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Hi there . . .

Are you searching for the highest quality maths tuition?

If so, you have certainly reached the right place! Thank you for visiting my website which I hope will provide you with all the relevant information you need.

Who am I?

My name is Paul Godding and I am a full-time professional private maths tutor based in South Wales who delivers face-to-face tuition to local students as well as online tuition to students worldwide.

Please read on if you are looking to secure some maths tuition for you or your child. I would then love to hear from you, so feel free to email paul@7puzzle.com.

Alternatively, you can ring/message me from anywhere in the world on +44(0)7970868121.

Introduction

Are you or your child struggling with maths?

I am an experienced, professional and compassionate maths specialist who gets a real buzz from making maths understandable for students. I aim to create an environment where they feel safe to try without fear, to make mistakes and to truly learn.

For many years, I have delivered high-quality, home-based, one-to-one maths tuition to students who live in the coastal areas of the beautiful border county of Monmouthshire.

As you will see below, I also take on daytime students from a variety of worldwide locations due to the growth of online tuition, but the vast majority of my students still follow the WJEC GCSE Mathematics & Numeracy syllabuses here in Wales.

There are some local parents who prefer their children to travel the short distance across the border to study in England. These students sit the AQA GCSE Grade 9-1 examinations, therefore I keep abreast of developments in both Welsh and English education systems.

My vision

Although I’ve been helping students for many years to achieve success in a variety of examinations, my main aim in the field of mathematics education is to inspire children to enjoy maths and to give them confidence, particularly when dealing with arithmetic.

I am a unique tutor in this respect as this can be achieved by utilising an excellent range of traditional and paper-based board games & puzzles, many of which I have designed myself.

If you are a parent who is looking for that something different to ignite a spark in your child’s eyes, and gain a love for maths that will last a lifetime, please get in touch.

Online tuition

Since 2017, I have offered online tuition via Zoom (similar to Skype) for students who prefer this ever-growing medium of learning. Prior to each class, students receive full details of how to access this online programme so the lesson can begin at a pre-arranged day and time.

Although my current online students are based in different cities within China, I am particularly interested in also working with home-educated children in the UK and USA as well as students from other Asian countries.

Tuition sessions with children from Australia and New Zealand may also be a possibility due to the time differences coinciding with my daytime availability, so if you have only ever considered a maths tutor near you, please re-think and get in touch. Receiving tuition online can be just as good, if not better, than face-to-face!

My initial 20-minute online consultation is free of charge.

My teaching experience & qualifications 

Having taught maths to all ages and abilities for over 30 years (from KS1 children to adults returning to college), I now specialise in tutoring students up to GCSE-standard, although a few of my students study degrees which contains a maths or statistics module.

I obtained a Certificate of Education from Cardiff University and also achieved a Masters Degree in Education Management in the 1990’s where my dissertation focused on the level of basic skills training employees receive within companies in South East Wales. 25 years on and the skills shortage problem seems even more concerning!

On a consultancy basis, I still visit schools and universities throughout the UK to deliver my classroom-based maths workshops, therefore my DBS documentation is up-to-date and available to view if required.

Why extra tuition?

Everyone can be good at maths, but some just need that gentle confidence boost or additional support to master arithmetical techniques. If important foundations are missed, this can lead to problems with more advanced work at a later date.

I am a firm believer that students should know the basics of arithmetic by answering addition and multiplication questions as quickly as if they were asked their own name!

Learning these basic skills is vital, but unfortunately missing from many students’ knowledge base. Much of my time is therefore spent in tutorials revisiting topics such as multiplication, division and fractions, but I always ensure we cover more advanced work so students can get to grips with their current area of study in school.

Practising the basic skills

Please feel free to get in touch should you or your child need any help or support with the fundamentals, even for topics you may think are too basic. This can often make all the difference and why I always encourage students to sharpen their number skills.

One way is to attempt the number puzzles posted daily at this website, of which I am the proud author.

7puzzleblog.com is officially The World’s #1 Daily Number Puzzle Website on Google, Yahoo and BingWe are flattered that it is regularly accessed by students, teachers, parents and many other puzzle enthusiasts from over 160 countries & territories worldwide.

Many school teachers throughout the world already use my popular challenges as maths starters and as a revision resource. Why not join them?

Parental support

As a parent, you may be worried that your child’s maths skills are not at a level you’d expect. Please don’t hesitate to get in touch for advice.

Parental involvement is key; positive input from family can be invaluable. When setting homework, as I do on a weekly basis, I expect it to be completed by the next session. With younger students, I recommend that parents help with (but not do) their homework, and always fully expect the older students to complete the work set.

I always make time at the end of each class for short, informal feedback so parents are kept informed of their child’s progress.

Booking tuition

Some parents ‘panic-book’ my services with exams on the horizon. I strongly advise arranging tuition for your child long before this so I can plan my own revision timetable; combining a coverage of basic arithmetical skills, current areas of study and, of course, past paper practice and examination technique.

The frequency of sessions depends on each student’s needs and goals, but most schedule for one hourly class per week. If a student is motivated and needs the help, tremendous progress can be made with two 1-hour sessions each week.

Various levels of tuition covered

Here is an example of the different types of tutoring I’ve undertaken in recent years:

  •  GCSE Mathematics in Wales (WJEC) & England (AQA),
  •  GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy in Wales (WJEC),
  •  International GCSE (Edexcel) for those at Independent schools in UK and throughout the world,
  •  Innovative arithmetic & mental techniques,
  •  Confidence-building for primary school children,
  •  Home-educated children and study groups,
  •  QTS Professional Skills Test in Numeracy,
  •  Entrance tests into British & American colleges,
  •  Non-mathematicians studying degree courses,
  •  Maths & Numeracy support for Adult Learners,
  •  Online tuition worldwide for students following a variety of maths courses.

With the way the new syllabuses are being examined, students now require far better number and problem-solving skills to handle the different types of question.

A considerable amount of time is therefore spent in my tutorials discussing exam and revision techniques.

Some students can fail to achieve their deserved result due to being slightly disorganised. Perseverance, resilience and concentration are other important aspects of learning I try and instil into my students during tuition sessions.

University students

During 2018, I am continuing to tutor university students who follow non-mathematical degrees and need assistance with a maths or statistics aspect of their course.

My current undergraduate students attend universities in Cardiff, Swansea and London, and study for a variety of degrees including Optometry, Motorsport Engineering and Geology.

These older learners usually arrange to visit for a lesson or two prior to assessments or during a break in term, but I’m looking to expand this service so university students can gather more regularly in small groups during term-time to receive support informally in coffee shops or other similar environments, such as local libraries.

I do enforce a strict rule when tutoring groups by working with a maximum of three students at a time. My fee for the hourly session then depends on whether I’m tutoring an individual, a pair of students or a group of three. Get in touch for further details.

Adult learners 

As well as school children of all ages, I have also worked with young adults who need to pass the Numeracy aspect of the Professional Skills Test in order to gain Newly Qualified Teacher (NQT) status. Since 2013, universities in England will not accept students onto initial teacher training courses unless they have successfully manoeuvred both Literacy and Numeracy tests.

There are also many adults who need to improve their numeracy skills at their workplace. With more and more employers requiring transferable skills for multi-tasking activities, it is essential they have a good grounding of arithmetical and logical skills.

References

Should you wish to receive feedback about my work, I can put you in touch with parents of recent students. They will confirm the quality of my tuition and positive interaction with students.

Late policy

Giving the student the opportunity to learn in a tutoring session is very important to me. Students should arrive on time to each class to allow as much time as possible for them to get the help they need. In the event of a student running late, and due to a busy timetable, the lost time will not be made up.

Tuition rate

My rate for each one-to-one class from September 2018, whether it be face-to-face or online via Zoom, will be £35 per hour.

This reflects my experience and the quality of service you will receive. Yes, there may be cheaper tutors out there, but keep in mind that results tend to be directly correlated to how much you invest in your child’s educational experience.

Contact me

To book some maths tuition, get in touch by e-mailing paul@7puzzle.com.

If you prefer an informal chat on the telephone for a query or just some advice, please ring me on +44(0)7970868121 or visit twitter @7puzzle anytime.

 

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