For a first lesson with a new pupil, it's very helpful if the pupil's well-prepared. The following are all very useful:
- If they're GCSE or AS / A-Level students, knowing which exam board they'll take their exam with (e.g. Edexcel, AQA, OCR, WJEC). This is important as the course content varies slightly from one
exam board to another.
- If they're GCSE students, knowing whether they'll take the Foundation or the Higher paper. The course content is very different from one to the other.
- Their maths book from school.
- Copies of any practise exam papers / class tests they've done recently.
Information on the above will normally be available from their Maths Teacher or from the school's Head of Maths.
In addition, it is also very useful if a pupil is able to list a few topics (maybe 3 initially) that they would particularly like to work on.
I recommend that pupils always have with them:
- a pen
- a pencil
- a ruler
- a calculator
- a protractor
- a compass
I'll always supply workbooks, resources and paper for the lessons.