George (Tutor in Oxfordshire)
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Information about George
Univeristy of Oxford Student, 19 years old Studying Biochemistry
Areas: Maths, Chemistry, Biology, (for different exams m eg. A levels)
I have been practicing tutoring since 2015
Availability: Every Day, especially in week-end
Willing to travel: 2 miles
Experience: It did not take me long to discover that what fascinates me the most is Biology. Why are some people discriminated against, despite all of us sharing the same genetic material? How did plants develop such creative ways of attracting pollinators? What physiological changes would climbing the Everest trigger? How is gene expression regulated and how could we exploit these mechanisms for medical purposes? These are just a few examples of questions that stir my curiosity.
In order to deepen my knowledge and to test my limits, I decided to take part in scientific competitions. In this way, I became more self-aware and inquisitive, while also improving my time management skills. At 13, I started participating yearly in the National Biology Olympiad, ranking among the top 5 contestants ever since. In high school, the competition became fiercer, but this did not deter me. Motivated to perform, I would often spend my free time in the local universitys library, looking for new Biology books, or I would spend time in my schools laboratory next to the microscope, discovering parts of the universe that are inaccessible to the naked eye.
While already being a rewarding endeavour in itself, the preparation also helped me win the 1st and 2nd prizes respectively, in the last two editions of the National Biology Olympiad. But more significantly, I had the honour to represent my country in the International Biology Olympiad of 2015. There, I met students with similar ambitions to mine and competed with probably the best young biologists in the world. This further motivated me to learn and work intensely so that one day I might be again part of such a culturally diverse community of scientists, one that I felt I belonged to.
The selection process for international Olympiads also granted me the opportunity to attend preparatory camps 2 week-sessions of daily lectures taught by university professors, up to 8 hours a day. As a result, I developed a comprehensive understanding of all the major areas of Biology: Ecology, Microbiology, Genetics, Comparative Anatomy, Animal Behaviour, Physiology, Histology, Cellular Biology. Whether I have to differentiate between pancreatic and renal tissues, explain stotting behaviour in gazelles or classify mammal molars, biological tasks are more accessible to me now.
However, I was also keen to gain practical skills and not just to accumulate factual knowledge. For this reason, I have been activating as a research intern at the Institute of Interdisciplinary Research in Bio-Nano Sciences for the past 3 years. This experience helped me overcome theoretical barriers by learning how to carry out techniques such as PCR, thin layer chromatography, spectrophotometry, gel electrophoresis, western blotting and blue white screening. I also learned how to interpret statistical data and to analyse quantitatively and qualitatively biological phenomena such as bacterial transformation. For me, this internship has been a real insight in