Catherine

Catherine

I have recently moved to the area and have some availability for new tutees.
I am an Advanced Skills Teacher in Biology and Science with a huge enthusiasm for my subject and passion for teaching and learning. Although I have recently retired from classroom teaching, I enjoy continuing to support young people through tutoring to help them to fulfil their academic potential. I am a patient and friendly person with a warm sense of humour who forges positive relationships with tutees. I am totally committed to building their confidence and motivation.
Last year all of my tutees have just done incredibly well at both A-level, IGCSE and GCSE - I am very proud of them! This summer all five of my A-level Biology tutees did well and got into their first choice university.

Tutoring Experience

I have over 30 years experience of teaching Biology and Science in a range of secondary schools. As well as being an AST, I am also a qualified Lead Practitioner in Coaching and have been a member of the Senior Leadership Team in several Kent grammar schools. My other extensive experience is as an examiner, team leader and reviser for A-level Biology. This has given me huge insight into how to approach exam questions and also the most effective revision strategies to prepare for GCSE and A-level Biology exams. I have also been an OCR Trainer for teachers new to delivering OCR A-level Biology. Currently I am an examiner for IGCSE Biology, Cambridge AS-level Biology and Cambridge Pre-U Biology. I am also a Reviser for A-level Biology, checking and proof reading future exam papers. I am very experienced in supporting students who aspire to medicine/vet medicine/dentistry or related subject areas.

Tutoring Approach

I use a range of different teaching and learning strategies which best suit the individual tutee. While identifying areas of particular challenge to the tutee and focusing on clarifying these topics, I constantly use past paper questions so that the tutee is able to apply their knowledge and understanding. A significant input is also on exam techniques and revision strategies to raise achievement. Building confidence in the subject is also a key aim.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

DfE2005ProfessionalAdvanced Skills Teacher in Biology, Science, Teaching and Learning
University of Leicester1987PGCESecondary Biology and Science
Imperial College1986DoctoratePhD in Applied Entomology
University of Bradford1979BachelorsFirst class honours degree Applied Biology

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