Tutor Biographies

All our tutors are trained and experienced tutors. Many are Masters or PhD students in mathematics, statistics or applied mathematics and we currently have five doctors working as MSC tutors. They are trained to use peer-assisted tutoring techniques and are also required to do our own in-house MSC tutor training. The idea is that we guide the student to a self-directed learning path and we do not simply do the problems for the student. Every student is different with a variety of learning styles and our tutors are sensitive to this and can adapt accordingly.

Andrew Gloster |
Andrew is currently a second year PhD student in the School of Mathematics and Statistics studying numerical simulations of compressible flow. He graduated from UCD in 2015 with a BSc in Theoretical Physics and in 2016 completed an MSc at Imperial College London. When not tutoring or studying for his PhD he can be found shouting at the TV watching Munster rugby. |

Anthony Brown |
I have a PhD in Mathematics from UCD, with my general area of research being functional analysis. In particular, I study the geometry of infinite dimensional vector spaces consisting of polynomials, whatever that means. However you don't want to know that! What you do want to know is that I have ten years experience of lecturing and tutoring both at UCD, TCD and at The Open University and in all that time I have never met a person who can't do maths - I have only met people who think that they can't do it! Of course if you want to prove me wrong, then you will have to come along to the MSC and have a go! |

Catherine Mahoney |
I recently completed a master’s in Statistics in UCD and I am beginning a PhD in statistical genetics. I have worked as a tutor in the School of Mathematics and Statistics in modules ranging from first-year Introduction to Mathematics to fourth-level statistics, and I have one-on-one tutoring experience in maths from primary school to university level. I’m delighted to be in the Maths Support Centre to help students solve problems, develop skills to approach new problems themselves, and bridge the gap to university-level mathematics. Having studied statistics, I love applying mathematical principles to real situations in many different fields, and I try hard to give students that kind of context for the problems they see in class. When I’m not doing maths, I’m usually on my bike, training and racing with the UCD Cycling Club. |

Christopher Kennedy |
I am currently in the first year of his statistics PhD in UCD . My areas of study are Applied and Computational Mathematics and Statistics. I simply love Maths and have done so since the leaving certificate. |

Cian Jameson |
My name is Cian and I’m a fourth year Mathematics student. I always enjoyed maths at school, but it wasn’t until I came to UCD that I discovered how expansive the subject can be. During my time at UCD, I’ve been a peer mentor and I've volunteered in the Maths Sparks outreach programme for secondary school pupils. As a Science student, I also studied applied maths in my first two years and took first year physics classes, though I can help with mathematics modules and some statistics in particular. If you’re finding the transition to university-level maths a bit overwhelming, or if you just need to brush up on the basics, the Maths Support Centre is a great resource. |

Claire Bergin |
I am currently in my third year of a science degree, specialising in Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM). Maths has been my favourite subject since primary school. I enjoy helping others and sharing my love for the subject. Since I started studying in UCD I have been giving grinds to secondary school students. I have also taken part in maths outreach programmes in UCD such as Maths Sparks. I specialise in ACM and particularly like calculus, however, I will try and help you with any maths query you have. |

Claire Mullen |
Hello, my name is Claire and I’m currently in third year, studying Maths, Applied Maths and Education. I plan to become a secondary school teacher. I have previous experience as a Maths tutor and am taking part, this year, in Maths Sparks (a maths outreach programme). I’ve always loved Maths and enjoy helping others with it too. I am happy to help any first years with Maths and ACM, just pop in if you have any questions. |

Conor Finnegan |
My name is Conor and I am currently a Maths PhD student. My specific area of research is Representation Theory, with strong interests in Group Theory and all things algebraic. I completed my undergrad in Maths & Statistics at Maynooth University and studied a masters in Maths at the University of Warwick (U.K.). I used to tutor at the Maths Support Centre in Maynooth, have given grinds at levels ranging from Junior Cert up to first year of college and have a lot of experience teaching tutorials in a wide range of both Maths and Statistics modules. Helping people with maths is something I have enjoyed doing from my early days in college, and I am looking forward to helping many more in the future. Conor can help with the following software packages: SAS, SPSS, Minitab, R and LaTeX. |

Daniel Giles |
Hey, my name is Dan. I am currently in my first year of a Theoretical Physics PhD on waves, working under Frederic Dias in the UCD School of Mathematics and Statistics. Maths and Physics have been my favourite subjects since I started secondary school, and helping others in Maths has been something which I have always enjoyed. I have a lot of experience giving Maths grinds at secondary level and have worked for a grinds company for the past three years. I can try help you with any questions you may have but I specialise in ACM modules and any first year calculus courses. |

Dylan Walsh |
My name is Dylan Walsh and I'm currently doing a HDip in Maths which will progress into an MA in mathematics in the next six months. I graduated with a BA in Maths and Music Technology from Maynooth University in 2016. I think that maths can be taught to anyone if they have the right guidance and are given the right amount of time to think about the concepts involved. I always tell students that I failed my Junior Cert maths mock exams when I was younger so theres hope for everyone. Outside of academia, you can catch me playing for the frisbee club in UCD and organising various excursions with film society on campus. |

Emily Lewanowski-Breen |
My name is Emily and I am currently in my fourth year of Mathematics, Biology and Education in UCD. I am studying to become a post-primary maths and biology teacher as I enjoy helping others and find teaching really rewarding in terms of the impact it has on students. However, it is my dream to one day do a PhD in Maths Education as it is an area of research that I am truly passionate about. As a pre-service teacher, I have a lot of experience working with students and have also tutored both the ‘Maths for Business’ and ‘Calculus for Science’ modules here in UCD. I really love tutoring maths and it is my goal to not only foster students’ problem-solving skills, but also help them to build their confidence and become more self-directed learners. So if you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to ask - we are here to help. |

Emma Howard |
My name is Emma and I am a third year PhD student. My area of research is combining statistical analysis with mathematics and statistics education. I have completed the Masters in Mathematical Science in UCD in 2014 with a focus on statistical, modelling and applied mathematics modules. I have experience giving grinds to Junior Certificate, Leaving Certificate, and first year college students, especially students who find mathematics hard. I love tutoring others. Emma can help students with the following software packages: SPSS, R, Minitab, C, Excel and Latex. |

Jack O'Connor |
Hi! My name is Jack and I'm in my final year studying Mathematics and Applied and Computational Mathematics (a mouthful I know). I loved maths growing up and always relished any opportunity I could get to share that knowledge and beauty with others. I have given grinds to second level students for the last few years and I strongly believe that, with a little effort, everyone can do well at maths! I can help with any applied maths or maths questions you may have, just drop by and ask! |

Josh Matthews |
Currently in my fourth year of theoretical physics. I wasn't especially fond of maths up until studying at UCD and now most of my favourite modules have been ACM modules. I more than understand when students say they are not big fans of maths but having been there myself I know I can help. I specialise in ACM and physics modules and can offer help with Python and LaTex. Outside of academics you'll find me training in the university judo club or outdoors somewhere. Josh can help you with the following software packages: Python and LaTex. |

Katie Farrell |
I have a BSc. in Engineering Science from UCD, where I studied mechanical engineering after the common first year. I have just completed a Masters in Sustainable Energy Engineering in TCD. I have been tutoring students at all levels (primary, junior cert, leaving cert, university) independently for four years and tutored in the Maths Support Centre during my second and third year as a student in UCD. I love helping students solve problems and break down complicated coursework into something manageable and enjoyable! I can help with first year engineering maths, physics, and mechanics modules and second year maths modules. I can also help with other introductory maths for business, statistics, linear algebra and calculus courses. |

Kevin Sewell |
Hi, my name is Kevin and I have just finished my Masters in Mathematical Science here in UCD, having done a degree in theoretical physics in Trinity. I conducted a thesis centred on the Maths Support Centre, so I know what is required from the student and the tutor to constitute an effective learning experience. I have loads of experience teaching maths, applied maths and physics at leaving cert (and junior cert) level. Although everyone has different abilities, I believe that everybody can improve at maths, provided they have the right attitude and work ethic. One key is to talk to the tutor, let them know what you know, what you don’t know and what you want to know. My areas of study are mainly applied mathematics, having done mostly ACM modules in my Masters. I’m happy to help as best as I can anybody doing an ACM module or a MATH module that is not beyond what I’ve studied in my 5 years of 3rd level education. |

Leanne Durkan |
My name is Leanne and I've just started my PhD in Gravitational Waves with the School of Mathematics and Statistics. I graduated from UCD in 2016 with a BSc in Theoretical Physics. Throughout my final year of undergrad I worked at a mathematics tutoring center in Dublin and since then I've worked in Vietnam, completed a Masters in Applied Mathematics at the University of Cambridge and I also worked as a maths and physics teacher at a summer school in Saudi Arabia this year. When I'm not working I enjoy mountaineering, cycling and art. Leanne can help you with the following software packages: Matlab, Python, C, Excel and Tex. |

Leonard English |
Leonard holds a PhD in physics from UCD. His area of research is condensed matter theory, specifically quantum magnetism. He has several years of experience tutoring students from various backgrounds including engineering, biophysics and agricultural science. Also holding a BSc in theoretical physics, Leonard has experience with the following topics: differential equations, linear algebra, vector calculus, multivariable calculus, complex analysis. |

Miriam Logan |
I’m Miriam and I am a maths tutor at UCD. I studied maths and music in an Arts degree in UCD a few years ago, and have enjoyed teaching and studying maths ever since. I recently moved back to Ireland from the US where I completed my PhD in maths. I love teaching because I get to learn how others think about maths, so I’m eager to hear what my students have to say! |

Philip Lynch |
Hi, I'm Philip. I am a student here in UCD and just recently received my BSc in Theoretical Physics. This means I’ve been where you’ve been, studying the same modules for the first time, so I know just how daunting it can be. But I survived them all and I’m now a PhD student in Applied and Computational Mathematics (ACM), studying General Relativity and Gravitational Waves. I now also work as a tutor for the School of Mathematics and Statistics, teaching those same modules that I struggled with only a few years ago. I’ve also worked as a tutor for the School of Physics, so I’ve had the unique opportunity to see both sides of the learning experience here in UCD. When I’m not working, you can find me in the gym or on the Judo mats. Feel free to come along and ask me all of your Maths, ACM and Physics questions. I’m also a fan of programming, so I can help out with C++, C#, Python, Mathematica and LaTeX. |

Prabhleen Kaur |
Hi, my name is Prabhleen and I am currently pursuing a Masters in Data and Computational Science at UCD. I have already completed a masters degree in Pure Mathematics and I can help you with Maths, Stats and Applied Maths modules. I have worked as a Mathematics lecturer at the University of Delhi as well as a secondary school Maths teacher. I have a strong passion for teaching and I try to convey complicated mathematical concepts in an easily understandable manner. Feel free to drop by the Maths Support Centre and ask me for assistance. I would love to try and help out with any topics that you may need help with. Prabhleen can help you wiht the following software packages: R, Excel, Mathematica, Octave and MATLAB. |

Silas O'Toole |
Hi, my name is Silas. I am a 4th year theoretical physics student. I love teaching maths and have been doing so for the past two years through private tuition. While I specialize in the more applied maths areas and computationally based questions such as calculus or basic linear algebra I can certainly try to help with everything else. I am also able to help with any maths and physics related questions. I also have some experience with programming languages such as Python. Silas can help you with the following software package: Python. |

Prerna Grover |
Prerna has a Master’s Degree in Data and Computational Science, a Bachelor’s in Statistics and a Minor in Actuarial Science. As a tutor, she enjoys helping students grasp difficult concepts and achieve their academic goals in a fun way. She believes that with the right attitude and support system, anybody can do well in math. During her free time, Prerna loves travelling to new places, reading books, hiking, and photographing nature. |