Desmond T: Maths, Science and Chess tutor in London

Desmond Tan

March 22, 2014

Desmond T provides maths tuition, science tuition and chess teaching from 11+ up to A Levels. He has tutored for over seven years now and over 90% of his students have gone on to achieve A or A* at GCSE/A-Level!  He is a graduate in Civil Engineering from Imperial College London and an awesome chess player. Desmond represented England at the World under 12 Youth Chess Championships in Brazil and won the under 18 British Chess Championships at the age of 15.

Why do you love tutoring?image

Ever since I started tutoring, it has become a passion of mine as it gives me great pleasure in helping others achieve their goals, no matter what they are.  It is always challenging for someone to learn something new, whether you are a young child or maturing teenager, but at the same time it is satisfying when it suddenly “clicks.”

Who inspired you in education?

My old chess coach helped me find a new way of learning whilst having fun.  While preparing for some major chess tournaments, and with quite a lot of parental pressure, he was always able to bring the best out in me by keeping me relaxed through patience; a trait that I have tried to inherit.

What else do you get up to besides tutoring?

At the moment, due to workload, not a lot! But I have a passion for travelling and eating out; there is nothing better to the end of the day than eating a nice meal out!

If you had a super power what would it be?

Hmmmm, not sure, never really thought about this…..I suppose to travel at the speed of light because it would help me cut out the travelling time when teaching!

What advice would you give to a parent on how to find a tutor?

This is a very interesting question. It is important to understand what the tutor can offer and whether there is synergy between tutor and pupil. I believe that only in a relaxed environment can the child excel. There is nothing wrong about having a couple of trial lessons to see if they can build up that relationship.

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If you or your child needs help with maths, science or chess, feel free to check out Desmond’s personal profile on the Tutorfair website to book a lesson.

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