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Degree: Medicine (Bachelors) - Oxford, St Catherine's College University

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About me

Hi guys, my name's James and I'm a medical student going into my second year at St Catherine's College, Oxford. I'll do my best to show you that learning doesn't have to be dull and to help you overcome any question or problem you may face. I'm a fun, patient and enthusiastic person who enjoys helping others to develop their understanding of a subject and to boost their confidence in whatever they do - be it 11+ level Maths or applying for Medical School/Oxbridge. I also love rugby and playing guitar, but I'll try to stick to the teaching for now!

About the tutorials

The main goal in these sessions is to improve in areas of personal difficulty,in order to do this, the sessions will largely be lead by you, the student. I will help you with any problems that you have, using a variety of different methods and tools. The actual tutorial itself will involve not only a video link but also an online whiteboard which I'll be able to draw all over (thanks to my nifty new iPad), meaning that there will be plenty of diagrams, graphs and drawn out solutions as opposed to me just talking at you for hours on end (because that wouldn't be fun for anyone). 

In relation to science and maths, having done these exams fairly recently, I can appreciate that a lot of the exam is to do with technique and knowing what the mark scheme will want. In this way, I'll also give you all of my top tips for doing the best in each exam - to do this, it would be really helpful if as well as letting me know what you're struggling with, you could also tell me the exam board you are sitting for that particular exam.

Most importantly, my sessions will be relaxed, informal and fun. It is really important to me that you guys enjoy the experience, school is harrowing enough so I'll do my best to make these sessions as enjoyable as possible! 

Applying to Medical School/Oxbridge?

Trust me, if you guys were anything like myself, the word UCAS on its own was enough to make me feel slightly queasy. The whole application is really daunting at the beginning but having someone there who's been through it all will make it a hell of a lot easier, as I'll be able to help with personal statements, interview preparation and any other things that may concern you about the application process. Whatever the requirement, I'll be happy to help!

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If you think I can help you, please send me a WebMail or book a 'Meet the tutor' session so that I can have a chat with you and cater the following sessions to what you need. Hope to speak to you soon! 

Subjects offered

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

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
MathsA-LevelA*
BiologyA-LevelA*
ChemistryA-LevelA*
PhysicsA-LevelA*
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Questions James has answered

How does gel electrophoresis work to separate DNA fragments of different lengths and how may the lengths of the different strands then be determined?

The process of gel electrophoresis uses the fact that DNA fragments are negatively charged (due to the bulky, negative phosphate groups within the sugar-phosphate backbone) in order to pull the fragments through a gel (essentially a very thick liquid). To do this, the fragments are inserted by...

The process of gel electrophoresis uses the fact that DNA fragments are negatively charged (due to the bulky, negative phosphate groups within the sugar-phosphate backbone) in order to pull the fragments through a gel (essentially a very thick liquid). To do this, the fragments are inserted by pipette into one end of the gel slab and a positive charge is generated at the opposite end. As opposite charges attract one another, this causes the DNA fragments to move towards the other end of the gel. Importantly, as larger (i.e. longer) molecules of DNA are heavier and take up more space, the resistive forces agaisnt their movements through the gel will be greater than for the smaller fragments, so the larger frgaments will not move as far as smaller ones. In this way, the frgaments will be separated according to their size, forming 'bands' a particular distance along the gel. Using standard known lengths of DNA as a kind of ruler (known as a size standard), the length of fragments in each band of the separated DNA can be compared to the location of the bands with the known lengths of DNA, which like a ruler, will give you the size of your fragments that you are testing

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What kind of books should I read that would look good on a personal statement/when discussed in an interview?

The most important thing about your reading is that you enjoy and are interested in subject that you are reading about. There is absolutely no point in picking up a book that bores you to death for several reasons - most importantly being that you're unlikely to finish it! Even if you do manag...

The most important thing about your reading is that you enjoy and are interested in subject that you are reading about. There is absolutely no point in picking up a book that bores you to death for several reasons - most importantly being that you're unlikely to finish it! Even if you do manage to wade through the entire thing, you will struggle to make it appear interesting in the interview - how are you supposed to make someone else interested in what you have to say if you are not interested in it yourself. For example, I tried to read Bad Pharma by Ben Goldacre, and while I respect that he is a very good writer and scientist, trawling through statistics about drugs was something I found really difficult. Instead, I then read a book that described how sampling viral strains in ape populations that inhabit remote jungles may be useful in predicting outbreaks of viruses in human populations across the world (the book is called Viral Storm - highly recommend it). This innovative concept was something I found really interesting, meaning that when asked in interviews what improvements I would make to healthcare, I had an interesting example to use that I clearly had thought about. 

It is also important to remember that reading doesn't have to involve massive books with thousands of pages. Publications such as the New Scientist contain really interesting new developments from all across the world of healthcare, and are a really useful way of finding interesting new topics to discuss at interview. Obviously staying up to date with the news that concerns healthcare is really important too, as it shows you are aware of the challenges facing the profession which you are ultimately going to enter into.

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