Claire is an inspiring full time online tutor with over nine years’ classroom experience, Teach First qualified. She aims to motivate every student and provide them with the opportunities they require to succeed.
Primarily Teaches: 11+ Maths, 13+ Maths, GCSE Maths, AS/A Level Maths
• 11+ Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams and pre-tests
• 13+ Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• KS3 Maths
• GCSE/IGCSE Maths: all exam boards
• 16+ Maths: public school entrance exams
• A-level: all exam boards
• IB Studies, IB Standard Level and IB MYP
• Other School Entrance (10+ Maths, 10+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, 12+ Maths, 12+ Non-Verbal Reasoning, 14+ and occasional entry)
• Numerical Skills Test for Teacher Training
• Sandhurst Officer (AOSB) Tests
I qualified as an outstanding teacher through the internationally renowned and highly competitive Teach First scheme. It was here that I discovered my enjoyment of teaching, particularly when my students consistently achieved higher grades than anticipated. In the past few years I have focused on assisting high performing students through my various roles, one being the Gifted and Talented coordinator focusing on Oxbridge applications and Extended Project Qualifications. My previous teaching role as Lead of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics focused on ensuring an excellent standard of teaching and learning was maintained not only in my Mathematics Department, but across the school. My most recent teaching position was at St Paul's Girls' School in Hammersmith.
I have tutored online, multiple students through their 13+ entrance exams in order to gain places at English boarding schools, including academic scholarships being offered. Through intensive sessions, we covered all areas examined, focusing on the mastering the methods first and then moving onto typical exam questions, including problem solving for each area.
I have tutored online many international students through their 16+ entrance exams to ensure that they achieved the required grade to attend Sixth Form in England. In sessions, we focus on a set scheme of work which covers key topics in the IGCSE syllabus since many schools don’t cover all of the areas that 16+ exams contain, including the problem solving elements.
I have tutored an 11+ student who was a naturally gifted mathematician although surprisingly not methodical in her approaches when necessary. We initially started to work on topics such as shape and time, which she struggled with, and then progressed onto strategies to approach questions which required her to be disciplined and precise in her working and layout. I also identified that all the ‘silly mistakes’ she made were in the first ‘easier’ 80% of the paper, and using engagement techniques to motivate no ‘silly mistakes’, she was soon getting full marks in the first 80% of the paper. This, alongside keen communication with parents and past paper guidance and timetabling meant that she was able to achieve entry to all the schools that she applied for.
I have tutored a Year 12 student taking AS Level mathematics who achieved a B grade at IGCSE. The initial aim of the sessions was to ensure that the student passed a mathematics test which would allow them to continue the AS Level course (since they did not get the usual required A or A* IGCSE grade). After this was passed, the objective was to ensure his smooth progression through the rest of the syllabus. Since the learner was reluctant to undertaken his own revision, the sessions needed to be engaging so that he began to enjoy mathematics and would want to revise outside of tutorials. Through my personality and positive relationship with the student, he began to see the value of studying and enjoy the high level mathematics that he was learning.
I have tutored multiple Year 10 and 11 students who have been aiming for A* grades at GCSE and IGCSE. Although these students were naturally gifted, they perhaps did not revise as much as they could have. This meant that the aims of the sessions were to really push the academic ability beyond a methodical learning technique. It was here that using my knowledge of the syllabus, experience as a GCSE examiner and also how to best scaffold and guide complex problem solving questions, delving into the skills required at A Level, I was able to ensure top results were achieved. Alongside the outstanding grades, the students were then also able to perform extremely well at their chosen A Level subjects, which for some included further mathematics.
I have tutored an adult learner who wanted to take GCSE mathematics in order to facilitate a late career change. The student lacked a lot of confidence and by using my friendly and approachable character, I was able to reassure her and regain her belief in her mathematical skills. By constantly assessing her strengths and weaknesses, I could then make a unique and detailed plan of what would need to be covered in our sessions. I also guided her through evaluating and getting the most out of her home learning in order to achieve the pass mark she needed.
I have tutored a young female athlete GCSE statistics who was only receiving one lesson a week in school. She was a very capable student in GCSE mathematics, but due to the nature of the statistics GCSE course and it being slightly more definition based, she needed extra guidance on her study skills, which also needed to fit around her demanding training schedule. By getting to know her unique learning style and habits, alongside connecting with her through our mutual love of sport, she was able to fly through the course alongside maintaining her other commitments.
I have tutored online, an AS student through his exam periods. By initially focusing on individual topics within the AS specification and then once mastery of those topics were achieved, we moved onto challenging exam questions to ensure that he was able to answer A grade questions. I was able to build a great rapport with the student and this enabled him to improve significantly on his own communication skills in general and around mathematics itself, something vital for university interviews.
I have tutored online, an A2 student through his exam periods. By initially focusing on his retakes in some of his AS modules, we eventually moved onto his A2 modules. I quickly identified that he made silly mistakes by rushing, not reading questions properly and overcomplicating easier questions. By addressing these in the appropriate way, he was quickly able to tackle all AS problems that he had been struggling with and then eventually A2 topics.
I have a tutored a Year 11 student the additional maths qualification as he was only receiving once a week lunchtime tutorials. I set up a detailed scheme of work, to compliment his IGCSE maths that I was also tutoring him for, which included both teaching time and consolidation practice. The student lacked some basic algebra knowledge which I quickly identified and rectified. Following on from this, silly mistakes were the main issue which we worked on by using varying strategies that did not rely on the prompting of myself to alert him to the error.
I have tutored a Year 9 student who was an intelligent and methodical mathematician but he struggled with worded problems. We worked through content from his school work that he struggled with, often introducing GCSE exam questions. I consistently focused on improving his approach to worded problems by breaking down keywords and encouraging his own note taking style of a question. He rapidly improved and worded questions were no longer an issue.
I have tutored a mature student successfully through the maths requirements for the Sandhurst Officer tests (AOSB). We focused on the quantitative reasoning tests, developing tricks to increase the speed at which they could answer speed distance time questions. We also worked on ways to present their planning exercises solutions.
I have tutored a mature student successfully through the numeracy skills tests for teacher training. We focused on making sure she knew the appropriate tricks to be able to answer the mental maths sections quickly and calmly. We also worked on ensuring her familiarity with the electronic format of the test and the written arithmetic and data areas needed by practicing with multiple resources I made available.
Having grown up in Yorkshire, I completed my secondary education in Spain where I received a scholarship to study maths, physics, biology and geography A-Levels at The Lady Elizabeth School. I then graduated from Imperial College in 2011 with an Engineering degree and I am currently in my eighth year of tutoring mathematics full time alongside being an official GCSE exam marker. I have previously been the Lead of Teaching and Learning in Mathematics, a Head of Year 12, a Key Stage 5 Mathematics Coordinator and a Key Stage 5 Guidance and Extended Studies Coordinator focusing on Oxbridge applications and the Extended Project Qualification.
My experience as a professional tutor, exam marker and a teacher over the last eight years has given me many of the skills necessary to successfully tutor students of all ages alongside allowing me to further my commitment in providing all students with the opportunities they require to succeed.
One of my primary responsibilities is the social and physical well-being of my students. I use my character and personality to respond to the needs of pupils and I have a holistic view of my students which allows me to tailor any mentoring or intervention that I put in place. I have an amazing relationship with all of my pupils with them consistently discovering that maths is indeed their favourite subject!
I am currently focused on enhancing my online tutoring experience whilst enjoying skiing, climbing and walking holidays in my free time. I am a keen cyclist, netball player and runner and most of my free time is dedicated to these sports or reading historical fiction.
“My son really enjoys his lessons with Claire. She explains difficult concepts clearly and he is eager to learn more and be challenged. Claire is fun, patient and encouraging. We’ve been doing extra lessons while school is out and she keeps him motivated to learn. We’re really lucky to have found such a great tutor!” (Mother of a Year 7 student in Hong Kong - online lessons)
"Thank you very much for introducing Claire. She has already visited our home twice to give my daughter lessons. Starting next month, the lessons will be online. However, through observing these first two sessions, I believe Claire has excellent focus and offered very productive instruction. Whether in person for an hour, or online, we believe the lessons will be rich in content. Once again, thank you for finding a tutor to meet our needs." (Mother of Year 4 student)
'Claire was an extraordinary tutor. My daughter had a few sessions before her GCSEs to cover areas she found tricky and she always came away singing and bright and optimistic. She said she was the best tutor she has ever had. She gained a 9 for her maths and an A* for further maths and look forward to using her again for maths A Level.' -IGCSE and FMSQ
'Claire tutored my daughter through her AS and A Level maths. After having tried a few different tutors, Claire immediately found a method of teaching that suited my daughter perfectly. My daughter got a grade that all of us were very proud of and that without Claire’s tutoring, she definitely wouldn’t have got. I’ve asked Claire to now tutor my other daughter for her GCSE maths. Thank you Claire.' -A LEVEL
'Claire helped our son achieve a Grade 8 result in IGCSE mathematics this summer. Her thoroughness and drive raised his enthusiasm for the subject immensely. Claire is totally reliable and committed to achieving the best possible outcomes for her students and matches their learning needs with an understanding of their temperament and personality. Our son was full of praise for his experience of being taught by Claire and will now be going on to study maths in the Sixth Form. Thank you so much Claire, he wouldn’t have done it without you!' -IGCSE
'I got an 8 in maths and an A in further maths, overall I’m really satisfied, these were the results I was gunning for. Thanks Claire, I couldn’t have done it without you!' -IGCSE
'My son fell seriously ill less than three months before the IGCSE exams took place. His school kindly arranged a scribe for him. Claire is a very experienced and professional maths tutor. Apart from revising the syllabuses with my son, she was very patient in practicing as a scribe for him so that he can get used to the arrangement as soon as possible. As a result, my son got the highest attainable grade both in maths and further maths. We can’t thank Claire more for her kind support and guidance during our son’s most difficult period in life thus far.’ -IGCSE
'Claire is a fantastic tutor, friendly and positive. Claire quickly built up a rapport with my daughter which was great, as initially she was a little nervous at the prospect of working with a stranger online. Lessons with Claire are fun and highly productive. My daughter's maths improved very quickly to the point that she was considerably ahead of her year, and had gained the confidence to use her mental arithmetic skills where before she was afraid of being incorrect.' -11+
'Claire’s online sessions were certainly most enjoyable and enhancing! The fast-paced learning style resulted in my massive progress over the short course of a week. The prep set for me were effective, ultimately improving my arithmetic ability and enhancing my question processing skills! Claire’s patience and guidance make the sessions much more interesting and joyful to take part, I hope to have more sessions with her in the future!' -Year 9
'Many thanks Claire for your marvellous lessons, and for helping our son so much. He loves maths, partly to you. We will miss you, and wish you every success in both, your professional and personal life.' -16+
'Teachers like you are very rare & difficult to find! Take care of yourself & good luck for the future!' -IGCSE
'Claire has been tutoring our daughter, an A-level student. Once weekly lessons are delivered online as we live outside the UK. We are really impressed by her tutoring style, organization, and explanations which are very helpful for our daughter. She always contacts two days before the lesson to agree on the topic. Claire also provides email support as and when required. We are hoping to continue this tutoring until June 2019 when our daughter will complete her A-levels. We would highly recommend Claire for mathematics tutoring to any A-level student.' -A LEVEL
'She thoroughly enjoyed her lessons with you and although she was poorly, she was happy to carry on with the classes. She told me she misses your teaching and would really love to have you back! I hope you don't mind us requesting you again and hope you'll be able to take her back on, if that's needed in the future after her exams. Once again thank you so much for your support, much appreciated. She feels that she has learnt a lot from your classes!' -16+
'Thank you so much for your kindness and teaching Claire. Our daughter had a comment added regarding her maths section on her 13+ entrance exam: ‘She performed very well across the paper. There were no gaps in her knowledge and her algebra and number work were outstanding. Her problem solving was also strong.’' -13+
‘My son achieved an A* in his mathematics this term. The level is very very high in his school and this is a great achievement. We think that Claire has contributed greatly to this, because she is teaching him so well and helping him to work out maths problems in a very clear way. We think she is a fabulous teacher!’ -IGCSE
'Claire has a lot of patience and understanding which enables me to learn maths at a pace that is suitable for me. Claire’s passion for teaching mathematics gives me the incentive to learn more about mathematics.' -16+
'Claire is a fantastic maths tutor. Our son has improved a lot and trusts Claire. He regularly gets A* in maths in a highly academic school. We have hired Claire for this whole academic year and if possible, to help our son prepare for his maths A-Level next year because she is extremely reliable, punctual, professional, responsible and organised.' -IGCSE
'Claire helped my daughter with maths exam technique at 11+ and we found her work outstanding. Claire’s preparation and the extent of her material was impressive and her high standards consistent at every lesson as well as her focus on the areas of improvement. The results were very good, highly recommended!' -11+
'’X’s metamorphosis not only in her maths performance in school but her own personal attitude towards it has been nothing short of miraculous. A major part of my turnaround efforts had to do with getting Claire on board and X has responded to Claire very well. Claire is stern, challenging but also personable and patient, and after a couple of months, they have built a good, trusting rapport.' -Year 7
'9 for maths and an A* for further maths. Thank you so much for your help. She really enjoyed her sessions with you. Came out smiling and buzzing. Amazing!' -IGCSE and FMSQ