Sophie M.

Sophie M.

£20 - £24 /hr

Biochemistry (Bachelors) - Leeds University

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About me

Hi, I'm Sophie and I'm currently in my first year studying Biochemistry at the University of Leeds. One of my favourite things about the sciences is how practical and applicable they are, I've personally found it really helpful when learning baseline concepts and ideas to use examples to help my understanding, and there is a wide variety of examples to chose from! When I'm not studying I love playing the guitar and occasionally bake with my friends, which I've found to be a great way to relax and keep calm before exams so that I can apply my studying effectively and perform well. I have previous experience with helping students in a one-to-one format as an academic prefect and biology subject champion at my sixth form, and aim to help students succeed by developing their confidence and recognising their individual goals and learning techniques. I truly believe that learning and studying is unique to each person and so hope to identify the methods which work best for a student through adaptable and personalised tutoring.

Hi, I'm Sophie and I'm currently in my first year studying Biochemistry at the University of Leeds. One of my favourite things about the sciences is how practical and applicable they are, I've personally found it really helpful when learning baseline concepts and ideas to use examples to help my understanding, and there is a wide variety of examples to chose from! When I'm not studying I love playing the guitar and occasionally bake with my friends, which I've found to be a great way to relax and keep calm before exams so that I can apply my studying effectively and perform well. I have previous experience with helping students in a one-to-one format as an academic prefect and biology subject champion at my sixth form, and aim to help students succeed by developing their confidence and recognising their individual goals and learning techniques. I truly believe that learning and studying is unique to each person and so hope to identify the methods which work best for a student through adaptable and personalised tutoring.

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Firstly during my tutorials I ask the student to consider their goals in detail, are there certain topics which the student struggles with more or is it a certain exam technique which could be improved? Each of my lessons begin with a quick recap, allowing the student to ask any questions and to consolidate their understanding with a short question on the topic of the previous tutorial. I aim to help the student attempt an example exam question in every tutorial, helping them to break it down step-by-step and giving the student the opportunity to develop their exam technique which is as important as their content knowledge. I regularly ask if there are any in-school mocks or tests which the student may have in order to offer a session in which we can go through and identify how to gain more marks during exams. As well as helping with course content, I also offer general advice based on my own experiences, such as my personal revision tips, advice with university applications or how to manage exam stress.

Firstly during my tutorials I ask the student to consider their goals in detail, are there certain topics which the student struggles with more or is it a certain exam technique which could be improved? Each of my lessons begin with a quick recap, allowing the student to ask any questions and to consolidate their understanding with a short question on the topic of the previous tutorial. I aim to help the student attempt an example exam question in every tutorial, helping them to break it down step-by-step and giving the student the opportunity to develop their exam technique which is as important as their content knowledge. I regularly ask if there are any in-school mocks or tests which the student may have in order to offer a session in which we can go through and identify how to gain more marks during exams. As well as helping with course content, I also offer general advice based on my own experiences, such as my personal revision tips, advice with university applications or how to manage exam stress.

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Qualifications

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BiologyA-level (A2)A*
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
GermanA-level (A2)A

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Questions Sophie has answered

Explain the formation of an action potential in a neuron

Firstly, depolarization of the neuronal membrane occurs. This is due to a stimulus which causes voltage-gated sodium ion channels to open, allowing sodium ions to diffuse down their concentration gradient into the neuron and creating a more positive charge within the neuron. Next, repolarization occurs as the membrane potential reaches a highly positive charge causing the voltage-gated sodium ion channels to close, preventing further diffusion of sodium ions into the cell. Voltage-gated potassium ion channels then open to allow potassium ions to diffuse down their concentration gradient out of the neuron, causing inside the neuron to become less positive.Finally, hyperpolarization occurs as the neuron reaches a membrane potential which is more negative than the resting potential. At this point the voltage-gated potassium ion channels close and prevents potassium ions from leaving the neuron and the sodium-potassium pump begins actively transporting potassium ions out of the cell to return the membrane to its resting potential.Firstly, depolarization of the neuronal membrane occurs. This is due to a stimulus which causes voltage-gated sodium ion channels to open, allowing sodium ions to diffuse down their concentration gradient into the neuron and creating a more positive charge within the neuron. Next, repolarization occurs as the membrane potential reaches a highly positive charge causing the voltage-gated sodium ion channels to close, preventing further diffusion of sodium ions into the cell. Voltage-gated potassium ion channels then open to allow potassium ions to diffuse down their concentration gradient out of the neuron, causing inside the neuron to become less positive.Finally, hyperpolarization occurs as the neuron reaches a membrane potential which is more negative than the resting potential. At this point the voltage-gated potassium ion channels close and prevents potassium ions from leaving the neuron and the sodium-potassium pump begins actively transporting potassium ions out of the cell to return the membrane to its resting potential.

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What is meant by the term optical isomerism?

Optical isomerism is a form of stereoisomerism (different arrangement of the same atoms in 3D space) which is caused by the presence of a chiral carbon in a molecule. A chiral carbon is a carbon with four different groups attached to it, for example a carbon bonded to a hydrogen atom, carboxylic acid group, amino group and a methyl group is a chiral carbon. The optical isomers of a chiral molecule are known as enantiomers and these enantiomers are non super-imposable mirror images of each other. Enantiomers will rotate plane-polarised light in opposite directions but by an equal amount, so when equal numbers of enantiomers are present in a mixture (known as a racemic mixture), no rotation of plane-polarised light is observed.Optical isomerism is a form of stereoisomerism (different arrangement of the same atoms in 3D space) which is caused by the presence of a chiral carbon in a molecule. A chiral carbon is a carbon with four different groups attached to it, for example a carbon bonded to a hydrogen atom, carboxylic acid group, amino group and a methyl group is a chiral carbon. The optical isomers of a chiral molecule are known as enantiomers and these enantiomers are non super-imposable mirror images of each other. Enantiomers will rotate plane-polarised light in opposite directions but by an equal amount, so when equal numbers of enantiomers are present in a mixture (known as a racemic mixture), no rotation of plane-polarised light is observed.

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