Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
Information about Olley
I graduated from Oxford in 2018 with a master`s degree in biochemistry, having started tutoring in 2015. I think teaching science requires a lot of questions to be asked, both by the tutee and the tutor, so I`m always asking questions to work out exactly what my students know about the topic we`re working on so we can iron out any misunderstandings and build a proper comprehension of the subject together. Learning to just parrot the correct answers is an incredibly unsatisfying and ultimately pointless way of learning, so I avoid that as much as possible and encourage my students to think about the theory behind what they`re expected to learn, so that they can work out the answers in exams rather than relying on answers they crammed in a panic.
I`m a very relaxed person - I don`t think people learn well in stressful situations, and so I`m always happy to have a laugh or go off topic for a minute if I think it`ll help my students concentrate better for the rest of the session. I`m also a very patient person, which means I`m very happy to spend an entire hour on a single idea if that`s what we need to do. I`ve spent enough time tutoring to know that some concepts just don`t work in some people`s heads, and so I`m always comfortable spending time working on something from different angles if it helps the student.
I`ve spent enough time tutoring all boards at all levels to have a comprehensive understanding of what is required of students, as well as the intricacies of difficult topics, and am completely assured in my ability to get these ideas across to my students.
Availability: Mornings after 10 except Mondays, afternoons and evenings until 7pm, and weekends if necessary but not ideal!
Willing to travel: 1 miles
Experience: I`ve done 2300+ hours of tutoring of various clients and feel like I feel confident in my ability to explain concepts to people and also in my ability to engage students!
I`ve helped students get 9s at GCSE and get the A*s and As at A Level they needed to get into their first choice universities, as well as working with university students to help them with subject areas they were struggling with.
I`ve also run several accelerated courses to take groups through entire GCSEs in 2 weeks - if you`d be interested in this for a student or several, let me know and I can set one up.
If you`re a student of biology, biochemistry or a related science and would like help proofreading, editing or planning essays, or you have a worksheet/topic you don`t understand, let me know the topics and problems and I`ll be see if it`s something I`m knowledgeable about! I`m strongest in protein biochemistry, cell biology, oncology, metabolism and mathematical areas (e.g. work on gibbs free energy, dilutions etc.) so if it`s very far from this, I might not be able to help.
I`ve also helped write and edit numerous personal statements for a variety of science based undergraduate and masters degrees, so if that`s something you`re interested in, I`d be delighted to help!
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Feedback For Olley (10)
Very knowledgable and engaging tutor.
Olley is a fantastic tutor, he is helping Sophia hugely with her prep for A level chemistry and works really well on specific areas of difficulty for her. Thoroughly recommended.
Engaging, and in short great!
I strongly recommend Olley as he has excellent listening skills, is a very softly spoken person, he is so enthusiastic and very knowledgeable!
great one-off session. recommended
Olley is great, he`s already helped my daughter understand several elements in chemistry that she had previously struggled with. After just a few sessions she feels more confident. She`s also surprised the online sessions work so well too, she had really wanted face to face but its all working brilliantly. Thank you, i would highly recommend Olley as a tutor.
Olley is helpful and flexible / knowledgeable enough to tackle any problem areas my son raises.
Olley was fantastic! He was very knowledgeable and taught me study skills as well as exam technique. He is a user friendly tutor and has great communication skills.
I contacted Olley through the Tutor Hunt website because my daughter was finding a particular topic quite difficult in her Biochemistry degree course. Olley is a marvellous tutor who clarified all the concepts and made the topic easy to understand. The lesson helped to increase my daughters confidence since it is a huge leap from A levels to 1st year of the degree course. I highly recommend Olley`s lessons. Thank you very much Olley !