I"m Gerard. I’ve been tutoring via Tutorful since October 2018. I started by teaching Mathematics across the full secondary school age range, but I have progressively focused more on A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics. I also support a few GCSE Additional Mathematics students.
I particularly enjoy preparing new topics, and finding a way to clearly explain a concept that the textbook merely states. I enjoy putting together dedicated slideshows, and sharing these with my tutees.
Like everyone else I have moved exclusively to online tuition. I will not go back to face-face tuition because I really like not having to spend time travelling to a student’s home.
The biggest tip I have for an online tutor is to invest in a good graphics tablet. I have recently switched from Wacom Baboo tablet to a XP-Pen Deco 03. I thoroughly recommend the the XP-Pen. It comes with wireless as standard, a pressure sensitive pen, its bigger than the cheaper Wacom, and (most importantly) it works perfectively with all of my software.
(The XP-Pen is currently £100 on Amazon.)
Whilst I create new lessons in PowerPoint (which works well with the Wacom), I have years of maths lessons within Promethean’s Activinspire software (which does not work at all well with the Wacom graphics tablet but is fine with the XP-Pen).
Aside from examination marking for Edexcel (I am a team leader for A-level Pure Mathematics), tutoring via Tutorful is my only income source. I enjoy having control of my working hours and being able to choose tutoring assignments that play to my strong mathematical background.
I have previously workedg in secondary schools (both public and private) for 15 years, and within the I.T. sector for 20 years. I worked in I.T. to earn enough money to raised my children. I work in education because I feel it is an important job with a true purpose.
When not tutoring, I currently spend my time going for long walks with my wife, and rediscovering my vinyl collection (and adding to it!). In addition, we have recently become grandparents, so I expect to spend plenty of time with my new grandchild once this pandemic is behind us.
I am happy to help other tutors if you need any advice or support.
Regards and best wishes