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My name is James and I am currently a third year Biochemistry undergraduate studying at the University of Manchester on track to achieve a 2:1. Science has always been the biggest part of my academic life and I have a huge passion for both learning and teaching it. However I also did History A-Level (achieving an A* grade) and so can offer a wide breath of knowledge alongside crucial writing skills that a lot of Science tutors do not have.
During the previous academic year I worked with two tutees, the second of which I was recommended to by the first. My first tutee jumped up three grades within 4 months of me starting and the second was able to achieve A grades in both the subjects I did with her in her full AS exams. Both of these students had very different approaches to learning and also very varied strengths and weaknesses and as such I had to be very adaptable in my approach. As a result I am confident I'd be a big help to almost any type of A level student. I am also very happy to provide revision notes done in my own time, this was a particular strength of mine during my studies and is something both my previous tutees found very helpful.
During my time in sixth form I volunteered twice a week to help in a reading tuition programme run by my school for both students in the school and for the wider community. This involved guiding an underachieving year 7 student through a reading course designed to bring them up to the level that would be required of them during their time in secondary school.
This was a particularly challenging introduction to one on one tuition, children who have spent 7 years in primary school and still lack any kind of confidence and fluency in reading are very difficult to communicate with for a year 12 student with no previous experience. However I found the experience both tough and extremely rewarding. The satisfaction gained when my first student significantly improved his base test score in just 6 weeks was obviously immense but in addition the skills I learnt from tutoring very different types of pupil with varying abilities were absolutely invaluable. Learning to tailor my approach quickly to suit individual needs was a big challenge but one that has very much helped me recognise what is required in a good tutor.
I have experience of helping students catch up after time off school and can therefore lend my hand to going over things that aren't well understood and teaching new topics from scratch.
As I alluded to above I firmly believe that each tutee requires a personalised approach from their tutor in order to gain the best results and this is very much where my skills lay. Classroom learning, in my opinion based on my very recent school experience, has become too much about focusing on the group and how the majority learn. This obviously can leave certain people at a disadvantage and that is where a good tutor should be able to help out.
I would never list a description of what I would/wouldn't do specifically in terms of tutoring techniques as I believe the tutor must adapt to the tutee and that any number of different things could work with certain people but be hopeless to try on others. The only thing I would universally do is have a degree of focus on past exam papers, especially for Biology GCSE and A-Level as I know from personal experience that those exams are as much about exam technique as they are knowledge of the subject.
I have very recent experience with the current GCSE and A-Level exams, and can also strongly empathise with exam stress! Something that I feel is appreciated in a tutor! Furthermore it is important for a science student to have reasonable writing skills, especially in A-Level Biology (AQA Biology has a 25 mark essay for example) and I am much more able to help with this than most science undergraduates due to my History A-Level. These skills are often overlooked but I can certainly offer help with this.
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