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July 11
Reflections on tutoring 2011- 2012

Perhaps it is too early to be writing on this subject since the examination results will not be published for another month or so. However tutoring in my view has never been solely about preparing for public examinations even though they are important to students and parents alike. On this front I do expect to see them all achieve the results that they need.

Equally I hope they have enjoyed the work we have done together and had a measure of fun along the way. I certainly did. Over the past 12 months I have worked with eight students on a regular basis at least once a week.  Two students were working with the GCSE syllabus and four with the A level syllabus.  The remaining two are following an IB based syllabus.  I find this wide range of topics and levels very satisfying to tutor. 

Of particular interest this year has been the A level S1 and S2 Statistics modules which subjects I had not covered for some time and the Geometry course in the American system.  I found the rigorous approach in the McDougal Littell Jurgensen Geometry book both challenging and stimulating.

There was also a high demand for tutoring in Mechanics M1 and M2 as well as the core modules C1 to C4 which I have covered for many years and which together with Mechanics is my speciality.  Sadly I have not been asked to cover Further Maths this year.

On the materials front I have used Wolfram Mathematica, Wolfram Alpha, Cabri and a plotting application on a mobile phone - but for me there is no substitute for paper and pencil which are the mainstay tools of all Mathematicians!


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