I recently completed my degree in Biological Sciences from the University of Edinburgh, where I graduated with upper Second Class Honours. I volunteered as a teaching assistant during my last two years of school, where I assisted GCSE and Year 1 A-level Biology teaching for two hours a week. At university, I was part of the Edinburgh University Biology Peer Assisted Learning Scheme, a student led group whose goal is to support first year students achieve their academic potential and ease their transit from high school to university life. I have been commended by teachers and pupils on my patience and ability to communicate with students of varying abilities. I reviewed A-level and GCSE Biology in depth during the past months as I was preparing for the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
How would you describe your teaching style?
Hybrid, including lecture-style, while encouraging students to think for themselves and develop their own problem-solving skills.
What qualifications do you have?
Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Biological Sciences, Upper Second Class, from the University of Edinburgh.
Tell us about your experience...
I volunteered as a teaching assistant during my last two years of school, where I assisted GCSE and Year 1 A-level Biology teaching for two hours a week. The purpose of these classes was to aid struggling students to catch up on their coursework and address any questions they might have on the material. Students were usually set some tasks, while the teacher and I surveyed the class, attending to pupils' needs in a one-on-one setting. This included teaching the material itself, helping with homework, creating study plans, coming up with useful mnemonics and motivating pupils to dedicate more time and effort to their studies. I was praised by teachers for my patience and ability to communicate with students of varying abilities. The class sizes ranged from 2 to 10 students. As this was in a European School, the syllabus slightly differed from the classic GCSE and A-level material, but largely overlapped. As I received very positive feedback and found teaching very fulfilling, I wanted to continue while at university. I wanted to attempt teaching new, more advanced material, which led me to join BioPALS, the Edinburgh University Biology Peer Assisted Learning Scheme during my second and fourth year (I was on a year-abroad during my third year). This is a student led group whose goal is to support first year students achieve their academic potential and ease their transit from high school to university life. Sessions are held weekly and typically consist of 5 to 15 students. Although I have not taught GCSE and A-level content for a few years, I studied it in depth during the past few months, as I had to take the BioMedical Admissions Test (BMAT).
What locations do you tutor in?
Haringey, Hackney, Camden, Islington
What is your personal message to students?
No matter what your abilities or goals are, I will do my best to connect with you on a personal level so that you may enjoy the tutoring and be motivated to give your best effort.
|Travelling tutor:||Haringey, Hackney, Camden, Islington|
|Subjects:||Biology||GCSE and A-level|