Online A level Biology Tutor
OCR A, AQA, Eduqas, Edexcel, 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 expertise with OCR A, AQA, Eduqas and Pre-U
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)
Students that I coached to improve 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
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
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.
Students that I have tutored have gone 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 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.
One to One
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.
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
To get in touch to discuss further details then email or book time for a 10 minute consultation.
Although 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 the first lesson, you get a unique booking link to my online calendar so you can always choose your own time and day, if your plans change you can amend, postpone or cancel online without charge.
Regular tutorials are invoiced monthly in arrears
One hour lessons are £120
I am planning to run a series of online group seminars leading up to the exams which will cover the popular hard topics - Nerves, kidneys, respiration, photosynthesis, membranes, osmosis, cell division etc (feel free to email me and suggest a topic !).
Format will be recapping the theory and then looking at how to approach and answer several different exam questions on one topic. Mainly OCR A, AQA and Eduqas past papers.
The sessions will be free (initially !) while I fine tune the format and delivery. Follow here to get an invite