Information About Joanne - Sidcup tutor - (14 reviews)
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I am a research scientist that has worked within central London laboratories for 10 years; including Imperial, Kings and the Royal Veterinary College. I enjoy teaching enthusiastic A-Level Biology students in my spare time. I have a distinction grade MSc in Molecular Medicine from Imperial College and I have over 5 years of private tutoring experience.
TEACHING AVAILABILITY: I have availability once a fortnight, Saturdays at 11.30 or 5.30 (updated 15.10.2018).
The majority of my students start lessons with me wanting to get in to Medicine or improve on an E or U grade re-sit situation.
Here are some previous student results with me:
SUMMER 2014: Two of my students received grade A on the EDEXCEL exam board- one student scoring 527/600 marks. My third student improved from ungraded to a C also on EDEXCEL.
SUMMER 2013: one of my students scored 86% in his Edexcel AS exam.
SUMMER 2012: Grade A (AQA) and subsequently accepted to study Medicine at Queen Mary's University, London. Mature mother at Greenwich University studying Nursing required me to read her course powerpoint slides and make her Biology understandable. She achieved 69% in her written Biology exams; 1% from a distinction.
I like to meet a new student and their parents during our first session. I normally see students weekly at my house, and together we cover the entire exam syllabus required; diverting at times to complete school assignments and extended research projects. Lessons revolve around active learning. I ask lots of questions to build up student confidence-and with practice, refine a students ability to construct logical, well written answers.
My tuition fee reflects the amount of my spare time that I put into supporting your child outside of their lesson. For example, marking students coursework or homework they send me via Whatsapp or email. I thoroughly enjoy building a rapport with my students and very quickly convince them that an A Level in Biology is achievable and studying for it can be fun, which is why I have been recommended to many students through word of mouth.
Parents are more than welcome in my home during the tuition (I can sort you out a hot drink and a comfy sofa!), or I tend to frequently update parents on how lessons have been going with regular phone calls and emails.
If you like what you hear, please contact me to discuss your child's needs and then we can take it from there.
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References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Imperial College London (2011) - Molecular Medicine (Masters) (✔ On File)
- The Royal Veterinary College (2007) - Veterinary Science (Bachelors) (✔ On File)
- Queen Mary's Collge (2004) - 4 A levels Maths, German, Chemistry, Biology (College) (✘ Not On File)
- Costello Technology College (2002) - 11 GCSEs including Maths, English and Triple Science (School) (✘ Not On File)
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She tutored my son for both AS and A2 Biology and managed to help him achieve A* in his final examinations.
Biology was my son’s weakest science subject at GCSE but with Jo’s encouragement, dedication and perseverance it became his favourite subject at A Levels. My son speaks very highly of her.
She is a diligent and perseverant person. She always shows great initiative and is willing to go beyond what is required to ensure her students achieve their full potential.
I strongly recommend Jo to anyone looking for an exceptional tutor
She is enthusiastic and committed.
Joanne's friendly helpful approach immediately put my daughter at ease and ensured she worked hard and gained maximum benefit from the time.
This particular student is studying for a Masters degree, and I made myself available either via Skype (as she is a long distance student) or at any time via telephone or email even though I have several other students and a full time day job. Unfortunately, English is not this students first language (I did suggest seeking English classes from her University) and I was often asked to check her spelling and grammar, which I obliged to and also gave discounted lessons on many occasions depending on the necessary preparation time for her session. To help her with topics not in my specialist area, I also asked aquaintances to explain a lecture of hers on PowerPoint slides, which I emailed to the student to help her understanding.
Unfortunately, most of the time this student seemed to want me to edit her work to the extent that it would be myself writing the entire degree, which I do not agree with. I am a tutor; I am here to help, explain and teach- not sit another master’s degree on someone else’s behalf. Low lab report marks were largely a result of her own context.
Payments were always late also (5-6 days) and I never complained.
I currently have six students who you are more than welcome to obtain a reference for me from, and I shall not persue long distance tutoring from this point onwards.