FAQNew GCSE Grades Explained
Where do lessons take place?
Lessons are taught at my home. This way I can help more students. It means there are less distractions for the students and so they tend to concentrate better. Parents are welcome to stay although most take advantage of the opportunity to get other tasks done like shopping or jogging or to spend some quality time with their other children.
How much do you charge?
The cost of lessons varies depending on the number of lessons you are willing to pay for in advance. Click above on the tab that relates to the level you require to find the current prices. I prefer bank transfer or cash payments.
When are you available?
All day Monday to Thursday and some Fridays. I never teach on Sundays and only hold lessons on Saturdays as one-offs for special reasons. Generally for school age students that means either 4pm, 5pm, 6pm or 7pm slots. However exactly what times and days I have available varies and is very limited in the busy seasons, particularly in the run up to exams so it is best to get booked in early.
How long are the lessons?
Lessons are 1 hour long. An hour gives us enough time to really get into a topic without exceeding the student's attention span.
How many lessons will be needed?
I can't give a general answer to that question as it will depend on what needs to be achieved, what level the student is starting from and how much time and effort the student puts in to following up as directed between lessons. However if there is a specific deadline such as an exam date I strongly advise that you don't leave it until just a few weeks before unless there really are only one or two topics that need to be revised. The earlier the better.
Will you give homework?
Yes. It is really important that students follow up and practise what they have learnt in the lessons. Ideally students will review and try out a couple of questions the same day as this has been shown by memory experts to maximise how much they retain and then again the next day. Depending on the student and the exact topic/skill being learnt it may be necessary to find time to practise every day for a short while - often no more than 5 minutes. Please feel free to discuss with me the level of homework you or your child needs and can manage.
What happens if I have to cancel a lesson?
I would appreciate as much notice as possible but if it is a real emergency or the student becomes ill at the last moment then there won't be any penalty for canceling a lesson. Otherwise if you fail to cancel a lesson at least 48 hours beforehand then you will forfeit the cost of 1 lesson.
Do you have a CRB?
What do I need to bring?
You will need an A4 ringbinder, dividers and plastic pockets. I will provide everything else - pens, pencils, calculator, worksheets, etc. It is often useful to bring your own calculator as each one works slightly differently and it will help to get familiar with the one that you will use in exams.
Do you know and follow the school curriculum?
Yes, I am up to date with the curriculum. Normally I will start by ensuring that the student has grasped the basics and then we will agree together what further topics they need to work on rather than following along with what is being taught at school that week. We will work on a topic as long as needed to master it. Students are always welcome to ask for help with something they've done at school but not fully understood even at short notice. Exactly what we cover in a lesson is always a collaborative decision unless parents and students have elected to leave it up to me.
Can I get help between lessons?
Yes. I encourage students to email me with any questions and if it is needed will arrange a phone call to help students iron out problems and get back on track rather than just waiting until the next lesson.
Have you worked with students with specific learning needs such as dyslexia or dyscalculia?
Yes. I have had several students with specific learning needs including dyslexia, dyscalculia, and students on the autistic spectrum. There is no one size fits all approach so I will get to know the student and seek the input of parents to work out how best each student learns.
Is it possible to take GCSE maths directly with you?
I am not able to administer the tests. However it is possible to arrange to sit them as an external candidate at certain local schools. I can, of course, teach you all that you need to know to pass.
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