- I believe young people should receive the best possible help to get them to their next stop in life.
- I believe most schools and most teachers are doing an exceptional job.
- But I believe many students at some stage need a 1-to-1 support to help them move forward with their maths.
- I believe there is already enough homework and enough pressure in schools – the last thing you need is a new maths tutor to turn up on your doorstep with their own agenda or programme, requiring even more homework for your already stressed-out child.
- I can help you support your child with their maths without adding to your child’s maths-stress.
The biggest problem I’ve seen – that’s common to students of all abilities in my experience – is a lack of confidence. Even the highest achieving pupils will have nagging doubts, while an extraordinary proportion of children have a paralysing sense of being “no good” at maths.
One of the reasons for this is the lie many children are told, that “you either ‘get’ maths or you don’t”. Although told in good faith, it’s good news for maths students that this statement is completely untrue.
The fact is that we all find different aspects of mathematics more difficult than others. Once students have understood that their ability to succeed at maths can be improved with practice, the transformation in their performance can be phenomenal.
So I am a passionate believer in boosting students’ confidence by pitching the level/grade of their work appropriately and then highlighting their new skills whenever I can. This really helps students to feel an appropriate pride in their work.