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Hi I'm Sian and I am an ex secondary school Maths teacher, turned full time tutor. I have a PGCE with Qualified Teaching Status from Newman University, and a BSc (First class) in Medical Studies from the University of Birmingham. I tutor Biology and Maths at GCSE level,  although I am looking forward to adding Maths at A Level in the near future

My whole academic life has felt like a series of exams, so I can understand that you may be stressed and you may even be doubting your own ability. However, I believe that with hard work, a sense of humour and a friendly teaching style, success can be achieved minus the frustration and exhaustion. I'd like to show you the exciting side of learning and get you passionate about your subject in order to help you get your top grades!

I have a wide range of experience with different pupils of varied abilities through my teaching career, MyTutor, private tuition, Explore Learning Centres, and teaching abroad. You can feel at ease knowing you are in capable hands. I want to help you think and work smart, so if you are interested in being tutored by me, please drop me an email and we can arrange a free meet the tutor session.

Hi I'm Sian and I am an ex secondary school Maths teacher, turned full time tutor. I have a PGCE with Qualified Teaching Status from Newman University, and a BSc (First class) in Medical Studies from the University of Birmingham. I tutor Biology and Maths at GCSE level,  although I am looking forward to adding Maths at A Level in the near future

My whole academic life has felt like a series of exams, so I can understand that you may be stressed and you may even be doubting your own ability. However, I believe that with hard work, a sense of humour and a friendly teaching style, success can be achieved minus the frustration and exhaustion. I'd like to show you the exciting side of learning and get you passionate about your subject in order to help you get your top grades!

I have a wide range of experience with different pupils of varied abilities through my teaching career, MyTutor, private tuition, Explore Learning Centres, and teaching abroad. You can feel at ease knowing you are in capable hands. I want to help you think and work smart, so if you are interested in being tutored by me, please drop me an email and we can arrange a free meet the tutor session.

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About my sessions

How do I prepare, structure, and deliver sessions? We will look at examples/concepts to build up a good base knowledge, however you learn best is how I will teach it (think about your learning style). After this we can work on practice questions - real life problems are increasingly common in the new 9-1 GCSE, so focusing on these is excellent practice. Nearer exam time we will focus on exam papers. I compile resources, questions, exam papers (I have a very big bank of resources from my tutoring/teaching career) so that our sessions are as useful and varied as possible. I have a lot of experience in explaining difficult concepts simply, and my preparation focuses on ensuring you leave a session feeling much more confident than when you came in.

How do I measure your progress so that you can achieve your goals? First I need to know what your goals are; what grade are you aiming for? Once I know that, I can tailor my preparation, resources, and delivery of the session itself to you. As your tutor I feel it is important to stress that you are my priority, and that your achievement is paramount - I want to boost your confidence, reassure you when you mess a question up, and give you a reality check if you get lazy on me! I will use a variety of mini tests before each main topic, and again for after; this will help us visualise your progress and pick up on any areas for improvement.

How do I prepare, structure, and deliver sessions? We will look at examples/concepts to build up a good base knowledge, however you learn best is how I will teach it (think about your learning style). After this we can work on practice questions - real life problems are increasingly common in the new 9-1 GCSE, so focusing on these is excellent practice. Nearer exam time we will focus on exam papers. I compile resources, questions, exam papers (I have a very big bank of resources from my tutoring/teaching career) so that our sessions are as useful and varied as possible. I have a lot of experience in explaining difficult concepts simply, and my preparation focuses on ensuring you leave a session feeling much more confident than when you came in.

How do I measure your progress so that you can achieve your goals? First I need to know what your goals are; what grade are you aiming for? Once I know that, I can tailor my preparation, resources, and delivery of the session itself to you. As your tutor I feel it is important to stress that you are my priority, and that your achievement is paramount - I want to boost your confidence, reassure you when you mess a question up, and give you a reality check if you get lazy on me! I will use a variety of mini tests before each main topic, and again for after; this will help us visualise your progress and pick up on any areas for improvement.

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Naveed Parent from Wembley Lesson review 10 Dec, 19:00

10 Dec

She was really helpful with the questions that i did not understand

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Daniel Parent from Guilford Lesson review 12 Jul, 09:15

12 Jul

My daughter has only had one lesson so far but we are definitely booking more.

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Ian Parent from Lutterworth Lesson review 14 Jun, 13:00

14 Jun

Thank you so much for helping me! I feel a lot more confident now :)

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Ian Parent from Lutterworth Lesson review 28 Apr, 11:00

28 Apr

It was really useful and i learned a lot by doing examples

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
MathematicsA-level (A2)A*
BiologyA-level (A2)A*
ChemistryA-level (A2)A*
UKCATUni admission test720
Secondary Mathematics Teaching PGCEOtherPASS

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
BiologyGCSE£36 /hr
MathsGCSE£36 /hr

Questions Sian has answered

How can I simplify the cardiac cycle?

The cardiac cycle can be confusing at first, however it's important to remember that the heart is a muscle and so to carry out its function it has two main steps; diastole (relaxation) and systole (contraction), just like any other muscle.Visualise the heart as a square with four chambers separated by a +. The top half are the atria and the bottom are the ventricles. For the purpose of this explanation I will just talk about the right side of the heart (the left is exactly the same, I just don't want to confuse anyone with different valve names)1. VENTRICLE DIASTOLE (EARLY): During diastole the ventricle relaxes, equalising pressure and so blood enters the atrium from the vena cava (the main vein) and fills it.2. VENTRICLE FILLING (LATE DIASTOLE): When the pressure gets too high the valve (tricuspid valve) between the atrium and the ventricle is pushed open, like a door, allowing blood to rush into the ventricle. 3. ATRIAL SYSTOLE: Meanwhile the sinoatrial node (SAN), which is the battery of the heart, sends out electric signals across the atria. This signal causes the atria to contract and force even more blood into the ventricle until it is packed full of blood.Note that this causes the pressure to rise in the ventricle so much that the tricuspid valve is forced shut with a LUB (the first sound from the LUB DUB heart sounds) , just like wind slamming a door shut4. VENTRICLE SYSTOLE (EARLY): Remember that signal from the SAN? Well it's back- it has now spread from the atria to another node between the atria and the ventricles called, funnily enough, the atrioventricular node (AVN), which conducts the electric signal along nerves (Purkinje fibres) running down the centre of the heart (the septum) and into the ventricle muscle causing an enormous contraction!5. VENTRICULE EJECTION (LATE SYSTOLE): This electric signal causes the ventricular muscle to contract with incredibly high force, pushing large volumes of blood up and out of the ventricle through the pulmonary valveAnd then everything relaxes again, allowing the atria to fill and the pulmonary valve is slammed shut due to pressure, creating the DUB from LUB DUB heart sounds. So to summarise: ventricular diastole fills atria --> ventricular diastole fills ventricle --> atrial systole fills ventricle that tiny bit more due to SAN signals --> ventricular systole due to AVN signals causes muscle contraction --> ventricular systole causes blood to be ejected --> and then ventricular diastole again!A diagram would simplify this more, let me know if you would like one!  The cardiac cycle can be confusing at first, however it's important to remember that the heart is a muscle and so to carry out its function it has two main steps; diastole (relaxation) and systole (contraction), just like any other muscle.Visualise the heart as a square with four chambers separated by a +. The top half are the atria and the bottom are the ventricles. For the purpose of this explanation I will just talk about the right side of the heart (the left is exactly the same, I just don't want to confuse anyone with different valve names)1. VENTRICLE DIASTOLE (EARLY): During diastole the ventricle relaxes, equalising pressure and so blood enters the atrium from the vena cava (the main vein) and fills it.2. VENTRICLE FILLING (LATE DIASTOLE): When the pressure gets too high the valve (tricuspid valve) between the atrium and the ventricle is pushed open, like a door, allowing blood to rush into the ventricle. 3. ATRIAL SYSTOLE: Meanwhile the sinoatrial node (SAN), which is the battery of the heart, sends out electric signals across the atria. This signal causes the atria to contract and force even more blood into the ventricle until it is packed full of blood.Note that this causes the pressure to rise in the ventricle so much that the tricuspid valve is forced shut with a LUB (the first sound from the LUB DUB heart sounds) , just like wind slamming a door shut4. VENTRICLE SYSTOLE (EARLY): Remember that signal from the SAN? Well it's back- it has now spread from the atria to another node between the atria and the ventricles called, funnily enough, the atrioventricular node (AVN), which conducts the electric signal along nerves (Purkinje fibres) running down the centre of the heart (the septum) and into the ventricle muscle causing an enormous contraction!5. VENTRICULE EJECTION (LATE SYSTOLE): This electric signal causes the ventricular muscle to contract with incredibly high force, pushing large volumes of blood up and out of the ventricle through the pulmonary valveAnd then everything relaxes again, allowing the atria to fill and the pulmonary valve is slammed shut due to pressure, creating the DUB from LUB DUB heart sounds. So to summarise: ventricular diastole fills atria --> ventricular diastole fills ventricle --> atrial systole fills ventricle that tiny bit more due to SAN signals --> ventricular systole due to AVN signals causes muscle contraction --> ventricular systole causes blood to be ejected --> and then ventricular diastole again!A diagram would simplify this more, let me know if you would like one!  

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