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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.
Andrew can provide help with all ACM and most MATH modules in first and second year and he can also help students with the following software packages: MATLAB, Python, C/C++, FORTRAN, Excel, Tex.

Anthony Brown

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!

Austin Kelly

My name is Austin, and I am currently completing my masters in pure maths. I have been a tutor in UCD since the final year of my undergraduate degree, whilst also working as a tutor for secondary schools.
I believe that everyone can do well in maths with the right teacher and dedication, so if you have any difficulties at all I'll be glad to help in anyway that I can.

Austin can help with the following software packages: Maple and Python.

Cesar Hernandez

My name is Cesar and I'm a Mechanical Engineer with a diploma in higher education. I have been tutoring and helping students since I started my undergraduate degree. I have a lot of experience giving grinds to junior cert, leaving cert and first year college students, in addition I have tutored a variety of maths modules in UCD helping science, engineering, agriculture, maths and physics students. In May 2017 I won the "Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning Award" at UCD for my work assisting student in the maths support centre.
I strongly believe that any student can excel at maths with some practice and the right help, so don't be afraid to stop by and ask any question that you may have, we are here to help you!

Christopher Kennedy

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.
My interests in Maths teaching/tutoring mainly revolve about my desire to improve as many attributes and skills as I can during my time in UCD and to give back as much as I can to the Maths department for all of the amazing work they have done for me and continue to do every day I spend here.

Cillian Copeland

My name is Cillian. I study mathematics education, with my research being in the area of assessment and feedback in third level mathematics. I have tutored in the School of Mathematics and Statistics for the last two years and have experience tutoring Calculus, Linear Algebra, Financial maths and Analysis. I am also familiar with the software packages Excel and R. I really enjoy teaching maths and hope you have a great experience at the MSC.

Cillian can help with the following software packages: Excel and R.

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.

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

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.

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.

Gurpreet Singh

Hi everyone. My name is Gurpreet and I am currently doing my PhD in partial differential equations and their applications. I did my Bachelors in Mathematics from The University of Delhi (India) and my Masters in Mathematics from University College Dublin with specialisation in partial differential equations. I have tutored several maths modules to engineering, computer science, finance and agricultural students such as Calculus I, Calculus II for Engineers, Foundation of Maths I and II for Computer Science, Optimisation in Finance, Linear Algebra for Science.
I love to teach and share my knowledge with others by working on mathematical problems with them, as the only way to learn mathematics is to do mathematics. Please don't hesitate to ask questions, we are here to help. Let's learn mathematics by doing it. Welcome to the world of maths.

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.

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.

Leonard can also help students with the following programming languages and software packages: C++, Python, Matlab, Mathematica.

Lucy Nyland

I’m Lucy, and I’m a third year Maths, Applied Maths and Education student.
I’m passionate about promoting positive maths engagement - many people find maths intimidating, but I believe that anyone is able do maths given the right support and encouragement. As a tutor in the MSC and as a future second level teacher I hope to be able to do my bit to dispel some of the myths surrounding the study and learning of maths.
We can all struggle at points, so don’t be afraid to pop into the centre at any time during the semester with any questions that you have. No problem is too small, and we’re only here to help!

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!

Padhraic O'Hanrahan

I am a masters graduate in Meteorology with an undergraduate degree in Applied Physics. After being part of three different Maths Support Centres (DCU, DIT and Maynooth University) in the past, I believe everyone has the ability to be good at Maths. Because Maths is such a layered subject though, people might hit a road block at some point and feel they can't go any further, but that's what the MSC is for! My current interest is in differential equations.

Sarp Ackay

I am a lecturer in Applied & Computational Mathematics (ACM). I have taught a first-year module: ACM10080 (Mechanics and Methods), and two fourth-year modules: ACM40010 and 40050.

Sarp can help you with the following software packages: Mathematica, Maple and C.

Shane Walsh

My name is Shane and I am a third year PhD student working in wave turbulence. I did my undergraduate in Applied and Computational Mathematics in UCD so I am very familiar with many of the applied and pure mathematics modules. I have given external grinds in both leaving cert and university level maths and have tutored a wide range of modules, so I know a lot of the difficulties students tend to have with maths. I specialise in ACM modules however I have experience with pure maths and a little bit of statistics.

Shane can help with the following software packages: MATLAB, Mathematica, Python, C, a bit of Fortran and LaTeX.

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.