After graduating with a first class degree in Physics I spent 20 years in Industry and scientific research working in a variety of technical fields such as software, nuclear fusion and sonar. I started tutoring in 2008 (then aged 39), teaching one or two students each evening after work. In 2010 I opted to take a career break to concentrate on tutoring which proved so successful and rewarding that I'm now a full-time maths and physics tutor and have no intentions of returning to my earlier career!
I'm an enthusiastic believer in the teaching of mathematics and science. Both these disciplines develop our problem solving abilities, promote logical thinking and provide the challenge & satisfaction of following through a process to a conclusion. Physics, in particular, develops a sense of wonder about how things work and encourages our curiosity.
My hobbies include running, cycling, cross-country skiing, playing the viola, hill walking in Scotland with my wife and hiking in New Zealand (sadly not as often as I would like!).
I also hold a DBS certificate (dated 25 Feb 2021) which you are welcome to inspect (along with my qualification certificates) when we first meet.
Kayaking in New Zealand
My approach to tuition
I aim to create a friendly atmosphere and encourage my students to ask questions, which they may not ask in a classroom environment. My explanations are clear and simple and I adapt my teaching methods to match my student's school lessons.
It's important to make each lesson an enjoyable and interesting experience and I try to impart my enthusiasm for the subjects.