Maths (KS3 SATs, GCSE, IGCSE, AS-Level, A-Level and IB SL)
Qualified Teacher Status ("QTS") in Mathematics achieved in 1996 from Loughborough University
BSc (Hons) Mathematics with Education achieved in 1996 from Loughborough University
Sarah currently teaches Maths to pupils aged 11-18 in a small independent school in Scarborough, North Yorkshire and also tutors students privately as often as she can. She is a self-confessed “Maths Geek” and is well known at the College for singing memorable mathematical songs to help her students recall key facts. Her tutoring sessions produce a fun and engaging environment, and she inspires her tutees to look beyond the syllabus and to explore the world of Mathematics for themselves. She has tutored regularly for 5 years, mainly preparing students for GCSE and IB examinations. She is also an examiner at GCSE for Edexcel and for the IB.
After qualifying as a teacher in 1996, she took the decision to experience the world of industry before entering a teaching role. She worked within Financial Services for HSBC, and then Aviva, before returning to her home town to work for the local building society. During the unease of the financial markets over the last decade she decided that she now had enough ‘life experience’ to make her return to the teaching profession a natural change. She has never regretted this decision, and has found the last 10 years of teaching to be immensely rewarding.
As a busy step mum to 4 children under the age of 16 her leisure time is often spent attending Sea Cadet events or children’s parties.
Sarah has taught Mathematical Studies SL and Mathematics SL as part of the IB diploma programme for over 10 years. Her Maths Studies students enjoy her quirky stories and methods to help them apply the required skills to exam questions and they have received some excellent results. Her three years’ experience as an examiner for Maths Studies has provided an insight into how mark schemes are applied to a student’s work and she is able to implement good practice within her teaching.
In this blog, Sarah looks at the reasons for and implications of choosing to take either Mathematics Standard Level or Mathematical Studies for the IB. These should help you decide which subject is the best for you and your university prospects as well as the number of points you can achieve on results day.
Sarah August, 2017
Sarah is available for online tuition to students anywhere in the world. Find out more about online tuition.
Sarah, 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.