Peter Halfpenny - Maths Tutor and Science Tutor
In view of the current situation with coronavirus, I am now offering online tuition via Skype instead of face-to-face lessons for all of my teaching.
The closure of schools throughout the first lockdown has had a significant impact on the learning opportunities for most students. Although schools have now reopened, teaching has been further disrupted for many, due to the need for staff or students (either individually or as year groups) to self isolate. Many students have struggled to progress while studying from home and now need help to catch up.
My aim is to provide direct one to one support and guidance as students work to make up for the lost time and reduced learning resulting from the lockdown. The benefits of one-to-one tuition become even more important when students have fallen behind.
I have switched entirely to online lessons since mid-March. Skype works well for one-to-one tuition. I am able to use screen sharing or can switch between multiple cameras. So students can see me, what I am writing or a shared screen with questions, diagrams or examples. Students are also able to use screen capture to take copies of examples or other information to incorporate into their notes after the lesson. An ipad or other tablet or laptop work well. A desktop with a webcam also seems to be fine for the lessons. While not ideal, a smartphone can also be ok if reasonably large.
The website has recently been upgraded to the latest version of content management system (Joomla 3.6.5). There are some minor differences mostly involving fonts and the appearance of menus. Navigation is more or less the same and all the free GCSE Maths resources are still available.