Over the past four years I have tutored Maths and Science at 11+, 13 + and KS3, including entrance and scholarship exams. I have also tutored Chemistry, Biology and Physics at GCSE (AQA), Maths at GCSE (Edexcel & AQA) and Biology at AS and A2 Level (Edexcel & AQA), IB Higher, and Pre-University
I also have experience teaching undergraduate and postgraduate students in the UK and United States.
I'm currently studying for a PhD in Marine Biology at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi, USA. I completed an undergraduate degree in Biology, as well as a Master's in Bioinformatics & Genomics, at Imperial College London.
Originally from Liverpool, I attended St. Edward's College where I was active in sport and music. I played rugby and captained the 2nd XV in my last year of school. I played the trombone in the school orchestra and completed grade 8 at the age of 16. I achieved 4 A's at A Level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, and History.
At Imperial College I played rugby during each year of my undergraduate degree and captained the 3rd XV side on occasions. I studied a range of topics in the first two years, including biochemistry, cell biology, virology, ecology, parasitism and animal physiology, as well as a course in statistics and computing. I also studied Spanish, achieving a B grade at AS level in two terms.
In 2010, I took part in a tropical biology field course in Uganda and after completing a field project on primates, I became one of only a handful of undergraduate students to publish a scientific paper in a peer-reviewed journal. During my final year, I specialised in animal behaviour, ecology, and evolutionary developmental biology. My final year dissertation analysed changes in human life history in the United States in the 20th century.
The graduate research focuses on the evolutionary origins and ecological impacts of shark reproductive strategies using genetic and genomic techniques.
One of the advantages of one-on-one tutoring is that lessons can be targeted to address the individual needs and abilities of the student. This can range from slowing their approach to Maths questions to avoid making easy mistakes, using everyday examples to demonstrate scientific processes, and working out imaginative ways to teach concepts students have particular difficulty with.
I am a great believer is using exam board specifications to show students exactly what they are expected to know and how they are expected to apply this knowledge. Taking this further, I like to spend time on exam technique, helping students approach questions in a structured manner to gain as many marks as possible.
In addition, I believe motivation and having fun are important aspects of learning. Students must be able to recognise why they are learning particular topics, why they are interesting, how they can be applied, and what rewards can be gained.
What I do when I am not tutoring
I love to travel and explore new places. I like to watch natural history documentaries, and keep up to date with scientific research related to my own.
I am a supporter of Liverpool FC and watch football regularly.