further afield (e.g. Cambridge) in the past if you've got a sufficiently big project. For university students I prefer to arrange a tuition location on-campus or failing that, in a public space (e.g. a library or cafe). For younger students, I will not tutor in your home unless a responsible adult is present in the house.
When are you available?
I have a flexible timetable. At the moment I am particularly interested in finding tutees based in London for weekend lessons, and in Essex for weekdays.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
As explained above, I am happy doing catch-up and confidence work with ten years olds, but also preparing students for Maths and Further Maths A-levels, or helping university students with their maths and statistical modules (and the number-crunching component of their coursework).

Whichever level I am teaching, my aim is to help you build confidence and proficiency at the skills you or your child need. I am very flexible to individual requirements and realise different people have different priorities and learn in different ways - if you need to know why something works I can help you understand it; if all you seek is to "just do it" then you'll get a less theoretical, more hands-on approach to the maths. Some people seek help with exam technique; others want to understand enough statistics to complete a coursework assignment or research project; you might need urgent tuition before your final exams or resits. Just let me know what you need!
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I have a clear enhanced CRB check (available to view) from my most recent employer, though as it relates to a role that I have since left, I prefer not to claim it as a "current" certificate! I urge all parents to exercise due caution and common sense in respect of any tuition arrangements for their children, rather than placing all trust in a sheet of paper. For example, consider following up references and, in the case of home tuition, please provide a suitable learning space such as a sitting room, dining room or study, rather than ask me to teach your teenage daughter in her own bedroom! If your child is under the age of 18, I will not tutor them in your home unless a responsible adult is present in the house.
Do you have a personal message for students?
You might never find maths as fun or exciting as I do - but even if you can't catch my enthusiasm for it, you don't always need to think that "maths is too hard for me" or that it is useless, painful and confusing. Maths and statistics are useful problem-solving tools, are valuable skills (that can be worth grades and pounds to you!) and ones that, with practice, self-belief and high quality teaching, you can be successful at too!