Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
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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.
Availability: Mornings after 10 except Mondays, afternoons and evenings until 6pm, and weekends if necessary but not ideal!
Willing to travel: 5 miles
Experience: I`ve done 800+ 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 A*s at GCSE and get the grades they needed to get into their first choice universities, as well as working with some university students to help them with subject areas they were struggling with.
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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 !