Here is a selection of FAQs which should answer most general questions. If you have any other questions, please email me.
What is a typical lesson like?
Each lesson is tailored to suit the individual. Generally, lessons tend to fall into one of the following categories
- Revisit the topic(s) that have been covered at school in the previous week to ensure that the subject has been understood.
- Work on more advanced aspects of what has been covered at school, or on more challenging topics, to stimulate and stretch more able students.
- Prepare for exams by working through past exam papers, specimen exam papers or exam style questions, and/or work on a structured programme of revision.
- Go back to basics and get a sound understanding of the fundamental building blocks of maths (addition, subtraction, tables, multiplication, division, fractions, decimals, and percentages)
The student dictates the pace of the lesson. There is no rush to move on to the next question or topic until the current one has been fully understood. There is always plenty of opportunity to ask questions.
How long is a lesson?
Most people prefer one hour lessons, but I am happy to take bookings for lessons of anywhere between 30 minutes and 3 hours in length.
The length of the lessons can be chosen to suit you. Some people, particularly younger children, do not always have the capacity to concentrate for a full hour.
How often should I have lessons?
For most people, once a week is the ideal. Circumstances vary though, so you can book lessons according to a timetable that suits you and what you need.
Can I only book lessons during the school holidays; I don’t have time for extra lessons during term time?
Yes, apart from the occasional week or two of holiday, I am happy to work year round. Many people find lessons during holiday time especially useful for consolidating what has been learnt in the previous term, to provide a sound basis to start the next term from.
Do you offer Maths tuition for Common Entrance or independent school entrance exams?
I offer specially tailored Maths tuition in preparation for Common Entrance and independent school entrance exams. The tuition can be structured specifically for the requirements of the school your child is applying to, or follow the ISEB Common Entrance syllabus. I can provide suitable Maths tuition for your child, whether you need revision, exam style question practice, tuition to cover knowledge gaps, or remedial work to deal with specific problem areas. I provide Maths tuition for entry at 11+ or 13+, and also for ISEB pre-testing at 11+.
What about Maths tuition for 11+ exams?
Yes, I can provide Maths tuition specifically for 11+ preparation, tailored to the particular 11+ being taken.
What levels of Maths do you teach?
I have extensive experience of successfully tutoring at all levels from Key Stage 2 through to undergraduate level. Here is a general list of what I offer tuition in:
Key Stage 2 Maths
Key Stage 3 Maths
Maths for Common Entrance and independent school entrance exams
GCSE/IGCSE Further maths/Additional maths
A Level Maths
A Level Statistics
Undergraduate Maths, for example Maths modules of Business Studies degrees
QTS Numeracy skills test
Numeracy skills test for entry to undergraduate degree courses (eg Nursing, Midwifery)
College Board SATs for entry to US universities
I am familiar with all the major exam boards, and experienced at tutoring across the full range of abilities. I am also an Examiner.
Do you teach any other subjects apart from Maths?
Yes, I also tutor pupils in Statistics at GCSE and A Level, as listed above.
Can parents sit in on lessons?
Yes. Younger children (and their parents) may find this reassuring. Teenagers are generally not so keen on having Mum or Dad sit in, but if everyone is happy with it then I am too.
What does Maths tuition cost?
Rates per hour depend on the level of tuition.
KS2 £25 per hour or £15 per 30 minutes
KS3 £30 per hour
GCSE/IGCSE £30 per hour
GCSE/IGCSE Further Maths/Additional Maths £35 per hour
AS Level, A Level, IB SL, IB HL £40 per hour
Are there any extra costs?
No. Provision of past papers and/or practice papers is included. There is no need to buy any additional textbooks. I have a good selection of up to date textbooks for use during lessons, along with other resources such as work sheets.
What do I need to bring with me to lessons?
It is best to bring your own calculator, if you have one. Calculators vary, so it is always best to become familiar with your own calculator and use that if you can.
Paper, pens and pencils are provided but you can bring your own if you prefer.
If you have textbooks or exercise books from school, it is helpful if you can bring them, particularly for first lessons.
A list of topics that you know you have trouble with and want to cover in the lesson(s) can also be very helpful.
What about homework?
If you have homework that has been set at school, I am happy look at the relevant topic with you to make sure you understand it and will be able to do the homework on your own. I will provide questions similar to your homework for you to do during the lesson.
Where appropriate or if requested, I am also happy to set homework.
Do I have to book lessons a term at a time?
No, I am happy for lessons to be booked on a week-to-week basis. The benefit to you is that you don’t have to make a long-term commitment, the drawback is that if you don’t book a regular lesson I may not always be able to fit you in when you want a lesson.
What if I book a lesson but don’t turn up?
If you book a lesson but let me know at least 24 hours in advance that you will not be able to keep the appointment, there is no charge. If you simply forget to turn up, I expect you to pay for the lesson. In certain circumstances I may agree not to charge for the missed lesson, for example if the lesson is missed through illness or other extenuating circumstances..
Enquiring about or booking Maths tuition
I offer one-to-one maths tuition in Oxfordshire, 3 miles from Witney centre. Although currently, all tuition is online only. If you are interested in booking some tuition for you or your child, please email or phone me, 01865 600591 or 07733 433472. I am always happy to discuss tuition and answer any further questions you might have. You can also book a free 30 minute online trial lesson.
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