Michael

Michael

Ballymena Tutor

In 2002 I obtained a degree in Zoology from Queens University Belfast. In October of the same year and at the same institution I started a PhD in molecular parasitology from which I graduated in 2006. From July 2006-July 2008 I was a postdoctoral research fellow at the University of Calgary. From November 2008 to May 2009 I was a postdoc at the University of Liverpool. From May 2009 until August 2010 I was a postdoc at Trinity College Dublin where I studied inflammatory bowel disease and novel pharmacologies. I presented my work at international conferences and I have also published my work in scientific journals.

I left teaching in schools in April 2014 and since July 2014 I have been a molecular biologist at Almac Diagnostics in Craigavon where I validate diagnostic tests for cancers based on patient genetic profiling. Many of the techniques and technologies that I employ are required knowledge for the CCEA A-Level specification, especially at A2 level.

Tutoring Experience

I obtained a PGCE in Biology with Science from Queens University Belfast in June 2011. During my PGCE I taught in two secondary and three grammar schools. I gained experience in teaching GCSE Single Science and Double Award Biology, as well as CCEA A-Level Biology and CCEA/EdExcel A-Level Health & Social Care. I have my own learning and teaching resources and have experience with A-Level Biology practicals and coursework. I mentor A-Level students for university interviews and I have an extensive archive of science magazines, news reports, videos and biology related books which I make available for students to read. I am also an A-Level and GCSE Biology examiner for the CCEA board which places me in a good position to enhance the examination technique of my students to obtain high grades
I have been tutoring A-Level CCEA Biology since January 2012 and I have enjoyed much success with numerous students. I have taught students from the following schools: Ballymena Academy, Loreto College, St Killian's Grammar, St Marys Grammar Magherafelt, Hunterhouse College, Our Lady & St Patrick's, Strathearn School, St Louis Grammar, St Malachy's College, Slemish College, Dalriada Grammar and Victoria College.

I am able to tutor CCEA AS and A2 Level Biology. I DO NOT tutor GCSE Biology.

I CANNOT HELP WITH AQA, OCR or EDEXCEL DUE TO A LACK OF EXPERIENCE WITH THESE BOARDS.

Tutoring Approach

I have made all my own teaching resources which include informative PowerPoints and revision sheets which summarise the most critical parts of a topic which are needed to achieve excellent marks in an exam. I make constant use of past paper questions and hone students' examination technique, ensuring that they understand the meaning of a question.

I provide extra reading in the form of learning logs which are articles scanned from science magazines to which I subscribe. These not only enhance the knowledge a person holds about a topic and increases their scientific literacy (which is useful for interviews and for preparation for university courses) but also demonstrates how a topic is being used and expanded upon in real life situations, highlighting its importance and applicability to careers.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekdays (evenings)
References Available On File

Qualifications

Queens University Belfast2002BachelorsZoology
Queens University Belfast2006DoctorateMolecular Parasitology
Queens University Belfast2011PGCEBiology with Science

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