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IanSwift - Maths Tutor A-level Maths Tutor (Leicester)

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  • Stanton (LE9)
  • Last Logged In: 19 Jun 2018
  • Sex: Male
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  • Can Travel To: Hinckley and Bosworth, Leicester, Nuneaton and Bedworth, Oadby and Wigston
Contact Me
  • Professional Qualification B.Sc Mathematics
  • Professional Qualification Certificate in Post Compulsory and Further Education
  • Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS, formerly CRB) Check Current DRB
  • Professional Membership Dyslexia and Dyscalculia Group
  • References References are available upon request


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Personal Message
I am very successful, patient and work to each student's needs and abilities.

I improve grades well, overcome maths fear and ease learning difficulties.

Three recent QTS students passed first time

All Current GCSE students happy with papers.
Which subject(s) do you teach?
Maths, Numeracy and maths related science 11-18
KS3,GCSE, IGCSE and , A level

Physics GCSE, and the maths of A level

Professional numeracy/ maths tests such as:Nursing, NQT UKCAT ,GMAT, BMAT,

Interpreting Maths for engineers etc. from BTEC upwards

Tell me about your qualifications.
I have the following
B.Sc in maths from University of East Anglia
Certificate in Post-Compulsory and Further Education from University of Warwick
Certificate in Teaching Adult Numeracy from University of Derby

I regularly attend conferences on current teaching methods and syllabuses as well as those on learning differences.
What kind of experience do you have?
I have taught in Further Education colleges and in prisons where students often have considerable maths problems.
Private tuition of school age and adult students has always been a part of my work and is now my full-time occupation.

I have always focused on lowering fear of maths, and finding ways for each student to grasp as much maths as possible.
I work well withnon-scientific (practical, artistic etc ) who are often not expected at school or college to be good at, maths and those who find it difficult to get on with

A pleasing number of students have started doing maths with me because they have to and ended up successfully taking it to A level and/or engaging in maths related courses/ careers.

Of course, I am also ready and able to support those who do not feel fully stretched

98% of over 30 students during the 2015/ 2016 academic year achieved or exceeded their targets across the exam spectrum.
How much do you charge?
I charge between £25 and £31 depending on the level of the maths rather than age alone with discounts for lessons over an hour and online.

Rates for group lessons or siblings or friends seen either at the same time or on the same day/ evening are negotiable.

I am willing to hold initial half hour sessions to ensure that the student likes what I have on offer.

I do not charge for travel when the student is within about 10 miles by road or when I do not have to deviate substantially between students..
Where do you teach?
For face to face, I teach at the student's home.
For online, I use the Bitpaper platform and Zoom

In Leicestershire, I cover Hinckley and Bosworth, Blaby, and Lutterworth districts.
In Warwickshire, I cover parts of Coventry close to the M6 Rugby, parts of Nuneaton and Bedworth.
When are you available?
I am currently available at most times 1100 to 2000 UK, Monday to Friday and 1030 to 1500 on Saturday
Which ages and levels do you teach?
Maths at any level from 11 to A level /SAT(US) including IGCSE

The maths elements of engineering and science based A levels, degrees,HNC HND's etc

The maths competency tests for adults need to take vocational and professional qualifications
Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
As above

Competency' tests include QTS, UKCAT, GMAT. and American Exams such as GED and SAT
Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, valid till May 2019
Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
The Bitpaper teaching platform with Zoom video platform
The student can save the lesson with working and comments showing and print it off as notes.
Do you belong to any professional organisations?
The Mathematical Association

La Salle Maths for conferences and continuing professional development
Where and with whom did you train?
I trained through the Universities of Warwick and Derby.
Tell me about some of your current students.
I have had a very successful year in 2016/7 at various levels from those who didn't believe they could pass GCSE to those needing an A/ 7 or 8 to go forward
One student I took on in year 10 purely to increase confidence is now happily going forward to A level

My year 11 students have all achieved better grades than expected in their mocks.
Various art, design and drama students who greatly appreciated my use of colour, visual maps and non-mathematical language, have got good

Dyslexic and many other students have virtually lost their fears and self doubt concerning maths and have passed GCSE or QTS.

I am currently helping a vehicle engineer returning to study for promotion purpose and an A level Physics student

I have successfully helped a would-be weather forecaster, several engineers, a policeman, Forces recruits with the maths they need to gain GMAT or professional qualifications.
Do you have a personal message for students?
YOU can PASS! You can even enjoy maths!

Many people see maths as a lot of unconnected rules and formulae that have to be memorised.
Since the symbols and methods used have been rarely explained, this can cause great stress and lead on to maths fear. Sadly, many certainly don't/ didn't enjoy it.

I use IT colour, diagrams short cuts, tricks, stories and non-mathematical language whenever possible to put the ideas across and help students through.

It is in fact a connected subject, and one thing leads to another. It has a long and fascinating histotryand is viatal tour modern way oflife in many ways.

It is often written in its own condensed language that has advantages. Just as when you started reading, or learning otherlanguages, , it takes people a varying amount of time to learn to read, write and interpret,.

I want each student to say 'Wow! I can do that now'; better still -'Wow that was interesting!'