Frequently asked questions

How much do you charge?

My one to one rate is from £50 an hour with slightly higher rates for Oxbridge or STEP lessons as these require more specialist preparation. Group lessons are charged at £20 per pupil per hour with the full course payable in advance.

What's included?

My standard lesson time is an hour. As well as the contact time, I include full notes on all the topics covered and can advise on all aspects of academic life such as unit choices and University applications.

Why should we choose you rather than another tutor?

Passing exams is never easy and never more so than now. As I am both an experienced teacher, having taught in both independent and state schools and also an A Level Examiner I know exactly what is needed to get through these exams. I am also very experienced at explaining the underlying principles and the techniques required to tackle questions.
Why not give a lesson a try and see if we suit?

Are you a qualified maths teacher?

Yes! I went to University of Oxford and gained an honours degree in Mathematics then, after working in industry and government for 15 years, then went to University of Nottingham and passed my PGCE in Secondary Mathematics with Distinction. I have taught in both independent and state schools teaching maths,physics and computer science.

How long have you been tutoring?

We moved back up to the Lake District (where both my husband and I grew up) in 2018 and I have been a private tutor since then. Prior to that I taught in both state and independent schools for over 10 years.

Can you travel to my home?

At the moment, all my tutoring is online as COVID requires us all to stay safe. Once COVID allows, I may return to face to face tutoring, but I cannot travel to you as I have pupils straight after each other. You are welcome to come to my home to be tutored. We live in the Rusland Valley in the Lake District.

Do we need to sign up to lots of lessons?

No. Tutoring is a very personal thing, so I always say that we should have at least one or two lessons before deciding if we suit each other. Once you have committed to lessons, please try to give me notice if you cannot make a lesson or want to change times. I have a very full timetable so cannot always switch to other times, or guarantee to have a space if you stop for a while.

What if we need to cancel a lesson?

I understand that things can happen and try to be as flexible as possible. However, a cancellation made with 24 hours notice or less may be charged the full price of the lesson.

How do online lessons work?

On line actually works really well. I use zoom and openboard - a whiteboard system. I find that, particulalrly A Level pupils, are very able to concentrate in on screen lessons. All my resources are adapted to use on line and it enables us to schedule a lesson which suits us both, without having to worry about transport issues.

How do your summer school classes work?

These are short, 6 week, courses with small groups of students between 2 and 6. Theyare targetted at pupils in younger years who want to extend their problem solving skills and older pupils working towards A Level maths and further maths or Oxbridge Entrnace exams.