Online A level Biology Tutor for OCR A, AQA, Eduqas, Edexcel, Pre-U, IB Higher Biology and CIE


Tom made a big difference to my results and my Biology, and I hope he has the chance to do the same for many more - Lukas (Eton College)”

  • 100% 5 star feedback for my tuition

  • Current full time A level Biology teacher

  • 23 years experience of teaching just A-level Biology at a top-rated sixth form college

  • Will tutor all A level exam boards (and Pre-U)

  • Lots of success with coaching how to understand and answer OCR exam questions

  • Free one hour introductory lesson

  • Please read the feedback from students


 

Recently tutored students from Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Winchester College, Whitgift School, St Swithuns', Wycombe Abbey, Emanuel School, New English School of Kuwait, Leysin American School,  King Edwards Southampton, Royal Grammar School Guildford, Reading School, Kingswood School, Eltham College, Harris Sixth Form, Barton Peveril, Alton College, Portsmouth Grammar School, Godolphins, Chesham Grammar, Cardiff Sixth Form Centre, Collingham College, Duff Miller Tutorial College, The John Lyon School.

 

I found Tom after missing my first term of A-Level Biology due to illness and finishing the year with a slew of bad teachers. I was predicted a M1/M2 (B/C), and after a relatively few number of lessons I was back on track and up to speed. A booster before the exams, and I managed a D3 (A), which was especially impressive as it was an exam board for which he had never taught. Tom is easy-going and fun, and under pressure, can explain half a term's worth of topics in an hour. Online tutoring is the future and his use of a drawing tablet makes it seem as though he were a seat away from you.

If it wasn't clear from this ringing endorsement, Tom made a big difference to my results and my Biology, and I hope he has the chance to do the same for many more. Pre-U Biology - Lukas (Eton College)

Experience

Introducing me and tutoring

I read Biology at Sheffield University then for a Masters degree in Biotechnology at UEA. After working in research I did a PGCE and then began teaching A level Biology in Sixth Form Colleges.

I teach full time at a top rated sixth form college (where I have been working for the last 23 years). The Biology department is grade 1 (Outstanding), as were my lessons in a recent OFSTED. My classes have achieved in the top 1% of A-level Biology Sixth form college classes nationally for value added results. Very many students have achieved full marks in exams and gained place to read medicine.

Students that I have tutored have gone from a D at AS to a A at A-level and from a C to an A*. My explanation of concepts and going through exam questions was a small part of their improvement, a far greater part was helping them to change their approach to learning and taking greater responsibility.

As a current teacher I am very aware of the shift in emphasis and the different skills required for the new (for 2017) specification A levels. With over 20 years experience of teaching just A level Biology, I have an in-depth knowledge of the OCR A, Eduqas, Edexcel, AQA and Pre-U specifications.


First and foremost i would like to say thank you for the all the amazing resources that you have put up on your website! They have been a terrific help! - Rehaan - 1/3/2018

His techniques though online tutoring are fantastic and he is one of those who is a natural teacher who explains everything clearly. In addition, it is nice to have someone who is flexible! Thank you Tom - Fiona


Examples of students that I tutored last year:

  • Very able students struggling to get the A/A* grades that they needed for medical school, who couldn’t see how to apply the theory to the question

  • Disheartened students at independent schools who achieved excellent grades at GCSE but had disappointing end of year exam results

  • U6th students working hard but getting poor grades at state sixth form colleges and schools in England

  • One off lessons on specific topics (autosomal linkage was popular !) to students at very selective (and expensive) schools in London

  • Students who were resitting independently of their school in order to raise the grade to an A or A*

  • Very hard working students who didn't understand the concepts that underpin the subject and spent their time rote learning the facts

  • Home educated students transitioning into a school classroom


Approach

As the new style questions test understanding and application more than factual recall, many students find this a big change from what they were comfortable with at GCSE. 

Students need to understand why and how a biological process is occurring rather than trying to rote learn the steps. 

After a full explanation of the concepts underpinning a topic, I go through past paper questions and try to coach what the question is actually asking about, how it relates to the theory and how to phrase the answer for full credit. I emphasize the links to other parts of the specification and encourage students to think synoptically and apply their knowledge to explaining data


Tom is an amazing Biology tutor and is the best teacher I have ever had. He explains topics in detail and always sends relevant revision material before the lesson which helps a lot. Tom has helped me discover the depths in Biology, and I really enjoy his lessons as he covers topics at a really good pace as well as explaining everything properly. I asked Tom to tutor me after I got a bad grade for my A-level and after having lessons with him, my biological knowledge has improved a lot!! Would highly recommend him. Jananine 15.11.18

For online tuition, I use an excellent web-conferencing program, where both parties can see and annotate notes, past papers and PowerPoints, it is an extremely effective tutoring tool.  Online tutorials are recorded and shared with the student. I use an HD Webcam, a graphics tablet and video conferencing with a super-fast broadband connection.

Prior to the tutorial, I send resources to go through so faster progress can be made.

Tom has been an exceptional tutor who has supported my daughter in her application to study Medicine. He has been excellent in explaining content whilst maintaining a clear focus on the requirements of the exam board. As a teacher myself, I really appreciate Tom's level of professionalism. He has always been friendly and reliable." - Karen

Tom is an excellent tutor, who knows just how to target his teaching so I could get the most out of our sessions. Working at a B grade level, Tom was so helpful in explaining topics to an A grade standard. His style of teaching even the most difficult concepts made them easy to grasp, and his interactive sessions made revising biology that much easier. Thank you Tom!


One-to-One 

Pre-tutorial notes help preparation, and post-tutorial materials allow the student to recap the lesson.

Tom is the ideal tutor. Doesn’t rush through anything until he’s sure you’ve understood it. I was sceptical about the online sessions but he’s got everything sorted to make it a smooth session. 10/10 would recommend - Pasha Winchester College (Pre-U Biology)

Book a time for a brief chat about tutoring

During the tutorial I explain and annotate the notes and slides, discuss relevant exam questions with markschemes and use the whiteboard to illustrate and build up concepts. Students can upload examples of exam questions they found difficult (at school) and we discuss how they should have approached them.

Just wanted to drop an email about how grateful I am and to keep doing what you’re doing. I was not confident about enzymes in terms of answering questions and what the mark scheme says but now I’m really happy with enzymes and I’ve improved so much, so thank you ! - S, 11/12/2017

The lesson is recorded, and a link to the video file is shared immediately after.

I offer a free one hour introductory session to any student who would like to start regular tutoring sessions.


Getting in touch

Most parents or students email me or book time for a 10 minute consultation chat, then we arrange a time (and a topic) for an free introductory lesson.

  • While most students opt for a weekly lesson, I am happy to do fortnightly or monthly lessons.

  • If you want to share the cost and have a group tutorial that’s fine (last year I taught 8 students in one class).

After a free one hour introductory lesson, you get a unique booking link to my online calendar so you can choose a time slot that works for you, if your plans change you can amend, postpone or cancel online. I invoice regular sessions monthly in arrears.

All one hour lessons are £120.

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