"Please do not think twice about seeking help from Pete for any student who needs that extra support on the maths or science front. With one of our teenagers with a complete lack of belief in his ability in Maths and predicted to fail to attain that all important C grade, and another with a passion for Science but a lack of progress in school with the maths skills to support her, we turned to Pete for support and guidance. His amazingly patient and gentle approach empowered and equipped both to achieve what they had come to believe was beyond them on the GCSE front! More importantly, what better recommendation can there be than a student who absolutely relished her tutorial time and has taken her skills, together with the strategies she developed, forward into the further study of science."
"I am so happy!" These are words I didn't ever think I'd hear from my son when he received his maths GCSE result, but I did. Working for a year with Peter was fundamental to this outcome. My son struggled with maths, in part due to dyslexia, but Peter helped my son recognise what he did know before helping him to fill in the gaps. All this he did in a hugely supportive, reassuring and motivating manner, ensuring his student believed in himself at all times. I highly recommend Peter.
"I was so lucky, as a mature student having to pass GCSE Mathematics, to have found Peter. Thanks to his knowledge of the subject, his teaching skills, and above all patience and calmness, I passed. Maths has always been a difficult subject for me, but Peter always put me at ease about asking him to explain something over and over again.
When my daughter was having problems keeping up in maths at secondary school, did not understand the explanations given in class, and was rapidly losing confidence and self-esteem, I called on Peter. Thanks to him she gained an A* in statistics in year nine and a grade A in her GCSE Mathematics this year. She was also able to ask Peter for help with Chemistry and Physics when needed and this was an immense help in her achieving an A grade in Additional Science.
Peter is a highly professional and conscientious tutor. I would never have passed GCSE Mathematics without his tuition and I am immensely grateful to Peter for helping my daughter realise her full potential and restoring her confidence. Therefore, I have no hesitation in highly recommending Peter for private tuition."
"Our daughter's confidence in maths was shattered by some very poor teaching when she was 10 years old and she struggled in the subject until we found Peter Halfpenny. Now that she is 15, having benefited from Peter's tuition for two years, we are beginning to see her return to her true ability in the subject. Her recovery has been possible because of Peter's calm and positive manner and his patient attention to effective approaches to problem solving that are built on principles that he secures with his pupils early on. Peter has helped our daughter rediscover her self-belief in maths and helped her to approach it in a methodical and productive manner. We are absolutely delighted. We couldn't recommend Peter too strongly to anyone looking for some support if their children are struggling with mathematics."
"We have no hesitation in recommending Peter as a Maths tutor. Our son was struggling to understand, let alone like, the subject, and asked us for private tuition. He never looked back – with Peter’s calm and quiet manner, showing him how to use formulas to tackle problems, he started to enjoy and look forward to the 1- 2- 1 sessions, even being disappointed when I cancelled one because I thought he might like a rest in the middle of exams. During revision time he was even confident enough to help fellow pupils - a total transformation from confusion and frustration.
At the beginning of Year 11 his level at Maths was ‘C3’ and his target grade ‘B’. The mock GCSE results were slightly better at ‘C2’. In August he passed all 3 Maths papers at ‘A’ grade, a resounding success, due to our son’s hard work and Peter’s excellent help. Best of all, our son is now really enjoying doing it well, and is going on to study Maths at A level, something we had never imagined he would want to do. We are delighted for him. Thank you Peter, it wouldn’t have happened without you, worth every penny (sorry, unintended pun!)."