General Maths Support
This programme is designed for students studying Maths at any level who require help and advice with their work. It is intended to be less formal than a pre-set course, with the student choosing the topics and questions to be looked at according to their needs at any particular time. It is also intended to be flexible in terms of dates and session-lengths.
The aims of the course are as follows
- To provide support, advice and mathematical expertise to students as and when they require it.
- To explore different ways of thinking about certain topics and tackling certain types of problem that students may not have encountered before.
- To encourage students to have confidence in their own abilities and to become increasingly more independent over time.
Days and session lengths are flexible. Students purchase in advance a block of time which they can use as and when they need it throughout the course of their studies. Help is charged at £10 per15 minutes.
Michael Gibson - Bio
Michael Gibson graduated from Sheffield University in 2002 with a 1st class honours degree in Theoretical Physics (MPhys) and later graduated from Durham University in 2006 with a PhD in Computational Physics. After a year working as a postdoctoral research associate at Oxford University he then completed a PGCE in Secondary Mathematics Education at Newcastle University in 2008.
After this he was employed as a Teacher of Mathematics at Gosforth Academy, Newcastle, where he taught both GCSE and A-Level Mathematics as well as A-Level Computer Science.
As of 2014 he elected for this role to become part-time in order to diversify his work in Maths Education and in 2016 he moved to Carmel College, Darlington, where he now works part-time teaching A-Level Mathematics. Amongst his current roles are delivery of A-Level Maths and Further Maths tuition to students both face-to-face and online, Maths “problem solving” classes and dedicated STEP Mathematics preparation classes, mainly in his role as an associate of the Further Mathematics Support Programme (FMSP). He is also involved in educational resource development and publication.
Michael has had a lifelong fascination with the beauty, elegance and power of Mathematics and enjoys sharing his passion for the subject with others. He believes strongly that genuine learning in Maths comes from within and is best developed through questions and tasks that enable this process to take place, along with lucid and insightful presentation of ideas. Through his style of teaching, he always aims to reflect these principles, while at the same time using his extensive curriculum knowledge to help guide students to exam success.