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Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Cambridge University

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About me

Hi there! I’m Rachel, a Cambridge medical student with lots of experience of tutoring and mentoring in school subjects and for university admissions. I’m willing to go out of my way to help using teaching styles that suit you, whether this be to improve your grade or stretch you beyond the syllabus.

About Me & Qualifications

 I’m a medical student, just about to start my second year at Cambridge University.

I received 10 A*s at GCSE and 4A*s at A-level, with 100% UMS in every A2 module I took. I also achieved a first in my first year at university.

Experience

I am really passionate about teaching and try to ensure that everyone gets as much out of their sessions as possible! I have tutored many individuals for GCSE languages, and understand the importance of building a good rapport with the tutee to make the most of your time.

I also have a lot of experience of mentoring for applications to study medicine at university and/or Oxbridge applications. I know how daunting the process can feel and would love to help in any way I can! Through mentoring on several online platforms, and leading my old school’s medical society, I have access to a lot of resources not available on the internet, which I am more than happy to provide. Having been through the system recently, and talked to a lot of admissions tutors in the process, I also have first-hand experience of what universities are looking for (plus a lot of helpful hindsight).

Subjects offered

I’m more than happy to offer Maths at any level (11+ to A level), and Biology and Chemistry at GCSE and A-level. I can cater for all exam boards.

I can also mentor for any aspect of the application process to medical school, including:

 - Admissions tests (UKCAT and BMAT)

- Personal statements (advice and proofreading)

- Interview techniques (for MMIs and/or panel interviews)

- Advice on getting work experience, and where to access extra resources to develop an interest in medicine

- Oxbridge-specific advice and mentoring

Sessions

The session will be guided by you. We will target the aspects of your course that you find difficult.  Through experience, I’ve found that individuals tend to struggle with both core subject knowledge/understanding and exam technique. I can focus on either or both of these with you.

 I find that making the session as interactive as possible, and getting you to think for yourself, makes the subject knowledge easier to retain. I use lots of example questions and analogies to help you get a firm grasp of the subject.  I’ll answer as many questions as you like (no questions are too small or simple, don’t worry!) and will stay on a subject for as long as it takes for you to feel comfortable. After this, we can also tackle exam questions, so you know you can apply your knowledge in the correct context.

I am also more than happy to stretch you beyond the syllabus and give you new concepts and information that might be helpful in university applications or for projects such as an EPQ. However, I think it’s important to put this information in context, so I can also teach you to think critically and appraise the evidence you’re given, key skills for science-based university interviews.

After sessions, I normally provide students with a summary sheet of what we’ve been through. This prevents students from feeling the need to take down lots of notes whilst trying to understand a tricky concept. If you have enough time to do work outside of our sessions, I can also provide extra practice questions to cement your knowledge.

What do I do now?

If you’re interested in a session with me, please contact me using Tutor WebMail. I’m happy to answer any questions and, if you like, we can arrange a free Meet the Tutor session. I look forward to meeting you! :) 

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £20 /hr
Chemistry A Level £20 /hr
Biology GCSE £18 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £18 /hr
Maths GCSE £18 /hr
Maths 13 Plus £18 /hr
Maths 11 Plus £18 /hr
-Medical School Preparation- Mentoring £20 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £20 /hr
.BMAT (BioMedical Admissions) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr
.UKCAT. Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
BiologyA-LevelA*, 100% UMS
ChemistryA-LevelA*, 100% UMS
MathsA-LevelA*, 100% UMS
Further MathsA-LevelA*, 100% UMS
UKCATUni Admissions Test790,890,620,830, Band 1
BMATUni Admissions Test6.5,6.9,3.5A
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21/04/2015

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Ratings and reviews

5from 35 customer reviews

Emma (Parent) September 19 2016

Rachel is patient and knows her stuff - really helpful. I felt more confident following the session. Thanks

Emma (Student) September 19 2016

Very Patient, and thorough explanations - Thanks for your support!

Mantaaqa (Student) September 11 2016

I'm speechless. Thank you so much, Rachel. I hope you achieve the best in life and you'll make a great doctor.

Jacinda (Student) August 16 2016

Amazing tutor, put a lot of effort to prepare every lesson. I enjoy attending to your lesson and hope you can help me throughout my whole A-level course!
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Questions Rachel has answered

What is a hormone?

A hormone is a chemical messenger. Just remembering these two words gives you a starting point to explain the properties of a hormone in as much detail as you need. We'll break it down:  A) Chemical: a hormone is a chemical compound, normally either a protein or a steriod (lipid-based) hormon...

A hormone is a chemical messenger. Just remembering these two words gives you a starting point to explain the properties of a hormone in as much detail as you need. We'll break it down: 

A) Chemical: a hormone is a chemical compound, normally either a protein or a steriod (lipid-based) hormone.

B) Messenger: a hormone signals from one tissue to one or more target tissues. In order to do this, it is secreted into the blood from an endocrine gland (a ductless gland). It then travels in the blood until it reaches the target tissue with receptors complimentary in shape to the hormone molecule. The act of the hormone binding to the receptor initiates a cascade of reactions in the cell that alters the way in which the cell (and therefore the tissue in which it is found) functions. 

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When and how do I use the product rule for differentiation?

As the name suggests, the product rule is used to differentiate a function in which a product of 2 expressions in x exists. This means the two expressions in x are multiplied by each other, even when the function is expressed in its simplest form. An example would be y=x3e2x. The product rule ...

As the name suggests, the product rule is used to differentiate a function in which a product of 2 expressions in x exists. This means the two expressions in x are multiplied by each other, even when the function is expressed in its simplest form. An example would be y=x3e2x. The product rule is written by generalising one expression in x as u and the other as v: 

If y=u*v then

dy/dx= u*dv/dx + v*du/dx

This means that, to dfferentiate, we multiply each expression in x by the derivative of the other and add the results. This is illustrated by the example below: 

 y=x3e2x

let u= x3                 v=e2x

du/dx = 3x2            dv/dx= 2e2x

for this example: 

                       dy/dx = u dv/dx + v du/dx

                                = x3*2e2x +  e2x*3x2 

                                = e2x(2x3 + 3x2)

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