Just a few words about me – and my qualifications

I am currently offering tuition – online only – over Zoom.

My name is Maria Oates. I am a qualified secondary maths teacher with a strong mathematical background. I have experience teaching in a range of schools including Independent, Grammar and State schools. I have been successfully tutoring secondary school students since 2003.

I live in Hazel Grove, Stockport , round the corner from Hazel Grove High School (South Manchester –  near Poynton, Bramhall, Cheadle Hulme, Woodford, Offerton), with my husband and teenage son. I grew up in Manchester, and was educated at Manchester High School for Girls, an independent school in Rusholme/Fallowfield.

I always enjoyed learning maths.

During my years at MHSG I quickly developed my love for maths. I gained 9 GCSEs, but my favourite by far was Mathematics (I achieved an A). I passed the extra Extension Paper, and was awarded the school maths prize.

My A-Levels, all grade A, included Maths and Further Maths. I also received a gold certificate in the UKMT Senior Challenge.

After high school, I went on to the University of Manchester. I completed my BSc in Pure Maths with Computation (2.i) in 1995, then immediately afterwards started working in the Tax Technology department of PricewaterhouseCoopers, a “Big Four” accountancy firm, and I stayed there for 14 years, until 2009.

In 2000 – 2003, as well as working at PwC part-time, I completed a ‘flexible’ PGCE (Post Graduate Certificate in Education) in Secondary Mathematics at the University of Manchester, and though I didn’t initially make the jump into a teaching job, I have tutored on and off since then. I teach maths to children of all ability levels. I currently teach maths at a secondary independent school in Greater Manchester.

Over the years, I have successfully taught pupils from both comprehensive and private schools, and helped my students to improve their performance. In particular, I have helped many young students to improve their enjoyment of, and confidence in, the subject.

I believe strongly that students should enjoy learning maths. I adopt a friendly but focused approach to my lessons, and my personal goal is to make every student see the personal value in working towards their maths qualifications.

What items should be in my pencil case?

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  1. Michelle Lloyd

    Hi Maria,
    I would be interested in finding out if I could book an hours session with you?
    I’m 29years but looking for some help with long Division.
    I work for British Airways and have a technical test this Wednesday for a job in another department. I’ve cracked long multiplication but having great difficulty with long division which I hear is part of the test.
    Sorry it’s such short notice, I did not think I would struggle like I am.

    Thanks, Michelle

  2. Emma White

    Hi Maria,

    I am enquiring as to whether you have any availability for helping my daughter, Olivia. She is currently in year 4 (10) at SGS and while she is fairing ok at maths, I feel she may benefit from help in the run up to her GCSE next year.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


    Emma White

  3. Nicola Leigh


    My daughter is currently in her last year at HG High. She is was predicted a B bu in her mock got a D. She is in one of the top sets to! I think she has just lost total confidence in Maths.

    Do you have any spaces? Also what do you charge?

    Many thanks

  4. Aimee Marsh

    Hi Maria
    My son hayden is 10 and heading to secondary school next September he has his sats in may and needs a little help with his maths he needs a confidence boost he has some learning difficulties so is a little slower to learn than most in his class although he has made a lot of progress in the last year with other subjects maths is still quite a difficult subject for him I live in offerton do you have any spaces?

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