Hi! My name is Sjoerd. Thank you for reading my profile.
I am currently a second-year Mathematics student at Imperial College London. Before going to university, I lived in The Netherlands, which is where I first started tutoring high school students. I have continued to do so since coming to London, and have now been a tutor for over 5 years.
I have found that any student is able to improve his/her understanding of maths through tutoring, irrespective of whether they do well or badly in school. Keen students will be able to think about the deeper intricacies and details of the subject that are usually not mentioned in class, while students who struggle can benefit from tutoring sessions by going over the material once more in a pace that is suitable to them.
I believe a friendly relationship between tutor and tutee works best; students who are at ease are not afraid to ask questions, and that is the best way to learn: by asking questions. Furthermore, it is all too easy for students to see tutoring sessions as something they have to put up with. I always aim to create a nice atmosphere during the tutoring sessions, so that the tutoring will be not only an instructive, but also a fun experience. My patient and friendly approach makes tutees feel comfortable, which I have found to improve their understanding of the subject.
I have competed in the Dutch Mathematics Olympiad twice, and ended up among the best 50 students of the country both times. Besides that, I have competed in the European Science Olympiad (EUSO), Dutch Chemistry Olympiad and the Dutch Physics Olympiad. I achieved 2nd place in the EUSO, and got an honourable mention in both of the other Olympiads.
As for my high school grades; I graduated in June 2015 in eight subjects with an average of 8.6 out of 10 (according to the Dutch grading system), with a 9.4 for both Maths and Further Maths.
For any more questions, please feel free to contact me.