Phil originally came to First Intuition as an AAT distance learning student. Throughout his studies he showed great potential of becoming an excellent tutor. During his studies Phil joined a student led AAT Facebook support group where he would give so many students both technical and motivational help in their exam preparation.
“I could see from the help he provided to others in his own time, what a great tutor he would be. Someone who helps others for free, and was technically excellent had the perfect combination to be a fantastic tutor.” – Nick Craggs, AAT Distance Learning Director.
In August 2017, Phil Toomer joined the AAT Distance Learning team as their new AAT Distance Learning Tutor. Since joining he has gone from strength to strength and can turn his hand to anything. He has written technical blogs for students, taken ownership of the tax assignments, got involved in coding assignments and developed the AAT online materials. Phil will do anything to help the students!
Why Phil is an excellent tutor
Phil knows every student as a person and makes a conscious effort to wish all his students’ good luck for their exams. He even sets reminders to look for a student’s result, normally as excited to see the result as the student themselves!
“I don’t know anyone who lives and breathes helping students as much as Phil does. He is always logging in on his days off, to check on his students, or see how his students have done in their exams.”– Nick Craggs
His ability to motivate and pick students up when they have lost motivation is one of the reasons why he achieves great completion and progression rates. Being one of the few AAT Tutors in the country who have completed their studies via distance learning, Phil knows what it takes in terms of motivation and can relate to the students and fitting in their studies around work and family commitments. He sets his students personalised goals and targets to work towards to keep them on track.
“I couldn’t have asked for a better tutor – Phil is excellent at explaining things and nothing is ever too much trouble for him. He always responds to me quickly and provides thorough, useful feedback regarding assignments and mocks.” – Lauren Shoosmith
“He is the perfect person to have by your side in the build up to an exam – he’s provided me recommendations on how to manage my time leading up to the exams and I have found these extremely helpful and have definitely contributed to the results I have got so far (91% and 94%). I have no hesitation in supporting Phil as AAT tutor of the year.” – Karl Johnston
“Phil is always available to answer my questions and does not mind if I have to ask several times. His explanations are so detailed and clear which he provides without me even having to ask. He will look at my assignments and take it upon himself to explain to me where I went wrong whilst providing the correct answer, an explanation of how to get to that answer and then an example alongside. There has not been a single question that I have asked him that he has not had an accurate and detailed answer to.” – Laura Puszkar
Phil is a vital part of the team. Phil’s passion and enthusiasm in helping his students get the life changing benefits of AAT is why we believe he deserves to be awarded AAT tutor of the Year.