For a first lesson with a new pupil, it's very helpful if the pupil's well-prepared. The following are all very useful:
- For GCSE or A-Level students, knowing their exam board (e.g. Edexcel, AQA, OCR, WJEC). This is important as the course content varies slightly from one exam board to another.
- For GCSE students, knowing whether they'll take the Foundation or the Higher paper. The course content is very different from one to the other.
- School maths book.
- Copies of any recent practise exam papers / class tests.
- If they use a maths revision website at school (e.g. Mymaths, Hegartymaths, Mathswatch etc) knowing their login details.
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. In addition, it's very helpful if you have a password for the home Wifi - I bring a laptop to all lessons and it's very useful if
we can access the Internet.