Oxford University - MSc Biochemistry
Hi there! Thank you for reading my profile! Some background about me:
Between the ages of 11 and 18 I studied at St Paul's School, Barnes obtaining 4 A Levels (Biology, Chemistry, Maths & Physics) after which I went on to do a Masters in Biochemistry at Oxford University.
Having recently finished my academic journey, I have seen first-hand some of the failings of the current education system and the limitations imposed on student's learning, whether it be the out-dated rote-learning system for preparing for examinations or the insistence to only follow a set syllabus. This has been further exacerbated over the past few years during the pandemic, with online learning causing many students to fall behind.
Over the past four years I have tutored a wide range of students from small state schools in Wales to private schools such as Eton who are preparing for 11+, 13+, GCSE and A Level/IB examinations in Biology, Chemistry and Maths. I can also tutor for (Oxbridge) University Applications for Biology, Chemistry, Biochemistry and Biomedical Sciences providing support with personal statements, interviews and entry exams.
While at Oxford I was a Year Representative for two years and was an Interview Runner (Helper) for three years and in the course of these activities have been part of meetings while at Oxford discussing the admissions process. Therefore I have valuable insights into how best to prepare and succeed in University admissions interviews. Additionally I have helped pupils from the ARK schools foundation with mock Oxbridge-style interviews based on my own questions and pre-reading to support those who have been asked to interview who are from disadvantaged backgrounds.
My primary goal as a tutor is to encourage students to enjoy learning and apply this knowledge to real world concepts. Furthermore, using my own experiences and knowledge of the academic system can provide students with the tools to best prepare them for exams and University admissions.
During the pandemic, I volunteered as a First Aider with St John's Ambulance service over the COVID-19 pandemic for a year (April 2020 - April 2021) in various London hospitals in both COVID wards and in A&E. In 2020 I also self-published a book on Amazon entitled: 'What's the Point of School: How the Current Education System is Failing to Prepare Students for the Real World ' advocating for Educational Reform in the UK.
My hobbies and interests include playing the piano, writing my own music and reading books on financial literacy, Forensic Science, Criminal Law, Chemical Pharmacology and Business Development. I am also a huge Marvel fan and enjoy travelling abroad with friends and playing the PS5 in my spare time.
My tutoring style is student-dependent because I have learned that each student undertakes a unique journey, and the joy in teaching arises from finding the best method to teach a pupil. This includes finding the best approach to create a fun and interesting way to cover gaps in their knowledge, such as going over challenging exam questions, perfecting exam technique and then seeing how a student progresses and improves over time.
The best aspect of tutoring is seeing a student smile or light up when they make a connection between what they are learning and a real world phenomenon they have an interest in, or when they ask an interesting question and have a complete reply that inspires them to want to know more about a certain topic, and not just to pass an exam! I have found this method to be especially beneficial with neurodivergent students who may struggle to stay focused for a whole session if it only involves exam question preparation.
As well as the tutoring sessions, students can always reach out either for help with homework set during the sessions if they would like, school work and exam technique preparation. Particularly before exams, boosting a student's confidence can be half the battle towards a great performance and I believe that it is not only important to learn material but also to learn 'HOW to learn effectively' because learning is
a continuous process and a crucial life skill in academia and beyond.
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