Hi! I'm Shun. I'm a proven tutor with over 7 years of experience and a medical degree from the University of Cambridge, where I taught at undergraduate level as a clinical supervisor. I have also worked extensively with local schools and academic summer programmes such as Cambridge Immerse.
I'm friendly, enthusiastic and most of all, passionate about helping students achieve their potential. I am always willing to go the extra mile to help students who want to do well and I believe this is reflected in my feedback score; I'm very happy to answer questions from tutees over the phone, text or e-mail. I believe in keeping rote learning to an absolute minimum, and my overarching aim is to get the students to really understand the concepts, develop mental agility and be able to apply their knowledge in novel exam situations rather than "fact dump".
I have a strong academic record, averaging over 97% UMS for A-levels. I won the Sixth Form prize and was selected for a gold CREST award where I undertook research into cannabinoids. My UKCAT score for medicine (2012) averaged 785 placing me in the top 1% nationally for 2012/13 UCAS entry. In addition to my medical degree, I hold a BA in Pharmacology for my research project entitled: "Direct visualisation of G-quadruplex DNA and PARP ligand interactions under atomic force microscopy". Furthermore, my strong performance allowed me to secure a research elective in plastic surgery at Johns Hopkins University in the US, where I worked on world leading research in developing a murine model of hind limb transplantation.
In my spare time, I enjoy going rock climbing, backpacking, playing guitar and sleeping in on the weekends :-)
I have over 7 years of one-on-one tutoring experience and undergraduate level teaching as a clinical supervisor at the University of Cambridge.
In addition to one on one tuition, I have also worked extensively as a consultant for schools in Cambridge and academic summer programmes. I have run several UKCAT and BMAT workshops for as well as designed summer A-level sciences and UCAS programmes for the school's medical applicants and worked with them from the personal statement through to the interview stage.
I'm particularly proud of one experience I had with a student - he had been left with a 'U' in his CHM3 AQA A-level Chemistry module. With tuition over a period of 5 weeks over Easter, he went on to achieve an A in his re-sit. Another student (April 2016) went on to achieve 51/70 in a mock AS biology exam, coming top of his year. He had been on a U in his previous mock in January before we started working together.
I take a goal-orientated approach to teaching in order to set clear objectives from the get go. Using the exam board syllabus as a guide, I work with the tutees and their parents to come up with a plan that we are all happy with. We then review progress at regular intervals and adapt. I am well-versed in the GCSE/A-level/IB examination syllabus for Maths, Chemistry and Biology for the major exam boards (e.g. AQA, OCR, Edexcel). This allows us to identify the problem areas and set tangible goals. I aim to get students interested and to really understand the topics - I never just read from the textbook! Any material that must be rote learned (e.g arbitrary facts, for example, the ban on CFCs) I ask the student to read up in their own time, saving time and money.
Finally, I find that the most common issues students have are: 1) "I don't know how to answer the question to get the marks" 2) "I get stuck and I can't think what to do next". This brings us on to what I believe are my two most valuable assets in regards to tutoring: critical thinking skills and teaching exam technique. There is a drive by all the major exam boards in making the A-level sciences much more about understanding rather than factual recall, meaning merely knowing the material is no longer enough to do well. Students must demonstrate they can apply that knowledge to new situations, which requires a deep learning approach.
By delivering a goal-orientated and individualised approach to tutoring, I believe I can help any student achieve their academic goals and even surpass them.
|Languages||English (British), Chinese|
|Availability||Weekends, Weekdays (all times)|
|References Available||On File|
|University of Cambridge||2018||Bachelors||MBBChir|
|Lancaster Royal Grammar School||2011||School||A-level: A*A*A*|
|Lancaster Royal Grammar School||2009||School||GCSE: 7 A* 3 A|
|University of Cambridge||2015||Bachelors||BA|
|Unpublished feedback (Usually negative)||0|