Information About Tom - Winchester tutor - (38 reviews)
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I have 20 years experience of teaching only A-level Biology. Please read the feedback from students I have tutored. My tutees show marked improvement and achieve excellent results. I am a full time A-level Biology teacher.
I am enjoy tutoring online (and have a lot of experience).
For personal tuition, I use the Discovery Centre in Winchester.
I teach full time at - a top rated sixth form college.The Biology department is grade 1 (Outstanding), as were my lessons in a recent OFSTED. My classes have achieved in the top 1% of A-level Biology Sixth form college classes nationally for value added results. Very many students have achieved full marks in exam papers and progressed to Oxbridge or medical schools.
Students that I have tutored have gone from a D at AS to a A at A-level and from a C to an A*. I enjoy tutoring as it is very rewarding to help students to a thorough understanding of the theory that they couldn't grasp.
As a current teacher am I very aware of the shift in emphasis and the different skills required for the new (for 2017) specification A levels. With 20 years experience of teaching just A-level Biology, I have an in depth knowledge of the OCR A, Eduqas, Edexcel, AQA, IB (Higher) and Pre U specifications.
Recently tutored students from Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies College, St Swithuns', Wycombe Abbey, New English School of Kuwait, Leysin American School, King Edwards Southampton, Royal Grammar School Guildford, Reading School, Kingswood School, Eltham College, Harris Sixth Form, Barton Peveril, Alton College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Godolphins, Chesham Grammar, Cardiff Sixth Form Centre, Collingham College, Duff Miller Tutorial College, The John Lyon School.
A-level Biology is a challenging subject as there is a huge body of difficult content to learn and understand. The new style questions test understanding and application more than factual recall, many students find this a big change from what they were comfortable with at GCSE.
My goal is to get students to understand why and how a biological process is occuring, rather than trying to rote learn the steps. While tutoring in person, I use a tablet loaded with all the relevant PowerPoints and past papers and a digital whiteboard. After a full explanation of the topic, I go through relevant past paper questions and try to coach what the question is actually asking about, how it relates to the theory and how to phrase the answer for full credit.
Online, I use an HD Webcam, a graphics tablet and video conferencing with a super-fast broadband connection. I use an excellent web-conferencing program, where both parties can see and annotate notes and past papers and PowerPoints, it is an extremely effective tutoring tool.
Online tutorials are recorded and shared with the tutee, so they can be re-viewed and used for revision. Prior to the tutorial, I give the students notes and PowerPoints to go through so faster progress can be made during the session.
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Availability: Weekends / Weekdays (all times)
References Available: Yes (✔ On File)
- Huddersfield University (1996) - PGCE (PGCE) (✘ Not On File)
- UEA (1994) - Genetic Engineering (Masters) (✘ Not On File)
- Sheffield University (1992) - Biology (Bachelors) (✘ Not On File)
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He is expensive but worth every pound and a lovely chap to boot!
An excellent tutor!
I have enjoyed every session -especially meeting Louie the cat!
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If you think you might need help then contact Tom straight away. He has a great sense of humour and is so clear on the syllabus that each session is really productive. Seeing Tom for one session is more useful than two weeks revision on your own