Max S.

Max S.

£18 - £22 /hr

Biochemistry (Bachelors) - St Andrews University

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My name is Max, and I'm currently studying biochemistry at the University of St Andrews. I like my course because it combines two subjects that I find extremely interesting, and takes a unique approach to the study of molecular life. I also really enjoy learning languages, sports, and current affairs.

I went to an international school in America, so I applied to US schools and UK schools. I took the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, focusing on biology, chemistry, and German. I also took the ACT exam and several SAT subject tests.

Hello!

My name is Max, and I'm currently studying biochemistry at the University of St Andrews. I like my course because it combines two subjects that I find extremely interesting, and takes a unique approach to the study of molecular life. I also really enjoy learning languages, sports, and current affairs.

I went to an international school in America, so I applied to US schools and UK schools. I took the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma, focusing on biology, chemistry, and German. I also took the ACT exam and several SAT subject tests.

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About my sessions

To me, learning a subject is not just about ticking off boxes to pass an exam. I find it is much more beneficial to the student if they really understand why something is the way it is, and not just stop at the first answer they get. In many subjects, themes and ideas link across topics, and if you dive deep into the mechanisms of an idea, you will be able to apply these themes and ideas to other answers as well.

I will structure my tutorials to cater specifically to each student's style of learning. Whether it may through the aid of diagrams and pictures with a verbal explanation, or writing out answers clearly, each student has a different method of acquiring information, which is best suited to him or her.

My tutorials will not just be there to provide the student with information in a vacuum. I want to be able to give the student the skills necessary so they can study alone as well, using the tutorials as a booster to focus on material or concepts which they find especially challenging.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

To me, learning a subject is not just about ticking off boxes to pass an exam. I find it is much more beneficial to the student if they really understand why something is the way it is, and not just stop at the first answer they get. In many subjects, themes and ideas link across topics, and if you dive deep into the mechanisms of an idea, you will be able to apply these themes and ideas to other answers as well.

I will structure my tutorials to cater specifically to each student's style of learning. Whether it may through the aid of diagrams and pictures with a verbal explanation, or writing out answers clearly, each student has a different method of acquiring information, which is best suited to him or her.

My tutorials will not just be there to provide the student with information in a vacuum. I want to be able to give the student the skills necessary so they can study alone as well, using the tutorials as a booster to focus on material or concepts which they find especially challenging.

"Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and you feed him for a lifetime."

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Qualifications

SubjectQualificationGrade
BiologyInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (HL)6
ChemistryInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (HL)5
GermanInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (HL)7
MathsInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (SL)5
English LiteratureInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (SL)7
GeographyInternational Baccalaureate (IB) (SL)7

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Subjects offered

SubjectQualificationPrice
BiologyGCSE£18 /hr
EnglishGCSE£18 /hr
GeographyGCSE£18 /hr
GermanGCSE£18 /hr
BiologyIB£22 /hr
GeographyIB£22 /hr
GermanIB£22 /hr

Questions Max has answered

What does a vaccine contain?

Short answer: Dead and/or inactive pathogens. Explanation (also to a further question: "How does this prevent infection later?") : Pathogens are microorganisms that cause disease. When the body is exposed to dead or weakened forms of these microorganisms in a vaccine, your white blood cells are stimulated to create antibodies specific to that pathogen. If you are then exposed to the same pathogen, later on, your body will easily recognize it and be able to quickly produce a large number of antibodies again to fight off the infection.Short answer: Dead and/or inactive pathogens. Explanation (also to a further question: "How does this prevent infection later?") : Pathogens are microorganisms that cause disease. When the body is exposed to dead or weakened forms of these microorganisms in a vaccine, your white blood cells are stimulated to create antibodies specific to that pathogen. If you are then exposed to the same pathogen, later on, your body will easily recognize it and be able to quickly produce a large number of antibodies again to fight off the infection.

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1 year ago

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What is the difference between the perfect and imperfect tenses?

The imperfect, sometimes known as the simple past, and the perfect tenses are used in German to describe events that occurred in the past. Where English has one way to form the past tense, German has two. Theoretically, their meanings are virtually the same. For example: "Ich habe Golf gespielt." (perfect), and "Ich spielte Golf." (imperfect) These both mean "I played golf." in English. The difference lies more in when to use which. Colloquially and in spoken German, the perfect tense is vastly preferred, but the imperfect tense is used for written and formal language. There are also some regional factors. The imperfect is used more often in parts of northern Germany, while the more south you go, especially in Bavaria and Austria, the more the perfect is used. The imperfect, sometimes known as the simple past, and the perfect tenses are used in German to describe events that occurred in the past. Where English has one way to form the past tense, German has two. Theoretically, their meanings are virtually the same. For example: "Ich habe Golf gespielt." (perfect), and "Ich spielte Golf." (imperfect) These both mean "I played golf." in English. The difference lies more in when to use which. Colloquially and in spoken German, the perfect tense is vastly preferred, but the imperfect tense is used for written and formal language. There are also some regional factors. The imperfect is used more often in parts of northern Germany, while the more south you go, especially in Bavaria and Austria, the more the perfect is used. 

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1 year ago

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