Tutor profile - Alan


13 Plus, Other School Entrance, Maths & Physics

Like all our tutors, Alan is a qualified teacher Like all our tutors, Alan holds a degree from a top University Like all our tutors, Alan holds a full, clean criminal records checkAlan holds a PhDAlan holds a Masters degreeAlan either works or has worked as an examiner for an exam boardAlan holds a degree from a Russell Group University
My son was lacking in confidence about some aspects of the Further Maths A level curriculum. Additionally, he was struggling with question interpretation. His sessions with Alan have resulted in a significant improvement in his understanding, exam technique and overall confidence. My son's belief in his own ability has increased. Alan has definitely helped my son unlock something re his exam potential, when previously he felt he was stuck at a lower level of performance.

Parent of A-Level Further Maths student

Alan's biography

Alan is a highly experienced and empathetic tutor having worked online with dozens of students each year since moving from full-time teaching to private tutoring in 2013. He has worked with all abilities, including students with ADHD and anxiety issues, students who have been off school due to illness and have needed to catch up and those in need of reparation for entrance examinations.

He holds a PhD in Physics from the University of Warwick and worked in experimental physics research for a number of years at the Rutherford Appleton Laboratory's neutron source near Oxford. After teaching Mathematics and Physics in Zimbabwe for Voluntary Service Overseas, he qualified as a science teacher in 2000. He has taught Mathematics and Physics up to A-level and IB HL level in international schools in the Middle East, Africa and Europe. He is an examiner for the IB board and has sponsored a young man through high school and university in Swaziland who graduated with a BA in Accounting and Commerce.

He has taught students with notable success, including helping many students achieve the necessary grades to enter their desired school or university. He adapts his teaching to the level of the student, seeks out useful resources and motivates students. He has also helped a student gain the necessary qualifications to enter Cambridge University as well as two special needs students pass Functional Skills mathematics. He has tutored to the 16+ exams for a number of independent schools. He has made it possible for several failing GCSE students to pass mathematics and for many A-level and IB students to gain higher grades than they were expecting. He has taught a wide range of students from diverse cultural and economic backgrounds. In 2019, he supported a student in the lower sixth at Holland Park School who was at risk of being dropped from the A-level physics and maths courses. After five months of intensive tuition, he reached the standard to continue with both subjects. In 2020, he helped 9 and 13 year old siblings pass their maths entrance exams for Emanuel School and St Pauls in London. He is interested in development issues in Southern Africa, is a keen long-distance runner, and has completed nearly 40 marathons and ultra races.

IB Experience

I have taught IB mathematics for seven years in schools and for five years as a private tutor. I am also a examiner for paper 1 at IB mathematics higher level. I have taught IB Physics at HL for two years and tutored it for five.

Alan's availability

All times are displayed in UK time.

Mondays 09.00 - 16.00 Tuesdays 09.00 - 16.30, 18.30 - 21.00 Wednesdays 09.00 - 16.30 Thursdays 09.00 - 19.00 Fridays 9.00 - 12.30, 14.30 - 17:30 Saturdays 11.30 - 14.30 Sunday NONE

School entrance experience

Alan has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:

In 2020, I helped students pass the 13+ mathematics exam for St Pauls and Cheltenham Ladies' College (6th form entrance) and the 11+ maths exam for Emanuel School. In 2024 I helped a boy pass the 13+ maths exam for Shrewsbury School.

Alan's qualifications

Alan qualified to teach Maths in 2000, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) from University of Sussex.

University name Name of degree Year of graduation
University of Warwick PhD Physics 1994
University of Warwick BSc (Hons) Physics 1988

Subjects tutored:

13 Plus (Maths)

Other School Entrance (14+ and 16+)

Maths (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, IGCSE (Cambridge), IGCSE additional, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, A Level Further Maths, Pre-U, IB Studies, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IBDP analysis and approaches SL, IBDP analysis and approaches HL, IBDP applications and interpretation SL and IBDP applications and interpretation HL)

Physics (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, IGCSE (Cambridge), A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level)

Recent testimonials

Alan is a fantastic tutor. His lessons are engaging, well thought through and always relevant. He explains concepts in a way that makes sense, he has been a great sounding board when trying to understand complex topics and his teaching is always relevant. Highly recommend and will use again.

Parent of 16 Plus student (Wellington College)

Wednesday, 15th May 2024