Hi there, thank you so much for looking at my profile. I am a Masters of Research student at the University of Bristol, specialising in marine biology and conservation I am continuing with post-graduate education with the hopes of researching and lecturing at a university in the future.
The study of Biology and animals has been a life-long passion for me, and I bring my enthusiasm for the subject to every tutorial. I achieved consistently high grades in sciences at both GCSE and A-Levels however, this was not without difficulty. I spent many months being tutored rigorously in exam technique, subject content, and revision strategies. This has provided me with an excellent knowledge of how to really do well in exams. I often find that many students are frustrated at the tight marking schemes and 'key words' needed to get the high marks in Biology. However, this is easily over-come with practice and guidance.
I have been tutoring for over three years now, and I have been able to get all of my students up to their required grades and understanding. References available on request.
I have been tutoring for over three years, both in-person and online. I have experience teaching all major exam boards. I am a very friendly and versatile tutor, ensuring that all of my students feel comfortable and confident to ask questions in my sessions to enhance their understanding of their subject in fun and creative ways, whilst also focusing on exam technique to get them the grades that they deserve.
Before we begin sessions, I will ask you whether you are someone who likes a lot of notes, or whether you prefer more visual information. I have taught many students with different learning preferences, and I am very versatile in my teaching methods. I will also establish what the student needs help in. This may include specific topics that they aren't feeling confident about, how to effectively revise, exam technique, or as I often find, a combination of everything.
iI teach at a very steady pace, ensuring that the student is always understanding everything I am saying and writing. I say things as I write, underlining key words and phrases, which are all available for revision. Many students feel over-whelmed by the amount of information they need to learn for Biology therefore, I use 'key words' from the course specification and previous marking schemes to teach the students exactly what they need to know. For the more curious students, I can widen their knowledge of Biology as a whole, making links with current issues and ideas in the scientific community.
Whether you are looking at studying Biology or other science-related fields in the future, or just need help passing your exams, I am the tutor for you! Whatever grade you are looking for, we can get you to that level with hard work and fun lessons.
Exam Board Experience
I have taught all the major exam boards including AQA, OCR, and Edexcel. Even if you are using a different exam board to these, I can easily get access to the specification and teaching resources.
Student Success Stories
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I was worried about first meeting a tutor, but Octavia is honestly such a lovely, down-to-earth girl, who completely understands how difficult the A Level is.
She is very patient, especially when I didn't know an answer to a question. She has really helped me with my grades, and I'm looking forward to results day to see the final outcome of my grade!" - Amy, A-Level Biology
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"I would 100% recommend Octavia for an A Level biology tutor as her knowledge is really strong and has a really good technique with explaining the content in a way people will understand. She also makes you feel really at ease and I'm not afraid to say if I don't get anything. If there was anything I didn't understand she used diagrams and images to help me understand. Having her as my tutor has improved my grade and my understanding of the content as well as my confidence when answering exam questions. BIG THANK YOU !!" - Summer, A-Level Biology
"The high levels of detail that are provided by Octavia in her tutoring sessions are useful and concise and has helped me to greatly improve in all areas of biology. Since starting tutoring with Octavia, I am now achieving 2 or 3 grades higher than I was only a few months ago, I couldn't really ask for much more." - Peter, A-Level Biology