Emily R. GCSE Biology tutor, GCSE Chemistry tutor, GCSE Physics tutor...

Emily R.

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Degree: A100 Medicine (Bachelors) - Newcastle University

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About me

About me

My name is Emily, I live in Cumbria, and I’m a second year medical student at Newcastle University. 

I gained three A*s in science subjects at A-level, however my passion for science is not represented in my grades but in my enthusiasm - I am always keen to pass my passion on to others. In year thirteen, I set up a hugely popular science club for year sevens. I would help them perform “fun” experiments that they wouldn’t normally do, and explain a bit about the science behind it.

I have also had lots of experience teaching. This includes leading talks about sex education in schools through a charity called Sexpression, teaching english and health in Cambodia, dance instructing, and more. I enjoy being able to use my skills to share my knowledge with others.

I am lucky enough to have worked with people of many different ages and backgrounds, and think that I would feel confident talking to anybody. I am friendly and approachable, and always happy to help.

The sessions

Our sessions would be led by you, by which I mean you tell me what you are struggling with and I will figure out a lesson plan based on it. My aim is to first break the topics down into something that feels a bit more manageable, and then explain them in a way that you can understand. Once the understanding is there, we can move on to working through past exam questions together. (Note: although I sat AQA exams, I can also tutor people using other exam boards if you tell me in advance).

Medical school applications

I also help people with medical school applications. I can advise you on how the system works generally, and help with writing personal statements. I think of this as more my speciality. Being accepted to three out of four of the medical schools I applied to (one of them without interview), I like to think that I am reasonably skilled in crafting the best personal statement possible. I helped with several workshops on this at school, and unofficially mentored several of my friends in younger years.

Availability and booking

I am fully DBS checked (this can be produced on request).

I am often free during the day (my timetable is variable so actual hours can vary), and most evenings and weekends. Although I can get fairly busy, I am always happy to reshuffle things to fit you in!

If you would like to book a taster session, feel free to message me. Please could you also let me know before hand which exam board you are with, and what particularly you are struggling with so I can prepare accordingly :)

Thank you for reading!

Subjects offered

Biology GCSE £18 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £18 /hr
Physics GCSE £18 /hr
-Medical School Preparation- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr


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Questions Emily has answered

What is diffusion?

For the exams, the definition you will need to know is that "diffusion is the net movement of a substance from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration, down a diffusion gradient". But what does this actually mean? Imagine a box filled with many butterflies, separated by ...

For the exams, the definition you will need to know is that "diffusion is the net movement of a substance from an area of high concentration to an area of low concentration, down a diffusion gradient".

But what does this actually mean?

Imagine a box filled with many butterflies, separated by a wall in the middle. The ones on the left are red, and the ones on the right are blue. The butterflies are flying around at random on their respecive sides. At this point, the concentration of red butterflies on the left is high, and on the right is low. The concentration of blue butterflies on the right is high, and on the left is low.

The wall is removed. The red butterflies are free to fly to the right hand side, which they will, to avoid being bunched up together. In other words, they move from an area of high concentration of red butterflies to an area of low concentration of red butterflies. The same goes for the blue butterflies on the right - they will move onto the left hand side when the wall is removed.

It is important to note that the butterflies do not "decide" to move away from the others of their colour. They simply move at random into all the space available, which naturally means they will spread out into the new space made by removing the wall. Some may go back to their original side, then maybe cross back over again, it doesn't matter. Until there are equal numbers of blue and red butterflies on each side, each colour will show a net movement from high to low concentration (in other words, more butterflies are moving from high to low than move from low to high concentration). This is called moving down a diffusion gradient, in the same way that moving from high land to low land would be moving down the gradient of a hill.

The same happens with particles. Because they move at random, they will spread out from an area where there is lots of them, to an area where there are not as many. Think of ribena - if you have a glass of water and add ribena, you can see the two different colours separately. But if you come back in a few hours, the ribena will have completely mixed with the water so it all looks the same colour. This is diffusion, as the two different types of particles have spread out into each other (from a high concentration to a low concentration) until their concentrations are equal. 

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