Amy W.

Amy W.

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Degree: Natural Sciences (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

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About Me:

Hi! I am a Natural Sciences graduate (majoring in Biology and Geography) from the University of Birmingham - I have a love of Biology, Geography and all things to do with the environment! I hope I am able to inspire you to have the same passions for these subjects as I have. 

Teaching Experience:

Currently I am a teaching assistant at a secondary school, mainly focused in the Humanities department - so I have a lot of experience when it comes to explaining potentially difficult concepts to students of a range of abilities. As a TA I provide a lot of one to one learning support to a variety of students, including those with special educational needs, as well as covering classes on a regular basis - I always deliver lesson material to a high standard! 

Alongside this, I also have experience of tutoring Biology to GCSE and A level students through a recently developed online revision app - so I am used to dealing with those last minute niggles and putting students minds to rest as they prepare for exams. 

What can I do for you:

The sessions will be completely guided by you in terms of what we cover. I am here to help you gain a better understanding of potentially challenging material - I will never throw you straight in at the deep end! Building a firm knowledge base before moving on to more challenging exam questions is key and we will do this in a way that is easy for you to grasp, using a variety of teaching methods from diagrams and acronyms to crazy hand gestures and analogies! 

I can also offer you lots of advice and guidance on revision techniques and university applications. 

How to get in touch:

I am friendly and approachable - there is no such thing as a silly question! 

So if you feel I am the tutor for you, send me a "Webmail" or book a "Meet the Tutor" session available through this website. Remember to state your exam board and what you are struggling with. 

I look forward to hearing from you!

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £20 /hr
Biology GCSE £18 /hr
Geography GCSE £18 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
Natural Sciences (Biology & Geography)Bachelors Degree1st
BiologyA-LevelA
ChemistryA-LevelA
GeographyA-LevelA
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Questions Amy has answered

How might an animal be adapted to a cold environment?

An adaptation is a feature or characteristic that allows an organism to live and survive successfully in a habitat.  Animals living in cold environments, such as the polar bear, may have a small surface area to volume ratio to reduce heat loss, as well as thick layers of fat and blubber for i...

An adaptation is a feature or characteristic that allows an organism to live and survive successfully in a habitat. 

Animals living in cold environments, such as the polar bear, may have a small surface area to volume ratio to reduce heat loss, as well as thick layers of fat and blubber for insulation. The polar bear also has a greasy coat to help shed water after periods of swimming. Many other animals, such as the snowshoe hare and arctic fox have white coats for camouflage in this environment. 

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What are the different types of plate margin?

There are three different types of plate margins you need to know about.  Destructive (convergent) plate margin - this occurs where oceanic and continental plates move together. The denser oceanic plate subducts (goes beneath) the lighter continental plate. Friction between the plates causes ...

There are three different types of plate margins you need to know about. 

Destructive (convergent) plate margin - this occurs where oceanic and continental plates move together. The denser oceanic plate subducts (goes beneath) the lighter continental plate. Friction between the plates causes partial melting of the oceanic plate, resulting in rising of magma and the formation of volcanoes. Earthquakes also occur here. 

Collision zones - a type of destructive margin, however instead of a continental and an oceanic plate meeting, two continental plates collide. However as both plates are of the same density, neither subducts under the other and so both plates are forced upwards forming fold mountains such as the Himalayas.

Constructive (divergent) plate margin - these margins occur where two plates are pulling apart, this means magma wells up to fill the gap left behind, forming volcanoes and new crust. An example of such a margin is the Mid Atlantic Ridge.

Conservative (transform) plate margin - these involve two plates sliding past one another, either in opposite directions, or the same direction at different rates. Friction and tension between the plates build until it is released, resulting in a jolt which is an earthquake. An example of such a margin is the San Andreas Fault. 

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What are the key features of natural selection?

First off we need to understand what natural selection is. Natural selection is the mechanism proposed by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution. The key points you need to know for this are: 1) that individuals in a species show a wide range of variation - this comes from the differences ...

First off we need to understand what natural selection is. Natural selection is the mechanism proposed by Charles Darwin in his theory of evolution.

The key points you need to know for this are:

1) that individuals in a species show a wide range of variation - this comes from the differences in their genes

2) Individuals that have characteristics which are more suited to the prevailing (dominant) environment are more likely to survive and reproduce.

3) These successful individuals will pass their genes (and so advantageous characteristics) onto their offspring.

4) Individuals that are more poorly adapted to the environment are less likely to survive and reproduce, so their genes are less likely to be passed on to the next generation.

It is this process that enables species to gradually evolve over time.

We can link this idea to recent human impact on the environment. If the environment changes too rapidly (e.g. severe deforestation, ocean acidification, coral bleaching) species are not able to evolve quickly enough through the process of natural selection to adapt and survive in the changed environment. 

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