PaulMathsTutor.com


Are you searching for the very best maths tuition?

If so, you have definitely reached the right place. Many thanks for visiting my website which I hope will provide you with all the relevant information in your hunt for a maths tutor, whether it be face-to-face or online.

Who am I?

Hello, my name is Paul Godding.

I am a full-time professional private maths tutor based in South Wales who delivers local, face-to-face tuition as well as online tuition to students globally.

It would be lovely to hear from you, so feel free to click paul@7puzzle.com if you wish to secure maths tuition for you or your child – but please make sure you read the rest of this page first!

Alternatively, you can ring/message/WhatsApp me from anywhere in the world:

  •  07970 868121 from within Wales and the UK, or
  •  +447970868121 from the rest of the world.

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 in an environment where they feel safe to try without fear, to make mistakes and therefore truly learn.

For many years, I have offered 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 further down, I also take on daytime students from a variety of worldwide locations due to the marvels of online tuition, but the vast majority of my students still sit the National Numeracy Tests from Year 2 to Year 9, leading onto WJEC GCSE Mathematics & Numeracy examinations 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 eventually sit the AQA GCSE Grade 9-1 examinations, therefore I keep abreast of syllabus developments in both Welsh & English education systems.

My vision

Although I’ve helped students achieve examination success for many years, my main aim as a mathematics educator is to inspire children to enjoy the subject and give them added 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 are my own designs.

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 overseas. They love this ever-growing medium of learning and, prior to tuition, receive details of how to access this online programme so lessons can begin at an arranged day and time.

Although my current online students are based in different towns & cities throughout Asia, it appeals to work with home-educated children in the UK and USA.

If you are interested and based in North America, I could offer a weekly 50-minute class at the end of the school day, although it would be late-night here in the UK. We constantly receive visitors to our website from across the Atlantic.

Tuition sessions with children from Australia and New Zealand is also possible due to the time difference coinciding with my daytime availability.

If you have only ever considered a maths tutor in your locality, please re-think and get in touch. For many students, receiving tuition online can be just as good, if not better, than face-to-face tuition!

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

Teaching experience & qualifications 

Having taught maths to all ages and abilities for 30+ years (from young children to adults returning to college), I now specialise in tutoring students up to GCSE-standard, although a few of my students have been on degree courses which contain a maths/statistics module.

Since graduating in the 1980’s, I obtained a Certificate of Education from Cardiff University and also achieved a Master of Science degree (MSc) in Education Management during the 1990’s; my dissertation focusing on the level of basic skills training employees receive within companies in South Wales. Many 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 classroom-based maths workshops, therefore my DBS documentation is up-to-date and available to view if necessary.

Why extra tuition?

As well as the obvious benefits in their child’s maths confidence and knowledge, many parents have seen that private one-to-one tuition can also have a positive effect on other subjects and help them to become more disciplined towards their studies in general.

Everyone can be good at maths, but some just need that gentle boost or 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 essential, but unfortunately missing from many students’ knowledge base. Much of my time is therefore spent revisiting topics such as the four operations and fractions, but I always ensure more advanced work is covered so students can get to grips with current areas 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 of doing this is to attempt the daily number puzzles posted at this website, of which I am the proud author. Regular visits have proved vital for my students.

We are officially The World’s #1 Daily Number Puzzle Website on Google, Yahoo & Bing, and extremely flattered that 7puzzleblog.com is accessed by students, teachers, parents and many others from over 160 nations worldwide.

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

Frequency of lessons

This depends on each student’s needs and goals but most are scheduled for one class per week, although it is becoming more common to see parents booking fortnightly classes instead. 

There may be a number of reasons behind this, from busy children who are members of multiple clubs to families with financial limitations.

But one thing I would strongly recommend is that final year GCSE students attend on a weekly basis. Tremendous strides can be made with regular lessons, allowing me to plan a revision timetable throughout the year and constantly evaluate progress as we near the final examinations.

Parental support & homework

As a parent, you may be worried that your child’s maths skills or motivation 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, which I do at the end of each lesson, I expect it to be completed by the next session. With younger students, I recommend that parents help with homework. Every homework will also contain that particular day’s challenges from 7puzzleblog.com.

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

Qualities needed to be a successful student

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 questions asked.

A considerable amount of time is therefore spent in my class discussing exam and revision techniques; simple things like reading a question once more even after answering it and not being distracted by others.

Some students can fail to achieve their deserved result simply by being disorganised. Other important aspects of learning I try and instil into my students during classes include perseverance, resilience and concentration

Tutoring is a two-way process. As well as my input, the student obviously needs to put in some hard work, but my personal view is that the most important attribute for any student to have is a positive attitude towards learning. Without this, they may well not reach their potential.

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,
  •  Preparation for National Numeracy Tests in Wales for Years 2 to 9,
  •  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.

National Numeracy Tests in Wales

If you are the parent of a child in Years 2 to 9 and wish to gather further information about these tests and what the results mean, please feel free to watch this Welsh Government video. It may answer any queries you may have without having to ask at school.

I have access to previous papers since their inception in 2013 and can fully prepare your child for the numeracy part of these annual tests.

University students

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

Recent undergraduate students have attended universities in Cardiff, Swansea and London, studying 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. I’m looking to expand this service so university students in the Cardiff and Newport areas can gather 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 50-minute session 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 tuition, subject knowledge and my positive interaction with students.

Cancellations

I always appreciate a call or message as soon as you realise your child will be unable to make a class, whether it be due to illness or any other issue.

There is no cancellation fee as it can work both ways, but the earlier I know a child cannot attend a lesson, the better the chance I have of filling that slot from my reserve list.

Book tuition at the appropriate time

Some parents try and ‘panic-book’ my services with exams or tests on the horizon. I strongly encourage parents to arrange tuition before your child starts an academic year so I can plan my own timetable for them; combining a coverage of basic arithmetical skills, current areas of study and, of course, past paper practice and examination technique.

Not only that, I am always fully booked by the time each academic year begins and your child would then have to join my reserve list.

Tuition rate

From August 2018, I shall be delivering 50-minute classes, including a 5-minute parent consultation at the end of each lesson if required. Regular feedback is vital.

The rate for each one-to-one class is £32 for both face-to-face and online via Zoom.

Yes, there may be cheaper tutors out there, but this fee reflects my extensive experience and quality of service as well as your child having access to some fantastic resources.

Contact me

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

If you prefer an informal chat, or simply have a query or need some advice, please don’t hesitate to ring me instead.

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