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I'm a passionate third year mathematics student, studying at the University of Cambridge. I am focusing on quantum theory and general relativity, in which I hope to do research.
Maths 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 mathematics - 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!
Outside of mathematics, I am a keen cook (often found late at night scrutinising classical French cooking textbooks!) and an amateur guitarist. I also enjoy adventure travel, with the highlight thus far being a successful summit of Mount Kilimanjaro, the highest free-standing mountain the world.
I've tutored students for the past five years, initially only GCSE and Key Stage 3 mathematics but later including A-Level (and IB) maths (and further maths), first year undergraduate maths (except for pure modules e.g group theory, real analysis, number theory), and also all sciences up to GCSE level. I've covered all exam boards extensively and am very familiar with the individual syllabuses. For the past two years, I have 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've consistently tutored for around ten hours per week over this period, and thus have amassed thousands of hours of experience. I've been buoyed by the positive feedback I've received from students and parents, and thus am always eager to take on new students - irrespective of ability level or educational goal.
While I am very much an applied mathematician in my own specialisation, I am happy teaching all forms of mathematics at any pre-University level (including the niche applied modules), and most applied mathematics modules for first and second year undergraduate students. I'm also comfortable tutoring all science subjects up to GCSE level, having completed A-Levels in them myself, and frequently coming across physics in my own studies.
I've got particular expertise in university admissions, having obtained a vast database of real past interview questions from Oxford and Cambridge, and I've also provided consulting for personal statement writing. I'm particularly proud of the very high success rates my students have achieved in applying to these institutions.
"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 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 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." -Parents of a STEP student, who received entry to Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 2019
Mathematics (BA) at Cambridge University - currently in 3rd year
A* in Further Maths, Maths, Physics
Grade S in all three STEP papers