What they’re saying

Some feedback from tutee families

In recent years it has become commonly accepted to communicate by text. Many of the quotes below are directly copied from texts, or emails, sent by parents or tutees. In some cases these are in reply to a text or email from me enquiring as to their result.

2020 results

4A, 4B, 3C — I always encourage tutees to take the prelim exams very seriously (but of course not everybody listens). However this year those who did listen, and were able to score well, benefited from this advice, and I’m very pleased for them.

2020 has obviously been a bit different,  however as the above results indicate many families were happy with their grade. Here are a few of the comments received in texts:

Hi Garry,

Hope all is well and you had a good holiday. Just got my results after the U-turn by the SQA, I achieved and A in maths :). Thank you very much for helping me with my maths last year. I would like to continue maths tutoring this year. What day and time would work for you? The most helpful for me would be the same as last time. 

L — H 2020 — going on to do Advanced Higher maths

Dear Gary,
How are you? I hope all is well with you and yours, and that you have continued to be able to work throughout the lockdown period.
I am pleased to report that C was awarded a B at Higher Maths. Thank you very much for helping him to gain a better understanding of Maths, and to improve so much on his grade from last year’s result of a D. He is very happy with the award.
With all my very best wishes,

C — H 2020 — got a B at prelim and could have achieved an A if the exam had gone ahead. These tutorials were a joy to take part in, as it is great to see someone finally come to understand maths better. But then a few days later:

Hi Gary,
Just wanted to let you know that C’s result has been upgraded to an A, so clearly his teacher agreed with your assessment of his ability, as well as the improvement in his understanding of Maths thanks to your help. Thank you again!
All my very best wishes, E

Which was nice!

An A! Many thanks to you! He got 5 As for his highers so is delighted! A is asking if you are available to tutor him for advanced higher?

A — H 2020 — got an A at his prelim. Physicist needing to strengthen his maths.

Hi. S very pleased with his Maths result – thanks for all your help so far! Aiming for an A at Higher!! Thanks, A

S — N5 2020  — A — worked hard for his prelim and achieved an A. Another tutee whose tutorials are a complete joy to take part in.

Hi Gary, R got a B for her maths so she is very pleased with that and reckons it is due to her tuition with you. Thanks for all your hard work with her. I hope you are well. C

R — N5 2020 this was a case of upgrading from a D at prelim

Hi Gary thank you for your text, I hope you and your family are well. A got a B and he is very happy. We really appreciate all your help. Best wishes A

A — N5 2020 — worked hard for his prelim, got a B and could have got an A if the exam had gone ahead

Thank you for all your work, you are a great teacher. Yes, she thinks the same, but is happy with the B, under the circumstances. We both appreciate all your teaching, it really did help her.

B — H 2020 — a B but had been a C and would have been a A if the exam had gone ahead since A obtained at prelim. Of course that would have been an A is my opinion, but this is one tutee who really got a lot out of tuition and so I feel confident saying would have been an A

…she is over the moon and under normal circumstances we know she would have achieved even higher as you were a great tutor for the short time she had with you and it was all starting to click together, many thanks for all the help you gave her S

C — H 2020  — a C but had been a D before the whole issue of downgrading was rethought. Only started tuition after her prelim.

Hi Gary, just got my gcse results and good news I got a 5 which is the highest grade I could get doing foundation. Once again I would like to thank you for being my tutor. You really did send my maths to the next level possible

M — IGCSE 2019 — a 5 is a high C/low B

hi gary, it’s b here l thanking you for your months of help with my maths. unfortunately i only received a 5 in my final exams which was lower than expected! this was down to the papers extreme challenges not your tutoring! hope u had a great summer

B — IGCSE 2019

Hi Gary,
He’s finally home and opened the envelope and we’re very excited to say he got an A in his maths 🥳🥳🥳🥳
Thank you so much for your help in getting him there!!!

H — N5 2019

Hi Gary, He got B. He is going to school today to get the marks. Then I will let you know the breakdown.

A — Higher 2019

Hi Gary A has got 4As including his Maths. I haven’t seen his score sheet yet as I am away and will reach home later this evening. I will let you know the breakdown later today. I was planning to let you know when I got them in hand. Apologies for the delay. Thank you for all the help you offered.

G — Higher 2019

Hi Gary – F is pleased with his result. He got a B – I think he was hoping for an A but pleased all the same. Many thanks for all your help. Thanks

D — Higher 2019

Hi there Gary, Following my Higher exam results I did find out that I have failed Higher Maths. However, I didn’t need it for the course I want to do at university. However, I am pleased to say that I sat the exam and that I got to experience the process – and a lot of that is to do with you. Thank you for building my confidence and helping me even set foot into that exam hall  I put my all into the exam and couldn’t have done anymore. Thank you so much! It was a real learning curve for me. P.s I got all the other highers that I needed!

M — Higher 2019

Hi Gary, Thank you so much for all the work you did with C. She managed to pass her maths, she got a D but she was so happy that she managed to get that and thankfully she doesn’t need higher maths for her chosen university course. Again many thanks for your patient teaching in helping her understand.

M — N5 2019 (Not sure D counts as a pass, but it does accrue UCAS and SCQF points.)

Hello Gary, I was given grade A for my work. However, I’m currently unable to tell you the exact percentage or band as I would firstly need to contact my school teacher. Furthermore, as soon as I do so I would be glad to let you know. Best regards,
A — Advanced Higher 2019
Just thought that I’d let you know that A passed her Higher Maths. She achieved a C grade and she has successfully been offered a place at –University to study Business Management. Thank you for all your help.

Sally — Higher 2019

Hi Gary – L managed a C in his Nat 5 maths, delighted with that – thanks for your support through the year!!

K — N5 2019

Hi Gary, just to say I got my results this morning and got an A in maths! I don’t know what band yet but I am very happy! 😀 Thank you Gary, I couldn’t have done it without your help!

R — Higher 2018

Dear Gary Thank you so much, M achieved an A pass in her exam, and has secured her place at Aberdeen Uni. Coming from a previous D to an A is a huge testament to your input. Thanking you again. M & M J

M&MJ — N5 2018 

Hello Gary,

I apologise for not replying to your message earlier. I was awarded Grade A for my work. Nevertheless, I would like to see the exact percentage which I’m hoping to get when I come back to school.



AM — Higher 2018

Hi Gary just to let you know that E got a B for her Higher Maths she is so happy and couldn’t have done it without your help. Got As in the other 4 so super chuffed. Thank you Y

ED — Higher 2018

Good afternoon Gary, Hope this finds you well. Delighted to let you know N got an A in her maths Nat 5 exam. Thank you for your help in her achievement. Best regards, S

NK — N5 2018

Hello I’d liked to thank you for tutoring me maths half a year ago since i have passed my N5 maths exam and gotting an A thanks

BS — N5 2018

Hi Gary. So proud of her she got an A in her maths . Thanks again for all your help . It definitely made a difference for her confidence for sitting her exam.Thanks for everything.

Catherine’s mum (N5 student last year) H 2018

Hi Gary, You were on my list to contact to let you know she passed and got a C so we are really pleased! You were so helpful to her and I am so thankful to you. Very best wishes, D

LB — H 2018

Hi Gary, R passed with an A , needless to say we are over the moon, I will be in touch in a few weeks to hopefully carry things on for his highers. Thanks, R.

RR — N5 2018

Gary brought my daughter from a Nat5 Grade D to a fabulous A… He did more than I would have expected, in terms of additional assistance, igniting a joy for the subject and in giving of his own time. M has now secured her postgraduate place thanks entirely to Gary’s tutoring.

MJ — N5  2018

Thank you very much Gary. My son achieved an A for his Higher. We are very pleased with his results. Gary is a very measured and practical Tutor. He was able to give my son the confidence he needed as well as the support to learn the subject and consolidate his school work. I would thoroughly recommend him to anyone looking for support in Maths.

JG — Higher 2017

Hi Gary, thought you may  like to know. P got an ‘A‘ and is delighted. Thank you for all your help you really made a huge difference . We’ve got you number for  J! Thanks

Mr & Mrs Smith — Higher 2017

Hi Gary. Happy to say she got an A. Thanks for all your help and will be in touch around November time.

Catherine’s mum — Nat 5 2017 — Catherine is going on to do Higher Maths

Gary great news R got A higher in maths thx so much.

NI by text — Higher 2017

hi gary, thank you for asking! I got a B in my exam (90/130), which was better than I expected. Thanks for all your help I don’t think I could have passed without it. all the best,

SZ — Higher 2017

Hi again, Thank you very much for all the help you gave me leading up to the exam and it certainly helped. I got a B for maths along with 2 other Bs and 2As. I certainly couldn’t have gotten that mark without your help. Thanks again

NG — Higher 2017

Delighted to say she got a C! It’s a great result for her because she needed it to do Psychology at University. Thanks so much for the time you gave her, I think it really made a lot of difference even though it was only a few weeks – I think you really helped her to learn how to think through the questions so she could see what was being asked. If anyone asks me for tutor recommendations I will definitely pass on your name! best wishes and thanks again,

Sarah, N’s mum — Higher 2017

R got an A thanks to your help.

Mrs Thomas parent of R by text — National 5 Maths 2016

Once again, thank you for all your help over the last two years – I would never have imagined myself passing advanced higher maths two years ago. — C at Advanced Higher
Jack W — Advanced Higher Maths 2016
Thanks for all your help over the last couple of years – I am pretty sure E would not have got through Maths Nat 5 or Higher without your help so thanks for everything. — C at Higher
Kevin T parent of E — Higher Maths 2016
Hi Sir Thankfully I achieved an A in my higher maths and received a place at St Andrews University for Computing Science. I just wanted to say thank you so much for all the help you gave me throughout the year not only with my higher maths, but also for all the moral support and confidence you gave to me, words cant describe how grateful i am to you and for your help.

Dan — Higher Maths 2016

Hi, Delightfully she got an A. At the time she felt she was on the cusp of an A/B and we don’t know her actual band as yet. Clearly she is delighted with her 3As and 2 Bs. Many thanks

Lesley L parent of H — Higher Maths 2016

Hi Gary, Just to let you know Aidan passed maths with a ‘C‘. Thank you it would not have happened without you.

Andy J parent of Aidan — Higher Maths 2016

We have just returned from holiday and I am absolutely delighted to tell you that Beth got a B in her maths exam. When you started working with her I had my doubts that she would pass at all as she was averaging F scores. She is taking maths hopefully to higher if they allow her to do it over  2 years. Thanks again

Lesley parent of Beth — National 5 Maths 2016

Gary, Been meaning to get in touch all day. E got an ‘A‘ and is really chuffed. Thanks for all the help and I will contact you soon to arrange a suitable time to start Higher!

Kevin T parent of E — National 5 Maths 2015

Thanks for your email enquiring about Caitlin’s maths Nat 5. You will be pleased to hear Caitlin got an A in her exam! Not sure if she is more shocked or delighted. We couldn’t be happier and would like to extend our thanks for the huge part you played in helping her achieve this. We will happily recommend your tutoring services to others and please feel free to use Caitlin’s result (from fail at prelim to A in final exam) in any publicity. Many thanks again

Ellie C – Caitlin’s mum – 2014

Hi Gary, I got a B in my Maths, I’m very pleased with that Thanks for al your help

Joe G — SQA Higher Maths tutee – 2014

Gary,   Jack really enjoyed his session with you on Friday and thought it was very beneficial.

Lorna W — Jack is an SQA Advanced Higher Maths tutee – 2016 who got an A with Edina Tuition in the 2015 Higher

Thanks for all you done for Kieran x

Nicola M — Kieran was a P7 pupil needing help with remembering multiplication facts – 2014

Thank you very much Gary. We are delighted too that  Aaron is happy with his tuition.

Janet L-D – Aaron was an S2 pupil at Stewart Melville’s – 2013

Just a word of thanks especially for the first lesson on Differentiation. Had my test today and I got 100%! Thanks again for helping me out with solving how to go about the questions!

Craig C — SQA Higher Maths tutee – 2013

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