Charlotte Burford - Private Tutor in London and Surrey
I have been tutoring in the private sector since 2007. Whilst completing my studies I had experience tutoring mathematics for ages 12-16 (including GCSE). During my gap year I worked as a cover supervisor at Simon Langton Girls' Grammar school where I had experience teaching mathematics to Year 8 (12-13 years old) and to a GCSE class. I also had experience teaching Core 1 (AS mathematics model) to a group of highly able students who were taking the exam a year early. Whilst completing my degree I had further experience tutoring GCSE mathematics.
I attended Girton College at the University of Cambridge and studied on the Natural Science Tripos. She took modules in mathematics, chemistry, material science, biochemistry, psychology, neurobiology and physiology. My specialist interest was in physiology and my final year project explored the development of the human middle ear bones. I recently completed a Masters in Clinical Neuroscience at King's College London in which I achieved a distinction and was awarded the Gold Medal for achieving the highest mark in the year. I have since returned to King's to undertake their four year graduate medicine course. I took A-Levels in Mathematics, Further Mathematics, Chemistry, Biology and Physics as well as a AS Level in Ancient Greek.
I am passionate about tutoring mathematics as believe the analytical and problem solving skills it develops are crucial for a whole range of academic disciplines or careers. In my spare time I am a keen cyclist and I race for King's College London Cycling Club of which I was also the 2015-2016 President.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
King's College London, 2015 – 2019
Graduate Entry Medicine (ongoing): Distinction in Medical Sciences in first year exams
King's College London, 2014 – 2015
Clinical Neuroscience (MSc): Distinction
University of Cambridge, 2011 – 2014
Natural Sciences (BA (Hons)): 2:1 (1st in years 1 and 2, Barbara Bodichon Scholar)
School: Simon Langton Girls' Grammar School
5 A* A-Levels in Maths, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology Connie Groves Prize for Outstanding Contribution
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I have been tutoring since 2007 and have had experience teaching both GCSE and A-Level Maths, Chemistry, Biology and Physics. I prefer to tutor students over an extended period of time as I feel it is important to help them establish good study practices which contribute to better future learning as well as an improvement in their current grade. However I have also had experience tutoring students intensely before examinations. During my gap year I also gained experience teaching classes of approximately 30 students in GCSE, A-Level and key stage 3 mathematics.
My Approach to Tutoring
I feel it is important for mathematics and science that students develop a basic understanding of core concepts so that when they move on to more challenging material they can start to work out answers for themselves using first principles. In order to help students develop this understanding I tend to ask lots of questions and help students to reach the answers on their own. In my experience this approach helps increase retention of information and encourages students to share their thought process aloud. I think this is a particularly useful skill for university interviews, particularly Oxbridge, where admissions tutors want to understand how you approach problems not just the solution.
Fun Facts About Me
In my spare time I am a keen bike racer and compete for the university and a regional and national level.
My Client Testimonials
Maths - Key Stage 3
"My daughter was really struggling with maths when she started secondary school. Sessions with Charlotte not only helped her understand the material but also gave her a love for the subject."
Science - GCSE
"My son was an able student who wanted to improve his grade from a B to an A. Charlotte helped him with his approach to revision and showed him tips and tricks for making things easier to learn."
"I needed to revise some basic GCSE mathematics principles for an assessment centre. Charlotte was good at adapting her teaching so it fitted around the way I understood the questions and how I remembered approaching them"
"I believe that with your help and support my daughter managed to improve her studying skills achieving great results. She not only did very well in her math exams but she also got the highest overall grade in her year!"
Mathematics - A-Level Mechanics
"Charlotte was excellent at providing resources for my son's retake exam and marked his work in between sessions so he could have another go at any he didn't get right. This forced him to go through his answers and work out where he was going wrong - I think this was a very useful experience."
Mathematics - A-Level Mechanics
"I really enjoyed my sessions with Charlotte "