Price Free
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Published date 16/11/2016
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If you are looking for an experienced, reliable maths tutor for your child(ren), please give me a call. I am familiar with the Maths syllabus and exam for OCR, AQA and Edexcel and am well aware of the new changes in the GCSE syllabus and exams. I can also help prepare your child(ren) for 11+ and public school mathematics examinations.

My name is Farooq Ahmed. I care deeply about teaching and learning in general and the teaching of mathematics is a particular passion for me. I am a secondary school mathematics teacher with Qualified Teacher Status (QTS). I have completed a BSc in Accounting, an ACCA qualification and a PGCE course. I am currently studying for my MSc Education degree.

I have been providing tuition in mathematics for over 20 years and have been a secondary school Mathematics Teacher for over 10 years. I have experience teaching to individual students, to small groups and to classes of up to 35 students. I have helped four year old pupils take their first steps in arithmetic and forty plus year old students finally understand how algebra works.

I have helped students gain confidence in their own mathematical ability when they have been convinced by the academic system that they are incapable of doing well in the subject. I have also helped higher attaining students to challenge themselves and aspire to become even better. Most recently my Year 7 students were the only gold medallists in the UKMT Junior Mathematics Challenge in my secondary school. They did considerably better than all the other Year 7 students and even all the Year 8 students in the school who sat the same exam.

My first session is provided free of charge and I use this session to understand the needs of prospective pupils. At the end of the session, I have a frank and honest discussion with the pupil and/or their guardians. I use these conversations to listen to the concerns of the pupils and/or their guardians and present an outline of my assessment of the student's areas of strengths and weaknesses. I also suggest a course of action to help the pupil move forward.

During the last two decades I have worked with many hundreds of students and have read research studies from academics around the world on the subject of attainment in mathematics. My own experience is in keeping with all the studies I have read about this topic. The overwhelming majority of students can do well in mathematics provided they have the confidence, the techniques and willingness to work hard. Even after only six to eight weeks of tuition, all the students I have tutored have improved by at least one grade or one level.

I tell all prospective pupils there is no magic bullet or shortcut. To achieve success in mathematics a few things are key: understanding the concept well; understanding when and how to apply it in different situations; lots of practice in applying it in different scenarios and short, regular revision sessions. So my only pre-conditions before I agree to work with any student are: a positive attitude; a commitment to put in the time and effort required to bring about the improvement in their grades; and at least one ninety minute session every week.

It is important to me that students should enjoy mathematics and look forward to their sessions with me. To ensure this I use a variety of different resources to explain concepts to students and am a firm believer in using physical and computer based study tools and aides to complement the standard oral and written tools used to teach mathematics. I also believe in linking the mathematics that we study to the real world to increase students' engagement with the topic and their understanding of its relevance. I am very patient and empathetic to my student's needs and once they develop in confidence I encourage all my students to challenge themselves regularly. Depending on the amount of time available, I usually help students cement their mastery of the foundations of arithmetic and algebra before moving on to establish fluency in statistics, geometry and problem solving.

I only take on a few students at a time. At present I have a maximum of 3 slots available on weekday evenings and so will only be taking on a maximum of three students at this time. I can provide tuition in Beckenham, Sydenham, Penge, Crystal Palace, West Dulwich, Streatham, Furzedown, Balham, Mitcham, Tooting, Norbury, Thornton Heath, Upper Norwood, South Norwood and West Norwood.

My standard rate is £30 per hour for a single student. The standard session length I offer is ninety minutes. I can provide tuition at your home or at a local cafe or library. I can provide full references and copies of of my qualification and an enhanced DBS certificate on request.

Please get in touch with me by gumtree mail or by mobile on 07342 913039. Please understand that I am not able to attend phone calls while I am teaching. So please leave a message or send me a text message if I do not answer.

Name: Farooq


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