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Degree: Conservation and Biodiversity (Masters) - Exeter University

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Hello all,

My name is Sophie. I’m currently studying for a Masters in Conservation and would love the opportunity to tutor in my spare time. I earned a 2:1 in my bachelor’s biology degree, and, as you might have guessed, my specialist subjects are the sciences.

I've regularly helped out fellow A-Level Biology and Geography students with coursework and revision for examinations. More formally, I spent three months working as a year three teaching assistant at my school and also coached and captained the women's football team.

I bring enthusiasm to my teaching responsibilities. I aim to share my love of geography and the sciences and to make complex concepts accessible to all students. Lessons are student-led, so I am equally as happy to work on a topic you find difficult as I am to provide general revision lessons, depending on your needs.

I can offer tuition in Biology up to A-Level, and I am confident in tutoring GCSE and Key Stage 3 Geography. I also offer advice with personal statements and how to prepare for university interviews.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £22 /hr
Biology GCSE £20 /hr
Geography GCSE £20 /hr
Geography 13 Plus £20 /hr
-Personal Statements- Mentoring £22 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
Biological SciencesBachelors Degree2:1
GeographyA-LevelA*
BiologyA-LevelA
ChemistryA-LevelA
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CRB/DBS Standard

07/09/2016

CRB/DBS Enhanced

No

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5from 6 customer reviews

Shazia (Parent) December 1 2016

I understood everything, learned so much and had loads of fun! Everything went great :)

Phoebe (Student) October 28 2016

great

Phoebe (Student) October 28 2016

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Questions Sophie has answered

How do I make an eye-catching personal statement?

Universities are looking for passionate students first and foremost. You should make sure your love of the subject shines through. The easiest way to do this is to talk about reading or work experience you've done around your A-Levels and what skills you think this will have given you for the ...

Universities are looking for passionate students first and foremost. You should make sure your love of the subject shines through. The easiest way to do this is to talk about reading or work experience you've done around your A-Levels and what skills you think this will have given you for the course ahead. 

In addition to this, be straightforward. Flowery language is sometimes beneficial but may just get in the way of the point you have to make, and you only have limited space. So, we can work on the personal statement together and see if we can refine any sentences.

Lastly, spell-check! Any bad grammar or spelling will mark you down in the admissions officer's estimation. Thankfully, this is a very easy part to do correctly, and can be done right the first time, just ask me, family members and other teachers to read over it!

The easiest way to start is to come up with a draft, think of why you want to study the subject you're applying to, then come back and edit the other aspects. Go for it yourself first, you'll probably surprise yourself with what you write.

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How do we regulate body temperature?

Homeostasis, the regulation of stable body conditions, includes control of body temperature. We function efficiently at 37 degrees celsius, as our proteins and enzymes work best at this temperature.  We can sweat and shiver, and our blood vessels can dilate or constrict. The hairs on our skin...

Homeostasis, the regulation of stable body conditions, includes control of body temperature. We function efficiently at 37 degrees celsius, as our proteins and enzymes work best at this temperature. 

We can sweat and shiver, and our blood vessels can dilate or constrict. The hairs on our skin can also become erect in order to trap an insulating layer of air on top of our skin. 

Sweating through our sweat glands increases as we become hotter. It is the evaporation of the sweat off our skin that cools us down, as the sweat takes some of the heat with it. Vasodilation, the widening of surface blood vessels, means some of that heat escapes through our skin as well, cooling down our blood. 

Shivering, acted out by our muscles contracting rapidly, requires respiration. This releases heat, with the end result of warming us up. Vasoconstriction, the narrowing of blood vessels, means less heat is released from our blood and is conserved. This allows the important inner organs to stay warm. 

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What are some examples of hard vs. soft engineering?

Hard engineering manages coastal zones in order to protect high-value areas from flooding or falling into the sea through erosion. These structures are usually high-cost and short-term.  Examples include a sea wall, which will be strong to protect, e.g. a town, but will crumble eventually, is...

Hard engineering manages coastal zones in order to protect high-value areas from flooding or falling into the sea through erosion. These structures are usually high-cost and short-term. 

Examples include a sea wall, which will be strong to protect, e.g. a town, but will crumble eventually, is expensive, and requires expensive maintenance. It additionally doesn't absorb any wave energy, so the waves continue to erode the wall. Groynes collect material swept away through long-shore drift, building up the beach which acts as a defense and as a draw for tourists. These, however are also costly and expensive to maintain. 

Soft engineering is low-cost and long-term. However, it does not protect against flooding as well as hard engineering and therefore is generally used in areas which have high biodiversity or are low-cost, i.e. there is no farmland or houses. 

Examples include building up the beach material as it is swept away. This doesn't require building groynes, so it is cheaper, and it's good for tourism. However, it requires constant work to build the beach back up. Natural material may be planted, e.g. reeds or trees, to stabilise banks. These are also a cheaper option but they take a long time to become effective and some flooding must still be allowed. 

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