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Joshua B.

Degree: Mathematics (Masters) - Durham University

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About me

Hi! I’m Josh, a third year at Durham University on a four-year Mathematics course. I’ve always loved Maths, and I’ve always excelled at it, too. I got 100% in both my Maths IGCSE and A-Level. Not only did I do Further Maths, but I also studied outside of lessons to get a third A-Level in Additional Further Maths. I've been tutoring on MyTutor for over a year now, and in that time I've helped a wide range of students to reach their potential. My feedback speaks for itself, as do the number of tutorials I have had. I tutor most of my students on a weekly basis, but I've also done a number of tutorials on a more limited and intensive basis, particularly around exam time in June. I also have a lot of offline experience of working with children and young adults. I’ve volunteered at Cub and Scout Troops continuously since 2010, and as soon as I turned 18 I was asked to establish a small Troop of my own, to help deal with an excess of wannabe Scouts. I also spent a summer in China teaching English to 8-14 year olds, despite not speaking any Chinese, so I’m used to teaching in challenging circumstances. I hope that tutoring you will prove to be slightly less difficult.

About my sessions

At the end of the day, the sessions are all about you. There is no point in me teaching you things that you already find easy, so I will always try to focus on what you want me to cover. You’ll get as much out of these tutoring sessions as you put in, and it is always worth bearing that in mind. I find that it is much easier to learn new things in Maths when you are enjoying yourself, rather than just enduring the subject, so I will endeavour to make our sessions as fun as I can. I am also a strong believer in active participation. An hour can feel like a long, long time if I am just spending it talking at you, so I will not do that. Instead, I will continually try to get you involved, whether that is by solving problems on screen or by describing to me verbally your thought processes. I cater to people of all levels, particularly at GCSE and A-Level, but also to students in lower years who may be struggling. If you find Maths extremely difficult, I will focus on shoring up your basics and ensuring that you are confident with those before moving onto more difficult topics, and exam techniques. If you are reasonably competent at the subject, but have found yourself consistently getting lower marks than you expect, then I will work on finding out where your problems lie. I will then help you to shore them up, and hopefully by doing that, your grade will go up by a grade boundary or two. If you’re aiming for the high A/A*s, then I will help to push and challenge you. I was just like that when I was doing my exams, so I know exactly where you’re coming from, and I know how to stretch you and help you to excel. If you want to know more, please feel free to send me a message or book a “Meet the Tutor Session”. Please include details of your level, what your problems are, and your exam board. I hope to work with you soon!

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
Further Mathematics A Level £30 /hr
Maths A Level £30 /hr
Maths GCSE £30 /hr

Qualifications

SubjectQualificationLevelGrade
MathematicsA-levelA2A*
Further MathematicsA-levelA2A*
Additional Further MathematicsA-levelA2A*
LatinA-levelA2A
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20/01/2014

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Ratings and reviews

4.9from 129 customer reviews

Andrea (Parent)

Very friendly and helpful and most importantly patient! He took a lot of time to got over concepts with me to make sure I understood them and ultimately helped me get an A* in both Maths and Further Maths.

Pauline (Parent) June 7 2017

Thank you Josh - you have been a great support. I hope David will do you proud tomorrow!! Hope your exams go well too. Pauline.

Felix (Student) April 20 2017

Had a great couple of lessons with Joshua. He explains things well and has lots of good tips to improve accuracy and time efficiency when answering maths exam questions.

Zahida (Parent) April 19 2017

Really good session, explained everything thoroughly
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Questions Joshua has answered

How do I expand (3x + 6)(x + 2) ?

Firstly, this is a classic GCSE question that crops up time and again, so it's worth making sure that you can expand brackets blindfolded and with your arms tied behind your back before you walk into the exam. These can be easy marks in the bag every time and once you've got the hang of it, th...

Firstly, this is a classic GCSE question that crops up time and again, so it's worth making sure that you can expand brackets blindfolded and with your arms tied behind your back before you walk into the exam. These can be easy marks in the bag every time and once you've got the hang of it, they're not too difficult.

The trick to expanding brackets is to always remember FOIL. That's First, Outside, Inside and Last. Now what does that mean? I hear you ask. Well each of the letters in FOIL refer to a different pair of numbers in the bracket.

The F stands for First. What this means is that you need to multiply the first numbers in the brackets together. The first thing in the first bracket is 3x and the first thing in the second bracket is x, so multiply these together to get 3x^2.

The O stands Outside. If we think of the brackets together now, we can see that there are two things on the outside of the brackets, and that is the 3x and the 2. We now multiply these together to get 6x.

The I stands for Inside. Just as we did for the Outside numbers, we imagine the two brackets as one thing, but this time we take the two Inside numbers. In our example, this is 6 and x. Multiply these two together to get 6x.

Finally, L stands for Last. Remember when we multiplied the the First two numbers in each bracket together? Now we just multiply the Last two numbers in each bracket together. Here they are 6 and 2, so we multiply them to get 12.

Now we have our four numbers, we simply add them all together to get our result:

(3x + 6)(x + 2) = F + O + I + L

=3x^2 + 6x + 6x + 12

=3x^2 + 12x + 12

That's the trick to expanding brackets. Just follow the simple steps every time and you've got full marks every time!

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