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, IB Higher Level, IB Further Maths Higher Level, IB MYP and Advanced Placement)
Physics (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP and Advanced Placement)
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 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.
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|
I have taught IB mathematics for seven years in schools and 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 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."
Monday, 7th December 2020
Parent of online 16 Plus Maths student
"Alan has been tutoring my Year 8 son, online, in Maths and Physics since August 2019. The initial aim was to support his Maths learning at a high performing independent school but a short time into the sessions it became clear Alan could also support my son in physics. Alan has been quick and thorough at identifying and addressing my son's weaknesses and gaps in his understanding. He pre-planned and led the sessions but equally responded to my son's requests to go over certain topics as needed. He set a small amount of weekly homework and regularly suggested additional resources. My son has benefited enormously from his time with Alan, most notably excelling in Physics and making a significant improvement in Maths. Alan has been very flexible with my son's busy school schedule and has always been online at the scheduled time. He is professional, kind and patient. We highly recommend Alan for Maths or Physics tutoring in a secondary setting."
Wednesday, 8th July 2020
Mother of Year 8 pupil
"Alan has tutored our daughter for only five sessions, and during that short time she was able to gain mastery and confidence in the subject. She has found Alan's tutoring to be clear and methodical. His use of the webinar link has been most helpful. We couldn't be happier and only wish we had started sooner."
Monday, 13th May 2019
Parent of online IB SL Maths student
In this blog post, Alan offers some expert advice and tips on coming up with a great IB Physics IA idea. Making sure you fully understand the IA requirements is a great place to start, along with picking a topic that really interests you.
Alan April 2021
Alan is an experienced tutor specialising in A-level, GCSE and IB tuition in Mathematics and Physics. Here he offers some suggestions on how to keep your teenager motivated and some specific advice in studying mathematics and physics.
Alan November 2018
In this blog, our Maths and Physics tutor Alan sets out how to make the Graphical Display Calculator your weapon of choice as you battle through IB Maths.
Alan September 2016
Alan is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Alan, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.