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I am a Cambridge Undergraduate studying Biological Natural Sciences. Having studied both Biology and Chemistry at Higher Level in the IB and taking them on further into Uni - I have a deep understanding of the subjects. I also have a passion for these subjects, wanting to one day have something named after me that students will then have to learn. I also want other people (especially the younger generation) to share my passion for the fascinating world that lies right under our noses everyday which most people do not even think about.
Full Academic History:
(I)GCSE: 10 A* (including Biology and Chemistry; 1 A and an A in Additional Maths
International Baccalaureate: Chemistry HL, Biology HL, Economics HL, Latin SL, Maths SL - all 7s; English - 6; 3 bonus points = Total 44
Currently Studying Biological Natural Sciences at Cambridge University
I was an assistant in teaching primary school children once a week for 3 years and I taught many younger students at my school throughout my time there.
Exams can be seen these days as just 'regurgitation' and 'hitting the mark scheme' which is true in some respects - however, I believe that for a student to truly excel they must have a much deeper and true understanding of what they are learning. To do that, as every student has a different way of learning, I will find the best way for each of my students so that I can tailor how I run my lessons to fit their needs and help them progress as far as they can. Visualisation in both of my subjects (especially biology) I believe to be at the essence of successful learning. Rather than learning just through words on paper or in one's mind, being able to visualise what is going on, whether that is literally (for example, the structure of leaf) or metaphorically (for example, food chain pyramids to explain biomass) provides the basis to be able to understand and remember the information associated with that image.
I also strongly believe that constantly putting things into the wider context is vital so that one doesn't get lost in pure information but understands how whatever one is learning about, applies to the wider world (such as specific metals or the human body).
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