MATHS TUITION

Hello, my name is Paul Godding and a big welcome to the tutoring page of our website.

For many years I have been delivering high-quality, home-based, one-to-one maths tuition to students who live in the coastal areas of the beautiful county of Monmouthshire.  Most of my current students sit the WJEC exams in Wales, but some study across the border and sit the AQA exams in England.

 

Online tuition

In a brand-new venture for 2017, I am now also offering online tuition via Zoom or Skype for students who may prefer this ever-growing medium of learning.  I currently tutor students online from China but I’m also particularly interested in home-educated children in the UK plus students based in Australia, New Zealand and other parts of Asia due to the time difference coinciding with my morning availability.

The fee for a first online lesson will be discounted, so please get in touch if you are interested in my new tutoring service by e-mailing me at paul@7puzzle.com.

 

My teaching experience

As a friendly and very patient maths educator who spends most of my time tutoring face-to-face at home, I always love to help anyone who needs a confidence boost, guidance on a particular topic area or even intensive revision sessions for an upcoming test or exam.

Having taught maths to all ages and abilities for 30 years (from KS1 children to those within the Adult Education sector), I am an experienced and qualified maths specialist available to tutor students up to GCSE standard, although I also have a few tutees studying non-mathematical degrees where their course contains a Maths/Statistics module.

My teaching qualification is a PGCE obtained at Cardiff University and I also have a Masters degree in Education Management.  I help out with the media when asked for my views on topical mathematical news stories in Wales, mostly appearing on the radio.

Please feel free to get in touch should you need any help or support, even with areas you may think are too basic.  This can often make all the difference, this is why I encourage my students to sharpen their number skills by attempting some of my daily number puzzles here at 7puzzleblog.com, and even getting their parents involved which can be invaluable.  Homework is also given on a regular basis!

I still visit schools throughout the UK on a consultancy basis to deliver my PuzzleFriday maths workshops, therefore my DBS document is up-to-date and available to view.

 

 

Why do students need extra tuition?

My students are mainly children of school age, from 8-16 years, who need a confidence boost or simply extra support in mastering arithmetical techniques. From experience, many are perhaps too shy to ask questions in class, so important foundations may be missed leading to problems with more advanced work at a later date.

Learning the basics is vital and unfortunately missing from many students’ knowledge base, so much of my time in tutorials is spent revisiting topics such as multiplication, division and fractions. But I always ensure we cover recent work from school so students get to grips with their current area of study.

 

Various levels of tuition covered

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

  • GCSE Summer and November sittings,
  • IGCSE for those studying at Independent schools,
  • Brand-new GCSE Mathematics-Numeracy in Wales,
  • 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.

With the way the new syllabuses are now being examined, it is much more difficult to ‘teach to the test’, therefore students need better number and problem-solving skills.

A considerable amount of time is spent discussing exam and revision techniques, as being slightly disorganised can be a major reason why some fail to achieve their deserved result!

 

University students

During 2017, I will continue to tutor university students from South Wales who follow non-mathematical degrees but need assistance with a mathematics or statistics part of their course.

I’m looking to expand this service so students can gather informally in small groups to receive such support. I do enforce a strict rule when tutoring such groups up to a maximum size of three. My fee also depends on whether I’m tutoring an individual, a pair of students or a group of three.

Please get in touch for further details at paul@7puzzle.com.

 

Adult learners 

As well as school children of all ages, I work 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 the workplace with more and more employers requiring transferable skills for multi-tasking activities, so please get in touch if you are in this category and wish to organise some maths tuition.

 

References

I can put you in touch with parents of children and some young adults I’ve recently tutored if you would like some feedback about the quality of my work.

 

Contact me

To book some tuition, get in touch by e-mailing paul@7puzzle.com.  If you prefer an informal chat on the telephone for some advice, please ring me on +44 (0)7970 868121.

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