Mark M - tutor
 

Mark M
Tutor in Parsons Green, South West London

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£650.00 / hour

Inspiring and engaging tutor with over 19,000hrs experience

I am one of the founders of TutorFair, and I love the charity work we get to do thanks to those of you who book tutors through the site!

My stated rate is for educational consultancy work, however this is negotiable depending on the amount and type of work. I have personal relationships with a great number of experienced tutors - so please do feel free to get in touch for recommendations. Happy to answer any questions you have about Tutorfair too.

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I have been a tutor for 19 years and live in London. Much of my work now involves working as a consultant, managing other tutors, and working with children who need some form of quick intervention to get them back on track.

I travel a great deal and am lucky enough to tutor all over the world. I work on a sliding pay scale and my clients range from royal families to children living in inner-city council estates. Over the last eight years I have spent an increasing amount of time working in schools where a substantial number of the children qualify for free school meals. I find this work hugely rewarding and many of my fellow tutors have found themselves doing the same thing as a result.

My main specialism is working in Maths and Sciences, as well as school entrance (11+ and 13+) for both Britain and the US.

I wasn't a natural mathematician at school, and my maths reports would say things like 'he's not even trying!' In hindsight, I see that my teachers may never have struggled in their own work, and thus found it hard to understand why I wasn't getting it. Those of us who became overwhelmed must have appeared to them as just being lazy.

My university lecturers (whilst studying physics) were so inspiring that I started to understand the areas I'd struggled in for so many years. In fact, I found myself getting a little annoyed that Maths hadn't been taught like this to me earlier.

I am also dyslexic, and although I have been able to overcome this, my own struggle ended up becoming a strength in my tutoring. I found it easier to empathise with my students, many who were in the same position as I had been as child. I began teaching them methods that I'd found useful myself.

After two years I moved over to studying a degree in Communications. I found this course hugely beneficial in learning to communicate more effectively with my students.

It is my belief that unless there is a more serious problem, any child can do well at school. They are inherently brilliant, proven by their ability to master a large number of skills that enable them to function as a human being in relatively short amount of time!

The job of a tutor is to unlock whatever it is that's blocking them from getting there. Sometimes you are explaining something in a way that they can understand, and sometimes you are functioning as a mentor to guide them through a tricky time in their lives. Once you can demonstrate that it's possible to master the skills necessary to succeed, most students start to make the leaps for themselves.

Nothing gives me more pleasure than telling a parent that their son or daughter no longer requires any extra help. Not only has this been good for personal recommendations, but it makes my own work a whole lot more fulfilling.

If I can help you find a great tutor, or you want to ask anything, please don't hesitate to get in touch.

Mark
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Reviews and References

There are 5 reviews or references for Mark.

Written by Andrea D

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.
Subject:
11 Plus
Outcome:
Inspirational!
Written by Sophia V

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.
Subject:
Science (Primary)
Outcome:
Top grades every time
Written by George P

Really improved

Thanks to you I've improved from 57% last year to 85% this year !!!
Thank you so much. I'm really happy now I'm one of the top in the class.
Subject:
Maths (GCSE)
Outcome:
Now one of the top in the class
Written by Caroline R

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!
Subject:
Harrow School Admissions
Outcome:
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.
Written by Elizabeth A

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.
Subject:
Maths and Science
Outcome:
Good to date and improving all the time

Education and Qualifications

Mark's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
King's College London
Degree
Physics with Computer Science
Grade
2 years - unfinished
Institution
London Guildhall University
Degree
Communication with Audio Visual Production
Grade
Upper Second Class

School

Institution
N/A
GCSEs
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  • - Religious Studies
    B
  • - Physics
    A
  • - Maths
    A
  • - History
    B
  • - Geography
    B
  • - French
    B
  • - English Literature
    A
  • - English Language
    B
  • - Computing
    A*
  • - Chemistry
    A
  • - Biology
    A

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