Perth Tutor in Algebra, Calculus, Maths, Maths Methods, Statistics, Teacher
(21 student reviews)
Retired Head Of Secondary School Mathematics .....professional teaching/tutoring for high school students. Also will consider tutoring certain categories of mature age students who need to upgrade their background in Mathematics in preparing for and undergoing transition/enabling/bridging courses at University or TAFE.
Having lost a number of year 12 students in 2017, as of 16 Feb, I have several slots left during the week at either 3.50-4pm or 5pm. The weekend is currently tight as I have several students on Saturday. To balance my schedule, I am now looking for students either tackling year 11 Methods OR both Method and Specialist OR year 12 Methods OR year 7 8,9,10 students who hope to tackle any ATAR Maths courses in Year 11 and 12 and seek to obtain a better lower school platform for a less stressful transition into them. Fundamental understandings and prior skills for successful outcomes in years 11 and 12 originate in the earlier years of high school and cannot so easily be "suddenly captured" in upper school where there are increasing demands on a student's time. Further, tutoring in the lower years of high school can be advantageous if snippets of upper school Maths, can be pre-emptively introduced through tutoring, prior to commencing year 11. This of course depends entirely on the student's background and needs. With the first tutoring/teaching session starting at 3.50-4pm this slot may only be 'doable' for students who attend high schools near to Scarborough. Being retired I can be available for Home School or University students during the day...that is I can be very flexible and accommodating.
Now some further details:
"I am a retired High School Head of Maths. In recent years my students have come from UWA, ECU(a post grad.student teacher), Perth Modern School, Tuart College,
(including mature age students) Shenton College, Newman College, John XX111, Churchlands, Christchurch, Carine, Balga, Woodthorpe,St.Mary's, MLC, PLC, Hale, St. Hildas, Guildford Grammar, John Septimus Row,St. Marks Anglican, SacredHeart College, Carmel College, Woodlands and Wembley Downs PS and have ranged from years 6 to 12 and beyond. A fair proportion of students have been with me for several years and are still current.
Please note: I don't travel to students home. Students come to my house in Scarborough with a parent more than welcome to stay and listen in. The main reason for this is that I have a wide variety of resources and updated ones accumulated over a life time of classroom teaching. I also prepare custom designed materials designed uniquely for individual students.
Finally my background and education philosophy! "I have over 30 years of continuous experience in Senior High Schools specialising in MATHEMATICS and have been in charge of 2 sizeable Mathematics Departments the second one being Lesmurdie Senior High School from 1983 through to my retirement.
In tutoring students, I have the time, the energy and the extensive experience to provide a conscientious, personalised, effective and responsive
service. Having retained notes and tests and work sheets and various exams from previous students, I am happy to share these or prepare new, customised materials based on specific needs. Fully worked solutions supporting the same provide considerable assistance to students and create the potential for independent learning.
So, as a catalyst I aim to:
1. RESTORE UNDERSTANDING
2. ENHANCE CONFIDENCE BY SUPPORTING AND ELEVATING THE CONCEPTUAL UNDERSTANDING OF CURRENT WORK
3. ENABLE ENRICHMENT/ACCELERATION FOR THE MORE ABLE STUDENT (if they have the aptitude to do some Mathematics at above their year level) 4. OFFER ADVICE, PROVIDE HOMEWORK SUPPORT and SUGGEST STRATEGIES FOR HELPING YOUR TEACHER TO BE MORE EFFECTIVE (for you)
There is no substitute for years of classroom teaching experience. Explaining concepts clearly and simply to students is just part of the teaching process...the critical part is intuitively knowing what sequence of questions to ask so that a student might be gently taken back to the source of his/her fundamental problem(s). This " debriefing" process, handled efficiently and effectively can be transforming for motivated students who are happy to participate in an active and individualised learning process.At day's end a teacher or tutor has to get a student back to a firm surface....otherwise in an educational sense one is simply papering over the cracks! Regrettably some students may actually need to return to earlier work so as to establish a more solid foundation for the current work. A qualified and experienced teacher who has taught across 5 (now 6) years of high school, in tutoring, is best equipped to handle this "going back' process if it is necessary. A parent who declares. "my child has not got the fundamentals" is sometimes, spot on! It is not uncommon for me to be tutoring say a year 10 student and within half an hour find myself having, of necessity, to deal with broken concepts in years 8,9
Finally, as a simplified extension of classroom instruction, I find tuition very satisfying enabling me to concentrate on the business of enhancing student learning without having to attend to sundry non-
teaching and sometimes debilitating duties that are inherent in being a 4/5
teacher and 1/5 administrator in a large metropolitan high school.
For further details please feel free to ring me on 92455651 If out...just leave a message and I will return your call. (mobile 0403507290)
- Algebra - Primary, Secondary
- Calculus - Secondary
- Maths - Primary, Secondary
- Maths Methods - Secondary
- Statistics - Secondary
- Teacher - General
- In 2018: year 11 Specialist and Methods and
year 12 Specialist and Methods and years
8,9,10 for students who intend or have the
potential to attempt and
succeed with these higher level courses
commencing in year 11.
Full time Mathematics teacher in High Schools for over 30 years and a Head of
Mathematics (teacher in charge) for 25 years. I was called up for 2 years National
Service and fulfilled my National Service obligation in 1970-71.
After undergoing Officer training(infantry based) at Scheyville in NSW in 1970, I
completed my service in Adelaide where I worked as an Army Psychologist in the
rank of Captain. Started tutoring in retirement from about 2005.
Since retiring I have returned to some of my interests in my formative years, especially
singing. Over the last decade I have sung in 2 large choirs as a bass.
Collegium Symphonic Chorus (4 years) and WASO Chorus (6 years)
Keep fit in a nearby Gym.
Educated at Guildford Grammar School
B.A., B.Ed. (UWA ) B.A was a double major in Maths and
Maths teacher at Perth Modern School (1 year)
Kalamunda Senior High School (4 years)
HEAD of Mathematics (in charge) at Eastern Hills Senior High School(8 years)
HEAD of Mathematics at Lesmurdie Senior High school (18 years)
Part-time Maths teacher (semi-retired) at various schools (4 years)
Private Tutoring since retiring.
2 years National Service (Dept. of Army). Graduate of Officer Training
Unit Scheyville in NSW then posted to AA Psych.....Psychologist (Captain). Worked in
Melbourne (Research Unit) and Brisbane and Adelaide in testing applicants for the
Army,Navy and Commonwealth Police Force. Have also done some clinical work with army/navy medical referrals and SUDs (soldiers under detention)
HAVE A CURRENT WORKING WITH CHILDREN CHECK
TOP CONTRIBUTOR to 2 INTERNATIONAL ONLINE MATHEMATICS GROUPS(forums)
(a) THE MATH CONNECTION (High School Teachers, University lecturers and
Professors, Industry statisticians and Mathematicians the active users of Maths)
(b) MATH IMPROVEMENT PROGRAM: HIGH SCHOOL MATH INSTRUCTION (much the
same groups as given in part (a))
[further information on these groups through linkedin]
- Private Tuition
- Teaching Tuition
- Home Visits
- Phone Help
FOR YEAR 7,8,9,10: $60 per hour
FOR YEAR 11,12: $70 per hour
Mature age students (post school) $70 per hour
Profile last updated on 24-Feb-2018 (registered 16-Apr-2013)
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