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:
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 this year 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. 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 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
"Alan has been a very helpful tool for Pedro to progress in his studies throughout his IB course. He helps him to consolidate knowledge by going through the necessary theory and practising with a series of past paper questions. Overall, Pedro is very satisfied with the tutoring and with Alan's help he is on track to obtain the highest marks in the IB Physics and Math HL courses."
Tuesday, 19th December 2017
Mother of IB student
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
About to embark on the IB? One of our top IB Mathematics tutors, Alan, shares his wisdom on preparing for the course.
Alan June 2016
Alan is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
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