Tutoring Scheme

We offer free tutoring in A-level Maths and Physics to ambitious students of all ability levels at state-funded schools, who feel they could benefit from additional support to their learning, but may not have the means to access it. The scheme is run by student volunteers at the University of Leeds. 

To sign up, just complete the registration form and email it to Si Chen. 

For any other enquiries, please also email Si, or any other member of the team. 

The Team 

Currently all our volunteers are members of the theoretical physics group at Leeds, and studying towards their PhDs. You can see pictures of the team members here. 

Si Chen (organiser)
Si is the lead organiser of the scheme, inspired by being part of a similar programme during her undergraduate degree at Imperial College London. She is supported by a Bell Burnell Graduate Scholarship, which aims to to encourage greater diversity in physics by assisting university students from under-represented groups. 

Rhea Alexander (tutor)
Rhea is based at the University of Leeds, but she is also associated with Imperial College, London. 

Daniel Hodgson (tutor)
Daniel is a PhD student at the University of Leeds supported by an EPSRC studentship. Having mentored undergraduate students at Leeds since being an undergraduate here himself, and having experience of tutoring at GCSE level, he is always motivated to teach maths and physics to students of all abilities. 

Matthew Girling (tutor/IT)
Matt is passionate about ensuring everyone has an opportunity to learn in the way that best suits them, and the way they think; having struggled with dyslexia and dyspraxia during his A-levels. He is supported by a Royal Society Studentship at the University of Leeds. 

Jean-Yves Desaules (tutor/IT)
After completing his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees at EPFL in Switzerland, Jean-Yves is now a PhD student at the University of Leeds with an EPSRC studentship. Having been a teaching assistant since his undergrad, he is always motivated to help people learn in the STEM field. 

Aiden Daniel (tutor)
Aiden is a PhD student at the University of Leeds funded by a Leeds Doctoral Scholarship. Being a pupil premium student from a disadvantaged area in Leeds, he’s worked his way from high school to University and has probably been in your exact postion before. Having tutored high school students during his undergraduate degree, he’s a firm believer that everyone deserves and has the ability to pursue higher education.

FAQ 

Who is it for?
The scheme is open to all students in Years 12 and 13 from state-funded schools across the wider Leeds area (meaning you can regularly travel to the University of Leeds campus). 

Our aim is to make tutoring at all ability levels available to any student who might find it useful, but not have the means to access it privately. If you are studying for A-levels and unsure if this is for you, please email us. 

Who are the tutors?
We recruit from PhD, Master’s and final-year Bachelor’s students in maths and physics at the University of Leeds. 

If you wish, we can try to match you to a tutor of the same gender – just indicate this preference on your registration form. 

Which A-levels do you cover?
We currently provide support for every Physics, Mathematics and Further Mathematics A-level offered by any exam board operating across England. 

If you are studying something different but closely related, and feel you could benefit from our sessions, just email us with details about your studies, and we will see what we can do! 

When and where does it happen?
There is one after-school session per week during university term time, taking place at the University of Leeds, Department of Physics in the Bragg Building. Once you’ve registered, we’ll send you the details via email. 

Is there a lesson plan?
No, our experience is that it’s more effective to run “clinic-style” sessions that focus on people’s individual needs as they come up. When you come to a session, just bring along something you would like to work on – such as a stats and mechanics practice paper – and we will do our best to support you. 

Alternatively, if you are not working on any specific assignment, but want help with a particular unit such as binomial distributions, we can revise that unit with you and address any questions you have. Our aim is to help you grasp a topic at a fundamental level. In our experience as tutors and as students ourselves, this is the most efficient way to improve your grades. 

What is the student-to-tutor ratio?
We aim to keep a ratio of 4 students to each tutor. 

Why only A-levels?
A-level results are decisive for many students’ futures because universities and employers offering apprenticeships base their decisions on them. These final years are a time of accelerated learning and intellectual development, which unfortunately can widen the gap between private school students and those without access to the same financial resources. 

In the Leeds area, there are other organisations such as The Tutor Trust that cater to GCSE level and below. 

What is your safeguarding policy?
We take responsibility for the safety and well-being of all young people attending the tutoring sessions. We follow the University of Leeds Safeguarding Policy for young persons. 

If any incident causes concern in respect of the welfare of a young person, it may be reported to our designated safeguarding officer, Dr. Almut Beige. 

Further information 

For school students
If you are interested in attending, just fill in the registration form and email it to us. You will hear back from us soon! 

For teachers
If you think students at your school might find this scheme useful, please encourage them to sign up, and consider advertising the scheme in classes, assemblies, notice boards, newsletters etc. (a flyer is available for your use). We are also more than happy to visit your school and talk to your students directly about our scheme. 

We ask teachers to let students register themselves and not do it on their behalf. This is to ensure that students participate out of their own intrinsic motivation. 

For volunteers
If you are in the final year of a bachelor’s degree or above in maths or physics at the University of Leeds, we would love to hear from you! 

For charities
Our tutors work on a completely voluntary basis. However, there is a small cost in running the programme coming from reimbursing school students’ travel and providing a light meal for them. If you would like to support us in reaching out to as many students as possible, please contact us. We will provide you with a budget and practise complete transparency in reporting how we have spent your money.