Varun

Varun

Highgate Tutor

I'm a third year Medical student at UCL. As I am very familiar and experienced with the layout and approach required for both GCSE and A-level exams, I'd be able to pass on that specific information about exam technique and how to apply your conceptual understanding in the context of the exams to achieve the top grades, I also have a vast bank of very useful resources from my time at school that are all relevant which I can incorporate into our lessons and give you that extra edge.

Having just completed my first two years of medical school, I've been through the often seemingly daunting process that many of you are about to start this summer of a med school application but don't panic! Having received all 4 of my interviews and all 4 offers from them, I have an understanding of what admissions tutors look for and how they test for it in an interview. Most importantly, having just been through the admission process I can guide you through applying to the med schools where you can maximise your chances of an offer based on your specific strengths. Having done an MMI and Panel interview I can offer specific interview practice regarding both.

Grades:
GCSEs - 10A*s (English Lang + Lit, Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, French, History, Geography, Latin) 1A (Drama)
AS levels - AAAAA (Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Economics)
A levels - A*A*A (Biology, Chemistry, Maths)

Tutoring Experience

I've informally taught various friends of family now for 5 years, ranging from 11 year olds to GCSE level students - one of whom achieved 9A*s and 2As despite being predicted 5A*s and 6As. At school I was asked to speak to and motivate younger students in year 10 and 11 to consider choosing Biology and Chemistry for A level due to my passion for doing sciences. I have also been asked to come back into school multiple times during university to speak about the medical admission process and help the year 13s with their application and interview - even conducting a mock interview. All of the students in that year have received offers for this year.

Tutoring Approach

A large mix! Depending on the content we'd cover in subjects, I would first explain the concept through a variety of ways, orally, with diagrams and pictures, using very helpful videos I used online previously and the worksheets I had/did from when I studied it. Then we would talk together to see if the concept is secure and then incorporate some past questions or questions of my own to see if you've got it. This is just a template but really it'd be in the style of however you feel is the best way you learn. I would hate for it to feel tedious and like another 'school lesson' as I know how easy it is to switch off and get bored! That's why I can help make our lessons as succinct to the syllabus so it'd be easier to focus on, using whatever method you find best to learn with flashcards, mini-quizzes or oral teaching. Then as we get closer to exams, it can be more focused on the method of answering questions using many past questions and honing exam technique.

For the medical application help, I again have many resources and much knowledge with regards to personal statement writing and UKCAT/BMAT preparation which we would talk about and discuss openly whilst practising the questions throughout. Then we can devise a plan together of a checklist each week so you can complete your application in good time without panic. Each week we can discuss any medical events that took place so as to keep up to date with the current affairs, something that is asked in depth at interviews, and to get into the habit of answering in an interview style way from early on. Getting closer to the interviews, we would slowly build up the important interview preparation, specific to the med schools you're applying to, where I can give detailed feedback and a good structure for how to answer the questions.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
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Qualifications

St Paul's School2016SchoolA-Levels
St Paul's School2014SchoolGCSE

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50% discount on your first lesson!
Maths
GCSE£25
A-Level£30
Chemistry
GCSE£25
A-Level£30
Biology
GCSE£25
A-Level£30
Entrance Exams
University£30
Medicine
University£30