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Degree: Natural Sciences (Masters) - Cambridge University
I'm the guy to come to with anything science related! It's been my passion for a number of years now, and studying it at degree level on such an intense course has given me good experience of real world science. This means I'll be able to give you a broad understanding and background to challenging topics.
After having tutored several people at A-level, I really appreciate how much both the tutor and the student can learn from tutoring - you never fully understand a topic until you can teach it well. What's more, I love talking about this stuff! I'll make sure both the student and I enjoy these tutorials - when taught right, you can enjoy learning!
I'd be happy to go through any A-level or GCSE maths and science problems however small, and am good at explaining things in a cogent and clear manner. I know from experience the importance of patience when teaching - we'll go through a topic step by step, look at applying it to example problems and perhaps also think about interesting applications of this topic in the real world.
I'm also happy to go over personal statements and Oxbridge applications/ interview preparation. These tasks can seem daunting, but there are several important points which very few people realise are actually the key to success here. Having spent a lot of time and effort into my university application and Cambridge preparation, I'd be happy to go over what's important to include, as well as common mistakes that people often make.
Feel free to contact me regarding any question, big or small, and I'll get back to you very quickly - I'm pretty much glued to my laptop anyway! Best of luck in your studies and let me know if I can help.
|Biology||A Level||£20 /hr|
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|Physics||A Level||£20 /hr|
|-Oxbridge Preparation-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
|-Personal Statements-||Mentoring||£20 /hr|
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The unique teaching method in Oxford and Cambridge is the Supervision - this is a regular one-to-one or two-to-one discussion with an expert in the field on and around the subject matter. These supervisions are fast-paced and quite intense, and challenge you to think deeply about the topics you're studying. The purpose of the Oxbridge interview is to test how ready you are to adapt to this supervision environment. They don't care whether you've memorised all available facts on a subject, they want to see how you respond to being asked difficult questions on unfamiliar ground. There are simple ways to do well in this process:
- Explain your thought processes and how you go about solving the problem. Your use of a good method to answer a difficult question is what they're looking for; not necessarily the right answer.
- Be honest in your answers. Don't guess at random solutions which you can't explain; if you get something right they'll likely ask you to apply the same logic to a new unfamiliar problem.
- Keep calm and be keen. If you try and enjoy the challenge of the questions they pose, and appreciate it as an opportunity to discuss the subject you're interested in with experts in that subject, you'll look like the type of person they're after. The whole place is based around the ethos that challenges are good things, anyway.
So before your interview, make a point of seeking out some of the more complex and hard to explain concepts or processes in your field of study, and have a go at explaining them in a calm and cogent manner to someone. Practice being inquisitive, but most importantly practice explaining solutions to problems in clear and logical steps.
The most important difference between these two types of organisms is that Eukaryotes possess a cell nucleus to store DNA, the cells genetic information, whereas Prokaryotic DNA is free flowing in the cytoplasm. An easy way to remember this is to look at the etymology of the word - prokaryote comes from "pro" meaning before, and "karyon" meaning kernel, which is roughly what the cell nucleus looks like under a light microscope. The presence of a cell nucleus has all sorts of implications for eukaryotic organisms - all animals, plants and fungi - the most important one being its effect on gene regulation. The additional levels of regulation of gene expression this nucleus allows is essentially what separates us from bacteria and archaea (prokaryotes).
There are many other important distinctions between Eukaryotes and Prokaryotes however:
- All Prokaryotes are unicellular organisms. This means they lack the membrane bound organelles that we rely on such as mitochondria and chloroplasts (in plants).
- Prokaryotes often contain other bits of DNA floating around the cell called plasmids, which can be transferred "horizontally", i.e between cells in a population. Eukaryotes by contrast can only transfer their genetic information "vertically", which means to their offspring.
- Eukaryotic cells can undergo mitosis and meiosis to produce daughter cells, whereas prokaryotes can only undergo mitosis to replicate themselves. This means that only eukaryotic cells can sexually reproduce, giving them an evolutionary advantage from the increase in genetic variation this process provides.
- A final significant difference is the life cycle times: prokaryotes have on average a much shorter life cycle than eukaryotes. This allows them to divide and multiply rapidly in a new environment, making them very dangerous if they become pathogenic, as exemplified by MRSA.see more