Jake P

My Passion & How I Inspire

I believe that the key to success in physics and mathematics is to develop a firm understanding of the fundamental concepts. Far too often students fall into the trap of “rote learning” the material or “learning to the exam” – memorising the answers to popular questions. This approach is very dangerous as it does not develop an understanding of the material. Consequently, students will only be able to answer questions that they have already seen. Not only is this unlikely to result in the top grades in exams, but it will not prepare students for further study – putting them in a more difficult position later on.

My approach is to focus on first developing a solid understanding of the material and then to practice applying these concepts to questions. Further, if the student is studying both physics and mathematics I try to emphasise the deep link between these subjects to broaden their understanding. To push the best students, I show them how the techniques they are learning in mathematics apply to the concepts they are learning in physics and apply them to interesting and exciting problems (such as formulating Newton’s second law as a differential equation to explain how rockets work).

My Experience

I am a Ph.D candidate for a doctorate in Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics at King's College London. In my day to day life, I extensively use the physical concepts and mathematical techniques learnt in my previous studies as part of my work. As a result, I am incredibly familiar with the material taught in physics and mathematics at school, college and in the physical sciences at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.

I have been a tutor since 2014 and in this time I have taught at a variety of levels (both online and offline), ranging from 11+ to postgraduate (Master's) level. In particular, I have experience in Common Entrance 11+ and 13+, Edexcel IGCSE Mathematics and Physics, Edexcel A-Level Mathematics and International Baccalaureate Higher Level Mathematics and Physics. I also have experience with AQA A-Level Physics, OCR and OCR MEI A-level Mathematics and Further Mathematics as well as the Cambridge Pre-U. I also teach the tutorial classes for the "Spacetime Geometry & General Relativity" course at King's College London.

In addition to this, I have experience in mentoring students as part of the “Academic Family” scheme where we provided academic and pastoral support to the newly arriving first-year undergraduate students as well as giving several outreach talks in Physics.

Subjects That I Teach

  • Maths - 8 Plus
  • Physics
  • Physics - A-Level
  • Physics - IB
  • Physics - Undergraduate
  • Physics - Postgraduate
  • Physics - Further

My Qualifications

King’s College London, Department of Mathematics

Ph.D Applied Mathematics & Theoretical Physics – Ongoing

King’s College London, Department of Mathematics

MSc Theoretical Physics – Distinction (85%)

Imperial College London, Department of Physics

MSci Physics with Theoretical Physics – Upper Second Class (67%)

Associateship of the Royal College of Science

Woodhouse College

GCE Advanced Levels & Extended Project Qualification

Extended Project, Physics, Mathematics, Further Mathematics A*A*A*A

During my time at Imperial, I held both the positions of President of the Physics Society (one of the largest in the UK) and Treasurer of the Triathlon Society. In my role as President, I was awarded RCSU Half Colours for “significant and repeated outstanding contributions to the student experience at Imperial College and the life of the union throughout the academic year”.

My Video Introduction

Fun fact

I organised a tour for 30 students to California to visit some of the most exciting research facilities in physics, including the Stanford Linear Accelerator Collider and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratories.