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Dara A.

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Studying: PhD in Chemical Biology (Doctorate) - Imperial College London University

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About me

Hello, 

My name is Dara and my specialist subjects are Biology and Chemistry. At A level I already knew that I was passionate about science and I couldn't choose between them. I ended up doing Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (and Further Maths). I really enjoyed this because there were often parallels and overlaps between the subjects and I learnt a huge range of things. 

When I was applying to University I wanted to keep that breath of study so I applied for Natural Sciences. I was very happy to get into Cambridge as they have a fantastic course. I took Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Cells in my first year. Over the following years I specialised more in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and went on to do a Masters. 

My PhD is now in Malaria research at the National Institute of Medical Research, it has been a steep learning curve but I really enjoy it! 

I would love to be able to pass on my knowledge and get others enthused about science. I think to be a successful scientist you have to be able to talk about and explain your research to anyone who asks and I think this has given me great experience at helping others to understand scientific concepts. 

I also understand that people learn differently and I am willing to put the time in and get to know a student so that I can help them in the most useful way. 

I'm also keen to help students through the difficult time of applying to university. I am happy to do coaching to write personal statements but I'm also happy to do multiple checks and proofreading once it is done. 

I am also able to give Oxbridge specific advice and help with interviews including practice interviews. I had a few of these before my interview and I found it really helped. 

I look forward to hearing from you! 

Hello, 

My name is Dara and my specialist subjects are Biology and Chemistry. At A level I already knew that I was passionate about science and I couldn't choose between them. I ended up doing Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths (and Further Maths). I really enjoyed this because there were often parallels and overlaps between the subjects and I learnt a huge range of things. 

When I was applying to University I wanted to keep that breath of study so I applied for Natural Sciences. I was very happy to get into Cambridge as they have a fantastic course. I took Maths, Physics, Chemistry and Biology of Cells in my first year. Over the following years I specialised more in Chemistry and Chemical Biology and went on to do a Masters. 

My PhD is now in Malaria research at the National Institute of Medical Research, it has been a steep learning curve but I really enjoy it! 

I would love to be able to pass on my knowledge and get others enthused about science. I think to be a successful scientist you have to be able to talk about and explain your research to anyone who asks and I think this has given me great experience at helping others to understand scientific concepts. 

I also understand that people learn differently and I am willing to put the time in and get to know a student so that I can help them in the most useful way. 

I'm also keen to help students through the difficult time of applying to university. I am happy to do coaching to write personal statements but I'm also happy to do multiple checks and proofreading once it is done. 

I am also able to give Oxbridge specific advice and help with interviews including practice interviews. I had a few of these before my interview and I found it really helped. 

I look forward to hearing from you! 

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5from 7 customer reviews
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Irene (Parent)

May 31 2015

She is good and makes it easy to understand any subject matter. She is able to answer any questions raised to satisfaction. I would definitely recommend her to anyone looking for tutorials.

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Hannah (Student)

March 1 2015

Firmly consolidated my knowledge, now I fully understand it!

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Antonella (Parent)

February 22 2015

As always a very clear and useful lesson! Dara is not only a very good teacher but also an extremely nice and pleasant person!

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Hannah (Student)

February 22 2015

Really enjoyed the first session, learnt so much in just one hour! Can't wait for the next one, thank you!

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
MathsA-level (A2)A
Further MathsA-level (A2)A*
BiologyA-level (A2)A*
ChemistryA-level (A2)A*
PhysicsA-level (A2)A*
Natural Sciences: ChemistryDegree (Bachelors)2.i
Natural Sciences: ChemistryDegree (Masters)2.i

Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrices
BiologyA Level£30 /hr
ChemistryA Level£30 /hr
BiologyGCSE£30 /hr
ChemistryGCSE£30 /hr
ScienceGCSE£30 /hr
-Oxbridge Preparation-Mentoring£30 /hr
-Personal Statements-Mentoring£30 /hr

Questions Dara has answered

What is a mole?

The concept of a mole can be difficult to get your head around.

We are used to giving some numbers names, for example 1 million instead of 1,000,000. And we can use a million as a unit, 3 million, 60 million and so on.

A “mole” is the same concept; only the number that the word “mole” represents is far more complicated! 6.02x1023 approximately; this number is also called Avagadro’s constant. And where on earth did this random number come from? It is the number of atoms in 12g of carbon.

This is used as a reference for all particle counting.

So 1 mole of gold (Au) contains 6.02x1023 atoms and 1 mole of water (H2O) contains 6.02x1023 water molecules.

Note this tells us nothing about the weight of 1 mole of gold, or water. The atoms or molecules will have different masses, like 6.02x1023 feathers vs. 6.02x1023 hammers.

 

The concept of a mole can be difficult to get your head around.

We are used to giving some numbers names, for example 1 million instead of 1,000,000. And we can use a million as a unit, 3 million, 60 million and so on.

A “mole” is the same concept; only the number that the word “mole” represents is far more complicated! 6.02x1023 approximately; this number is also called Avagadro’s constant. And where on earth did this random number come from? It is the number of atoms in 12g of carbon.

This is used as a reference for all particle counting.

So 1 mole of gold (Au) contains 6.02x1023 atoms and 1 mole of water (H2O) contains 6.02x1023 water molecules.

Note this tells us nothing about the weight of 1 mole of gold, or water. The atoms or molecules will have different masses, like 6.02x1023 feathers vs. 6.02x1023 hammers.

 

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3 years ago

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What is the difference between natural selection and evolution?

Evolution is a gradual change in the inherited traits of a population over many generations. 

Natural selection is a mechanism where the members of a population best suited to their environment have the best chance of surviving to pass on their genes. The natural environment selects for these members over others in the population. 

Over many generations, because more of the best suited members have been reproducing, the population all now have the trait that makes them better suited for the environment. 

This population has now evolved to better suit its environment, through the process of natural selection.

Evolution is a gradual change in the inherited traits of a population over many generations. 

Natural selection is a mechanism where the members of a population best suited to their environment have the best chance of surviving to pass on their genes. The natural environment selects for these members over others in the population. 

Over many generations, because more of the best suited members have been reproducing, the population all now have the trait that makes them better suited for the environment. 

This population has now evolved to better suit its environment, through the process of natural selection.

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3 years ago

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