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Summary:

I have been teaching here since 2013 and am willing to go the extra mile for any regular pupil of mine. I use varying teaching styles depending on what helps you to learn best!

Introduction:

Hey there! I'm Oli and welcome to my profile. I’m a first year “Medicine (PhD)” student researching eye inflammatory processes (ocular inflammation).

Having been a tutee, I recognise the importance of a friendly tutor-tutee relationship and how building a good rapport is essential to make the most your time as a tutee. I re-sat Biology A-Level (with extenuating circumstances) and got a tutor for Biology. The additional question practice, content coverage and exam technique I refined with my tutor allowed me to improve my A2 grade from a D to an A* (99%), and as I have been in a similar position to you before, I can certainly empathise.

As the classroom is a virtual environment, having the correct I.T. skills as well as hardware is essential for me to be effective in the classroom. As a computer enthusiast, I have well-developed skills in this area and therefore your learning environment will be enhanced.

Subjects/Exam Boards:

I am happy to tutor any GCSE Science subject (Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Geology, Dual and Single Award Science, etc) and A-level Biology on any exam Board. I can also tutor A-level Chemistry and Geology on most exam boards (For Biology and Chemistry I was on OCR and Geology was WJEC). If you’re unsure about exam boards, feel free to message me and I can read through the specification to confirm if I would be able to competently tutor for your exam board.

Extended Project Qualification:

With regards to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), I can mentor/guide a pupil who wishes to undertake a project provided it is within my areas of interest/expertise. These primarily include biomedical science and pharmaceutical science projects, but I would also be able to assist with other closely-related fields.

Although I have not personally taken the EPQ, I have mentored a student previously on the topic of antibiotic resistance who was awarded an A grade, I have access to the specification and guidance that the exam board provides, and have completed several essays through my Bachelor’s degree, meaning I am nonetheless well-placed to help you.

Teaching Methodology:

Although I am completely flexible to teach in a way you’d like, a highly successful outline of how I usually help students prepare is below:

There are two common key areas students can struggle with in their studies: Knowledge of the topics and exam technique. Most pupils have difficulties with both to some extent but I shall tailor sessions directed at what you require and with the teaching style that works best for you. Often, we will go through the entire syllabus to get a solid grounding of knowledge. Homework between classes reinforces knowledge and allows for practise of the techniques and knowledge we have covered. It also allows us to gauge your progress, and re-cover any topics as required. After this, past papers allows us to work on technique and allows us to fill in any missing holes in your knowledge ready for your exam.

I continually review my lessons to ensure my pupils get the maximum benefit from them. I am willing to go the extra mile between classes for regular pupils by proof-reading coursework, answering questions or anything else you think would be beneficial between classes.

Availability:

Now that I have begun my PhD, my availability is restricted to evenings (6PM onwards) and weekends.

What Happens Now?

I hope you have enjoyed reading my resumé and I look forward to hearing from you. I would be more than happy to answer any queries you have; you can drop me a message via a button near the top of this page. I would also be more than happy to offer you a free 15 minute meeting where I can show you the classroom, a taster of my teaching techniques, and get to know you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £36 /hr
Biology A Level £36 /hr
Biology A Level £36 /hr
Biology A Level £36 /hr
Chemistry A Level £36 /hr
Chemistry A Level £36 /hr
Chemistry A Level £36 /hr
Chemistry A Level £36 /hr
Extended Project Qualification A Level £36 /hr
Geology A Level £36 /hr
Geology A Level £36 /hr
Geology A Level £36 /hr
Biology GCSE £36 /hr
Biology GCSE £36 /hr
Biology GCSE £36 /hr
Biology GCSE £36 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £36 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £36 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £36 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £36 /hr
Extended Project Qualification GCSE £36 /hr
Geology GCSE £36 /hr
Geology GCSE £36 /hr
Geology GCSE £36 /hr
Geology GCSE £36 /hr
Physics GCSE £36 /hr
Science GCSE £36 /hr
Science GCSE £36 /hr
Science GCSE £36 /hr
Science GCSE £36 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £36 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
Medicine (PhD) (Ocular Immunology)DoctorateCURRENTLY IN STUDY
Medical Pharmacology (B210) (BSc with Hons), Cardiff UniversityBachelors Degree1ST CLASS - 81%
GAMSATUni Admissions Test73
Biology (OCR)A-LevelA*
UKCATUni Admissions Test745 AVG. (2980)
Chemistry (OCR)A-LevelA
Geology (WJEC)A-LevelA
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard

No

CRB/DBS Enhanced

15/10/2013

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Ratings and reviews

5from 178 customer reviews

Hadeel (Parent) March 23 2017

Another excellent tutorial, thank you Oli!

Tyler (Student) February 15 2017

Great tutorial!

Hadeel (Parent) February 14 2017

Another great coverage! Thank you Oli

Andrea (Parent) January 25 2017

Oliver is an amazing Tutor he helped my eldest daughter a few years ago and we have been very lucky that he is available for my youngest now she is starting her GCSE's. He breaks the topic down into sections and my daughter feels confident that she is finally going to understand Chemistry!
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Questions Oliver has answered

(Biology A-level) What are the different types of T cell and what is their function?

T cells come in three major groups: T helper cells (TH), T killer cells (TC - for cytotoxic, a term meaning kills cells), and regulatory T cells (Treg). T helper cells play an important role in activating and coordinating the rest of the immune response. They release signalling molecules, gene...

T cells come in three major groups: T helper cells (TH), T killer cells (TC - for cytotoxic, a term meaning kills cells), and regulatory T cells (Treg).

T helper cells play an important role in activating and coordinating the rest of the immune response. They release signalling molecules, generically termed as cytokines, to activate other immune cells as well as attract them to a site of infection. A large family of molecules that performs this role are the interleukins.

T killer cells play an important role particularly against viruses. This is because T killer cells will attack and kill your body's own cells which are infected and already compromised. Some bacteria, in addition to all viruses, live and reproduce inside your own body's cells, and they are the target of T killer cells.

The last T cell is the regulatory T cell. These have an important role in preventing the immune system from over-reacting to a pathogen or attacking your own body's cells unnecessarily. They also play a role in tolerance, and prevention of immune reactions to harmless stimuli such as food.

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(Biology GCSE) How does the body control blood glucose concentration?

You body controls blood glucose concentration via the pancreas, one of the organs in your body (located in the lower abdomen and is feather-shaped). If the blood glucose concentration is too high, the pancreas produces and releases the hormone insulin into the bloodstream; from the bloodstream...

You body controls blood glucose concentration via the pancreas, one of the organs in your body (located in the lower abdomen and is feather-shaped). If the blood glucose concentration is too high, the pancreas produces and releases the hormone insulin into the bloodstream; from the bloodstream, it travels to different target cells such as those in muscle and liver tissue. It causes the excess glucose to be converted into glycogen (storage carbohydrate).

If the blood glucose concentration becomes too low, then the pancreas can produce and release a different hormone called glucagon. This causes glycogen to be converted back into glucose to raise the concentration. Overall, insulin and glucagon work to control the blood glucose levels. The mechanism is one example of negative feedback (where if something deviates too much from the normal then your body tries to correct it). Depending on your syllabus, you may also learn about the two types of diabetes, a condition where people are unable to control their blood glucose concentration.

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9 months ago

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(Chemistry A-level) What is a dative covalent bond?

A dative covalent bond, or coordinate bond, is a bond where there is 1 pair of shared electrons between two atoms. The difference relative to a covalent bond is that in a dative covalent bond these electrons both come from one atom. An example of this is the ammonium ion, NH4+. One of the si...

A dative covalent bond, or coordinate bond, is a bond where there is 1 pair of shared electrons between two atoms. The difference relative to a covalent bond is that in a dative covalent bond these electrons both come from one atom.

An example of this is the ammonium ion, NH4+. One of the single bonds between the nitrogen and hydrogen will be a dative covalent bond.

Dative covalent bonds have the exact same orbital shapes and repulsion as normal covalent bonds. Ammonium, like methane, would therefore have a tetrahedral shape with bond angles of ~109.5°.

Dative covalent bonds are represented on drawings as an arrow, with it pointing towards the atom/ion that isn't donating any electrons to the dative covalent bond.

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