Maths Tuition

Whether you need a private maths tutor at home or online, our tutors build confidence and improve grades

Tuition is based on the individual needs of each pupil, and a tailored mix of the three pillars designed to meet those needs forms the basis of tuition. For example, some students will need to concentrate on improving exam performance, others will need help organising revision and study or in some cases help with elements of the syllabus will also be required.  The right mix will be unique to each individual student.

For twenty years in Edinburgh, our tutors have delivered success based on three fundamental pillars:

Knowledge

A ‘wide and deep understanding of the syllabus content, is of course the first requirement. Knowledge gaps or a lack of understanding, not only put students at risk in exams but also impact negatively on general confidence in the subject.

Study Skills

The knowledge and skill to organise, prioritise and plan study. Even very smart students can find themselves overwhelmed by the subject and the syllabus, leading to panic, a collapse in confidence and poor results.

Exam Technique

How to answer the questions fully, concisely, to the point and in a way that immediately resonates and pleases the examiners. Top achievers are practised at acing exams, it’s a skill that comes from practice and knowledge.

Mathematics – How an Edinburgh Maths Tutor can make a difference

Mathematics is a core subject of the curriculum, forming a significant part of everyone’s school career and essential for success in both personal and professional lives. It is also an area that many students find extremely challenging, and the necessary problem-solving skills can be much improved by Maths tuition. With the extra practice and support of an Edinburgh Tutors Maths tutor, candidates become adept in various mathematical techniques and confident using appropriate terminology fluently. Both group and individual work are expected, so students must have the opportunity to practise cooperatively and independently as they learn a network of interrelated mathematical concepts. For coursework tasks, strategising and decision-making are essential for processing, solving, concluding and communicating problems.

Student revising during tuition using book and laptop

Numbers and Money

This broad area is the most fundamental for life beyond the classroom, as students learn about a variety of real-life numeric applications. The ability to carry out mental calculations is particularly useful, and in the syllabus, pupils are taught to check their answers by using multiple methods to find a solution. Maths tuition may use number puzzles to engage students’ interest, and so they can practise skills of pattern finding and list-making. An Edinburgh Tutors Maths tutor can also help with topics like temperature, interest, sets and complex numbers. Students are expected to be competent in working with decimals, percentages and fractions, and to be familiar with the relationship between distance, speed and time.

Measure and Shape

This area of mathematics is largely visual and concerned with spatial concepts, including topics like 3D shapes, Area and Volume, Angles and Vectors. Many students struggle particularly with more complex theories such as Trigonometry and Pythagoras, and the additional explanation from a Maths tutor is highly valuable. Bilateral and rotational symmetry are also confronted, including the ability to reflect, rotate and translate shapes across coordinates. Candidates are also required to plot points and highlight graphical patterns. Maths tuition trains individuals to recognise and understand a variety of diagrams, maps and graphs, relating 3D objects to 2D representations.

Relationships

Mathematical relationships are largely expressed in algebraic formulae, from which we detect patterns through trial and error experimentation. Students discover formulaic rules and apply them to fresh material, and Maths tuition practises this skill of algebraic manipulation, as well as covering topics like proportion and gradients. As students progress, they have the opportunity to tackle differentiation and solve quadratic equations, often using graphs. Advanced students may even broach logarithmic and exponential functions, which are challenging concepts, frequently requiring extra input from a Maths tutor. Dealing with abstract symbols is necessary for exam success, as they form an integral part of mathematical problems.

Statistics

Statistics is possibly the most interpretive and analytical area of maths, but again is extremely useful in a variety of applications. A practical approach to teaching is generally advised, and Maths tuition can help students analyse the data they have collected, and interpret the results. Calculating averages including the mean, mode and median forms an important part of this work, as well as working with quartiles, and using probabilities. Where possible, a Maths tutor will encourage individuals to make productive use of technology and become confident in doing so, as calculators with graphical facilities can be utilised to process complex data efficiently and accurately.

The Edinburgh Tutors personal tuition service includes all SQA syllabus exam subjects and levels of tuition

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