Maths and science tutor in bedfordshire
MathsMadeEasy teaches and coaches a wide range of students from year 7 up to year 13. Many trainee teachers taking their QTS numeracy test have also been coached.
Subjects range from KS3 maths or science, GCSE Maths or double or triple science, A/S maths - Core 1 and Core 2 and Mechanics, A/S physics, A2 Maths Core 3 and Core 4, A-level Physics.
Exam Boards covered range from Edexcel, OCR, AQA but I can adapt as appropriate. Typical students have included:
Trainee Teacher - QTS Numeracy test
Before she came to me, this young teacher had failed 10 straight QTS numeracy tests. Obviously her confidence was shattered. Having taken the test myself (successfully 1st time) I knew how stressful it was. We practised using dowloaded versions of the QTS numeracy test on my laptop, but initially stopping after each question to ensure that she understood the shortcuts that would allow her to answer the mental maths questions quickly. Gradually her confidence returned and although she still narrowly failed the next test she passed the one after.
Year 13 A/S Physics and A-level Maths
This year 13 student had performed badly on his Physics and Maths A/S exams. He needed better grades to read engineeing at university. To make the challenge more interesting he suffered from Dyspraxia. I started by gaining rapport. If you are familiar with NLP you will know that rapport building is a key concept and as a practitioner I am adept in this skill. We started with a physics A/S resit, photons and electrons and started going through past papers. We set time limits for each question to ensure that he could get through in the alloted time. I repackaged concepts using analogies and metaphors. At the resit he went from a U to an A. Currently he is in his first year at university.
Year 10 Maths
This year 10 student was falling behind in lessons. She had failed to grasp some key points in Maths and was being left by the rest of the class. Her confidence was low and the fast pace of the teacher gave her no time to catch up. Her first home 'maths' tutor only lasted one lesson, failing to address the confidence factor, simply asking her where she had problems.
I started by going back to basics covering all year 10 curriculum material to identify gaps quickly. These formed the basis for focus and ensured that a continual stream of "yes that's correct" responses were given, providing the student with new confidence. Traditionally, each week started with a test of previous material ensuring retention. Test grades have improved to a 'C' and she attained her highest class test result to date. She is expected to take intermediate Maths and may well achieve grade 'B'
Year 11 Maths
This year 11 student was quite disruptive at school, finding the discipline too constraining. Consequentially she was missing large chunks of lessons by being sent out and a spiral of demotivation was forming. Unfortunately schools have to look after the majority and anyone who doesn't fit, is sacrificed by expulsion. The student was bright and also kinaesthetic - possibly a factor for her lack of concentration. The call to me was a last (and late) ditch attempt to rectify the situation. A measure of mutual respect was built up initially, the student interviewed me to assess my worthfulness. Early lessons were confidence builders but it was knuckle down time. Her motivation was that she wanted to show the teachers. She achieved a 'C' grade after being effectively written off.
Year 11 Maths
This year 11 student simply lacked confidence. She was quiet and because of this tended to get neglected by the teacher who thought she understood everything. Unfortunately she didn't and gradually the lack of understanding started to catch up with her and undermined her confidence even more. We revisited concepts continually checking that she understood. Within a dozen lessons she had moved from a 'D' in her mock and achieved a 'B'.