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Tony D
Tutor in Taunton, Somerset

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Experienced tutor creates an appetite for learning

Fun based Maths and Science tutoring now till term begins again. Ages 10 - 18.

I have recently moved to Taunton so I have transferred to on line tutoring. Based on 3 years experience it is as good as home tutoring with the added advantage that I am accessible on line nearly all the time.

All you need is a laptop with a camera and a decent broadband connection.

If you have doubts I provide a low-cost taster session. Those who have used it have mostly found it to be satisfactory (18 of 21). Online sessions cost £50 per hour - I adjust the charge as we make the booking.

I offer to tutor in Core Subjects - Mathematics, Science and English - from 11+ to GCSE with Mathematics and Science at A & AS levels. I am particularly helpful for high achieving students.

At higher levels l support STEP and similar exams, the transition to university (harder than it looks and a start up boost can be valuable), dissertation or thesis writing, SPSS and questionnaire management. Recently I have been working with adults improving their mathematics skills and the use of spreadsheets and databases.

I am an approachable, friendly teacher. I often use humour to approach topics which pupils find challenging. My pupils achieve success.

During 2012/2016 I have tutored private and pro bono pupils from 10 to 45 years of age in the UK and abroad in their homes, their holiday locations and their schools. Pupils have won awards to Westminster, Charterhouse and King's Canterbury, entered Sevenoaks, Trinity and City of London Girls schools and won prizes. Since 2014 each year at least one pupil achieved 4A* and an A at A Level and at least one other another achieved 10A* at GCSE.

I use a “clinical” approach. I am tutoring an individual not teaching a class so I can tailor my approach to their specific requirements.
⤇ How can I help you? - - - - Understand the specific needs.
⤇ What do you want to achieve? - - - - Agree your goals.
⤇ How shall we do it? - - - - Define a plan. Interesting activities motivate pupils.
⤇ How to support it? - - - - Use extra-curricular activity to increase pupil aspirations.
⤇ Do the work - - - - And have fun at the same time
⤇ Deliver results on time and budget.

My experience is wide and, in brief, it covers
⤇ Many years - I gave my first tutorial in 1966 and I still enjoy every minute. Pupils seem to like it too.
⤇ Many subjects - My academic background covers Mathematics, Computer Science and Medicine.
⤇ Many styles - Individuals, groups, schools, universities, businesses and government departments
⤇ Many topics - academic, practical (stained glass) and sporting (sailing and athletics)

I am a grandfather who delights in helping others learn and has been learning himself all his life, mostly from those he is teaching. You may think it mad but I simply just enjoy working.

My training includes
⤇ Mathematics as a first degree at Cambridge University
⤇ Anatomy as a first degree at London University
⤇ Medicine as a first degree at London University - Guy's Hospital
⤇ Education training from Institute of Education (London) as a new lecturer at Guy's
⤇ Applied Mathematics (Operational Research) as a Masters degree London University
⤇ Computer Science as a Masters degree London University
⤇ Sports Coaching training for Athletics as an undergraduate athlete
⤇ Sports Coaching training for Yachting (RYA YMI)
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Reviews and References

There are 6 reviews or references for Tony.

Written by Jane C

Tony inspired his ‘Appetite for Wonder’

It was not like teaching as I know it. For example, there was a day when Tony on skis with the Trainees spoke to them about snow, water and sky. ‘Why is snow slippery?’ ‘Good slippery, bad slippery’ ‘Why is snow white or blue or grey or orange?’ ‘Why is sky blue?’ This conversation went on all day with about 8 children (boys and girls) and finished with some experiments with a mirror. a basin of water and some white A4 creating rainbows. When they were back at school his Science teacher wanted to know how he had found out about light.
There were days about building bridges out of balsa wood, sexy numbers (never knew they could be), Pam Ayres, Roman History, and one extraordinary day of ‘Why be polite?’ to do with courtesy and being an effective ski queue operator.
Subject:
Study Skills
Outcome:
Very happy teachers and an improved estimate of Christian’s likely success at CE.
Written by Jane C

My Son's confidence improved.

My Son's (and one of the other boys in the group) were knowledgeable but lacked confidence. They were in the same conversations as another student who is always a bit cocky. Tony used their Ski Training to get them to try new things just as the Ski Trainers said. Why not do it for problem solving? Essay writing? Try something, make your mistake and recognise it, then redo it in a better way. Ask help from your chums. Work as a team, which is what they do when skiing.
What subject and level he taught: All subjects at once. One thing he says is that Maths answers are essays too, just like in English, exercises in clear communication of your ideas. Not particularly for Common Entrance but it helped him in his practice exams.
Subject:
Study Skills
Outcome:
We have a place for William at our choice of school. Not entirely Tony but he definitely moved the goal posts. High hopes now.
Written by Angie

A magical educator who gave us a two grade increase

Her school told our Daughter that she had little chance of success at GCSE. She was miserable about this and brought her study material with her skiing at Christmas where she met Tony. They simply sat in a corner of the clubroom and chatted. She asked me to see if I could get him to act as her tutor - he called it coach.
Conversations took place face to face in Switzerland and Kent, on the phone and on the internet. Bianca said that she seemed to learn the important points without him banging on about them. She enjoyed reading the books he asked her to look at.
Subject:
Biology (GCSE)
Outcome:
She had straight A's across her Sciences and Maths with A* for Maths and Physics. School very pleased. So were we..
Written by Sarah C

An inspirational guiding tutor

Tony has inspired Fin to the wonder of learning , Tony is guiding him towards the challenge of entrance exams and the ability to keep focused.Tonys manner is one that engages and guides the pupil, and getting them to be inspired by learning. Tony also has a huge knowledge and wisdom about education as a whole and is supportive to the mums as well !.
Written by Sara G

Making things easy and fun for me!


I was struggling with my research project. Tony was the only tutor brave enough to accept the challenge of helping me! Once Tony understood my problem, he helped me to create a simple but efficient model to analyse the outcome of my project. He provided me with scientific papers and really useful material that helped me greatly. Tony is a great tutor, patient, reliable and have endless knowledge. I benefitted hugely from his tuition. Thanks Tony :)
Outcome:
Still awaiting, results in September, but confident!
Written by Behzod A

Highly Recommended!

Tony is a brilliant tutor. He helped me with my numerical reasoning test preparation for a London's top university. He taught me various mathematical techniques which are certainly very beneficial for my studies.
Outcome:
Got into a prestigious University
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Education and Qualifications

Tony's education and qualifications are listed below.

University

Institution
University of Cambridge
Degree
BA (Mathematics)
Grade
1st
Institution
University of London
Degree
BSc (Anatomy)
Grade
First
Institution
Guy's Hospital Medical School, University of London
Degree
MBBS
Institution
Birkbeck College, University of London
Degree
MSc (Computer Science & Operations Research)

School

Institution
Farnborough Grammar School
A Levels
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  • - Physics
    A
  • - Chemistry
    A
  • - Biology
    A
  • - Applied Mathematics (AS)
    A
  • - Advanced Mathematics
    A
Institution
Farnborough Grammar School
GCSEs
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  • - Physics
    A*
  • - Mechanics
    A*
  • - Maths
    A*
  • - Latin
    A*
  • - History
    A
  • - Geography
    A
  • - French
    B
  • - English Literature
    A
  • - English Language
    A*
  • - Chemistry
    A

Prizes and Scholarships

Open Scholarship, Sidney Sussex, Mathematics, 1954
Open Science Scholar, Guys Hospital, 1957
Physiology Prize, Guys Hospital 1958
University Prize in Anatomy, University of London, 1961
Dean's Prize in Medicine, Guy's Hospital 1963

Other Qualifications

Yacht Master Instructor
Mountain Guide (Skiing)
I qualified in 1967 to teach Undergraduates on an Institute of Education Course run by Dr Mary Beard.

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