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Jake P

Jake P

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Subjects I teach

Physics (GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, IB, Undergraduate BSc/MSci)
Mathematics (GCSE, IGCSE, A-Level, IB)
Further Mathematics (A-Level, IB)
Physics Aptitude Test
STEP Mathematics
Common Entrance 11+, 13+ (Physics, Mathematics)

My Experience

I am a postgraduate Masters student studying Theoretical Physics. In my day to day life, I extensively use the physical concepts and mathematical techniques learnt in my previous studies. As a result, I am incredibly familiar with the material taught in physics and mathematics at school and college.

I have been a tutor since 2014 and in this time I have taught at a variety of levels, ranging from 11+ to undergraduate 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.

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.

My Qualifications

King’s College London, Department of Mathematics
MSc Theoretical Physics – Examination average: Distinction (93%), Thesis: Ongoing

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”. Further, I have also given several outreach talks in Physics.

My Approach to Private Tuition

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 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.