The Maths Mentor

Qualified teacher of 13 years, GCSE examiner and advocate of positive mental health. KS3, KS4 & KS5.

Operating as usual


BEST OF LUCK with the paper 2 today!! I have 6 students heading in, 2 are doing iGCSE meaning itโ€™s their last maths paper (bet theyโ€™re totally sad they may never get to do maths again ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿ˜‚). Canโ€™t wait to hear how it goes and will be keeping everything crossed it goes great for all of you ๐Ÿคฉ


Thinking of all my Year 11โ€™s this morning and wishing them the very best of luck with their first paper!! Youโ€™ve all worked so incredibly hard and totally deserve to feel every ounce of confidence going in to it ๐Ÿ’ช


Happy Friday to all my followers!
I thought it was about time I said โ€˜helloโ€™!โ€ฆ

Who am I?
๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿปโ€โ™€๏ธ Iโ€™m Helen, a qualified science teacher with over 19 years experience

๐Ÿ’ช๐ŸปIn 2021 I swapped my mainstream teaching career with being a full time tutor and launching my business

What do I offer?
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿซ Personalised tuition for A level (and International) Biology, GCSE, IGCSE, IB and KS3 Sciences

๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿง‘โ€๐Ÿง’โ€๐Ÿง’ Choice of 1:1 or small group sessions

๐ŸŽ“ Experience with home educated and flexi/world schooled students as well as those attending online and in-person schools

๐ŸŒ Flexibility across all time zones. Iโ€™m currently teaching students from India ๐Ÿ‡ฎ๐Ÿ‡ณ UAE ๐Ÿ‡ฆ๐Ÿ‡ช China ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Ukraine ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ฆ Switzerland ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ญ USA ๐Ÿ‡บ๐Ÿ‡ธ

How does it work?
๐Ÿ‘ฉ๐Ÿปโ€๐Ÿ’ป Sessions are online using a fully interactive and collaborative whiteboard workspace

๐Ÿ“š Resources are accessible to students 24/7

๐Ÿ—“๏ธ Weekly, ad hoc or multiple sessions each week as different students need different levels of input

๐Ÿ’ต Pay as you go or block book, thatโ€™s completely up to you!

How do I book?
๐Ÿš€ DM me to book or message me on Whatsapp 07515 418046

Photos from The Maths Mentor's post 16/04/2024

โž• ๐•Ž๐•–๐•๐•”๐• ๐•ž๐•– ๐”น๐•’๐•”๐•œ โž•

Wow guys! Welcome back to what is going to be a brilliantly crazy term - here we go!! I canโ€™t wait now for that big final push to the exams for many of you, weโ€™ve totally got this ๐Ÿ’ช

Iโ€™ve had a lovely few days off enjoying the sun in Tenerife โ˜€๏ธ hope everyone else has had a lovely Easter!

Availability update:
โž•I am fully booked for 1:1 evening sessions currently Iโ€™m afraid
โž• Very limited availability in my home ed classes (previously fully booked but a couple of students now returning to school)
โž•3 available regular slots for daytime 1:1


Important words for anyone feeling anxious with upcoming exams ๐Ÿ˜ตโ€๐Ÿ’ซ

โ€œYou have whatever you need within youโ€

I dropped out of 6th year at school with an eating disorder (despite perfect grades).

I left university after a few months following a nervous breakdown.

I barely managed to keep a job throughout my twenties, never mind a career, due to poor mental health, lack of coping skills and possible undiagnosed neurodiversion.

I have no training or further educational prowessโ€ฆdespite a foretold โ€˜unfulfilled academic potentialโ€™; a phrase which requires so much support for many of us to achieve.

In my mid 40s, I began something newโ€ฆ

A few years later I am now a Sunday Times Bestselling author and a โ€˜successโ€™ in a category which is seen as only for an elite few. I outsold every other poet in the UK the last two years over.

I am asked to speak to young people as an example of inspirational prowess.

I am invited to speak to all manner of wonderful humans, who simply enjoy the words that tumble out of my mind.

I am able to write for a living, something I only ever believed to be a fantasy.

This is not a brag, my friends, please please hear me on that. I am not someone who counts my achievements for anything other than good use.

And I refuse to attach my self-worth to something that moves.

A thing I learned the hard way.

This is simply, and I hope, powerfully, a reminderโ€ฆ

that you have whatever you need within you

and whilst qualifications are important, your belief in your self, your passion for your pathway, is much more powerful.

And your dreams, your desires need not be folly or fancy.

People are out there making them real, every day.

Whether that starts from youth or from the middle point in life, where we suddenly wake up from a slumber of โ€˜doingโ€™ and realise we havenโ€™t been living.

This world is yours for the moulding, my friends, and rememberโ€ฆ dreams can be whatever you like. They can be small and wholesome, or large and dazzling.

You may dream of a peaceful life or one filled with noise and adventure.

Whatever it is, you can have it.

You should have it.

And I believe you must have it.

If I had told everyone age 17 I wanted to be a poetโ€ฆ they may have laughed. Iโ€™m sure they would have discouraged me.

So, here I am, ready to encourage you.. to reach into your solar plexus and pull out your โ€˜planโ€™.

The one the world said no to. Or they would have, had you been brave enough to speak it.

But you are brave enough now. Or at least wise enough to do it afraid.

Or at least you have learned that bravery is available when you need it, even if it feels absent it will swoop in like a superhero just at the right moment. It wonโ€™t let you down.

Just beginโ€ฆ the world may not recognise your contribution immediately but the universe will.

And itโ€™s her you need on side.

(It is national wear a hat day for brain tumour research, hence the image below )

Donna x


Just a reminder lessons are still on this week ๐Ÿ˜Š we finish on Thursday for 2 weeks and back to it on April 15th! ๐Ÿฃ


Highly recommend Helen Reid Science Tuition, wonderful person and wonderful teacher ๐ŸŒŸ definitely worth giving this a go if youโ€™re sitting A-Level Biology (AQA)

Join us this evening!


๐Ÿงฌ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿง Biology Paper 2 this evening! ๐Ÿง ๐ŸŒณ๐Ÿงฌ

Post feb half term is always when the revision intensity seems to step up๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿป ๐Ÿ‹๏ธโ€โ™€๏ธ
Join us for small, friendly, group revision


โž• โ„•๐•–๐•จ ๐•‹๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ž โž•

All classes and 1:1โ€™s are back on this week and Iโ€™m very excited to get going again!

Weโ€™ve had a wonderful time in Copenhagen, so nice to get away. Landed home just before 5pm last night and got straight back ON IT with 1:1โ€™s at 7pm and 8pm (mock season!) ๐Ÿฅด

Iโ€™ll get back to all messages / enquires today! Hope youโ€™ve all had the most lovely week ๐Ÿ˜€


โž• ๐•‹๐•™๐•š๐•ค ๐•Ž๐•–๐•–๐•œ โž•

Just a little reminder that lessons are on as normal this week (apart from my Thursday evening 1:1โ€™s and group who Iโ€™ve spoken to directly) and half term will be the week after (19th - 23rd Feb)

Photos from The Maths Mentor's post 11/02/2024

โž• Chรบc mแปซng nฤƒm mแป›i โž•

Did you know, between 2013 and 2016 I lived and taught in Vietnam ๐Ÿฅฐ it was one of the best things I did and some of the highs of my career:

๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Leading a Year 9 (whole year) 4 day residential to Phong Nha
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Helping to host the maths FOBISIA competition
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Taking my dance / cheer team to compete (for the first time ๐ŸŒŸ)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Directing a staff panto AND staff flashmob (students loved it ๐Ÿ˜‚)
๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ Generally working with such great and fun (not that I told them that ๐Ÿคช) students

Well with Lunar New Year being celebrated this weekend itโ€™s sent me on a little trip down memory lane ๐Ÿฅฐ so hereโ€™s a few pics of my time there, plus our trip into Manchester today to watch the infamous dragon dance to celebrate with our three littles

Photos from The Maths Mentor's post 19/01/2024

โž• ๐•Ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•œ ๐•Š๐•™๐• ๐•จ๐•”๐•’๐•ค๐•– โž•

Just a bit of what my KS3 home ed students have been up to this week ๐Ÿฅฐ just looking at these makes me so proud of them!! They put so much effort in and deserve every success. One happy happy teacher right here ๐Ÿฅฐ


โž• โ„™๐•ฆ๐•ซ๐•ซ๐•๐•–๐•ค โž•

My KS3 class had me cracking up earlier with this puzzle ๐Ÿ˜‚ see now, Iโ€™m really rubbish at these types of things! My students tend to laugh at me and just donโ€™t get how I canโ€™t see it ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿคทโ€โ™€๏ธ but today I fully had an ally in my struggles and it was really making me giggle!

What do you think? Are you a whizz at visualising shapes? Pop your answers below and Iโ€™ll let you know if youโ€™re right ๐Ÿคช


โž• ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿš๐Ÿœ โž•

Lessons starting back today and Iโ€™m so happy to be back to it! Looking forward to catching up with everyone and meeting new students ๐Ÿฅฐ

Update: just one space left each for KS3 and Pre-GCSE foundation.


โž•โ„๐•’๐•ก๐•ก๐•ช โ„•๐•–๐•จ ๐•๐•–๐•’๐•ฃ ๐ŸŽ‰โž•

Hope youโ€™ve all had the most amazing break!! Canโ€™t wait to get started again next week ๐Ÿคฉ


So proud to watch one of my old students shine in the pantomime this afternoon!! To think how far sheโ€™s come over the last few years is super inspiring ๐Ÿฅฐ to see her now perform as one of the 2 lead dancers is just ๐Ÿคฏ WELL DONE C!!

British Sign Language to be introduced as GCSE in England 23/12/2023

I love this! I started learning BSL a few years ago then it dwindled off, maybe this will spur me on again ๐Ÿ™Œ

British Sign Language to be introduced as GCSE in England Students in England will be able to choose British Sign Language as a GCSE subject from September 2025.


โž• ๐•‹๐•™๐•’๐•ฅโ€™๐•ค ๐•’ ๐•จ๐•ฃ๐•’๐•ก โž•

Well, what can I say, my first full term as a tutor-teacher is complete. Deciding to start something like this is so daunting, will it work? Can I do it? But I can honestly say, I have NO regrets. I feel just immensely lucky to be working with amazing, deserving students who really show me their best efforts. Thank you so much to my amazing families who are allowing me to do what I LOVE ๐Ÿฅฐ it really is the best. This week Iโ€™ve been able to watch both my boys do their nativities without drama, Iโ€™ve had the energy to look after poorly and tired children. These little but important things make me so happy. Hope you all have the most magical Christmas!


โž• ๐Ÿš๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ๐”ฝ๐• ๐•๐•๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ค โž•

THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to every one of you for your support ๐Ÿฅฐ


โž• โ„™๐•ฃ๐• ๐•ฆ๐•• โž•

Wow wow WOW!! I am just so proud of my amazing students this week. Weโ€™ve had:

๐Ÿ“ KS3 drawing graphs AND spotting patterns between the equations and the lines,

๐Ÿ“ Pre-GCSE classes solving simultaneous equations ๐Ÿฅฐ (one of my personal faves!),

๐Ÿ“ Foundation GCSE plotting quadratics and even using them to solve problems

๐Ÿ“ Higher GCSE solving quadratic simultaneous equations ๐Ÿคฏ (not to mention the algebraic proof we threw on top)!

Absolutely incredible work from you all and I am one happy happy teacher! Thank you for all your efforts ๐Ÿฅฐ


One of my students came to their lesson with these for my kids today ๐Ÿ˜ซ๐Ÿฅฐโค๏ธ the best!! Actually made my day



Thinking of my exam students so much this morning!! Iโ€™ve got one doing their iGCSE paper 1 and one doing GCSE resit with Paper 1 this morning, both going for grades 7+. Keeping everything crossed guys but know that you will both do amazing!!


โž• ๐•Œ๐•ก๐••๐•’๐•ฅ๐•– โž•

๐ŸŒŸ Iโ€™ve had lots of new enquiries and bookings this week (๐Ÿฅฐ thank you! So grateful for it all). I think Iโ€™ve managed to get back to everyone now and book in those starting this week, but if Iโ€™ve missed you please let me know!

โšก๏ธJust wanted to say that Iโ€™m so sorry but my evenings are fully booked and I canโ€™t take on anyone new ๐Ÿ˜ซ Iโ€™m so sorry! I am keeping a waitlist but even that is getting long now. I am potentially looking at starting evening groups to accommodate more of you so if youโ€™re interested in that being an option please let me know!

๐Ÿ’ซ Looking forward to meeting the new faces this week in my home ed group classes ๐Ÿ˜Š


โž• โ„•๐•–๐•จ ๐•‹๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ž โž•

So excited to get started again tomorrow ๐Ÿ˜Š ready to get our algebra brains out! Hope everyone is feeling well rested after the half term break

Photos from The Maths Mentor's post 25/10/2023

โž• โ„๐• ๐•๐•š๐••๐•’๐•ช โž•

Having a lovely week away with my family in the Lake District. How beautiful is the UK!? Hope everyone is enjoying their break and looking forward to seeing you all again next week ๐Ÿ˜Š


โž• ๐•Ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•๐•• ๐•‹๐•–๐•’๐•”๐•™๐•–๐•ฃโ€™๐•ค ๐”ป๐•’๐•ช โž•

Itโ€™s a special thing to be a teacher. I value it so much! So to teachers EVERYWHERE, in whatever context you teach, past and present, hereโ€™s to you ๐Ÿฅ‚

Teaching to me looks different now, in all the BEST ways. So to those of you on board with my new venture, THANK YOU for allowing me to continue what I love ๐Ÿ’•


If anyone is local to Northwich, come and watch me dancing in this beautiful show ๐Ÿ’ƒ itโ€™s going to be excellent!!

Maths โž• Musical Theatre = ๐Ÿ˜€โค๏ธ

Join us for a dazzling performance of Funny Girl the Musical. Full of love, laughter and much more let us entertain you.

18 - 21 October Northwich Memorial Court

Tickets on sale


โž• ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜ ๐•—๐• ๐•๐•๐• ๐•จ๐•–๐•ฃ๐•ค โž•

Wahooooo guys, today I reached over 100 followers! I am doing a happy little maths dance (see below) thank you so much to everyone for your support and especially my new students who are making my job so super ๐Ÿฅฐ

Photos from The Maths Mentor's post 22/09/2023

โž• ๐•Ž๐• ๐•ฃ๐•œ ๐•Š๐•™๐• ๐•จ๐•”๐•’๐•ค๐•– โž•

Another amazing week as The Maths Mentor, feeling like the luckiest teacher ๐Ÿฅฐ a little showcase of what weโ€™ve been up to โ€ฆ well done to everyone! So impressed with the commitment from you all ๐Ÿ˜Š


Love this Helen Reid Science Tuition ๐Ÿฅฐ ๐Ÿ‘

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