Online A level Biology Tutor
OCR, CIE, AQA, Eduqas, Pre-U
“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)”
Current A level Biology teacher
23 years of teaching just A level Biology
Lots of experience with OCR A, AQA, Eduqas, CIE and Pre-U
Recently tutored students from:
Eton College, Cheltenham Ladies College, Winchester College, Westminster School, Whitgift School, St Swithun’s School, Wycombe Abbey School, Emanuel School Battersea, Oundle School, St. Benedicts Ealing, Concord College, New English School of Kuwait, Leysin American School (Switzerland), King Edwards Southampton, Royal Grammar School Guildford, Reading School, Kingswood School, Eltham College, Harris Westminster 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.
How you can improve your grades
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
Yes I have done this before ….
I read Biology at Sheffield University then a Masters degree in Genetic Engineering 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 sixth form college. The Biology department is grade 1, as were my lessons in the most recent OFSTED.
My classes have achieved in the top 1% of A level Biology Sixth form college classes nationally for value added results.
Many students have achieved full marks in exams and gained places to read medicine.
One to One
A small change can have a huge effect
Pre-tutorial notes help preparation, and post-tutorial materials allow the student to recap the lesson.
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 and we discuss how they should have approached them. Every lesson is recorded, and a link to the video file is shared immediately after.
Students that I have tutored have improved from a D in the L6th exams to a A 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 commit to changing their approach to learning and taking greater responsibility for their grade
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.
Why Online Works
The tools I use in online tutoring
I use an excellent web-conferencing program, where both parties can view and annotate notes, past papers and PowerPoints, it is an extremely effective tutoring tool. I use an interactive whiteboard to draw out and explain concepts. Time is not wasted travelling and I have instant access to a huge range of exam questions, markschemes and teaching resources.
All tutorials are recorded and the video is shared with the student - this is extremely useful for recapping. I use an HD Webcam, a graphics tablet and video conferencing with a super-fast broadband connection.
Prior to the tutorial, I send out preparatory materials to go through so faster progress can be made.
Taking the first steps
While most students commit to improve by booking a weekly lesson, I am also able to do fortnightly or monthly lessons.
Just pick the slots that are best for you from the online calendar. You can also book recurring appointments. If your plans change you can reschedule or cancel
One hour lessons are £120
Alternatives to one to one tutoring
You can join in with my webinar lesson series - new season begins Sept 2019. There are many hours of recorded tutorials with downloadable question packs
If you are studying OCR A then streaming the 20 hrs of my exam paper walkthroughs are good way to see how to approach and answer the questions
I held a series of online group seminars leading up to the exams which covered the popular hard topics - Nerves, kidneys, respiration, photosynthesis, membranes, osmosis, cell division, inheritance, how to answer practical questions
I recapped the theory and then looked at how to approach and answer several exam questions on a single topic. There was live Q&A and lots of interaction
The webinars are £10 each. This included the question pack to go over before the session and access to the video replay after.
The new season of topic webinars will run weekly from September 2019 - on a Wednesday or Thursday evening at 7pm.
To join in then follow the channel and you will be notified of the new events