• 11+ Maths & Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams.
• 13+ Maths & Science: ISEB and public school entrance exams.
• GCSE/IGCSE Maths: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR.
• GCSE/IGCSE Science: AQA, CIE, Edexcel and OCR.
• A-Level Maths: Edexcel, OCR, CIE and AQA.
• IB and Pre-U Maths.
• Oxbridge Preparation (STEP and MAT)
I began tutoring informally while I was taking my GCSEs in 2009. I attended an all-ability school in Northern Ireland and typically found subjects much easier than my peers, so I began to teach those around me. This is where I initially developed a passion for teaching, and it inspired my school to introduce a program where older students could tutor younger students in a more formal fashion. Alongside this and outside of school, I offered private tutoring sessions to GCSE, and later A Level students.
I continued to tutor on moving to university. Throughout my four years at Imperial I tutored a range of ages both Maths and Science. At Timeline Tutorials and Study Centre I worked with students in Years 9, 10, 11, 12 and 13 helping them with preparation for their GCSEs and A Levels in both Maths and Physics.
In my third year at Imperial, I was offered the opportunity to complete a teacher training course at the university which enabled me to teach a GCSE Further Maths class at Pimlico Academy. I have also tutored at university level at Imperial College assisting first year Maths undergraduate students delivering tutorials and one-on-one intensive catch-up sessions.
Since joining Keystone in 2016, I have specialised in tutoring A-level Maths while also tutoring Maths at lower levels and Science at 13+ and GCSE. In the 2017-2018 academic year, I tutored 19 A-level Maths/Further Maths students, and in a typical week I would now spend just less than 30 hours teaching students in years 12 and 13, or students who are resitting their A-levels. I also teach for the MAT and STEP, which are admissions tests used to select applicants to Maths courses at Cambridge, Oxford, Imperial College and other top universities. In addition, I have helped facilitate courses for the MAT run by Oxford and Imperial College on 5 occasions, after graduating from Imperial College myself.
In a given week, I currently spend around 20 hours tutoring online, so I have a lot of experience with this medium and stand by its effectiveness; it is certainly no compromise when compared to face-to-face tutoring.
I am very passionate tutor and hugely enjoy helping students to engage with, better understand and, ultimately, feel more confident in both Maths and Science.
After going to school in Northern Ireland, where I studied maths (A*), further maths (A*), physics (A) and biology (A) at A-level, I went to Imperial College London to study mathematics in a 4-year Master's degree, achieving first class honours.
While at school and university, I tutored part-time and so have built up a vast amount of experience since 2009. I joined Keystone in 2016 as a professional tutor, which allows me to solely devote my attention to tutoring. Since then, I have had over 1600 hours of tutorials.
It is my fundamental belief that making lessons interesting for my students is crucial in effective teaching. This is especially so for mathematics, where a huge amount of learning takes place while students are doing unassisted exercises. Through my encouraging and animated approach to tutorials, I aim to instil a passion in my students, so that they will respond to such exercises with enthusiasm and confidence.
I feel that the needs of every student are unique and that one-on-one tutoring offers the ideal environment to adapt to individual students' learning styles. Personally, I love the process of forming questions that are tailored to specific students in order to give them a deeper insight into a topic. In my view, this is an art, especially with students who are already on A or A* grades, as it can be quite challenging for a tutor to come up with questions that are pitched correctly: Pitch the level too low and the student is bored and doesn't learn anything new. Pitch too high, and the student won't be able to fully engage with the material, meaning the tutor will have to do most of the work for the student, and so it is of little value to them. But pitch the question just right and the student learns something new and, crucially, learns by going through their own thought process, meaning that they are much more likely to be able to recall the key ideas later.
Ideally, I want my students to feel that every new topic or idea that they come across is something that they could have invented themselves, given enough time and the correct initial line of thought. Therefore, when time allows, I tend to teach the reason behind each formula and result that we use in Maths, rather than just teaching how to apply this to a question. With my more able students, I even encourage the student to derive these results themselves, with some assistance, where necessary. In recent years, Maths exams at GCSE and A-level have tended to increase in difficulty and I feel, now more than ever, the extra understanding afforded by learning in this manner is of paramount importance in setting students up for the more difficult questions on their paper; when an unfamiliar or particularly difficult question appears in a paper, students with a deep understanding will be more able to adapt than students who have just been 'taught to the exam.'
What I do when I am not tutoring
Outside tutoring and maths, I enjoy travelling and playing piano. I am also interested in projects that aim to reduce discrimination and sectarianism in Northern Ireland. I have facilitated events in schools with 'Young People Leading Change' and have volunteered for 'Hands for a Bridge' and the Red Cross.
I wanted to let you know that my daughter came down to supper last night absolutely buzzing after your tutorial. She is so enjoying your lessons and loves the fact that you are happy to explain to her how various formulae and rules work rather than just telling her to accept these at face value. Thank you so much for inspiring her and indulging her intellectually - it is just what she needs. - Mother of GCSE student
''Greg is great! X immensely enjoys his tuition with him.''
(Mother of MAT and STEP student)
''I would like to thank you very much for all the tuition you have given X over the past year. Your passion for your subject is infectious and X has very much enjoyed being taught by you. Never did I think she would come to enjoy Maths lessons! You have been one of best tutors we have had...''
(Mother of IGCSE Maths student)
''I can't believe how much my Maths has improved thanks to you.''
(GCSE Maths Student)
''We are planning to send X to MPW in September for 6th form, taking up Physics and Ancient History and completing an EPQ. He would like to continue with his Maths and Further Maths with you, rather than start the Maths course with MPW. This reflects the enjoyment he gets from his classes with you.''
(Mother of homeschooled A-Level Maths student.)
''Thank you very much for [the lesson] I found it very helpful.''
(Student at Duke University studying Linear Algebra)
''Delighted with the way things are going.''
(Father of homeschooled A-Level Maths student.)
''All great this morning. X liked Greg very much [...] I’ve also mentioned my daughter to Greg. She’s at St Pauls’ Girls School studying math and further math. She’s very able, but think it would be good for her to have some time with Greg.'' (Mother of Physics-Major student at Duke university (working on linear algebra).)
''Thank you so much, Greg. You’ve been a tremendous help to X. We are very grateful and wish you all the best'' (Mother of a Singaporean IGCSE Maths and Biology student)
''I wanted to let you know that X came down to supper last night absolutely buzzing after your tutorial. X is so enjoying your lessons and loves the fact that you are happy to explain to her how various formulae and rules work rather than just telling her to accept these at face value. Thank you so much for inspiring her and indulging her intellectually - it is just what she needs.'' (Mother of Year 11 Maths FSMQ student.)
''A* in maths and further maths. Has got his place to do Natural Sciences at Durham. We were very pleased with Greg, his tutor.'' (Mother of A-Level Maths and Further Maths student)
''We are all delighted with X's results (A* in both Maths and Further Maths), due in no small part to working directly with you. I am in no doubt that the one to one made the difference for him so well done you too.'' (Mother of A-Level Maths and Further Maths Homeschooling student)
''I just want to say thank you SO much for tutoring me for those few months, I couldn't have done it otherwise [...] I will 100% recommend you to my year below friends.'' (A-Level Maths student)
''I just want to thank you for helping X get a good grade (B)! We are very happy.'' (Mother of A-Level Maths student)
''I just wanted to let you know that the feedback from X on his two day science course was very positive. He said the teaching was great and he felt it was a positive and helpful thing to do.'' (Mother of student who attended 13+ Science course)
''Thank you once again for your efforts with X, she really enjoys your lessons'' (Mother of A-Level Maths student)
''X has given very positive feedback to me about Greg. She particular likes the way he focuses on understanding rather than rote learning. There is no doubt that X not only learns more with Greg, but enjoys the lessons far more than those at school.'' (Mother of A-Level Maths student)
''X very much enjoyed her tutorial with you this morning and found it most helpful.'' (Mother of A-Level Maths student)
''Greg went above and beyond what you would expect of a maths tutor.'' (Student at Imperial College London)
''I would highly recommend Greg without a shadow of a doubt because his tuition has given me excellent foundations for the remaining years of my degree which, without him, would not be as strong as they are now!'' (Student at Imperial College London)
''Thank you for all your help in the past term, it really made my first term and first time here at Imperial much easier. Merry Christmas and have a wonderful holiday!'' (Student at Imperial College London)