Rowan

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Rowan

5.0 443 classes

University of Cambridge (BA & MMath in Mathematics); University of Southampton (PhD in Theoretical Physics) - Mathematics & Theoretical Physics -

Please see profile for reviews & testimonials! Professional maths & physics tutor & 1st class master's graduate of the University of Cambridge. Expertise supporting Oxbridge maths, physics, engineering and computer science applications including admissions tests (STEP, MAT, TMUA, NSAA, ENGAA, PAT) and interviews. Experienced STEP Examiner.

Recent Students: 12 Total Hours: 440 Last Online: 22 May 2022
All-time Students: 39 Total Classes: 443 Signed Up: 17 Jan 2020

About Me

I'm a professional mathematics and physics tutor and a graduate of the University of Cambridge (BA & MMath). I am presently working full time as a tutor and author of STEP, MAT, TMUA, PAT, ENGAA and interview resources. I'm also involved in designing and administering several Oxbridge admissions courses, and my students benefit from these insights in a 1-1 setting. I also have experience working on the teams that mark STEP II and III each year and this gives me expertise regarding precisely what is required to gain all the marks in these exams.

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. A large portion of lessons are spent extracting useful ideas and principles from completed questions which is essential to cultivating a keen mathematical problem solving instinct. 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 teaching I remain a practising mathematician focused on the application of mathematics to theoretical physics. I am particularly interested in the modern S-matrix program and the hidden structure of scattering amplitudes, mathematical functions describing the probabilities of particle interactions in quantum field theory and string theory. I begin my PhD in September 2022, and as well as conducting research I will be involved in the teaching of undergraduates in mathematics, physics and engineering. I will continue to offer private tutoring. Beyond academic pursuits, my dream is to have a pet potbelly pig!

Tutor Experience

Specialist in university entrance exams & interviews with high success rates. Thousands of hours working with students from six continents (enquiries from Antarctica welcome!). Renowned in competitive Chinese market as author & lead tutor on prestigious STEP/MAT/TMUA/Oxbridge interview courses. Experienced STEP examiner marking STEP II and III.

Plenty of experience teaching maths, further maths and physics at GCSE, A-Level and university level. Familiarity with all exam boards.

Topic Expertise

While I specialise in university admissions (including admissions tests and interviews, for which I have accumulated a very large record of real recent interview questions), I also have a great deal of experience tutoring mathematics and physics for GCSE, A-Level and IB. I'm familiar with the requirements of each exam board and can tailor a preparation programme to the needs of my individual students. I'm also able to teach most undergraduate mathematics modules (real & complex analysis, number theory, geometry, group theory, numerical analysis, combinatorics, PDEs/ODEs, variational methods, etc.) as well as essentially any theoretical physics modules up to and including master's level (electrodynamics, classical dynamics, quantum mechanics, quantum field theory, special/general relativity, string theory, etc.).

Client Reviews

Rowan's thorough explanations have really helped me improve in STEP. His ability to explain the thought process behind answers makes it very intuitive and easy to follow. In addition, his knowledge of the exam as a whole and insights into the marking process are unrivalled. Simply brilliant.

- STEP

Very helpful as always, feeling much better about my exam now!

- TMUA

Thank you Rowan, Matthew's preparation through your lessons could not have been better. He feels that he has covered all that he can reasonably do, and if he focuses and remains calm, he should do well in the TMUA tomorrow. If he is invited for interview we will be in contact again for some more invaluable mock interview practise . Once again thank you very much. Lynn Graham

- TMUA

Rowan was absolutely fantastic, and really boosted my confidence in preparation for my TMUA exam. Thank you ever so much!

- TMUA

Extremely helpful with answering any questions. Explanations were detailed and Rowans worked solutions also reinforced any misunderstandings. Thanks!

- MAT

Rowan is very thorough, and very knowledgeable tutor. We are very happy with him.

- Mathematics

Very good explanations of TMUA content. Helped me gain understanding and gave good strategy advice.

- TMUA

The original written resources provided by Rowan himself like notes on theory, worksheets and typed solutions are extremely helpful and definitely helped me increase my performance. Outside of the very supportive lessons, he is kind enough to answer all of my questions via email related with maths problems and even my personal statement, for free of charge. Most certainly the best!

- MAT

Very helpful as always!

- TMUA

Rowan has helped me tremendously with learning techniques through examples of TMUA questions. He is always clear and patient.

- TMUA

Testimonials

Rowan was incredibly helpful for my MAT prep: firstly, the explanatory materials he’s created for past tests are comprehensive and clear, often providing several distinct ways of looking at any one problem, to make sure that you really get it. As a past examiner, he also has great insight into how questions are constructed and what examiners really expect. Lots of tutoring experience makes Rowan a good resource for strategic advice, and a really efficient tutor as well. Sometimes tutoring is about personal fit, but I think virtually anyone could benefit from Rowan’s tutoring! - MAT student who received admission to read Computer Science at Brasenose College Oxford in 2021

Rowan is an incredible tutor! For the TMUA, my son was underperforming when doing past papers, and was struggling to understand the provided solutions. As a result, he was unable to do well in other past TMUA papers. As soon as he started with Rowan, my son picked up several essential exam techniques and thoroughly understood the questions. This resulted in him seeing a drastic increase in his score. Additionally, Rowan was able to provide my son with shortcuts to difficult questions that would render them trivial. I would highly recommend Rowan to any other student preparing for admissions test as he is truly one of a kind! - Parents of a TMUA candidate who received admission to King's College Cambridge to read Computer Science in 2021

"I just received the offer from Magdalen! I wanted to thank you for everything that you have done for me. You have believed in me all the way through the process of the application. Thank your for your help and fabulous teaching." - Oxford applicant who received an offer from Magdalen College, Oxford, to read mathematics and statistics in 2020.

"I've worked with dozens of the best tutors but Rowan is without equal in assisting applications to Oxford and Cambridge for maths, physics and related subjects. His knowledge of the content and style of interview questions has provided his students with an incredible advantage leading to previously unimaginable success rates within our agency (82% at time of writing, which none of our other extremely qualified tutors have even come close to - without tuition the base rate is about 25%). He's also an expert about MAT, TMUA & STEP, providing students with constant detailed and tailored guidance. The original written solutions he provides for MAT have received particularly rave reviews and I understand he's working on similar resources for the other exams. The only downside is that he books up fast, so snap him up while you can!" - William, tuition manager at a leading Chinese tutoring agency

"On behalf of []’s mum and me, I just wanted to pass on a heartfelt thanks for your significant contribution to [] securing his place to study at Gonville and Caius. Without detracting from []’ 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 [] 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 []. He always looked forward to his sessions with you and came away from them enthused and upbeat." - Parent of a Cambridge applicant who passed STEP and thus met his offer to read mathematics at Gonville and Caius College, Cambridge, in 2019

"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, co-founder at a leading European admissions consultancy

"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." - Parent of a long-term GCSE/A-Level Maths student

"You have probably heard from [] 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!" - Parent of Oxford applicant who received an offer from Exeter College, Oxford, to read mathematics in 2020

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Qualifications

- PhD in Theoretical Physics, University of Southampton
(Ongoing from 2022)

- MMath in Mathematics, University of Cambridge
(2020-2021)

- BA in Mathematics, University of Cambridge
(2017-2020)

- A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics and Physics at A-Level, Saint Olave's Grammar School
(2016-2017)

- GCSEs in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Astronomy, Geography, Religious Studies, French, Computing, English Literature, English Language
(2015-2016)

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