Meet a tutor: Yolande

By Hannah McDowell Wednesday, April 2, 2014

We thought it would be nice to introduce you to some of our tutors and students so you can get to know just what it is that makes people love Maths Doctor.

At the start of each month, we're going to post a case study of one of our tutors or learners and hope you enjoy finding out more about their Maths Doctor experience.

Yolande Southgate

Maths Doctor tutor

Age: 21
Location: Norwich

Yolande began tutoring for Maths Doctor in 2011 when she was a student. She has now graduated but still tutors part time.

“My tutoring career began as a way to earn money while I was at university in Leeds, where I studied Maths and Philosophy. I was attracted to the online format of Maths Doctor because it meant I could work anywhere with an Internet connection.

I teach a mixture of primary and secondary school students, and a full range of abilities. Some of my students find Maths a bit daunting and they can be reluctant to give new types of problems a go when we first begin lessons. Just helping them build the confidence to give it a go can make a huge difference, as well as teaching them how to interpret problem solving questions more successfully.

There are definite advantages of tutoring for Maths Doctor rather than doing it independently. Their staff are always on hand if I need support and I have been given lots of training since I started. They also have a great range of online resources for tutors and students, which I use in my lessons.

I love tutoring and find it very fulfilling working with young people. My students are great and they respond really well to the online, one-to-one format. Without the fear of embarrassing themselves in front of all their friends their confidence and abilities can flourish and they are often surprised at the speed of their progress. I recently had a student who said they felt they had never understood Algebra so I taught the topic to them from scratch, right from the basics. I now feel that it is one of the topics in Maths that they actually understand best.

I’ve finished my studies now but I still spend between 15-20 hours a week working for Maths Doctor and I see myself doing it for the foreseeable future. I like the work and the flexibility means I can fit it around my other commitments.”