23 years experience of full time teaching of only A level Biology in a top Sixth Form College. My tutees show marked improvement and achieve excellent results.
I am a current A level Biology teacher.
My department is grade 1, as were my lessons in a the most 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. Many have achieved their goal of obtaining a place to read Medicine or Dentistry.
Students that I have tutored have gone from D in the L6th exams to a A at A-level and from a C to an A*. I enjoy tutoring as it is immensely rewarding to see students achieve a thorough understanding of the theory that they couldn't previously apply.
As a current full time teacher I am very aware of the shift in emphasis and the different skills required for the new (for 2017) specification A levels. I have an in depth knowledge of the OCR A, Eduqas, Edexcel, AQA, IB (Higher) and Pre U specifications
I recently coached students from:
Cheltenham Ladies College
St Benedicts Ealing
New English School of Kuwait
Leysin American School
King Edwards Southampton
Royal Grammar School Guildford
Harris Sixth Form
Portsmouth Grammar School
Cardiff Sixth Form Centre
Duff Miller Tutorial College
The John Lyon School
A level Biology can be an extremely challenging subject, there is a huge body of difficult content to learn and understand.
As the new (for 2017) specification questions test understanding and application far more than factual recall, many students find this a big change from what they were comfortable with at GCSE.
My aim is to get students to see why and how a biological process is occurring, rather than trying to rote learn the steps.
After a full explanation of the topic, I go through relevant past paper questions and try to coach what the question is actually asking, how it relates to the theory and how to phrase the answer for full marks.
Whilst I enjoy tutoring in person in Central Winchester, many of my students prefer the efficiency of online tutoring, 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.
With online tutoring I have immediate access to a huge range of exam questions, markschemes and teaching resources.
All online tutorials are recorded and shared with the student, so they can be re-viewed and used for revision.
Prior to the tutorial, I send resources - notes, videos, questions, animations and PowerPoints to go through so faster progress can be made during the lesson.
If students need additional resources or are stuck on questions I will support them by WhatsApp outside of tutoring time.
I have a very efficient online booking system so you can choose the day and time that suits you and amend if your plans change.
I tutor Monday to Thursday evenings and sometimes in the afternoons, last session starts at 7pm.
Many students are requesting support over the summer, to recap L6th topics or to rebuild confidence after a disappointing end of year exam - I am happy to tutor during the holidays.
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