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Emily B.

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Degree: Medicine MBChB (Bachelors) - Birmingham University

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About me

I am a medical student in my fourth year at the University of Birmingham with an Intercalated Bachelors Degree in Clinical Sciences. I have always been absolutely fascinated by science and understanding ‘how things work’. I have a lot of experience tutoring, informally, for friends and as part for my course for peers at university and I am keen to further my involvement in education!

How can I help you?

I have experienced how hard it is jumping through the necessary UCAS hoops to gain a place at medical school and I would love to use this experience to help you achieve your goals. This may be passing entrance exams, getting the grades at GCSE and A level, writing the perfect application for University courses and conducting yourself at interview. I also have experience of preparing for and taking the UKCAT and BMAT aptitude tests for Medicine and can offer a great deal og advice about applying to medical school and help to guide some of the decision-making.

How do I tutor?

Sciences require a foundation of understanding, it is not simply a case of learning and re-learning factual information to pass the exams. If you come across a problem with your studies I will first start by going back to basics, and from there we will, together, find a style of learning that fits you to help develop your understanding.

My experience is that, no matter what the subject, the key to achieving those top grades is practice! Without confidence sitting exams you are greatly limiting how well you can demonstrate your understanding to the examiner. I am able to supply a wealth of past exam questions and notes that I have access, to through my own preparation, and am very familiar with their mark schemes. I will help the student to work through these whilst addressing any difficulties they might come across.

I am a perfectionist and no matter what the issue is, the subject matter or the exam board I will make it my mission to do my own research and make sure that I am providing my student with the most up to date information to help them suceed to the fullest of their potential. 

Curriculum Vitae

Education and Academic Qualifications

Higher Education – University of Birmingham

Medicine A100 MBChB                                                                                      2012-Present

I have completed 3 years of the Medicine (MBChB) programme at Birmingham. I then spent a year intercalating in Clinical Sciences BMedSc which I graduated from with a 1st with Honours. I am due to qualify in the summer of 2018. I am currently in my fourth year of the MBChB program

Intercalated Degree: Clinical Sciences BMedSc (Hons), 1st Class                    2015-2016

Modules in Endocrinology, Haematology, Immunology and Renal, Infection, Liver and Gastrointestinal, Rheumatology and Orthopaedics and an 8-month lab-based research project.


A level (2012): Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Maths A*

AS level (2011): French A                                                                                

GCSE (2010): English Language A*, English Literature A*, Maths A*, Biology A*, Chemistry A*, Physics A*, French A*, History A*, Geography A*, Latin A*

Free Standing Maths Qualification (2010): A

GCSE (2008): ICT A*

Other Academic Achievements

Academic Scholarship to study A levels (2010)

Prize for Mathematics (2012)

Awarded top ten in the country for ICT GCSE in 2008.

Interests and Non-Academic Achievements


I play tennis regularly for the University Medics’ team, and love the opportunity it gives me to develop my skills and keep fit. 


Having played my saxophone throughout school in a Jazz Band, I am now part of the Birmingham University Wind Band and love playing for pleasure and in concerts.

Extra-Curricular Achievements

Duke of Edinburgh Bronze, Silver and Gold Awards

Alto Saxophone Grade 7 (Distinction)

RYA Sailing Stage 4


Subjects offered

Biology A Level £22 /hr
Human Biology A Level £22 /hr
Biology GCSE £20 /hr
-Medical School Preparation- Mentoring £22 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr
.BMAT (BioMedical Admissions) Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr
.UKCAT. Uni Admissions Test £25 /hr


Clinical SciencesDegree (Bachelors)1st Class
Disclosure and Barring Service

CRB/DBS Standard


CRB/DBS Enhanced


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Ratings and reviews

4.9from 13 customer reviews

Katherine (Parent) September 21 2016

Very friendly and helpful tutor, explains things in detail and ensures you understand the work!

Jacinda (Parent) August 16 2016

Very friendly tutor, has been really helpful on my medical school application. Look forward to our next session!

Tehillah (Student) August 14 2016

The lesson was excellent. Very kind and explains things thoroughly with examples!

Katherine (Parent) November 10 2016

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Questions Emily has answered

How do muscle fibres contract?

Contraction occurs when an impulse from a motor neurone reaches the synapse at the junction with the muscle, theneuromuscular junction (NMJ).  At the presynaptic membrane of the NMJ, depolarisation results in the entry of calcium ions. This causes vesicles in the membrane containing the neu...

Contraction occurs when an impulse from a motor neurone reaches the synapse at the junction with the muscle, the neuromuscular junction (NMJ). 

At the presynaptic membrane of the NMJ, depolarisation results in the entry of calcium ions. This causes vesicles in the membrane containing the neurotransmitter acetylcholine to fuse with the membrane and release the neurotransmitter into the synapse, this is known as exocytosis. The neurotransmitter molecules diffuse across the synaptic cleft and bind to complementary receptors on the post-synaptic membrane. This causes sodium ions to enter the post-synaptic membrane and the signal has been transmitted across the synapse. 

Synaptic transmission then affects the muscle fibres through the release of calcium ions from within the muscle. Muscle is made up broadly of actin and myosin fibres. Normally, actin is bound to a glycoprotein called tropomyosin - the release of calcium ions displaces tropomyosin from actin. This exposes binding sites on actin fibres and allows myosin to bind, forming cross-bridges.

ATP, attached to the head of the myosin molecule is hydrolysed to ADP. The energy released from this causes the myosin heads to alter their conformational shape. This pulls the actin filament past the myosin filament.

The cross-bridges then detach and reattach, in the same fashion, this time further along the actin filament. In this way, the formation of fibres gradually shortens, in contraction.

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