Mr Durdan’s positive impact on my son’s learning has been tremendous. After increasing struggles with Maths in school, Josh has now achieved great results with HD Tuition over the past months.
Like many children, Josh can’t easily access his school curriculum because he finds it hard to focus and process information in a busy classroom. But working with Mr Durdan, Josh’s subject knowledge and confidence have really grown and we’re approaching Year 9 far more optimistically.These sessions have allowed Josh to properly grasp key concepts and topics that were passing him by in the bustle of school. Tutoring with Mr Durdan gives Josh a calm space in which to learn, with a patient and supportive teacher who can focus on his needs. Mr Durdan also has the gift of being able to break down the most complicated topic into something completely manageable. Josh is now building really strong Maths skills, many of which will help in other subjects too and further improve his confidence.
As well as being tutored recently by Mr Durdan, Josh was taught by him in school a few years ago so I’ve got wider experience of Mr Durdan’s work. He is definitely a born teacher. He has the knack of being able to fully engage his students in their studies, relate to them, keep things enjoyable but all the while project a quiet strength that gives a clear sense of discipline. You can also see that he really enjoys what he does, he absolutely wants the best for his students, and he brings all this to tutoring. He’s able to engage so well with Josh that something as potentially dreary to a teenager as a session of Maths tutoring becomes something positive. I have honestly never seen Josh concentrate and focus like he does with Mr Durdan.
I’m sure Mr Durdan’s decision to use “gadgets” for his tutoring also makes a massive impact on his students. No paper, no pens, no exercise books, no handouts – just an iPad and an Apple Pencil. Sessions feel modern and fresh, very different to school, and I’m sure this adds to the positive atmosphere. We always have access electronically to Josh’s work too, so we can refer to it in the future.
Working with Mr Durdan has been very positive for us as a family. He’s professional and personable, he works wonderfully well with Josh and we’re seeing real, measurable progress in a key subject that will benefit other lessons too. I highly recommend Mr Durdan as a tutor, and knowing Josh has access to such excellent support has given us all real confidence as GCSEs approach!