I coach and run lessons on the Specialist qualification topics as follows:
Cambridge University NSAA entrance
Oxford University PAT entrance
EPQ 6th form Extended Project
GMAT Graduate Management Admissions Test
UKMT Maths Challenges
I coach the Maths compulsory, and Physics and Chemistry choices, in Section 1; and Physics and Chemistry in Section 2.
I run through all the individual topics required in the NSAA syllabus such as Young’s Double slit in Physics and Bond Angles in Chemistry. I have a large set of questions and worked solutions on all the individual topics, which I set for Homework.
For practice of full papers, as well as using the official Cambridge material I have created many additional mock papers. I set these week by week and we go through worked solutions and I encourage students to stick to the exact 2 hour time to encourage fast working and concentrating under pressure.
I also coach techniques for exam management such as how to pace the exam and cope with tricky questions and multi-choice answers.
I run through all the individual Physics topics required in the PAT syllabus such as Kirchoff’s Circuit Laws, SUVAT equations, pulley and inclined slope motion, and Young’s Double slit in Physics . I have a large set of questions and worked solutions on all the individual topics, which I set for Homework.
For practice of full papers, as well as using the official PAT past paper material, I have created many additional mock papers. I set these week by week and we go through worked solutions and I encourage students to stick to the exact time frame to encourage fast working and concentrating under pressure.
I also coach exam management such as how to pace the exam and cope with tricky questions and multi-choice answers.
Oxbridge Science Interviews
I run coaching sessions on what these Universities are looking for in terms of students who not only are of high intelligence but over and above that have a passion for science and have already a track record of relevant work experience, reading, projects, science Olympiads and so on. I run practice interviews on typical past questions and encourage students to think creatively in response to the sometimes obtuse and even bizzare questions that are set, and express themselves in clear scientific language and thought processes, and not to panic if they cannot answer at first.
I coach the EPQ in three ways, first how to write the report and prepare the presentation; second, how to record the process in the logs, emphasising all are important for marks; and third I help overall project management.
For the report I suggest length, paragraph style, bibliography layout, division into sections and provided its a scientific project offer advice on the technical content.
For the process I help the student put together good logs on items such as project aims, measuring progress, ensuring original thinking.
I am a formally qualified Prince 2 Project manager so I help ensure quality, timeliness and stage-gate approval.
I run lessons on the particular Maths topics which feature most heavily in the GMAT syllabus such as algebra equations, ratio proportion, statistics mean, geometry area. And also business calculations such as profitability.
We then relate these to the practice questions offered by GMAT and run through how to approach real questions accurately and quickly.
We also practice the data sufficiency questions, again with real examples and how students can best identify for instance whether one, or the other, or both statements are needed.
UKMT Maths Challenges
These are the Junior, Intermediate and Senior Maths annual challenges organised by the UK Maths Trust and in which tens of thousands of children compete each year. Their motive varies from simply relishing a competition to adding to their UCAS personal statement. Whatever the reason, these are of great benefit and you can find out more in this article .
In theory this should not be over-tutored but certainly an introduction to the format, and practicing and going through the results with a coach can help. Also, having tutored UKMT candidates and researched all the material, I have created perhaps a unique list of topics from GCSE and A-Level which you do – and don’t – need for these tests. My coaching consists of running through all the required topics, then setting and marking questions from past GCSE and UKMT papers, first topic by topic and then whole papers.