My story, from failure to success…
When I attended school, at a failing comprehensive in a highly deprived area of Manchester, I had little motivation to succeed, was too busy playing cricket and did very badly in my GCSEs.
I then realised I was never going to make it in professional cricket and I had better get my head down, do some re-sits and then get some A-levels under my belt. I was fortunate to have a truly inspirational Physics teacher at my sixth-form college who helped set me on a new trajectory, going on to Manchester University to read Physics, and then winning a place at Selwyn College, Cambridge to do my PhD at the famous Cavendish Labs, home of numerous Nobel laureates.
I first started tutoring 11+ and GCSE students while I was at Manchester University, and then at Cambridge I gained invaluable teaching experience from giving tutorials to undergraduates. After Cambridge I spent 3 years working for a hedge fund where my role was to apply my mathematical skills to trade equity pairs using statistical arbitrage. Then after trying a number of different career directions, with tutoring as something I did on the side, in 2006 I stumbled upon full-time tutoring, only to find it was the most enjoyable and satisfying job I could imagine doing.
One of the things I love about tutoring is the diversity of students I get to work with, and I have gained a great breadth of teaching experience across different ages, abilities and backgrounds – teaching a wide range of different topics and preparing for a large variety of examinations. For instance my students have ranged in age from 6 to 60. They have come from the country’s top public schools and from inner-city comprehensives. And they have come with huge differences in their learning needs from those struggling with the basics to those needing challenging and extending. I also have experience in tutoring students with dyslexia, dyscalculia, deafness, and other special needs such as behavioural difficulties. But above all, my experience has taught me that there is no such thing as an ‘average’ student, while with the right help and motivation everyone is capable of success.