Factors affecting the way we learn maths

Individual learning styles:

  • Auditory / visual / kinaesthetic / multi sensory
  • The "inchworm / grasshopper" continuum
  • and many other ways of describing learning style

I take a more holistic approach than any one method of classification, though I do use both of those mentioned.

Specific learning difficulties which may affect maths learning include:

  • Dyslexia
  • Dyspraxia
  • Dyscalculia (specific difficulty with numbers)
  • Difficulties with information processing or working memory
  • Irlen syndrome (a visual-perceptual disorder)

Autistic spectrum conditions including:

  • Asperger Syndrome
  • Autism

Autistic spectrum conditions do not impair mathematical ability; many autistic people are extremely able mathematicians. As with anyone else, people with autism spectrum conditions will have preferred ways of communicating and learning. As always I will work with you in the way that works best for you.

Other factors which may affect maths learning include:

  • How much we enjoy the subject
  • Previous experiences of mathematics or education in general
  • Language
  • Communication
  • Learning disabilities
  • Physical conditions or disabilities
  • Sensory impairments
  • Maths phobia
  • The list is endless...

Remember: none of these factors stop you learning maths!

I have a passionate commitment to diversity, inclusivity and equality, and a drive to share my enthusiasm for mathematics with students. I look forward to teaching you the maths you need in the ways that work best for you.

  Please contact me to discuss your learning needs.


I am based in Quarry Bank in the West Midlands (near Merry Hill shopping centre) and am happy to travel up to about ten miles depending on the time required. On Sundays I am often available to tutor in Worcester. (Locations further than ten miles may be possible, with travel costs charged as extra.)

Please contact me to discuss your needs.


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Megan, QTS Numeracy student (Professional Skills Test).

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Dione, mother of two students.

Rachel knew my abilities and the way I learnt best, and adapted teaching to fit this... I could answer questions which I previously wouldn't have even attempted
Alex, GCSE student.

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Jonathan, A2 student.

Grades improved from F to D/low C in under 12 months.
Lois, GCSE student.

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Emily, Year 10 student.

"Clear explanations of many different methods... perfect for my learning styles."

"Great access to material... very good amount of homework..."

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Students on 'QTS Numeracy - Don't Panic!' taught course

Great amount of resources available...I feel I can smash this exam!
Sam, GCSE student.

Positive feedback helped with her confidence.
Mother of a GCSE student.

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Nick, father of a GCSE student.

Rachel is a fantastic tutor... I would heartily recommend her.
Dawn, mother of a 14 year old student.

"Good explanations... excellent shortcuts and quick calculations."

"Attending your seminar did wonders!"

QTS Numeracy Workshop participants

Creative learning, she has really enjoyed it.
Jane, mother of a 7 year old student.

Very helpful and professional, great to work with!
Amy, GCSE student.

Rachel is an excellent lecturer. My son is Autistic and his progress is outstanding both in his Maths and his social awareness...
Jane, mother of an A2 student.

Rachel is the most patient and supportive tutor I have ever known....
Michaela, an adult learner.

Thank you for bringing energy and enthusiasm to maths...
Hannah, a GCSE maths student.

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