Tutor profile - Alan


11 Plus, 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
Alan was very helpful in areas our daughter needed work on. I feel very fortunate we connected and now just awaiting for August to come to get final marks.

Parent of A level online maths student

Alan's biography

Alan 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 and who graduated with a BA in Accounting and Commerce.

Since 2013, he has been a full-time private tutor in both Mathematics and Physics. He has taught students with a wide range of abilities with notable success, including helping many students achieve the necessary grades to enter their desired school or university. He is able to adapt his teaching to the level of the student, seek out useful resources and motivate students. In 2014, he helped a Russian student gain entrance to Harrow School. 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. This is a small selection of his recent successes. He is interested in development issues in Southern Africa. He is a keen long-distance runner, recently completing a single-stage 100 km race in Northumbria.

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.

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:

11 Plus (Maths)

13 Plus (Maths)

Other School Entrance (14+ and 16+)

Maths (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, IGCSE additional, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, A Level Further Maths, Pre-U, IB Studies, IB Standard Level and IB Higher Level)

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

Recent testimonials

Alan has been a great help and a pleasure to work with. He set regular homework after each lesson and was good at recognizing my daughter's weaknesses and gaps in knowledge. He was very professional and easy to contact. My daughter found the lessons enjoyable and useful. The use of OneNote was great, she could go back and see all the notes and practice papers in one place and Alan provided diverse resources. She was able to get accepted into her school of choice and now also has a better foundation in Mathematics. We are very happy with Alan and would definitely recommend him to others.

Parent of online 16 Plus Maths student

Monday, 7th December 2020