I graduated with a triple 1st from the University of Cambridge, with a MCantab in Natural Sciences (zoology) and MPhil in History and Philosophy of Science. I earned two college scholarships and my final year zoology dissertation was awarded the 'Oxford University Prize for Excellence in Biosciences'. I have just completed a PhD at Cambridge on the natural histories of monstrous exotic animals in the Renaissance. I am located in London and available for tutoring.
While doing my undergraduate course I reared moths and butterflies in my student room, got involved in science journalism and dabbled in home cheese-making. I have worked at London's Natural History museum and the Zoological Society of London. My own natural history 'cabinet of curiosity' contains many amazing specimens such as nautilus shells, beaver skulls and insects that can illustrate biological topics!
I have written on strange and exotic beasts for BBC Wildlife Magazine and others. Apart from several academic history of science articles, I have also published in RSPB magazines, my book 'Feathers and Eggshells' about the birds of Hampstead Heath (2000), and a shortened version of Darwin's 'On the Origin of Species'.
I have tutored students from age 11 to those completing university finals and adult learners returning for further qualifications, building up over 1000 hours of one-to-one tutoring experience. I have worked with a wide range of sudents, from those who want to secure good marks in upcoming exams, to those wanting to explore areas well beyond their current educational level and indulge their excitement in science. I have also run intensive A-level revision courses for large groups and 1-1, please contact me if you would like to explore this option for intensive last-minute exam revision!
The ubiquitous feedback from my teaching work has been that students achieve higher marks than they initially expected and enjoyed biology in a way that they had not before. In many cases, the benefits of sessions extend well beyond biology, into other subjects as students develop in the way they approach learning and exams.
I love my subject, and would try to enthuse anyone else about biology. If students have not enjoyed lessons at school, or feel overwhelmed at university lectures, then re-framing material and approaching it in interesting new ways almost always helps to make it more exciting and understandable. I always try to contain students' anxieties about exams or examined work, breaking down these obstacles into manageable tasks, while also empowering them to explore wider ideas for their own interest.
Sessions are tailored closely to students needs and aims, involving interview and exam practice, hands-on practical work and experiments, working on perfecting coursework or more open-ended discussions that allow students to expand their understanding and interests in ways that syllabi can sometimes constrain. It is alway a central aim of sessions to enthuse my students and help them to enjoy biology as much as I do, as well as getting them extremely well prepared for exams.
Service and fee details:
I offer coursework and dissertation focus sessions for particular pieces of work. I can also give university or Oxbridge entrance preparation sessions. All at the same rate as tuition.
Prices are negotiable depending on circumstance, to be pre-agreed before lessons start. 2 or 1.5 hour lessons are the norm, and rates for single hours will be very slightly higher, unless online. Students usually travel to me for sessions, but in some cases I can travel to the student with a travel time added to the lesson fee.
I also offer Skype/Facetime sessions at a lower rate (70/hr).
Cancellation policy: 50% of 1hr fee if cancelled within 24 hours of the lesson.
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Cambridge||2011||Masters||History and Philosophy of Science (1st)|
|University of Cambridge||2010||Bachelors||Zoology (BA, double 1st)|
|St Paul's Girl's School||2007||School||4 A levels (at A*)|
|St Paul's Girl's School||2005||School||9 GCSEs (at A*)|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||2|