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Andrew Gillett - Computer Science Tutor in Newmarket

Andrew Gillett A-level Computer Science Tutor (Cambridge)

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  • Severals (CB8)
  • Last Logged In: 21 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
  • Can Travel To: Cambridge, East Cambridgeshire
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  • Professional Qualification Level 3 Award in Education and Training
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check I have a current DBS certificate

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Personal Message
I grew up programming early computers such as the ZX Spectrum. Thirty years on, I have 13 years experience as a programmer in the videogame industry, and have worked on games that have sold millions.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
GCSE, A-Level and degree-level Computer Science / Computing. Contact me regarding other courses.
Tell me about your qualifications.
When I was 18 I dropped out of university for personal reasons (I had been getting on fine with the course itself up until that point). However, I went on to gain the skills and knowledge that I would have learned at university, both through my job in the games industry and through personal research. My highest academic qualification is a BTEC in Computer Studies, for which I received a Distinction grade. I also have a Level 3 Award in Education and Training.
What kind of experience do you have?
I started tutoring in early 2015 and have tutored 25 students. In the 2016 exams, "K" got an A in his International GCSE - my estimation was that he had previously been on course for a C or a D. "A" got a C in his GCSE - he said that he felt he would have failed if it wasn't for my help. "M" and "A" got A* in their GCSEs.

I have experience in the following programming languages: C/C++, C#, Python, Lua, Java, JavaScript, Ruby, Perl, assembly language, HTML/CSS and training languages such as BASIC, Pascal, LOGO, Scratch and MIT App Inventor.

I worked as a programmer in the videogame industry for 13 years (leaving only due to a health condition), and worked on the following games:

Dog's Life (2003) - PlayStation 2
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3 (2004) - PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Soaked! (2005) - PC
RollerCoaster Tycoon 3: Wild! (2005) - PC
Thrillville (2006) - PS2, Xbox, PSP
Thrillville: Off the Rails (2007) - PS2, XBox 360, Wii, PC
LostWinds: Winter of the Melodias (2009) - Wii
Kinectimals (2010) - XBox 360
Kinect Disneyland Adventures (2011) - XBox 360
Elite Dangerous (2014) - PC
How much do you charge?
A standard tutoring session costs between £28.50 - £33 for 45 minutes, depending on level. There is a discount of £2 per session if you book and pay for 4 or more sessions in advance, and a discount of £3 per session if you book off-peak times (weekday daytimes, and during the summer holidays).
Where do you teach?
Tuition is available both locally (Newmarket and Cambridge area) and nationally (via Skype or Google Hangouts, using screen sharing).
When are you available?
Please contact me to discuss availability.
Which ages and levels do you teach?
I primarily teach GCSE and A-Level students, if you fall outside these categories please contact me to discuss.
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
I am also a first aider with St John Ambulance and was DBS (CRB) checked when I joined them in mid 2012.
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
Online tutoring takes place over Skype or Google Hangouts, using screen sharing. The typical structure for my lessons is to do 45 minutes with a 15 minute break in the middle – this break is helpful to me due to a health condition, but it actually works well for the student too as I can ask them to try a task during the break and then check their work in the second half of the session.

For A-level and GCSE students, I produce a comprehensive spreadsheet to keep track of their progress - listing each part of the course syllabus, including my own notes on the topics and links to relevant resources. I also maintain a number of YouTube playlists of videos relevant to the courses, and a list of errors in some of the official textbooks.