With every student I teach, I am looking for them to see Maths in a fresh light. When I hear statements like “I know it sounds silly, but I really DO feel that Maths is getting easier” then I know I am succeeding!
I have taught Maths for 12 years, for 5 years as a full time Secondary School teacher and recently as a 1-1 tutor. In school, there never seemed to be enough time to solve the problem of how to convey Maths as effectively as possible to pupils who struggle. As a 1-1 tutor I have realised that it’s not so much about going over (yet again) topics they have seen many times in school, it’s about giving people the chance to explore Maths using their own preferred learning style, and developing sometimes completely novel ways of looking at what can be a very abstract subject.
I teach Maths in my home teaching room which contains a variety of resources from exam papers to spaghetti. My current cohort of students, aged 8 to 16, bring with them a rich variety of needs, strengths, and weaknesses. I am based in Bournemouth, BH9, and they come to me from Bournemouth, Poole and Christchurch. To see my tuition web pages, for cost etc, please click here.
For 4 years I taught small groups in a local primary school, which acquired the name “Booster Maths”. Some of the mathematicians I worked with in Years 5 and 6 were very confident, very strong, and I led them beyond and deeper into the curriculum. Some of them were identified as struggling, and I lead them deeper into the curriculum too. What they all have in common is, they loved the sessions and often wanted to work through break and lunchtime!
More recently I tutored Maths in a “First” school, with 7 and 8-year olds ranging from a group of gifted mathematicians to those who struggle with Place Value and basic grasp of number and need 1-1 support. Some things don’t change – I still have to MAKE the group members go out at break!
The people I teach, teach me more every day.
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