In June I graduated with a degree in Natural Sciences (Biological) from the University of Cambridge. I have a strong enthusiasm for Biology, which has been remarked upon by many of my teachers at University, and which I hope to pass on to my students. I also have an exceptional aptitude for the subject, with an in-depth knowledge of the GCSE and A level specifications. Across GCSE and A level I obtained 100% in 5 out of 6 exams (in the 6th I got 98.3%). I have seen from my own experience what a difference a good teacher can make to a student's progress, and I am passionate about being that positive influence in the academic careers of my own students. I am happy to tutor at Winchester Discovery Centre or at my home (less than 5 minutes from Peter Symonds). I will also consider travelling within the Winchester area.
While I was an undergraduate I tutored Biology, Maths and Chemistry during the holidays. I received very good feedback from my students and their parents. I also spent 10 weeks one summer teaching English in China, which allowed me to further hone my communication and explanation skills.
The key to succeeding in Biology is memorising substantial quantities of material. I cannot carry out this memorisation for the student, but I can make it much quicker and easier. I do this in two main ways.
First, it is impossible to memorise content that one does not understand. Unfortunately, teachers do not always do a good job of ensuring that all students understand the material. This is especially true in large classes, where the students are of differing abilities and the teacher is not able to provide the individual attention that some students require. I therefore start by focusing on the areas that the student does not understand fully. I answer their questions, and explain the relevant concepts with extreme clarity and conciseness, omitting any irrelevant information. I often notice that providing a different perspective on the subject can really aid understanding.
Second, many students are disheartened by the sheer amount that they have to learn. In addition, later parts of the course build on earlier parts, so a student who does not fully understand one topic may quickly fall behind. For this reason I focus on moving sequentially through the course, not moving on from a topic until they have mastered it. I show them how to memorise information using techniques such as mnemonics, which I have found extremely helpful in my own learning. I then set my students achievable targets for them to learn by the next session. By learning content throughout the year the student is much more likely to succeed, and avoids the stress of having to "cram" during the exam period.
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|University of Cambridge||2016||Bachelors||BA Natural Sciences (2:1)|