Do you “not get maths”? Do you often find the right answer to maths problems but without really understanding how or why? Or are you an already competent mathematician but looking to push your skills further? If so then Barney can help.
A Countdown champion, Barney Maunder-Taylor scored his win on the T.V. show in 2010, and his Countdown winner's teapot stands amongst his proudest possessions. But his love of the lighter side of mathematics is backed up by serious qualifications: he has a first in maths from Oxford University.
Based in Bournemouth but also tutoring online worldwide, maths tutor Barney has years of experience at showing how maths can be simple, straightforward and even fun. Whether you're studying for A-level, Higher level GCSE, or even at University, you'll see how Barney combines enthusiasm, energy and expertise.
Private one-to-one maths tutor Barney is based in Charminster, Bournemouth where he lives with his young family. In his spare time he plays backgammon, creates 3D shapes, and runs the Bournemouth and East Dorset Maths Jam. Read on below, and then get in touch. There's no obligation and he'll be happy to discuss how he can help you achieve your goals in maths.
ONLINE OR FACE-TO-FACE TUTORIALS?
Both options have their advantages, so you can choose whether to meet in person or online.
Choose online one-to-one maths tutorials if you prefer the comfort and convenience of your own home, if you’re keen to save time travelling to and from tutorials, or if you live outside of Bournemouth UK.
Choose face-to-face maths tutorials if you prefer to collaborate with pen and paper, or for hands-on maths with concrete objects (e.g. properties of 3D shapes; metric measurements etc). Working with concrete objects can help to make maths less abstract.
Testimonials for Barney Maunder-Taylor:
Barney is an amazing maths tutor. You cannot help but be inspired by Barney's enthusiasm and energy, which are infectious and tremendously motivating. Not only did Barney give Tom the skills and confidence to pass his exams, which meant that he got a place at Amsterdam University, but he also made Tom's lessons interesting; he actually enjoyed doing maths at 8pm on a weekday night!
THE WELLS FAMILY, 'I.B.' (A-level equivalent)
I have got into Cardiff University - thus vindicating my decision to take on the seemingly impossible '1 year A-level maths'. Thank you very much for the tutoring - without it I wouldn't have achieved my University place.
W. GREENWOOD (achieved B grade after self-studying A-level maths in one year)
Thank you for all the top class tuition and helping me on my way to A* glory!
P. WRIGHT (St Peter's school Bournemouth, A-level maths)
After speaking to Barney we have never looked back! He has a great method of teaching, with a kind nature and positive approach. Charlotte's confidence has increased dramatically thanks to Barney and she has now gone on to study 'A' level Maths at sixth Form.
N. ALCOCK (GCSE maths predicted 'B', achieved: 'A')
My University course requires a heavy understanding of maths ranging from matrices, algebra, trigonometry, set theory, vectors etc. Not only was Barney able to get me from a GCSE level of understanding of maths to achieving a first for my maths exam, but he was able to do so in a clear and concise way. I would also leave with great notes to review and revise with.
C. WETHERLY (Computer Animation at Bournemouth University)
Sorry for the delay in sharing my news at passing my Maths Exam - Yay! Thankyou so much for your support, I couldn't have done it without you. Carrying the 'gremlins of maths' all my life, although I hate to admit - I actually started to enjoy maths!
L. HALL (Adult Numeracy course)
Barney has greatly helped me to overcome my statistics-SPSS-phobia. Barney explained difficult issues in a simple way, illustrating complex stats by providing plenty of examples relevant to my subject area. The results: I achieved top marks in my statistics assignments.
M. LEE (Postgraduate researcher at Southampton University)
Mark has had excellent marks, more than any other subject he has taken. You have helped him tremendously - your tutoring excellent. He can now continue his course, and with a lot more confidence.
R. AND C. TAYLOR (University Statistics Module, pass mark 40%, achieved 87%)
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