Currently unavailable: until 10/11/2015
Degree: Medicine and surgery (Bachelors) - Newcastle University
Hi, I’m Christie! I am currently completing my first year studying ‘Medicine and Surgery’ at Newcastle University. For a relatively long time, I was enthused about studying medicine it combined both my passionate about science and human interaction.
Before university, I had a weekly voluntary commitment at Hospice of the Good Shepherd Shop (January-June 2011 and March – August 2012) to develop my communication skills and interact with the widest variation of people as possible, a weekly voluntary commitment at St John’s Hospice to gain experience with those requiring palliative care (December 2013 – March 2014) plus a voluntary role with Riding for the Disabled Association from (June – October 2013) to gain experience with working alongside individuals with both learning and physical disabilities. At university, I am involved with a society called HOMED which involves volunteering with the homeless. My role is to serve drinks and breakfast, whilst talking to them. This commitment involves working within a team to provide a good quality service.
I have completed four A-levels in the following subjects: Chemistry (A*), Biology (A*), Mathematics (A) and English Literature (A). I have always shown a passion for the sciences. I appreciate how the leap between GCSE to A-Level science can be initially difficult; I would love to help any individuals who are currently facing that challenge at both A-level and GCSE standard Biology or Chemistry. I also am enthusiastic about tutoring GCSE Mathematics.
Since starting medical school in September 2014, I realise how competitive it is to gain entry. Many friends on the course have previously done one year or completed other undergraduate courses or have taken gap years due to not getting in first time round. As I have recently gained a place straight from school, I think I would be able to use my experience to assist passionate people in doing the same. Newcastle University, as many of the other medical schools, required the UKCAT. My average score was 750 and band 2 for situational judgment (2013). Once again, this entrance examination can appear a daunting hurdle; I am passionate about using my experience to help individuals gain the highest UKCAT score possible. Tips on medical school interviews and personal statement preperation will also be provided if desired.
My revision techniques and learning styles have changed significantly between Sixth Form and University. Previously, I mainly used writing out notes and previous examination papers. However, I now use a lot more visual methods including flow diagrams, mind maps, drawing and interactive tutorials online. I think I will be able to use my wide range of learning styles to compliment different individuals to make tutorial sessions as engaging as possible.
Although, my experience of tutoring is not expansive, I do feel as though I developed the skills required. During sixth form I helped to teach GSCE science to students whom were finding certain topics challenging. This developed my skills of explanation and communication. Many of the students were able to grasp key themes and concepts after my additional guidance. I also discovered how there are different learning styles; the importance of tailoring learning to the individual as much as possible.
I was also accepted to be a Duke of Edinburgh Young Leader which involved working with an assigned silver and bronze team. I had a weekly commitment involving admin within the office, teaching the various skills required for an expedition (including orienteering and camp craft) as well as leading two expeditions. This experience showed the importance of knowing how individuals work at different paces and have a range of different abilities, despite being the same age.
At university, I have been both accepted and received the training to become a medical student mentor. This role will involve working as a team with my partner mentor to provide both academic and pastoral support and guidance to a stage one student also studying Medicine and Surgery. University is initially daunting to many, with the increased volume of work or meeting new friends, so I am enthusiastic at being able to use my experiences to guide someone who is on the same academic path.
As a tutor, my aim is to help individuals with challenging concepts via providing interactive tutorial sessions which are crafted to the indiviuals' needs. I will ask which topics the student is currently finding challenging and pepare the sessions in advance. Since I am studying medicine, i will also be able to provide additional resources for those students who want to expand their knowledge above and beyond the A-Level Biology and Chemistry syllabus.
|Biology||A Level||£20 /hr|
|Chemistry||A Level||£20 /hr|
|English Literature||GCSE||£18 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|.UKCAT.||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
|Ukcat||Uni Admissions Test||750|
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