I’m Matthew and I’ve been helping my students succeed at school and university for over 20 years. My philosophy is: more than higher grades.
At GCSE level I have worked very successfully with students aiming for an A or an A*.
My focus is on achieving high grades through understanding the material. (70% of my students achieved an A or an A* in the 2013 exams.) I tailor my approach depending on individual needs and interests and I believe in making the mathematics as simple and enjoyable as possible. I am enthusiastic, friendly and approachable. I really want my students to succeed and I’m very happy to be contacted for help outside of their lesson time.
I was recently invited by Talksport Radio to be their “maths expert” to speak on the topic of coin tossing, in the context of determining who bats first in a cricket match. You can read a fuller version of what I said here.
It is not enough simply to do well at A level, of course: students need to be given the tools to succeed at university. To that end I take a very full interest in their education generally. As one student recently put it, I am “so much more than just a maths tutor”. For example I give guidance and support with university entrance, including the UCAS personal statement, applying to Oxford and Cambridge, and interview preparation, and I have personal experience of working in both the legal and accounting professions. I’ve written a detailed guide for university applicants: Writing your UCAS personal statement.
I have an outstanding academic record and over twenty years experience as a teacher and examiner, during which I’ve received excellent feedback from my students and their parents. I have tutored nearly 300 students in Harrogate: that’s over 7,000 hours of teaching in the last nine years.
My fees are £160 per month, which covers four one-hour lessons and ongoing continuous support and help outside of lesson time. I do whatever I can to help my students succeed: I’ve even answered messages from a frantic student at midnight, and I’m always happy to talk to parents and guardians.
I have a waiting room (which has a table and chairs, free wifi, reading material and chilled bottled Evian water) so that students can arrive early or wait after their lessons to be picked up. Nespresso coffee is available on request.
Some students walk from school straight to my house (it takes about 45 minutes), others take the bus (the 2B from the central bus station stops at the end of my street – click here for full details) and others drive: St John’s Road is not a disc zone, so you can easily park on the street, or you are welcome to park on my drive.
Most of my students come on weekdays after school, between 4pm and 8pm, but I am also available during the daytime and some students come to my house for a lesson during their study periods. I also teach on Saturdays from 11am to 2pm.