The questions below are commonly asked questions about online tuition or private tuition in general. Questions are organised into the following sections:
If your question isn't answered below, feel free to contact me.
General Tuition Questions
What levels of maths tuition do you offer?
I offer tuition in A Level Mathematics only. By specialising in a single area, I am able to offer an extremely high quality service (think of this as the equivalent of visiting a consultant, rather than a GP).
Is online tuition as effective as in-person tuition?
It depends on the individual student, but in general, yes. A large scale survey conducted by Bramble found that "84% of students found online tutoring to be more effective or as effective as the in person alternative."
In today's digital world, the majority of students feel comfortable communicating online and the transition from in-person learning to online learning comes easily. Online tuition can also help students develop their digital literacy, with many of the skills learned being helpful in other aspects of everyday life.
With online tuition, students have all the resources needed for learning available at their fingertips. Sessions are also recorded so that students can revisit anything covered during the tutorial at any point in the future.
What is a typical session like?
This depends heavily on the individual student and other factors, such as how much time there is until the exam. For more details, see the how it works page.
Do you set homework/independent study work?
In general, yes. This will be agreed with a student/parents before tutoring commences. Students are typically given weekly independent study tasks to support and enhance the learning that happens in tutorial sessions.
The independent study tasks are usually submitted electronically by the student in advance of the tutorial so that they can be used to inform the planning of the session.
How do I access the resources from tutorials?
Resources are shared using TutorBird (our online student portal). You will find all of the resources from your study session, along with a link to a video recording of the session. Any resources used in the independent study tasks will also be stored here.
Do you offer Further Maths tuition?
Unfortunately, at present I am unable to offer Further Maths tuition. As I do not regularly teach the entire specification, I am not able to offer the same high quality service as I do with A Level Mathematics.
However, I am able to help out with occasional Further Maths questions as part of A Level Mathematics tuition sessions. I have previous teaching experience with the Further Pure, Mechanics and Discrete modules (although sadly not Further Statistics).
If you are specifically looking for a Further Maths tutor, I would strongly recommend asking them if they have teaching experience with the entire specification. It is extremely rare to find one that does.
Can you travel to my home?
Due to current circumstances, I am unable to offer tuition at a tutee's home, although this may change in the future, provided that the tutee lives locally.
Do you offer group tuition?
Yes. Online group tuition is available for groups of students who already know each other, up to a maximum of 4 students.
Discounts are available for group bookings, depending upon the number of students taking part. See the fees/bookings page for more information about group tuition pricing.
Bookings, Fees and Policies
How much do you charge?
My standard fee is £35 per one hour session. This includes:
- The tuition session.
- Setting and checking of weekly independent study activities.
- Tech support for any IT issues.
- An opportunity to contact me throughout the week with quick questions about the independent study work.
- Video recordings of online tuition sessions.
I also offer some 'off-peak' tuition sessions for £25 (see the booking page for details of timings).
See the Fees/Booking page for more information.
How do I pay for sessions?
Sessions are paid for in advance using our secure online booking system. If you are booking one session at a time, then sessions are reserved upon payment. Regular tutees often choose to use the auto-payment option, which allows a particular session to be reserved for the lifetime of the contract.
What is your cancellation policy?
Under normal circumstances, 24 hours notice is required to cancel a session. On occasions, if there are extenuating circumstances, more flexibility is given to regular tutees.