I am currently a third year student at the University of Edinburgh. My family home is in North East London, where for the past few years I have been a successful Maths tutor. I was employed both by my school to take on extra support classes for GCSE students, and privately for one-to-one lessons, I now continue to be an active private tutor.
I believe that age difference can be a massive factor in inhibiting the engagement and learning of a student. I find students can find it much easier to engage with, and relate to, somebody who remembers being in their position, and therefore has a clear strategy on getting past the hurdles that they face.
For the first few weeks of teaching a new student, we work through content being taught in class at that point, until either I can spot weaknesses, or the student or parents comes forward with topics they would personally like to improve on.
It always upset me when my teachers could not think of a way of explaining something I struggled on, and so I ensure, that as a tutor, I will never confine myself to a restrictive way of teaching, and will always research new ways of teaching a new topic if a student still holds some confusion.
I have taught students aged 10 through to 16, and helped build the confidence of each of my students. I have worked with many students with disabilities, both in my tutoring job and as a summer camp counselor at a special needs camp, so I find myself well equipped to ensure a proactive and enjoyable lesson for my students of all abilities.
It is my preference to host lessons at my residence. As a student without a car travel around Edinburgh is very slow, and hosting lessons is the most effective way for me to manage my lessons and my own studies. I will rarely hold lessons strictly to the hour, typically 70-75 minutes so I can make sure we have reached a point where knowledge and retention is at a good point.
I have both DBS and PVG clearances, and can provide references.
Brendan was great - our son (15) said that he was really good at explaining things in a way he could understand. He was much more confident after the lessons with Brendan.
Brendan has a really special gift for teaching Maths, I would highly recommend his style and technique. Having sat in a few lessons with my daughter I am very happy with her progress so far.
My daughter has now had several lessons with Brendan (Maths GCSE). She thinks he is a great teacher, patient and good at explaining things. He keeps the sessions interesting, has a bubbly personality and my daughter likes the fact that he is young and sat Maths GCSE fairly recently. His mathematical knowledge is top notch !