David Reed Biology and English Literature Tutor Masters, Bachelors, Other

  • Travels 15.0 miles
  • Online Tuition

Hello and thank you for taking the time to read my profile. I am a personal tutor based in North Yorkshire, currently teaching online. I have an academic background in Biology up to masters level, as well as A-Levels in English Literature, Media Studies and Sociology. I understand that all students have different learning requirements. I aim to tailor my teaching methods around the learning strategies that work best for each individual student. I am a friendly, outgoing individual, and my satisfaction comes from helping students maximise their potential. I am passionate about the subjects that I teach and my goal is to pass that passion and enthusiasm on to my students.

About Me

Most recently, I completed a masters in Human Anatomy and Evolution at York University, having previously studied BSc Zoology (Hons) at The University of Nottingham. Inbetween my studies I have had a vaired working career. I have worked as a field ecologist in protected species conservation; an operations manager at a student housing charity, where I worked closely with vulnerable students to ensure they had the best possible provisions available to them; as well as an environmental policy advisor, where I advised local businesses on how to become greener.

My grounding in Biology came at The University of Nottingham, where I studied a range of topics including ecology, animal behaviour, microbiology and genetics. I have a special interest in evolutionary biology and anthropology, both of which I explored in-depth in my MSc. For my MSc dissertation I digitally reconstruced the skull of a mandrill, manipulating the morphology of the skull to gain insight in to the relationship between skull morphology and functionality. I am passionate about biological conservation and have worked both in the UK and abroad in protected species conservation. Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree I volunteered as a research assistant for Operation Wallacea in Honduras, where I helped ecologists and conservationists collect and analyse key data for assessing biodiversity and implementing conservation strategies. 

My decision to study science came after leaving school. Having studied A Level English Literature (A), A Level Sociology (A) and A Level Sociology (A), my developing passion for science prompted my to take a Foundation Science access course at The University of Nottingham where I gained A-Level equivalencies in Biology, Chemistry and Maths, allowing me to study Zoology at degree level. Although my decision to study science was a good one for me, I maintain an interest in the humanities. I am a keen reader of fiction and social science, as well as being a big fan of contemporary cinema. Given my diversity of study areas I am able to offer tutoring in several humanities subjects as well as in Biology. 


I have experience of tutoring at a range of academic levels, as well as experience tutoring across multiple exam boards. I aim to tailor my tutoring to suite the needs of each individual student. Whilst helping students improve their understanding of the subject, I seek to embed this knowledge through working on exam practice and technique. I am able to provide independent learning tasks and feedback for both students and parent. 

I offer online tuition in the following:

Biology (GCSE and A-Level)

Science (KS3 and GCSE)

English Literature (KS3 to A-Level)

Sociology (A-Level)

Media Studies ( GCSE and A-Level)


KS3 GCSE A-Level
Media Studies - £20 £20
Biology £20 £20 £20
General Science £20 £20 -
Sociology - - £20
English Literature £20 £20 £20


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  • Masters - Human Anatomy and Evolution Verified

    During my masters I completed both taught and research components of the course. I gained in depth insights in to primate morphology and evolution, exploring functional adaptations of primate anatomy. I undertook a research project in which I used cutting edge software to to assess the functional adaptions in the skull of a mandrill (Mandrillus sphinx).

  • Bachelors - Zoology, BSc Verified

    In my undergraduate degree I explored a vast range of topics including evolutionary biology, species classification, genetics, population genetics, human genetics, conservation biology, animal behaviour, plant biology, microbiology, cell biology and biochemistry. For my dissertation I used lab techniques such as DNA extraction and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) to sequence the DNA of an unidentified snail species. Using cutting edge software I was able to analyse and compare the DNA of this species with that of other snail species, constructing an evolutionary history for my specimen. I undertook several individual and group presentations on a range of topics and gained proficiency is public speaking and teamwork.

  • Other - Foundation Science, Biology Not Verified

    Having decided I wished to study Zoology, but not having the relevant science A-Levels, I first undertook a foundation science year in order to qualify for the course. This was an intensive 1 year course designed to give students A Level equivalency is Biology, Chemistry, and Maths. The pass rate for access to the school of Biology was 50% and I managed to achieve an overall percentage of 71%.