MATHS TUITION

 

Introduction

Hello, my name is Paul Godding and a big welcome to the Tutoring page of our new-look 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 border county I reside in, Monmouthshire.

Most of my current students follow the WJEC Maths & Numeracy syllabuses in Wales, but some of them travel across the border to study in England and sit the AQA examinations. I am therefore very familiar with both education systems either side of Offa’s Dyke.

 

Online tuition

In a brand-new venture for 2017, I am now also offering online tuition via Zoom (very similar to Skype) for students who may prefer this ever-growing medium of learning. The student can easily access Zoom on their desktop by visiting their website, Zoom.us, and clicking ‘Join a Meeting’. No downloading is necessary! Prior to the session, I will give the student my Meeting ID to type in at an agreed time and the lesson can begin online.

Although I currently tutor students online from China, 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 initial 20-minute consultation is free, so please get in touch if you are interested in my online 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 in my study, 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/exam.

My teaching qualification is a Certificate of Education obtained at Cardiff University and I have also achieved a Masters degree in Education Management where my dissertation focused on the level of basic skills training employees receive within companies in South East Wales. Unfortunately, 20 years on, the problem seems even more severe!

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 do have a few clients studying non-mathematical degrees where their course contains a Maths/Statistics module.

I also enjoy helping out with the local media when asked for my views on topical mathematical news stories in Wales, mostly appearing on the radio.

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

Get in touch at paul@7puzzle.com or on Twitter at @7puzzle if you have any queries.

 

Why do students need extra tuition?

My students are mainly children of school age, from 9-16 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.

Some parents ‘panic-book’ my services with GCSE’s looming on the horizon, but I would strongly recommend arranging tuition for your children plenty of time in advance of examinations so I can plan my own revision timetable which combines a coverage of basic arithmetical skills, current areas of study and, of course, examination practice.

Just email me at paul@7puzzle.com to discuss your requirements.

 

Practice of the basic skills

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

Please feel free to get in touch should you 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 my students to sharpen their number skills by regularly attempting my daily number puzzles here at 7puzzleblog.com. I also encourage teachers to use these popular challenges as maths starters in class.

Parents’ involvement is also key; their own positive input can be invaluable. I always give homework on a regular basis and it’s expected to be completed by the next session.

 

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,
  • International GCSE for those 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 require far better number and problem-solving skills.

A considerable amount of time is spent discussing exam and revision techniques. Being slightly disorganised can be a major reason why some fail to achieve their deserved result. Another essential aspect of learning is perseverance and resilience, something else that I always try to instil into my students during my tuition sessions.

Remember to get in touch by emailing me at paul@7puzzle.com or making contact on Twitter at @7puzzle if you wish to secure tuition for someone you know.

 

University students

During 2017, I am continuing to tutor university students based in South Wales who follow non-mathematical degrees but need assistance with a mathematics or statistics aspect of their course.

I’m looking to expand this service so students can gather in small groups to receive such support informally in coffee shops or similar environments. I do enforce a strict rule when tutoring such groups. I only work with a maximum size of three students and my fee 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 at paul@7puzzle.com if you are in this category and wish to organise some maths tuition for yourself.

 

References

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

 

Contact me

To book some high quality 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)7970 868121 or visit me on Twitter @7puzzle anytime.

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