John P.

Mathematics (Bachelors) - Cambridge alumni University

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About me

Hi! I recently graduated from the University of Cambridge with a BA in Mathematics. I am now beginning my MSc in Statistics at Imperial. I have always been passionate about maths, and particularly fascinated by its ability to model and describe the world around us. I view maths as the fundamental language upon which most of science is based on. The numerous (maths) exams I have taken throughout my education have imparted me with many useful exam and revision strategies, which I aim to impart on my students. I also have previous volunteering experience as a teaching assistant at two local schools in Cambridge, where I discovered my love for explaining mathematical concepts to younger students. Teaching brings me a huge sense of accomplishment, especially when seeing the look on someone’s face when they finally understand an idea they’ve been struggling with.

 

This experience taught me how to explain solutions to maths problems in more ways that one in order to cater to a range of different learning styles. I am therefore excited to have been given the opportunity to enrich my experience and teaching knowledge as a new member of the MyTutor team, and believe I am in a great position to help students achieve the best results possible in their A-levels and STEP exams.

About my sessions

I believe that learning mathematics involves two key elements. The first is the understanding of a concept, and the second is the application of knowledge to problems. The two complement each other. One might first learn a bit about a concept and then strengthen the understanding of this via applying the knowledge to solve problems. Or one might learn a concept solely by solving many problems and then generalizing the common details to come up with a deeper understanding of the more general concept. I thus, will structure my online lessons so as to go over both the concept and expose the student to many problems involving the use of the concept.

 

Practice is especially important in order to succeed in maths exams and so I will ensure to go over many exam-style questions step-by-step, explaining the key idea behind every step. This will be my general approach to lessons. However, every student learns differently so I intend to remain flexible to the needs of each student. Learning mathematics involves building upwards. So I believe it to be very important to address any weaknesses the students may have first before moving on to new material. I aim to keep a friendly atmosphere during my lessons and to ensure that the students feel at ease to ask me any question regarding mathematics. I am a firm believer that there is no such thing as a stupid question, and I also believe that the optimal way to learn is by asking questions.

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
Maths A-level (A2)A*
Further MathematicsA-level (A2)A
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
TSA Uni admission test PASS
PhysicsA-level (A2)A*

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