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I'm a passionate mathematics and physics tutor and a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA & MMath, both in mathematics). I am currently working full time as a private tutor in an interim year before starting my PhD in quantum cosmology.
Mathematics has two great appeals to me - the excitement of solving problems to which there is not always an obvious answer or method, and the uncanny ways in which seemingly disconnected areas can fit together. For example - did you know that if you sum the reciprocals of all the square numbers from 1 to infinity, your answer somehow involves pi - even though that's a constant associated with circles, not numbers!
Easy-going whilst believing all of my students are capable of achieving excellence, my lessons place a focus on worked examples and going "beneath the bonnet" of problems, to deeply understand the underlying theory - which is essential for improving ability at taking on unseen questions. I try to guide my students to solve questions for themselves that they may not have thought possible - and it's the highlight of the job to see their reaction when they realise that they have done so!
I've tutored students for the past six years, covering from KS3 right up to the undergraduate level. I've covered all exam boards extensively (and have experience working as an examiner) and am very familiar with the individual syllabuses. For the past three years, I have also offered specialist tuition to those preparing for entrance exams and interviews for the top universities in the UK, and have had very high success rates getting students into the mathematics degrees at Oxford and Cambridge in particular.
I consistently tutored for around ten hours per week over this period, and thus amassed thousands of hours of experience. Now, I tutor full time. I've been buoyed by the positive feedback I've received from students and parents, and am always eager to take on new students - irrespective of ability level or educational goal. Recently, I have also worked as an examiner and thus am able to provide detailed coaching on precisely what is required to obtain all the marks in difficult questions.
I am happy covering all mathematics up to a first year undergraduate level, and applied mathematics up to final year undergraduate level (though please check module specifics with me before booking!). I'm also comfortable tutoring physics up to A-Level and most undergraduate modules in theoretical physics (quantum mechanics and field theory, special and general relativity, electromagnetism, classical dynamics, electrodynamics, etc.)
I've got particular expertise in university admissions, having accumulated a vast database of real past interview questions from Oxford and Cambridge via my students. I also provide consulting for personal statement writing.
Excellent, my daughter has really enjoyed her lessons with Rowan. Can definitely recommend him.
"You have probably heard from Martin that he has been admitted to Exeter College, Oxford! I really wanted to thank you for the amazing work that you have done with him - he would not have been able to achieve such a result without your precious help!" - Sam, parent of a student applying to Oxford who I tutored for his interview preparation "Rowan is a fantastic tutor - he carefully and methodically explains concepts and makes the lessons interesting. He is focused on developing a really solid understanding rather than just looking at the method. We are impressed with how he recalls his own prior teaching and is always well prepared for the lesson." - Sandra, parent of a GCSE Maths student "Rowan has been an absolutely excellent tutor in Maths! He is extremely committed to the success of his students and is able to teach them even the most complex concepts in a way that they can clearly understand. He has even helped our students succeed on the MAT and Oxford interview, giving them unparalleled insights about interview questions and outstanding preparation throughout the process. I highly recommend him as he truly is one of the best tutors in Maths I have ever worked with." - Adam, education consultant who I have worked with "On behalf of Wills’ mum and me, I just wanted to pass on a heartfelt thanks for your significant contribution to Wills securing his place to study at Gonville and Caius. Without detracting from Wills’ own mathematical abilities or his huge dedication to the task in hand, I have no doubt that your input was instrumental to him achieving the required marks in his STEP exams. It became clear as soon as Wills started his sessions with you that he had found an exceptional tutor. Your mathematical prowess, your complete understanding of the STEP process (as well as your knowledge of which Colleges accept which students with which grades) and, most importantly, your unwavering positivity were a huge benefit to Wills. He always looked forward to his sessions with you and came away from them enthused and upbeat." - Martin, parent of a STEP student, who received entry to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 2019
Mathematics (BA & MMath, 1st Class), University of Cambridge
A* in A-Level Maths, Further Maths & Physics, Saint Olave's Grammar School