Worcester College of Education
Education and Rural Science
Information about Michael
Hello, and thanks for looking at my profile.
I`m a fully qualified and experienced teacher of science whose specialism is A-Level Biology. I`m now in my eighth year working as a tutor. I will be tutoring throughout the summer and am happy to accept new students requiring help over the holiday. I am also happy to take forward bookings for the coming (2022-23) academic year. I have numerous references from satisfied parents and students.
I studied Agriculture and Biochemistry at Aberystwyth University before qualifying as a teacher. I have worked in managerial positions in agriculture and large scale horticulture in the UK and in agricultural education and development in the tropics. I have more than 15 years experience teaching Science and Biology in UK private and state secondary schools. I have taught students of all abilities and at levels ranging from KS3 to Oxbridge candidates. Gradings of my lessons following observations, including those by OFSTED inspectors, were consistently rated outstanding. A very gentle but extremely skilled practitioner OFSTED inspector March 2013.
I`m experienced and fully resourced for the current AQA and OCR A level Biology specifications. I teach via Zoom and for each topic I employ worksheets developed by myself, also collections of past questions specific to the exam board with which the student is studying. These are sent as email attachments the day before each lesson. Lessons are spent going through worksheets and/or past questions together. My aim is to ensure that student knowledge is secure and that understanding is complete and then, by studying past questions and mark schemes, to improve answering technique
I feel that the varied nature of my career, encompassing periods of practical farming in both developed temperate, and developing tropical situations, has benefitted me tremendously as a science and biology teacher. Drawing on practical examples of science in action has helped me to make the subject more relevant to the real world and has proved invaluable in stimulating the interest of my students.
I very much look forward to hearing from students intent on maximising their potential and am happy to provide any further information they may require
Michael, July 2022
Availability: Weekdays, early evenings, weekends
Willing to travel: 8 miles
Experience: 16 years teaching science in UK state and private schools including 10 years teaching A level Biology
Tutoring since 2014, A level Biology also GCSE Science, Biology, Chemistry
Other past experience includes farming and horticulture in tropics and 7 years large scale horticulture in UK
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Feedback For Michael (23)
Michael is an exceptional tutor. He is communicative, not only with the student, with the parent too. Which I appreciated, just the right level, so you are overseeing, yet not too involved. He worked with my son to support his OCR A-level Biology studies. Not only were the lessons engaging, they were concise and effective. I would definitely recommend Michael as a Biology tutor.
Ive really enjoyed my tutor sessions with Mike, he has a way of clearly explaining biological processes that makes them easy to understand and remember. He has helped me learn to enjoy biology again, and give me confidence going into my a level exams.
Michael is a great teacher, he is firstly able to connect to YP and communicate fully the subject matter. YP confidence has grown and this is due to Michael`s preparatory work which focus at the specific lack of understanding to ensure that focus that is required in exams. YP is very happy with Michael and he brings onboard a broad knowledge base that adds value to the subject matter.
Michael is very patient and will explain things multiple times if needed. My daughter has found the sessions very helpful.
A passionate teacher who walks the talk with incorporating his daily knowledge of farming and nature into a fascinating lesson time. Relatable and great structured lessons with valuable note sheets for later memory jogs.
Mr Michael is an absolutely amazing teacher, and I really mean this. He understood my son`s needs quickly and engaged with him in a really fun way, He made biology look so easy and fun despite the lockdown situation and the remote learning. He is best one of the best tutor we have ever encountered. If we ever need a tutor for biology we will definitely contact Michael again. Thank you for all your work.
My son is doing really well Michael explains things very well and in a way that is understood the worksheets are really helpful
Michael has been tutoring my son just for few weeks now demonstrating his great competence, professionalism and a motivating approach to learning. Highly recommended
Great tutor. Michael is really helpful, engaging and creates his own personalised worksheets for his students - which is thoughtful! He clearly knows a lot about his subject knowledge and definitely knows how to teach. I highly recommend him.
My daughter is really happy with her biology tutor (Michael). She said he delivers lessons very clearly and makes very good worksheets that she finds very helpful and informative. We would definitely recommend him.
Really useful, has helped me properly understand how to answer exam questions
Michael is a great tutor who, despite my very last minute requests, was able to accommodate to my needs and helped improve my understanding of the subject. Not only does he ensure that the I am confident with each learning point, but he also makes sure that I am confident with how to hit the marking points in an exam. A great tutor, an even better conversationalist and all-round nice guy. What more can you ask for?
A lovely man and a great tutor. My daughter studying A level biology already feels more confident after just 3 lessons and got her first A in her end of unit test! Would highly recommend!
Mr Cross (Michael) has been tutoring my daughter since the start of September. He is really good at thoroughly explaining A Level Biology topics and revising AS topics with her, using a variety of different techniques. Just what she needs to help her build on her understanding at this level. Going through past paper questions and answers with her is also very useful. My daughter enjoys the tutor sessions, Michael is such a pleasant person and a good teacher.
Because I am tackling the ungraded units 1-5 at the moment, I have only met Mr. Cross once. He was an extremely pleasant man and was clearly going to be of immense help once I reached the science modules. From the single meeting I`ve had with him, I wouold recommend him to others sseeking help with science courses.
Michael is a lovely gentleman. My son enjoys his Biology sessions, Michael is thorough and makes the lessons interesting.
Michael has been tutoring my daughter for A Level biology for a number of months now. I can`t recommend him highly enough. He prepares lessons thoroughly and often stays longer in order to finish a lesson completely. Thank you so much for all of your hard work.
As a university student who is privately studying a-level biology with Michael, I felt the need to leave feedback due to his excellent teaching, whilst approaching the run-up towards my exams. He has a vast range of knowledge, which is exactly what I feel is needed for a-level biology. I only began tuition with Michael a few months ago and already feel very confident in my preparation for my exams. He tailors each lesson to the individual, readying worksheets that are required whilst staying faithful to the particular syllabus. My weakest area of biology was AQA A2 unit 4 - I found his expertise in agriculture invaluable and he helped me to both enjoy and understand unit 4 as well the other units. I would highly recommend him to anyone in need of assistance with a-level biology. Michael is friendly and always has a good story or two which keeps learning far from being a chore. Thank you very much for all your help! Look forward to next lesson! Kiran.
I would recommend Michael to anybody he gives confidence and his teaching method is enjoyable and very informative. My daughter looks forward to his lessons and finds he is teaching at a depth far greater than at school. If you want a great tutor go to Mike
Excellent tutor, made my child feel at ease straightaway, punctual and highly organised. My child feels much more confident about science and understands topics really well. I would highly recommend-you can`t beat an experienced subject specialist teaching professional.
In my AS year studying Biology I got a D and realised i needed some help repeating those as exams along with doing the A2 ones, Therefore i got Michael to come once a week all year for hour long sessions, which he frequently stayed for half an hour extra or even an hour to make sure id grasped the topic for no extra charge. He really knows the topics in great detail and even when i asked him at short notice to go through some A2 biology he was not familiar with he came the next week with all the knowledge. To sum up Michael is a brilliant teacher and I would recommend him to anyone who needs a little extra help. I have just got my results and I got a B overall up from an D and the exam that Michael worked on with me I got an A in so i am delighted and my success is definitely down to mine and Michael`s hard work.
Great lesson plans. He has created his own workbooks and is a very experience teacher, who wants you to do well. Highly recommended.