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Oliver B.

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Degree: Medical Pharmacology (BSc with Hons) (Bachelors) - Cardiff University

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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’ve just recently graduated in Medical Pharmacology at Cardiff University (BSc with Hons – 1st Class).

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. I re-sat Biology A-Level (with extenuating circumstances) and got a tutor. 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’ve 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 I.T. skills and therefore your learning environment will be enhanced.

Subjects/Exam Boards:

I am happy to tutor any GCSE Science subject on any exam Board. I can also tutor A-level Biology, Chemistry and Geology on most exam boards. If you are unsure about exam boards, contact me and I can read through the specification to confirm if I would be able to help.

Extended Project Qualification:

With regards to the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), I can mentor/guide a pupil who wishes to undertake a project in my areas of interest. This primarily includes biomedical science and pharmaceutical science titles, although I would be able to help 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 guidance that the exam board provides regarding this, and have myself completed multiple essays as part of my degree, meaning I am nonetheless well-placed to assist 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 but I can tailor sessions directed at what you require. 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 we have learned. It also works on exam technique, as well as indicating when we may need to re-visit a topic.

After this, past papers allow us to work further on exam technique and fills in any missing holes in knowledge ready for your exam. I prefer not to complete past papers straight away because I would rather use them as a first attempt a month or two before the exam, so we have a fair way of gauging how well you would do in the real exam.

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

Availability:

I am currently highly flexible to tutor at a time convenient for you.

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 contact me near the top of this page. I can also offer you a free 15-minute meeting where I can show you a teaching demonstration, the classroom, and get to meet you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £30 /hr
Chemistry A Level £30 /hr
Extended Project Qualification A Level £30 /hr
Geology A Level £30 /hr
Biology GCSE £30 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £30 /hr
Extended Project Qualification GCSE £30 /hr
Geology GCSE £30 /hr
Physics GCSE £30 /hr
Science GCSE £30 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £30 /hr
.UKCAT. Uni Admissions Test £30 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
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

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CRB/DBS Enhanced

15/10/2013

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Ratings and reviews

5from 169 customer reviews

Hadeel (Parent) October 27 2016

Great tutor! Excellent reviews. Keeps me updated all the time about my son's progress. It is really very comfortable to rely on him. Thank you Oliver and keep it up!

Hadeel (Parent) October 11 2016

Well done!

Josh (Student) October 5 2016

Great teaching, and really interesting stuff!

Hadeel (Parent) October 4 2016

Thank you Oliver, Great tutorial!
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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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4 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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1 year ago

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