I coach and run lessons on the Specialist qualification topics as follows, often providing additional advice and consultancy:
Cambridge University NSAA entrance
Oxford University PAT entrance
Oxbridge and Russel Group Interviews
EPQ 6th form Extended Project
GMAT Graduate Management Admissions Test
UKMT Maths Challenges
13+ and 16+ entrance
I coach the Maths compulsory, and Physics and Chemistry choices, in Section 1; and Physics and Chemistry in Section 2. I offer advice on which to choose.
I run through all the individual topics required in the NSAA syllabus such as Refractive Index and Young’s Double slit in Physics and Equilibrium Constant 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. Through research, I believe I can spot the style and content of a typical NSAA question for a particular topic.
There is a relatively new format, but the older style is still relevant. So for practice of full papers, as well as using the official recent Cambridge material, I have created many additional mock papers using older questions adapted to new multi choice style, mixed with very similar questions from other sources. I set these week by week with exactly the right number of questions, 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. The ability to work at speed is one of the main differentiators.
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 and Russel Group 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. Most of my interview training has been for Cambridge NSAA candidates and I have also trained Cambridge Medicine and Imperial College Sciences.
Overall, no-one can guarantee a pass, but I have built up, over several years, a good track record of success with candidates for the exams and interviews above.
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 KS3, GCSE and A-Level which you do – and don’t – need for the three age-group test levels. My coaching consists of running through all the required topics, then setting and marking questions from past curriculum and UKMT papers, first topic by topic and then whole UKMT papers. I always provide extensive solutions, frequently adding my own extra insights to published mark schemes.
The three exams are generally in February (Intermediate), April (Junior) and November (Senior) and I would recommend some lessons prior to those dates to get used to the format and type and content of questions.
I also have experience tutoring the Primary Maths Challenge, which is a useful national starter competition leading through to the Junior UKMT
13+ and 16+ entrance
I coach “mid-year group” entrance to UK Independent schools from both International locations (via international education companies) and also simply from other UK schools. My approach typically would be to find out as much as possible about the entrance exams and run through theory on the relevant topics, and set questions from these school’s past papers where possible, and also set similar questions from GCSE. Worked answers always supplied. This usually covers Maths but could be Science as well. Schools include St Paul’s, Wycombe Abbey, Clifton, and the specialist Maths/Physics Kings Maths senior school.
Institute of Enterprise Entrepreneurs (IOEE)
Small Firms Enterprise Development Initiative (SFEDI Awards)
I provide education consultancy. This is often as part of tutoring but also I can prepare material for others. For instance I was asked to prepare a detailed slide pack and starter plenary and quizzes focused on starting a small business. It was for a consultant training prisoners to start their own business and the slides were used as part of the framework provided by the IOEE/SFEDI.