Mark makes a student believe they can do it.
I have 5 children, Mark has worked with the oldest 4 so far.
Mark worked with my oldest daughter who has exam panic. She would do amazing mock exams but arrive at the actual exam feeling physically sick and she'd fail. Mark came in and re-organised her life. He put all her subjects in boxes to help her quantify everything. He made a huge map on the wall and helped her understand what she had to study and how. He really helped her to understand what she wanted and how to get there. Similarly for her A-Levels, SATs and university applications - he'd calm her down and help her divide up the work for each day. Mark played a huge role in her life, in this case it was not about teaching skills but all about calming a child and working on the self esteem. She got 9A* and 3As, brilliant SAT grades and was accepted into Penn, Darthmouth, Harvard and chose Brown.
My second child was a totally different story. She is confident and sporty, a daring ambitious polo player, bright, but not always focused on her study. With her he had to teach. From a low base he told her she would learn maths to the point that she would enjoy it and do well. It was intensive 5 hours a day over holidays and very last minute. Whenever she wassn't concentrating he'd focus her, go for a walk, have a quick chat and get back to work. With her at boarding school I couldn't be on top of the game. The school predicted her Cs and Ds and Mark rescued her and she got 5As, 3A* and 2Bs. She now Majors in maths and teaches others, which she loves.
The 3rd, was very confident but has exam panic. The Headmaster recommended we apply for St Pauls, Westminster, Kings, Latymer, and Eton for boarding school. He didn't get into Eaton, Kings, or Westminster - due to exam panic. When Mark started working with him, he saw that our son hadn't been prepared for the exams. The school hadn't picked up his dyslexia and he wasn't getting the extra time and proper support he needed. St Pauls has an interview instead of a computer based test. His interview was with a Chemistry teacher - he loves Chemistry - and he got in. I had ask the school why it was the tutor who found the dyslexia not them. Mark supported me and encouraged us to do the dyslexia tests. Mark provided invaluable mentoring and teaching.
4th child aged 9, very calm a bit cocky, likes school and isn't stressed, and he got into Kings. He didn't need much help but when he wants it, he asks for Mark. He moved to Kings when he was 8 and it was immediately a lot harder than his previous school. He asked for Mark once per week.
The problem with giving Mark's number is everyone want's him. People send me flowers and call me in tears to say thank you. He changed our lives with his tutoring - a real super tutor and top of my list for everything.
Academics have never been so important for me, I grew up on a beach so when we moved to London friends had to hold my hand as a mother to navigate the English exam system. Mark was our headmaster. He says languages are not his thing, but he has found us many language and other tutors when he didn't cover the subject. His specialty is to organise a child's mind.
Mark - the best tutor ever
A fantastic maths tutor. Mark has worked with us for many years and is a guiding light in maths. A really great motivator, and especially helpful for exam technique! Our daughter sat her iGCSE a year early and received 97%! She is so happy to have had his support.
Similarly with science, Mark really stretched the children, providing great extra knowledge and testing practice. A great motivator and cheerleader.
Top grades every time
Amazing experience with Mark M
Mark has been tutoring my son for the past 2 years in order to prepare the Harrow entry examination as well as the common entrance exam. Mark has been an amazing tutor for him, his dedication to Julien was impressive and Julien didn't not only improved his math but has "learned how to learn". He can now apply what he learned with Mark on a daily basis at school.
It was challenging for Julien because we are living in NYC and the curriculum is completely different than the English one. They were doing their session via Skype. Julien was afraid he would have too much to catch up but Mark also gave him confidence and was actually more of a mentor than a tutor for him.
Mark and Julien have also developed an amazing relationship during this process which was also very important and extremely beneficial for him. He trusted Mark. I will always be grateful for the dedication that Mark demonstrated during the application process. Thank you so much for 2 amazing years!
Harrow School Admissions
Julien was accepted at Harrow after the entry exam. He also did very well on the common entrance exam and received an A in math. Julien will be attending Harrow next fall.
An inspirational tutor
My son came to Mark low in confidence and believing he could not grasp the subjects involved. Poor school teaching and fear had set into his brain. Mark took the time to get behind the psychology of the boy, find a way to connect with him, and then debunk all the previous mysteries , fears and phobias about the subjects. Excellent progress has been made . The disadvantage off Mark is that he is fairly expensive but you get what you pay for and now my son is reluctant to sit down with any other tutor as he feels he has found someone who gets the best out of him. I tend to agree.
Maths and Science
Good to date and improving all the time