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I am a 2nd year medical student at the University of Birmingham. Having studied the sciences and maths all the way up to A-level, I am very experienced at being confused by different concepts. I know exactly how it feels to look at a page of questions and have no idea where to  begin. I remember doing an AS-level biology past paper, getting to a question about penguins and thinking "when did we ever learn about penguins!?". I found that if I was ever stuck, however much I asked the teacher to explain it, the only way that worked for me was to talk it through with friends. That's why I really enjoy tutoring, working together with students to crack the topics that they find difficult, helping them to realise their own knowledge and develop their understanding, until they can explain the concept back to me. I find this really rewarding.

I am friendly and patient. I have taught Taekwondo since the age of 13 to both juniors and adults, so know the importance of determination and having to put the effort in and work for results. I'm not kidding myself, I know that nobody enjoys the idea of having to do more lessons when they aren't in school. Thats why I try to make my sessions relaxed and as student-lead as possible. If you don't understand a topic, we'll keep at it until you do. If you thought you didn't understand something but after 5 minutes you realise you do, we can move on. 

I know how daunting the sciences can be, equally, I know I wouldn't have been able to battle my way through them alone. However, the beauty of sciences is that once you crack it, it clicks. Once you get your head around the concepts you can apply them to any and all weird and (probably not) wonderful questions the examiners decide to throw at them.

If you have any questions feel free to 'Webmail' me or book a 'Meet the Tutor' session! Just let me know what you're struggling with and I'll try my hardest to help.

Looking forward to working together,

James

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
Biology A Level £20 /hr
Maths A Level £20 /hr
Biology GCSE £18 /hr
Chemistry GCSE £18 /hr
Maths GCSE £18 /hr
Maths 11 Plus £18 /hr
-Medical School Preparation- Mentoring £20 /hr

Qualifications

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MathsA-LevelA*
BiologyA-LevelA*
ChemistryA-LevelA*
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12/04/2016

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5from 3 customer reviews

Heather (Parent) October 27 2016

James is a terrific tutor and I can't recommend him highly enough. His explanations are very thorough and clear and have helped me understand my IGCSE biology work.

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Heather (Parent) November 16 2016

Questions James has answered

Differentiate y= (2x+1)^3. [The chain rule]

For maths questions I feel that getting your head around the concepts are difficult but once achieved allow you to comfortably answer a wide range of questions. Therefore for maths tuition I think it is important to find a method that works for the student and then practice using it through mu...

For maths questions I feel that getting your head around the concepts are difficult but once achieved allow you to comfortably answer a wide range of questions. Therefore for maths tuition I think it is important to find a method that works for the student and then practice using it through multiple questions.  

Obviously it is easier to discuss concepts face-to-face however for this example I've found a four step process helps me answer questions on the chain rule. 

1) Differentiate the thing in the brackets

 y = 2x+1    -->      dy/dx = 2

2) Multiply that by the induction outside the bracket

2 X 3 = 6

3) Stick this number before the initial bracket

6(2x+1)^3

4) Minus 1 off the initial indicy

6(2x+1)^2 

So dy/dx = 6(2x+1)^2

This is just one method. There is another one substituting U into the equation and then saying [du/dx X dy/du = dy/dx]. I would go through both methods with the students so they can use the one that works for them. 

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Explain why an enzyme like maltase is specific to the breakdown of maltose.

With A-level biology it is just as important to know how to answer the question and what the examiners are looking for as it is to have the knowledge to do so. There are common questions that examiners ask each year where they change the wording and the example used but are looking for the sam...

With A-level biology it is just as important to know how to answer the question and what the examiners are looking for as it is to have the knowledge to do so. There are common questions that examiners ask each year where they change the wording and the example used but are looking for the same key points. I found enzyme specificity is a common example of this, and therefore an easy way to secure 3/4 marks. 

For this question I would first discuss the specific tertiary structure of enzymes meaning a complementary active site can only bind to this substrate only (maltose in this example). The next sentence would go on to talk about how this causes an enzyme-substrate complex.

Many pupils go on to write more as they feel two sentences are not enough for 3/4 marks and that is why familiarising yourself with what the examiners are after should be a key part of revision. 

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