Edward Smith - Private Tutor in London

 Edward Smith Private Tutor in London

I studied mathematics at Trinity College Cambridge; I graduated with a MA (1st) and a MMATH (Distinction); and was a Senior Scholar. Before Cambridge I went to school in Aiglon College, a premium boarding school in Switzerland. I grew up in England and Switzerland, but also lived in Asia and Africa as a child.

I started tutoring and helping other students learn in school and have been tutoring for around 15 years. I have mostly tutored maths and physics from 13+ and Common Entrance all the way up to University degree level. With Wentworth Tutors, I have also helped several students prepare for interviews with Strategy Consultancy firms: for internships, in the graduate milkround and for experienced hire positions. However, when I worked as a strategy consultancy, I also ran general business and technical skills training for groups and in 1-on-1 teaching. As a consultant I regularly helped train colleagues in Excel, programming, and SQL; and even wrote some of the courses.

Prior to co-founding Wentworth Tutors, I worked at OC&C Strategy Consultants, a top tier strategy consultancy, based in London. I am Wentworth Tutors’ business manager – setting the business strategy as well as managing the day to day operation and administration of the business.

Subjects I Teach

My Education & Qualifications

  • University of Cambridge, 20092010
    Mathematics (MMATH): Distinction
  • University of Cambridge, 20062009
    Mathematics (MA): 1st
  • School: Aiglon College
    Aiglon is an elite Swiss boarding school. Grades achieved include: STEP 2 & 3 (1, S); A Levels in Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Physics (A), Philosophy (B); 10 GCSEs. House Captain.

My Tutoring & Teaching Experience

I have been tutoring and helping my friends with their homework ever since I was a teenager in school. I now mostly manage Wentworth Tutors' administration department, but my teaching experience is quite broad:

  • Mathematics
    I've tutored maths to under 7s and undergraduate students, in the US and UK syllabi. I studied maths in Cambridge University.
  • Strategy Consultancy Interviews & CV Screening
    Case studies and CVs structuring to ensure you score highly in a potential employer's CV scoring algorithm.
  • Microsoft Excel & Quantitative Business Skills
    At OC&C Strategy Consultants (where I worked prior to starting Wentworth Tutors), I designed and taught several of the Excel and advanced analysis courses (SQL, VBA, etc.).
  • Skiing
    On a more light hearted note, I must have taught half a dozen people to ski from 4 year old's to 40 year old's, from the absolute beginner to those really trying to control their little-toe edge whilst carving over black-run moguls.
  • Sailing
    I also, normally once a year, take several people sailing off the British coast, or in warmer climes. When sailing I can't stop my inner-tutor coming out. I love teaching how to tie a bowline, about marine navigation and the three point fix, and that a sailing boat's sail is, for all intents and purposes, a low-tech version of a 747's wing.

My Approach to Tutoring

One of my favourite methods of ensuring students truly understand a topic is to get them to teach someone else the topic, be that their mum and dad, their friends at school or even me, their tutor. Not only does teaching someone else what you've just learnt repetitively drill the subject back into your own mind, but explaining it out loud and guiding someone else through the learning process is a remarkably good way of ensuring you know it yourself. Indeed Aristotle is attributed to have said "those that know, do; those that understand, teach."

When helping bright students prepare for exams or interviews I invariably get them to first ask themselves: 'what is it that the examiner or interviewer asking me to demonstrate?' This questions and approach is just as applicable to solving a strategy consultancy case study to writing exercises in French as a foreign language at GCSE. Once you are able to break down the problem in the examiner's eyes it's often much easier to do well, you simply go through all the things you know they want or need you to demonstrate; be that how to break down a problem into its constituent logical parts, or in your essay to use a regular and irregular verb in the past, present and future tenses (and dare I say it - use the subjunctive).

Fun Facts About Me

I grew up in Switzerland and raced for the Cambridge University Men's First Ski Team. I also have a Yachtmaster Offshore qualification and am a first mate with Professional Yacht Deliveries, with whom I have delivered several high end yachts around the world (eg: The Solent to Madeira, Norway to Inverness, Malta to Gibraltar, to and from the London Boat Show, etc.).

My Client Testimonials

  • Strategy Consultancy Interviews (McKinsey, BCG, OC&C, and Oliver Wyman Offeree)
    "The biggest hurdle for me was understanding what to expect from the interviews. The mock was extremely realistic and actually harder than all but the final round cases. I was given feedback that helped me to improve immensely. I felt very prepared; a big thank you!"
  • Strategy Consultancy Interviews (LEK Offeree)
    "Ed took me through a structured method with which to approach interviews which really helped me to break the case study problems down: displaying the logical thinking that the interviewers were looking for, and also helping me find interviews much less daunting. I'm certain that Ed's logical, structured preparation (based on his own experience of the industry) played a huge part in me receiving an offer."
  • Business Management
    "May I just say how efficient I have found your organisation to deal with to date? Thank you."
  • Microsoft Excel
    "Whenever anyone has an analysis or Excel problem - we always go and ask Ed... He can do anything in Excel!"