- Hourly rate $72
- Response Time 24h
- Number of students 1
Diane - Diss - Maths
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We have the best tutors. Quality of their profile, experience in their field. Diane will be happy to arrange your first Maths lesson.
About the lesson
I am a fully qualified teacher with 27 years of teaching experience, now working full-time as a professional independent private maths tutor. I am able to offer tailor made tuition for students of all abilities from age 7 to GCSE level.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I qualified as a teacher in 1992 with a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed (Hons)).
- How much do you charge?
These prices are for 1-2-1 tuition (face-to-face or online)
Key Stage 2 - £35 per lesson
Key Stage 3 - £35 per lesson
Functional Skills - £40 per lesson
GCSE - £40 per lesson
11+ - £35 per lesson
13+ - £40 per lesson
Please contact me for prices for shared or group lessons.
- Where do you teach?
I generally teach at my home or online. Most of my students come from the Diss area, (including Wortham, Rickinghall, Botesdale, Palgrave, Eye, Braiseworth, Roydon, Winfarthing, Scole, Dickleburgh, Tivetshall, Burston, Attleborough, Blo Norton, Garboldisham, Fersfield, Bressingham) on the Norfolk & Suffolk border, although I have had students travel to me from as far away as Downham Market. Online tuition means that I can teach anyone, anywhere. I currently have online students in Wiltshire, Colchester and more locally.
- When are you available?
I tutor during the following times. All times are GMT:
Monday 10.00am -7.30pm
Tuesday 10.00am -7.30pm
Wednesday 4.30am -5.30pm
Thursday 10.00am -7.30pm
Friday 10.00am -7.30pm
Saturday 9.30am -5.30pm
My availability changes during the school holidays, when I try to keep to weekday daytimes. If you wish to book school holiday tuition sessions, please do get in touch to discuss times and days.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I am happy to teach students from aged 7 up to GCSE level. I can also help those trying to pass the teacher's skills test or adults wishing to work on their functional skills. I am able to teach students with dyscalculia.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
I prepare students for Key Stage 2 SATs, School Entrance exams, Functional skills exams and GCSE.
- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.
I use Zoom and an online whiteboard called Bitpaper for online tuition. Zoom is is a very stable platform to use and requires lower bandwidth than Skype.
- Do you have a personal message for students?
Maths rewards people who work at it. Together we will succeed!
- High School
- NCEA Level 1
- What kind of experience do you have?
I have been teaching for 27 years in a variety of Norfolk schools (both primary and secondary). I have a proven track record of improving pupil performance. Many local schools refer students to me when parents ask for extra tuition outside of school. I also work one day each week in a local school supporting students who benefit from one-to-one and small group maths tuition.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes - Enhanced Disclosure. I will show this to you upon request, should you require to see it.
- Where and with whom did you train?
I trained at University of Reading (Bulmershe Court)
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I run the following support/professional development groups for tutors:
* Private Tutors UK
* Independent Tutors Video Calls
* Norfolk & Suffolk Tutors Network
I am also a member of:
* The Mathematical Association
* National Educational Union
* UK Independent Private Tutors
* Maths Tutors UK
- Tell me about some of your current students.
I have students from all Key Stage 2 year groups and Key Stage 3 as well as several Y10 and Y11 students who are working towards their GCSEs (both Foundation and Higher papers) across Edexcel, OCR and AQA examination boards. My students come from a wide variety of backgrounds including home-education, state schools and independent schools. Some find maths challenging, others are gifted in the subject. All are making plenty of progress, which is why I am one of the most in-demand tutors in my local area.
Diane helped my ten year old dyslexic son with prep on entrance exams. He really enjoyed working with her, and never complained about going. She systematically went through different areas with him, and identified areas of weakness. The tutoring worked really well, and I would highly recommend her.
Di is the most wonderful tutor. Our daughter has gained so much from her sessions and enjoyed every single lesson. Her confidence with maths has improved 100% and her teacher at school is also impressed with her progress. Thoroughly recommend.
Olivia passed with a grade 5, which apparently is a high C/low B which is great. Many thanks for your help, I think without it she would have struggled to get a C.
Many thanks for the work you put in with Bethan - I'm confident that she would have struggled to attain the level she did (Grade 5) at GCSE without you.
I am so pleased that I was able to achieve A* in my maths GCSE after only one year of study. I'm so glad I was able to put in the extra work and I couldn't have done it without your guidance.
I will be recommending you to other students.
Can I just say again a big thank you for all your work with Conor; he has not engaged with any learning for years at school, and since starting home ed he has not managed to gel with two other tutors (his main complaints are they are boring or he's not learning anything). However, with you, he not only engages but, out of his own mouth, he says he is learning which is a huge thing for him. I look forward to continued success.
I couldn't recommend Di more highly. When my daughter first met Di, her words to her new tutor were, "I'm rubbish at maths"; she had no self-confidence whatsoever.
Today, after spending time with Di, my daughter is confident, passed her SATs with flying colours and has adjusted to High School maths remarkably. I think she may even enjoy it!
Di is fantastic with unconfident children. What a Superstar with a capital 'S'!
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- 5h: $360
- 10h: $720
GCSE (any age £40)
Functional Skills (£40)
Key Stage 3 (£35)
Key Stage 2 (£35)
Learn more about Diane
When did you develop an interest in your chosen field and in private tutoring?
I am a fully qualified teacher with 28 years of experience. I developed an interest in private tutoring after being asked to tutor some of my past pupils who wanted a professional that they trusted to support their learning. I really enjoy being able to engage with my students on a 1-2-1 level, and also to be able to work with them in a relaxed environment. With word-of-mouth referrals I became so busy that I was having to turn students away so, eventually, in 2014 I decided to make private tuition my full-time occupation.
Tell us more about the subject you teach, the topics you like to discuss with students (and possibly those you like a little less).
I love teaching maths and the opportunity to mentor students through some of the issues that arise at school. I take a genuine interest in my students and learn a lot from them, too.
Did you have any role models; a teacher that inspired you?
When I was at school, I had a lot of wonderful teachers – Mrs Hartley, is the one who stood out. She was an excellent ‘all-round’ teacher who loved to teach maths and science. She was also our choir teacher and deputy head. When I decided to pursue a career in teaching, she was my main inspiration. Another wonderful teacher was Mrs Leggott, who taught maths at high school – often when I am teaching, particularly when working on trigonometry, I am transported back to the days when I sat in her classroom as a teenager.
What do you think are the qualities required to be a good tutor?
A key quality for a tutor is likeability. A student must feel comfortable with the tutor in order to make the most amount of progress. Of course, subject knowledge is also important. As a tutor of students from age 7 up to GCSE one of the most important aspects is a knowledge of pedagogy (something that sixth formers, university students and tutors from non-teaching professions have rarely studied) and understanding of special educational needs.
What were the difficulties or challenges you faced or still facing in your subject?
Some aspects of maths didn’t come easy to me (largely because I missed out on a lot of school due to spending a considerable amount of my school years in hospital) but the key to success is almost always hard work. Succeeding with maths is a choice – with lots of practice and determination, and a little guidance, everyone can improve. The biggest challenge in overcoming difficulties with maths is a student’s mindset. However, once a student experiences a moment of success, that can lead to a change in attitude and that is when the world of maths opens up to them.
Do you have a particular passion? Is it teaching in general or an element of the subject or something completely different?
My passion is to help students achieve their full potential. I love it when they overcome hurdles and achieve a level of success that they thought was beyond their reach.
What makes you a Superprof (besides answering this interview questions :-P) ?
Before answering the question ‘What makes you a Superprof’, I have to ask what ‘prof’ refers to – is it ‘professional’ or ‘professor’?
Two of my students claim that I am ‘the best maths teacher ever’. I conduct my business in a professional manner and as a fully qualified teacher, can honestly say that I am a ‘professional’. The majority of my students come to me via personal recommendation and it is not uncommon for me to be operating a waiting list. Some parents put their children on my waiting list 2 years in advance, to ensure that I will have space for them when they become old enough to use my services. I cannot, however, claim to be a professor – this is an honour bestowed on a very few number of people who are promoted to the highest possible academic grade in the UK, and it would be foolish of anyone who isn’t genuinely a professor to claim that they are such.