Just finished studying a masters degree in Biomedical Science, where I specialised in tissue engineering, making human bone tissue in 3D culture as part of osteoporosis research. Although I am focusing on this specific area at the moment, I love all areas of biology from plants to animals as well as humans. Biology was my favourite subject in school and I am very passionate about it. I enjoyed revising for exams, I love to make 'pretty' notes so that they are easy to revise from. For me, using pictures and annotated diagrams is the best way to learn. I am a visual learner and I think it makes it easier to grasp things if it is explained in pictures rather than just words. To help my students improve I don't mind taking time to draw diagrams and explaining them. I understand the importance of sticking to a specification and having a high level of organisation to my notes and revision. I will teach from the exam board specification of the student to make sure that we don't miss any subject areas out and that they are fully prepared for the exam. The most important thing for me is that the student gains something valuable from the tutorial session, which will ultimately help them be successful in their exams. The way I will structure my tutorials is down to the student, we will do what ever is best to help them learn. At the start of the tutorial I will always listen to find out what they need help with and we will go from there. I will spend time before the tutorial preparing materials. For example, drawing diagrams to help me explain a concept. I will research the exam board's style of exams, looking at past papers and putting together practice questions that we can work through together so the student has experience of how to answer questions correctly to gain the full amount of marks. This will also be a way for me to measure their progress and see how they are coming along. Most importantly, my tutorials will not be boring! I know from experience that there is nothing worse than being stuck in a classroom listening to a teacher talking in a monotone. It makes it very easy to lose attention and for your mind to wonder. I will make sure that my tutorials are interesting and captivating, something different from the normal classroom experience.
I've been tutoring science GCSE and Biology A level for 3 years now both in person and online. I have had many consistent students and I've really enjoyed helping them to reach their full potential. I will always aim to work with my students to build confidence and get the highest grade possible.
The content of the lesson is up to the tutee, often it will be a topic that wasn't taught as thoroughly in school. I understand the importance of sticking to the specification so I use that as a basis of what will be covered in that hour. I like to throw some past paper questions in as we go along so that exam technique is practiced throughout the year.
Exam Board Experience
All GCSE exam boards, but so far i've had the most experience with AQA, Edexcel and WJEC.
I have helped 4 students achieve excellent grades in A-level WJEC Biology
Student Success Stories
I've had students who have lacked confidence initially but by the end of the year they are confident to go into the exam and get those top grades. My 2 A-Level biology students last year both went on to achieve As and I've had many happy students thanking me on GCSE results day, over the moon with their grades.