• Primary (Year 3-6) Maths and Science
• 11+ Maths and Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• 13+ Maths and Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• (I)GCSE Math and Physics: Edexcel, CIE, OCR and AQA
• A-level Maths (C1-4, S1, M1-2) and Physics: Edexcel, CIE, OCR (MEI) and AQA
After graduating from Lancaster University with a Master's in Astrophysics and Cosmology, I immediately threw myself into professional tutoring but my life as a tutor began well before this.
• I spent my summer holidays, while at university, teaching maths at summer-schemes in South London. These were children aged 11-17 from the local area.
• Three years leading and teaching a university gospel choir, rehearsing both them and a full band on a weekly basis for our performances.
• I spent over three years as a senior cadet teaching from the Army Cadet Force syllabus, training both junior and senior cadets, between 12 and 18 years of age. Reaching the rank of Company Sergeant Major, here I was leading a regiment of 250 cadets.
Having possessed a fascination with outer-space from a very early age, and an exceptional ability in maths, the only course that attracted me when applying for University was for a place studying Astrophysics. To some, it would seem to be a natural progression after studying Maths, Physics and Music Technology for my A-Levels although I still hadn't made up my mind about what I wanted to do in life. Only when I reached Lancaster and began my degree did I understand the sheer scope of the field, and there I was awed by the beauty of Cosmology.
I've known I've had the ability to teach Maths, up to A-Level standard to absolutely anybody, since I completed my own with an A grade. My degree greatly affirmed my belief in this respect. This is also true for those willing to learn about the wonders of the physical universe. The satisfaction of understanding a physical or mathematical process, and being able to replicate the results only grows as the difficulty of the problem increases.
Growing up with a physical disability and using the aid of crutches, I have had no philosophy other than aiming high through the empowermet of others as well as myself. My attitude has also seen me through a variety of personal challenges, including the Gold Duke of Edinburgh's award and my successes have seen me to a number of prestigious opportunities, events and locations in an attendee-, and a public speaking- capacity.
Attending university in Lancaster was a revelation to me. Not only studying but in furthering my exploration of music through singing. This found me in several choirs including leading a gospel choir for three years of my degree; teaching all parts and rehearsing a live band to accompany the choir for every performance.
Very near the completion of my degree, I knew I would enjoy tutoring more than formal teaching. It would crush me for somebody to fall behind in a class of twenty+ students. Good teachers make every bit of difference and it is because I understand what it is like to learn in a particularly way that I would necessarily and happily cater for one-to-one teaching.
Helping a student to untap their full potential is something that gives me great pleasure. I understand from my own history that every individual learns in a unique way, and once I have gotten to know a student, I utilise their ideal method of learning in order to make the best use of our time and to accelerate their understanding of their subject of choice. This also greatly aids in increasing a student's confidence in their own ability; which I have found is as important a factor as any when communicating new information with the goal for long-term retention. My enthusiasm is only paralleled by my dedication to see a student succeed, and I work together with my students to ensure they are both comfortable, and enjoying the teaching that I provide.
Tutoring is my method of giving something back, after all the assistance I have found on my own journey.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I do a considerable amount of singing in my life outside tutoring; something I have done for as long as I can remember. This includes performances both locally and nationally with my band and musicians I have met in all areas of my life.
I have also spent this past year as a Duke of Edinburgh's Award Diamond Ambassador in celebration of the 60th anniversary year of the award scheme. It has been a phenomenal year which has seen me giving speeches on my DofE experiences in front of royalty and celebrities at Buckingham Palace and the House of Lords; dinner with HRH The Duke of Edingburgh, and a televised interview with Phillip Schofield on ITV.
"He's an absolute star, we love him. He's exceptional." Mother of previous GCSE Maths student.
"I am pleased to inform you that my daughter was offered a place by NLC, Godolphin, Francis Holland, Queens Gate and Harrodian. She is on the waiting lists of Latymer and City." (Mother of 11+ student)
"Raph has been very instrumental on getting my daughter to reach her potential in Maths. He made it fun and easy for her to gain her confidence and improve dramatically. This shows on her exam results and overall performance in school. He is a great asset for Keystone." (Father of Year 6 student)
"Raph is outstanding".
"Thank you very much for coming to do the two and a half hours at such short notice. She sat the assessment yesterday and said she did find the maths paper really hard but that it had helped having the session with you and infact she said she learnt more in those two hours than she had the whole last year at school! I do think it helped her feel that little bit more confident about sitting the paper so thank you." (Mother of 14+ student)
'Raphael has been a wonderful addition to our week and he has managed to entertain all three girls with his approach to Maths. (Mother of three Maths students)
'I didn't realise that this week's lesson was the final one, and regret not having had the opportunity to thank you. Laura has really enjoyed her lessons with you and feels much more confident about her ability. The marks on her test papers have been consistently higher than previously and she is going into her exams expecting to perform well. Thank you so much for all the help and patience you have shown towards her. She particularly enjoyed how relaxed and fun your sessions together were. Her final GCSE Maths paper is today, and we will let you know how she got on when the results come out in August. As you know Laura is taking Maths AS level next year so, you never know, we may be back in touch!' Mother of GCSE Maths student
"Just wanted to let you know that we feel we have struck gold with Raph. Our son was really engaged for the first time in ages and my husband (who, like Raph, is also an astro-physicist) eavesdropped on part of the lesson and was really impressed." Mother of Alevel Maths student
'The first session went really well and we are so thrilled with Raphael. He has already developed a good rapport with the children and they've both told me how much they like him. I'm very grateful to you for finding us such a marvellous tutor.' (Mother of two primary Maths students)
"I just wanted to say the biggest thank you for finding us Raphael who came to meet my son yesterday evening and give him his first lesson. He was absolutely delightful and my son felt very at home with him straight away. Thank you." (Mother of iGCSE Maths student)
August 2013 - ''Raphael ensures the basic blocks for an understanding of Maths are in place he then builds on them, all the time increasing the student's success and confidence. He makes learning fun, Raphael instil a 'can do' attitude in his students.
We have no hesitation in recommending Raphael to students who want to improve their achievements in Maths and by definition all the other areas of their studies.
Raphael is a patient and committed tutor, he is able to share his passion for Maths as illuminated paths for even the least confident of students.''
October 2013 - ''Raphael did a great job of helping me to prepare for university at very short notice. Despite the maths I study being more specialised towards Economics, he was able to prepare lessons that covered the required material, whilst tailoring it to meet my specific needs.
He kept me motivated and also gave useful advice about revision and study skills which many students struggle with. Raphael was also very flexible and made himself available when I requested extra lessons which was extremely helpful.
In short, it was a pleasure to be taught by such a tutor who works hard to ensure that a student truly understands the work that they're doing and, genuinely cares about your progress.'' (Abigail, 1st-year Economics Degree student)