My name is Jake, and I am an Experimental Psychology and Neurophysiology student at The University of Oxford (ranked the top University in the world for my subject in a range of university tables). I am fascinated with understanding the mechanisms of behaviour through observation, anatomy, cellular activity, and biochemical pathways. Being able to convey my spark for the sciences to students is what makes me passionate about tutoring. I have an extensive record of tutoring for over 3 years, adapting to each student individually with my communication and presentation. I am also DBS certified.
I have tutored for the past 3 years in a range of academic subjects at secondary (Maths, Psychology and all sciences), GCSE (Maths, Psychology and all sciences) and A-level (Biology and Chemistry); as well as the TSA admissions test, personal statement workshops and Oxbridge interview preparation. As part of my Oxford admissions work, I also cover initial topics on the Experimental psychology course to facilitate knowledge development for interviews. I am also a qualified first aid instructor which has allowed me to be creative in producing lesson plans and enjoyable activities. My teaching has primarily comprised of both online and in-person tuition, with sessions ranging from 30 minutes to 3 hours. My primary subject to teach is A-level Biology, with neurophysiology being my favourite topic.
I believe in teaching content thoroughly and in a linear format. This ensures that all elements of the specification are covered in depth and allows for pupil concerns to come forward. I cater my tuition to each student individually with variations of approaches depending on their learning style. By involving my students into the lessons, I aim to get the student speaking for 30% of the time. This encourages them to articulate their thought process and to facilitate a deeper understanding of the content. This approach is similar to an Oxford University tutorial. I always involve parents/guardians in my tutoring process and making them fully aware of what is being covered. By making the parents at ease as well as the student, during what can be stressful academic times, allows for better subject student interactions.
• Subject tutor in GCSE Maths and sciences,
• Subject tutor in A-level Biology and Chemistry
• Oxbridge and general interview preparation and mock interviews
• Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) tutor
• Personal statement workshop leader and reviewer