Pathways To Learning Hong Kong Registered School 566985 & 600733

Andrew Yip
Maths teacher

Qualifications: B.A. (Oxford), M.Sc. (LSE)

Andrew has a Bachelor's degree in Mathematics and Statistics from the University of Oxford, and a Master's degree in Risk and Stochastics from the London School of Economics (LSE). He has taught at ITS since 2011 and specialises in Mathematics, Statistics and university/secondary school maths entrance tests.

On becoming a teacher:
Upon my graduation, I knew I was interested in a career related with Mathematics. After working in a number of fields such as actuary, product research and development, I found teaching the most satisfying job. I often feel very happy when my students tell me that they utilize the knowledge from me in their schoolwork.

I enjoy summarizing dif ficult concepts and restructuring them into simpler ideas to understand, and it brings me great satisfaction when my students achieve the goals that I set them.

Outside of ITS, I have been playing football since I was a student. In the team I found communication very important as you need to know what you need to do and where you need to be at different times. It is very important to understand and work out the pre-match tactics. It doesn’t always work out, but we will review and discuss what we can do better in the next match. Similarly in here, I help students to find out their own weakness so they can perform better in the future.

An admirable mathematician:
Aleksandr Khinchin. Interestingly he is not the most famous mathematician in history but he has contributed a lot to modern day probability theory. The former USSR mathematician has laid the grounds for the invention of stochastic calculus later on. Stochastic calculus is widely used in the field of science and finance nowadays. It would be very dif ficult to visualise without using a computer back in those days.

An inspirational person:
My tutor back in Oxford. He is an expert in his field and often encouraged me to think about the reasoning behind all the mathematical theory in a logical way. “Learning how to learn” is often a dif ficult process but once you get start using the right methods, learning is going to be a lot easier.

Top tip to younger self:
Be brave. Ask and investigate on any possible ideas, no matter how wild that would be.


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