During the Easter holidays, I will be offering a series of small group sessions, each lasting 1½ hours and targeting a particular area of the Higher GCSE specification. Maximum class size in each case will be 4 and the fee will be £20 per student.
The sessions will cover the following areas (or as much of them as we have time for):
Wed 12th April 10.00-11.30
SOHCAHTOA, sine rule, cosine rule, triangle area, trig graphs, arcs and sectors
Fri 14th April (Good Friday) 10.00-11.30
Grouped data (Statistics)
Estimating averages & spread, cumulative frequency curves & box plots, histograms
Wed 19th April 10.00-11.30
Vector terminology, adding/subtracting vectors, multiplying by a scalar, using vectors in geometric arguments and proofs
Fri 21st April 10.00-11.30
Probability basics, Venn diagrams and set notation, listing strategies, 2-way tables, tree diagrams, conditional probability, independent events
Each session will run subject to a minimum of 2 students signing up; if I only get a single taker for a session then I’ll offer the option of a normal 1-to-1 session at £30 for an hour instead. Existing Year 11 tutees (including those on my waiting list) will be given priority, but if anyone else would like to come along then they’ll be welcome to do so if there are still spaces available once existing tutees have had an opportunity to claim their places.
If you would like to join one or more of these sessions then please send me an email, or use the contact form on this website, to let me know which ones you’d like to sign up for. For newcomers, I will also need the following information:
For a good few years I've been a member of the TES website, a fantastic source of teaching materials, very many of them shared for free despite the site's increasingly strong encouragement to its contributors to charge for their resources. I've shared a number of my own resources on there; one that has proved particularly popular, with over 20,000 downloads to date, is this PowerPoint on transformations for GCSE (opens in a new window).
I'm also starting to build up a resource bank accessible from my own website, primarily for my tutees' reference, but open to anyone. You can find it using the button below. There's not a huge amount on there at the moment, but it's a start. Where I've used others' resources, I've tried to give credit - for example there's a set of GCSE exam revision booklets with new-style exam questions grouped by topic, created by Pixi of PixiMaths fame, which I've been using extensively as homework for my Year 11 tutees. I've made a few minor tweaks but they're basically her work.
In other news, I'm now up to 14 regular tutees and not taking on any more for the time being. Half them are doing GCSE exams this summer, and most of the others are doing A-level (either AS or A2) - but I have one who's doing an American qualification called the GRE which appears at first glance to be pretty straightforward but actually serves as a hurdle to entry to a number of very prestigious universities in various parts of the world and involves some very challenging questions under extremely tight time constraints.
Rehearsals for Pirates are going well (tickets available from www.stamps-solihull.co.uk, £14 including a fish-and-ship supper, and selling quickly!) and from initially being cast as a pirate and policeman, I've now been promoted to pirate and maiden (despite being a little long in the tooth for such a role - but since the entire plot requires considerable suspension of disbelief, that's not too major an issue), which means a lot more choreography to remember. All good fun!