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.
Thank you so much for your time with J this year. He has discovered that he has a passion for Statistics and that discovery could well end up defining his career. Thanks for the part you have played in that.
All the best for the future,
J — SQA Advanced Higher Statistics 2021. J was unable to sit the exam as his school did not offer AH Statistics. I was willing to provide tuition for J as an external exam candidate but this did not come to fruition once the SQA exams were cancelled. Nonetheless we continued our tutorials and I can testify that J was indeed passionate about Statistics. Given the importance of Statistics to our society I feel it is important to support those with an interest in pursuing the subject.
In his class test he got around 63% it seems , in paper 1 itself he scored 70% . It’s a great improvement from 13% at the start of the year, even his teacher was surprised it seems!
Thank you soo much for helping him and not giving up on him. I hope he will do his best for his final exam. All credit goes to you for encouraging him and not giving up.Many Thanks.K
A — SQA Advanced Higher 2021. It’s a “prelim” result being that is being referred to. A really showed true grit in achieving this comeback
Dear GaryI hope you are well. B came home today saying that she managed to answer all maths questions in her test and that she has a fairly good feeling. It’s a really good start to the exams.I’d like to thank you for all the hard work you put in with her, for showing flexibility when she forgot her lessons and for just generally making maths less scary for her (which is actually quite a big thing.)I hope she’ll do well in the exams and I hope that she’ll grasp the importance of understanding maths as a ‘life skill’.I’ll recommend you to anyone who needs a maths tutor in future (both my girls are now (almost) school leavers, but I know plenty of children who would benefit from tuition.Thank you for everythingBest wishes, A
Hi Gary,I took my maths exam today and it went well, I thought! I was confident in a lot of the questions and wasn’t stressed at all. I answered all the questions and did a lot of working in the questions that I couldn’t quite answer fully so that I could maybe pick up some marks that way. I just wanted to say thank you again for all the tuition. I can let you know in August what my final grade is if you would like!Thank you,B
B — SQA Higher 2021
Hi Gary – L says he has now taught you everything you know so you’ve cut him loose. May I just say what a total life-saver you have been. Without your input he would not be where he is – unconditional to Uni and not frightened of maths. Priceless. We salute you.
Very best wishes for the summer and future. B and T A.
L — SQA Higher 2020 A and SQA Advanced Higher 2021
Mr. Thomson is an amazing tutor, he is very patient with me and explains everything really well. I would definitely recommend him if you want to improve your mathematical skills!
Ana T — SQA Higher 2021
Gary is an excellent tutor with great work ethics, he has been tutoring my son Alex for few months now in A level maths. Gary is knowledgeable, organised and patient. The sessions are engaging, my son his happy and confident to ask anything to Gary. I highly recommend Gary.
Alex — EDEXCEL A LEVEL 2021
Recent feedback for online tuition:
Gary is teaching my son AH maths. He is very punctual, helpful and understands his student’s capability very well and helps them to understand the concepts clearly. My son is very happy with Gary and is improving in his reasoning skills. I find Gary very flexible as when I requested extra sessions for my son to catch up, he immediately agreed to help even though he is busy with his time. He also organised a homework plan for my son that helps him to practice during the week, which is very helpful. I am really pleased with Gary, he encourages my son to aim higher than what he thinks he can achieve and provides confidence that he will be able to reach that target. I find it a very important trait that needs in every teacher these days. In present difficult times, Gary is teaching online, however this is not making any difference as he has very good resources and tools similar to white board for teaching online where both can share the board while learning. I find him very professional and I am really glad I found Gary for helping my son.
Khadar– AH 2021
My son has been doing online tuition with Gary for about three weeks and is really enjoying it and finding it very helpful. Gary uses a whiteboard to go through questions in detail that my son is having difficulty with. He provides high quality teaching and is very flexible and reliable. We would highly recommend him.
Anne — H 2021
My 16 year old son is finding Gary an excellent tutor. He has an engaging manner, a very effective zoom teaching method and explains problems in a clear, effective and understandable way. My son speaks very highly of Gary and is delighted with his regular sessions. I have no hesitation in recommending Gary as a very effective tutor.
Stewart — H Maths 2021
Gary has provided online tutoring for my son in advanced higher maths. The online platform of learning works exceptionally well. My son has commented that it is like having a tutor in the same room. Topics to be covered are discussed prior to the session – this allows my son to go over areas of maths he requires particular help with. I would highly recommend Gary as a tutor.
Pauline — AH Maths/Mechanics 2021
My son has had four virtual sessions with Gary so far, and he has found them to be very worthwhile.
He completes his calculations on a shared whiteboard which means that Gary can see what he is doing in real-time.
Gary has adapted his sessions to cover the topics my son has found the most challenging, and it is very straight forward having the sessions in the online format.
Jan — N5 Maths 2021
Gary has an excellent structured approach to the Maths tuition that can help at any stage of preparing for the exams or tests or simply catching up. Gary was the only person my son could find who agreed to help him with Advanced SQA Higher in Maths of Mechanics.
Tania — AH Maths/Mechanics 2021
Excellent support provided online. Gary is professional and clearly experienced in teaching and has tools to provide value and positive learning experience for my son.
Calm and supportive. Quiet, shy boy feeling comfortable and encouraged to target maths he finds difficult, checking over areas he is more confident in. Only a few lessons in but would already recommend to all.
April — N5 Maths 2021
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:
Gary was great at helping me acheive the maths grade I needed to progress into PDGE teaching English Literature.
Maths intimidates me, and Gary was really good at explaining things in a way I understood. If there was anything I was unsure of, he’d always find a good analogy that would make it relatable. And no question was too silly.
When COVID hit and we had to go into lockdown, Gary made the transition to online learning really easy for me. I was worried I wouldn’t learn as much as I would in person, but if anything it was even better because I could make notes easier on the PC while we were going over things.
Thanks Gary 🙂
Hannah — N5 level 2020
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,E
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! More feedback from the same parent at First Tutors:
Thanks to Gary, my son improved from a D in Higher Maths at first attempt to an A. Through his student-led approach combining careful listening and patient tuition, Gary helped my son fill in the gaps in his knowledge, built on and improved his understanding of concepts and working methods, and increased his self-confidence in tackling exam questions. My son found his explanations clear, and his manner very approachable and supportive. I cannot recommend Gary highly enough!
C — H 2020
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?
Feedback from same parent at First Tutors:
Gary tutored our son Andrew for Higher maths. Gary is an excellent tutor: very reliable, patient, and encouraging. He was able to explain very tricky aspects of maths in a clear manner. Andrew seemed to get on well with Gary and never complained about doing extra maths outwith school. Andrew went on to acheive an A in higher maths, definitely thanks in a big part to Gary. Andrew is now studying for advanced higher maths, so we are delighted that Gary is able to tutor him again this year.
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
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!!!CheersK
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,
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
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
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 HigherKevin 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