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Medicine (Bachelors) - St Anne's College, Oxford University

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Hi, my name is Niamh and I am currently studying medicine at the University of Oxford. I am passionate about both Science and Maths and love finding ways of making concepts in these subjects easier to understand and learn. All students learn differently, and I am happy to listen to student’s difficulties and approach them on an individual basis. I have experience in both one to one tutoring and teaching in a classroom environment having recently spent a month teaching English in China. I hope to use my experience and my subject knowledge to help students reach their full potential. 

Hi, my name is Niamh and I am currently studying medicine at the University of Oxford. I am passionate about both Science and Maths and love finding ways of making concepts in these subjects easier to understand and learn. All students learn differently, and I am happy to listen to student’s difficulties and approach them on an individual basis. I have experience in both one to one tutoring and teaching in a classroom environment having recently spent a month teaching English in China. I hope to use my experience and my subject knowledge to help students reach their full potential. 

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About my sessions

I think it is important to identify areas that the students have difficulties with, allowing us to focus on these areas initially before ensuring that students have a good grasp of the overall topic. This allows students to gain the most from each tutoring session. I use a variety of teaching methods entirely dependent on the subject as well as each individual student including; working through past paper questions, learning concepts through diagrams and teaching memory aid tips that help students to effectively study. 

I think it is important to identify areas that the students have difficulties with, allowing us to focus on these areas initially before ensuring that students have a good grasp of the overall topic. This allows students to gain the most from each tutoring session. I use a variety of teaching methods entirely dependent on the subject as well as each individual student including; working through past paper questions, learning concepts through diagrams and teaching memory aid tips that help students to effectively study. 

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Rohail Parent from Camberley

10 Mar

My son found his first session very useful. He found that explanations were very clear. Thank you.

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Jeanette Parent from Edinburgh

6 Mar

excellent step by step tuition for difficult topic areas

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Greg Parent from Burgess Hill

2 Mar

very helpful and clear with what she was saying

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Bev Parent from Hinckley

9 Feb

Really helpful, makes it all seem simple

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
MathsA-level (A2)A*
English LiteratureA-level (A2)A*
BiologyA-level (A2)A*
ChemistryA-level (A2)A*

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
BiologyA Level£38 /hr
ChemistryA Level£38 /hr
BiologyGCSE£36 /hr
ChemistryGCSE£36 /hr
English LiteratureGCSE£36 /hr
MathsGCSE£36 /hr
Medical School PreparationMentoring£38 /hr
Oxbridge PreparationMentoring£38 /hr
Personal StatementsMentoring£38 /hr
BMAT (BioMedical Admissions)University£38 /hr
UCATUniversity£38 /hr

Questions Niamh has answered

Describe the processes of obtaining desired genes and their subsequent transfer into the cells of organisms.

In answering this question, it is important that the student outlines the steps and tools involved in the process (for learning purposes it is easier to learn the numerical steps, however, it is important the student is able to write the process in continuous prose as this is an essay question). For example: Firstly, the gene is identified using DNA probes, which are short sequences of DNA complementary to the desired gene and are usually either fluorescently or radioactively labelled. Restriction enzymes are then used to cut the gene out by cutting the DNA either side of the gene at specific recognition sequences. This produces sticky ends which are single-stranded DNA overhangs. To transfer the gene into a host organism a vector must be used. A commonly used vector is a bacterial vector, which is a circular form of DNA. The same restriction enzymes used previously are used to cut the vector to produce complementary sticky ends. DNA ligase is used to anneal the donor DNA to the vector DNA. The vectors must then be taken up by the host cells and a method which promotes this process is temperature shock. Marker genes are used to identify which cells have taken up the transformed plasmids (could go into more detail here but this is enough for the marks awarded for this question). The host will replicate the transformed DNA and produce the proteins coded for by the genes. This is a technology commonly used to produce medical substances such as insulin, which is used to treat type 1 diabetes. In answering this question, it is important that the student outlines the steps and tools involved in the process (for learning purposes it is easier to learn the numerical steps, however, it is important the student is able to write the process in continuous prose as this is an essay question). For example: Firstly, the gene is identified using DNA probes, which are short sequences of DNA complementary to the desired gene and are usually either fluorescently or radioactively labelled. Restriction enzymes are then used to cut the gene out by cutting the DNA either side of the gene at specific recognition sequences. This produces sticky ends which are single-stranded DNA overhangs. To transfer the gene into a host organism a vector must be used. A commonly used vector is a bacterial vector, which is a circular form of DNA. The same restriction enzymes used previously are used to cut the vector to produce complementary sticky ends. DNA ligase is used to anneal the donor DNA to the vector DNA. The vectors must then be taken up by the host cells and a method which promotes this process is temperature shock. Marker genes are used to identify which cells have taken up the transformed plasmids (could go into more detail here but this is enough for the marks awarded for this question). The host will replicate the transformed DNA and produce the proteins coded for by the genes. This is a technology commonly used to produce medical substances such as insulin, which is used to treat type 1 diabetes. 

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