I found tutoring completely by accident, but once I started tutoring I could never get enough of it! I took a pay cut and left my full time job to become a tutor. I have made up for that initial pay cut and I now tutor full time as a dedicated professional.
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- Over 10 years (more than 5000 hours) of one to one tuition.
- 4 years of online tuition.
- 7 years experience of live-in residential tutoring with families.
- Teaching assistant at London primary and secondary schools.
- Specialist Graduate Marker for GCSE exam scripts.
- PhD : Tribology, Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London.
- MEng : Mechanical Engineering, Imperial College London.
- Mechanical Engineer : Rolls Royce Plc. Trainee roles in Design and Manufacturing.
- Business Analyst (Software) : CRU Group London. Modelling long term metal commodity price forecasts.
- PRS registered performing musician
My story – Growing up all over the world and a terrible start at Maths
There I was at a new school in a new country, new language and new syllabus…again. By the age of 11 I had been in 5 different schools across 4 countries. I was quietly slipping behind in maths and at age 13 I failed my end of year maths exam. Luckily my dad had been a maths tutor before he had joined the Indian Diplomatic service and was shocked to see me slip so far behind. I only knew one thing at the time though, and that was that my summer holidays were sure over!
Dad woke me up daily early every morning (while my siblings slept) and tutored me one to one maths for a whole month. I slowly became better and better at maths and there really was no looking back after that. I passed my re-take with flying colours and the foundation that dad had set meant I was never, ever again to struggle at maths. I lived in Yemen, Libya, Kenya and India and learnt to live and deal with an incredible amount of culture. My eventual home was to be in London when I started school in Year 11 at the age of 15.
Imperial College London and singing in a rock band
In 2005 I graduated from Imperial College London with a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the Tribology department. My PhD was sponsored by Smiths Aerospace and the DTi. I looked the sealing mechanisms for actuator seals in aircrafts. And as part of my PhD I built an experimental rig made out of glass and used optics for peering into the sealing mechanisms.
In 1999 I had completed my undergraduate degree there in Mechanical Engineering. In that time I had been a teaching volunteer for two local state schools, a primary and a secondary. I had run undergraduate laboratories and tutored one to one guitar to students. My biggest passion at university was to be a musician. I bought an acoustic guitar at the late age of 19 and taught myself until I could play songs. A few years later I formed a rock band at Imperial College and I have now been singing and playing guitar in it for 15 years.
Why I chose to become a tutor?
After getting a degree and PhD in the UKs most prestigious Technology University I got some really cool jobs, I have worked for Rolls Royce Plc and in the City designing Economic Software models. But I left my city job voluntarily (at a time when people were hanging on to their jobs because of the recession) to tutor children.
I enjoy tutoring because of the difference I can make to children’s lives, and by that to their families lives. I do this because of the many letters, emails, texts I get thanking me of the difference I make. I do this because of the things I myself learn from being involved with different people and families. I have done teaching or tutoring in state schools, independent schools and even in a village in India where my grandfather grew up. I amass new and fascinating experiences year on year, and things always get better and ever more interesting. With online tuition I’m connecting to different parts of the world in real time.