I'm Sophie, a fourth year medical student. I'm at Manchester medical school however this year, I've transferred to Kings College London to complete an intercalated BSc in Nutrition. This has meant I have extra flexibility this year and a lot more free time. I love medicine and back in 2012 I got into all the medical schools that I applied to. I put this down to a lot of hard work with UKCAT and personal statement preparation as well as choosing my medical school tactically, ensuring I met or ideally exceeded their requirements. All my interviews were different formats but went really well.
Having been a student for a few years, I have really enjoyed helping students with their medical school applications. With UKCAT tutoring, we work hard on techniques for each sections, then timings (the biggest problem!) and any other queries, tailored to the student. I have recently had international students too so helping students who struggle with English has been a particular challenge that has gone well. I also like to send students plenty of UKCAT resources to work through in their own time between the sessions, including mental maths drills for those who don't have maths A-level or are just struggling a little with the quantitative reasoning section (I didn't do maths A-level and I was fine, don't worry!) Each year, the UKCAT format and subsections change so I also ensure the students are up to date and well aware of any recent changes. We enjoy discussing the scenarios that arise in situational judgement questions especially as these can be tricky but a thorough understanding of the ethics of being a medical student are developed through these discussions.
Another area of medical school preparation is personal statement mentoring. I have had really good results recently, when students have compiled a draft and we go through it thoroughly together and ensure that the student has included exactly what the medical schools are looking for. I re-word, edit and discuss in detail the entire personal statement. If in the earlier stages of preparation, we put together all the useful activities the student has completed, then write out a list of personal qualities demonstrated by the student and then we work with that - logical and effective. We cross-check this with their university choices to ensure every requirement has been met and it also has the added benefit of helping students discuss their work experience and volunteering at interview, since they know what the interviewers are looking for. Overall, 1-2 hours is often more than enough and the results have been excellent.
I also help with any other areas of medical school applications, including choosing universities and interview practice! Mock interviews and interview tutoring sessions have been fun, rewarding and very useful for students. It can be daunting not knowing what the medical school wants you to demonstrate but I have a bank of questions and these have worked very well. I tailor the sessions to the universities the student has chosen and we also cover any specific areas the student is concerned about, these are often ethical questions - good fun to debate! General interview advice e.g. outfit, manners, things to avoid are also included!
Like I said above, my timetable is greatly reduced this year and I'm free most of the time. Please feel free to message me for any information and book in a session at whatever time suits you.
I look forward to meeting you :)
|French||A Level||£20 /hr|
|French||13 Plus||£18 /hr|
|-Medical School Preparation-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|.UKCAT.||Uni Admissions Test||£25 /hr|
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Pamela (Parent) September 17 2016
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Melanie (Parent) September 17 2016
YES. Oh goodness, yes! Just stay determined and work hard at practicing as many questions as possible. There are lots of resources out there and I really recommend that you just work your way through every single question. I was so worried that my lack of maths A-level would prevent me from succeeding but I worked really hard and it paid off. I recommend the 1000 UKCAT practice questions book - I even took it on holiday with me that summer!see more
Absolutely. Firstly, I'd recommend taking some A4 sheets of paper and some coloured pencils. Take the present tense first and write out the -er, -ir and -re common endings, each on one page. Stick these around your bedroom! Next, do the same with the future tense, the imperfect tense and the past tense (le passe compose) and again, stick them somewhere clearly. Try and say them out loud regularly, even singing them if that doesn't sound too silly - this works for me, but it's not for everyone! Practice really does make perfect and I'm sure you will soon get the hang of them. If you have any questions about the tenses please don't hesitate to drop me a message, no matter how small or silly it seems :)see more