Tutor profiles

Thomas

Thomas is a recent Oxford graduate and one of Keystone's professional tutors. He builds solid relationships with each of his students and knows when to stretch his tutees as well as when to switch teaching methods in order to aid learning.

I teach: 
11+ Maths
I also teach: 
Biology, Chemistry, Maths, Oxbridge Preparation, Physics, Science (Up to 13+)
Education: 
Physics, First
University: 
University of Oxford
Assessment: 
This is a professional Keystone Tutor.
Experience: 

- 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams

- 13+ English, Maths & Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams

- (I)GCSE Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

- (I)GCSE Science: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

- A-level Math: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

- A-level Further Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

- A-level Chemistry: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

- A-level Physics: AQA, CIE, Edexcel, OCR and WJEC

I specialise in tutoring the above subjects both online, and face-to-face. I have experience in offering tutoring support to students throughout entire A level and GCSE courses. Working with students in this manner has meant that I am acutely aware of topics that students typically struggle with and how best to help them overcome these problem areas. These experiences have also encouraged me to bring material to life in a meaningful context for each tutee and therefore make it more accessible. I take great pride in helping students to unlock the world of Maths and Science, and, importantly, build confidence in their abilities in these subjects.

I am hugely enthusiastic about my specialist subjects and take great pride in helping students to unlock the worlds of Maths and Science, and, importantly, build confidence in their abilities.

Biography: 

My childhood was spent growing up on the seemingly ever raining coast of North Wales. I stayed there right up until I completed my A-level at the local state school, Eirias High School. At A-level I studied Physics (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), and Chemistry (A).

My childhood was spent growing up on the seemingly ever raining coast of North Wales. I stayed there right up until I completed my A-level at the local state school, Eirias High School. At A-level I studied Physics (A*), Maths (A*), Further Maths (A*), and Chemistry (A). I then moved to Oxford, to study at Oxford University for a Masters degree in Physics. I was a scholar at Keble college, and when not studying I played drums for both Keble's Big Band, and Keble's Not-So-Big Band. I enjoyed my time there greatly, and finished with a First in my MPhys degree.

Whilst I was at Oxford, I also worked as a tutor, tutoring A-level Maths and Physics. It started with face-to-face sessions with students back in North Wales just during the holidays, but evolved into online tutoring so that we could do lessons all year round. I found tutoring to be a very rewarding use of my time, and so in 2016 after graduating from Oxford, I joined Keystone Tutors to begin work as a professional private tutor.

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Personal Approach: 

One of the best things about tutoring versus teaching is that the nature of one-to-one lessons allows them to be tailored specifically to the individual student.

One of the best things about tutoring versus teaching is that the nature of one-to-one lessons allows them to be tailored specifically to the individual student. So I think the most important part of tutoring is building a solid relationship with the student, such that I can work out exactly what they need from the lessons, and how best to deliver it to them. My detailed knowledge in my expert subjects, when combined with the relationship I build with the student, allows me to go into details beyond the syllabus if I can tell that the student is wanting more or needs to be pushed. But, I can also recognise when a student is struggling with a particular concept and then approach it from a new angle to help their understanding.

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What I do when not tutoring: 

My main hobby is drumming. Drumming was a huge passion for me when I was younger, and I have recently picked it back up again. Over the years I have played for various small jazz bands and musicals, and I hope to continue this so that I can one day be as good as I once was.

My main hobby is drumming. Drumming was a huge passion for me when I was younger, and I have recently picked it back up again. Over the years I have played for various small jazz bands and musicals, and I hope to continue this so that I can one day be as good as I once was.

The other thing that fills up my time is sport in all its various forms. I have played many sports from rugby to ultimate frisbee, but my current main sport is badminton.

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Testimonials: 

26/09/2017: Tom is very patient and detailed. He is to explain things multiple times when needed and to go over a topic without any prior warning. Lots of teachers tend to regurgitate textbook but Tom actually knew his stuff. Like the way the class was set out with theoretical explanations followed by relevant exam questions. He arrives with a great set of notes and more importantly work solutions. - Mother of A Level student

13/12/2016: "My daughter says she enjoys Chemistry now and I'm sure that is down to you". Mother of AS Chemistry student.

28/09/2016: "Tom is exceptionally conscientious". Mother of previous student.

20/09/2016: 'Roaring success!' Mother of homeschooling client.

15/09/2016: "My son absolutely adores Thomas. He looks up to him and is always very excited to work with him. Perfect match!" Mother of previous student.