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Mark B
Tutor in Acton, West London

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Physics, Python, Computer Science, Mathematics

Since 2014 I have taught in excess of 3000 hours across Physics, Mathematics and Computer Science as a full-time private tutor. I have tutored students from ages 12 to 22 across a variety of UK and European academic qualifications.
These include both the more popular qualifications (GCSE and A level) as well as the rarer (IB and Pre-U). Predominantly I have tutored and home-schooled students for A level examinations. I tutor Sunday to Friday inclusive, with times available throughout the morning, afternoon and evening. Regular, intensive and one-off sessions are available. As I travel via a combination of Brompton (folding bike) and public transport I have good range and reliability across West and Central London. Please contact with your requirements and location and I will respond promptly with potential times and dates.

Background
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I began work as a tutor in 2009 whilst completing my first degree in Physics (MPhys) at the University of Manchester. My second degree, a postgraduate masters of research, was obtained from Homerton College, Cambridge in 2011. Subsequently I began work on my interdisciplinary PhD based between University College London and CERN. Whilst writing up my thesis in 2014 (subsequently graduating in February 2016) I began work as a full-time tutor.

This has allowed me to continue two of my primary passions - learning and teaching. Over the years I have built-up an extensive textbook and popular science collection. I am constantly striving to find new ways to improve how I deliver content; Especially those areas I had struggled with myself at school.
In doing so I have developed an excellent breadth of knowledge allowing me to set course material in context. I find this allows students to see how disparate areas are related.

In Autumn 2017 I taught full-time as a teacher at a prestigious school in Surrey, UK. Here I was solely responsible for teaching the new OCR GCSE and A level Computer Science courses. Both qualifications required production of large quantities of teaching and assessment materials. Combined with my prior knowledge of the programming language, Python, I have developed methodologies to teach students of various aptitudes how to program. I am currently transcribing these methodologies and resources onto my personal website for public use.

I have taught Physics, my first love, from school entrance through to University-level courses in Thermodynamics. Furthermore I have home-schooled students the entirety of A level physics who have subsequently gone onto university education. For mathematics I have tutored all five England A level exam boards (OCR, OCR-MEI, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel).
Over the dozens of students I have taught, I have built up a set of heuristics to assess, teach and improve.

About Me
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Outside of education I am currently renovating a narrowboat on the Grand Union Canal. In my spare time I cook a great deal, I read interesting books and I travel.
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Reviews and References

There are 21 reviews or references for Mark.

Written by Edek M

Physics is Awesome

Mark Stephen Brown taught me A Level Physics for a year at a private tutoring organization, and I acknowledge with hindsight that I was not the easiest student. I always enjoyed the subject but was not a hard worker. Mark went beyond his job when he tried to help me develop a work ethic outside of class, by referencing me to countless sources of information about science and generally trying to deepen my interest. He showed me britneyspears.ac, to teach me more about semiconductor physics, as well as recommended a first year university physics text (Roger Muncaster Fourth Edition) amongst other things. Since he is also interested in some computer science, and knew out I wanted to find out more, he explained some basic concepts to me (searching large volumes of numerical data) combining my fascination in mathematics. He even went so far as to write up a program suggested by me as part of his coding practice. In short, I wouldn't say Mark spends all of his time preparing for tutoring, it's precisely because he spends so much time doing his own research and keeping up to date on current events in the academic world that he provides such an exceptional education.
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
An excellent tutor in every way
Written by Patryk R

Good

Very good teacher
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
great
Written by Ania T

One of the best tutor

Mark Brown was my tutor for A-levels in physics the past academic year. He introduced me to the whole course in 9 months only and helped me to get A mark in physics.
Mark is one of the best tutor's I've ever worked with, not only does he provide an excellent level of academic knowledge but also he listens to the tutee and tries to address their needs. Mark explained to me very carefully every aspect I had a problem with and went through the most demanding examples. He was also very fair with marking my homework always willing to point out areas I had to improve, he did it however in non stressful way.
He also tried to provide me a broader view on a subject that I would get from the books and to show me the real life application of the topic we were discussing, since he know I was interested in engineering.
Mark also organised laboratories for me so I could understand the relation between certain fields of physics better.
He always kept notes about my lectures and any questions so the lessons were very organised which was extremely helpful during hectic weeks of May and June.
Overall I would definitely say that Mark is very professional and working with him was a great pleasure.
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
Getting into UCL Mechanical Engineering Master's course
Written by Sarin T

CE Maths 13+

Mark has been tutoring my son for a while now. In that time he has identified his weaknesses and his learning style. He is patient, thorough and knowledgeable. I would recommend him without hesitation.

Sarin
Subject:
Maths
Outcome:
CE exams January 2016
Written by Bradly K

Industrious and thorough

Dr Brown was my colleague and housemate for twelve months, over the course of which I had the pleasure and privilege of observing him in his professional work. Dr Brown, as a PhD must, displays commitment to his students and to his work. Planned and organized, Dr Brown's lessons exemplify duty and attentiveness. Genuinely concerned about the welfare of his students, Dr Brown goes above and beyond to tend to the individual needs of his clients, customizing curricula to match every student's unique wants and needs. Especially laudable is Dr Brown's keen foresight, using his knowledge and experience to direct his students' educations to their futures.

Throughout my seven years of tutoring, I have had the chance to interact with many educators, students and clients. Dr Brown's credit goes specifically to his tenacity and quick uptake: Dr Brown learns and adapts quickly to every environment.
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
Grade A at A2
Written by Rosalind H

Subject:
Advanced Maths (A-Level)
Written by Rachel B

Subject:
Advanced Maths (A-Level)
Written by Peter G

Well prepared & interesting Tutor

I would recommend Mark B - came well prepared, my son felt much more confident on his areas of weakness in Physics and Maths
Also gave some useful ideas on university courses
Subject:
Physics (A-Level)
Written by Felicity M

brilliant!

I was having a lot of difficulties answering exam questions under time pressure and Mark was able to help me fully grasp the correct exam technique. He gave brilliant, clear explanations and his passion for the subject gave me motivation to work hard. He is punctual, organised and a great physics tutor.
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
a greater understanding of the subject and motivation to do well in the subject!
Written by Amie J

EXCELLENT MATHS TUTOR

Mark tutored our daughter for 6 months, once or twice a week, for 6 months leading up to her A level exams. She was being taught at school as well, but having separate sessions with Mark was a great help and a boost to her confidence.

Mark is explains everything very well. He's patient, organised and punctual.

We recommend him highly.


Subject:
Maths
Outcome:
Grade A (OCR)
Written by Silva D

Mark connects very well with our son which is the important element. He seems to be learning new skills every week and building his confidence which is key. Look forward to more sessions with Mark.
Subject:
Maths (Common Entrance)
Written by Daniel L

Subject:
Computer Science (11+)
Written by Ghazi S

Subject:
Computer Science (Common Entrance)
Written by Will J

Outstanding tutor in physics

We are extremely grateful to Mark for his tuition. He tutored my son for 6 months in the run-up to his physics A level and managed to lift his grades as well as his interest and confidence. Mark has excellent subject knowledge, he is clear in his explanations, encouraging, reliable, punctual and flexible. He always responded promptly to any questions my son to him by email between lessons and provided useful extension tasks. I would highly recommend him.
Subject:
Physics
Outcome:
My son gained an A* in physics although he had never been predicted more than an A. Mark must take full credit for the difference he made to my son's performance.
Written by Matt S

Computer Coding

My boys 11 & 13 thoroughly enjoyed their first coding session with Mark.
Subject:
Computer Science (GCSE)
Outcome:
We'll be booking Mark weekly!
Written by Patricia D

First impression is great.

Mark seems to be be very knowledgeable and has a practical and hands on approach. We look forward to more sessions
Subject:
Mechanics (A-Level)
Written by Matt S

Subject:
Computer Science (GCSE)
Written by Suzie Z

Subject:
Physics (GCSE)
Written by Arina S

Subject:
Physics (GCSE)
Written by Silva D

Good Job!

Mark was an excellent tutor for my son, he was able to engage and explain problems in a very straightforward manner and they formed a great partnership.
Subject:
Maths and Science
Outcome:
Gained entry into our chosen school
Written by Sergey S

Subject:
Physics (GCSE)
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Education and Qualifications

Mark's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
University of Cambridge
Degree
MRes - Photonic Systems Development
Grade
Pass
Institution
University of Manchester
Degree
MPhys - Physics
Grade
2:1 (Hons)
Institution
University College London
Degree
PhD - The Timing Performance of Scintillator Detectors

School

Institution
Loreto Sixth Form College
A Levels
x3
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  • - Physics
    A
  • - Maths
    A
  • - Computing
    B
Institution
Stretford Grammar
GCSEs
x2
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  • - Science
    A*
  • - Maths
    A

Other Qualifications

MPhys - University of Manchester
MRes - Cambridge University
PhD - University College London

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