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I have been the Head of the Biology Department in two top UK HMC independent schools and currently run a very successful department within an top independent school in Wiltshire. Our results are far above the national average with students gaining 90% 9-7s at GCSE level and 1 in 5 students typically gain an A* at A-level. I have been tutoring for the last 10 years with excellent results. I hold two Science Degrees, Qualified Teaching Status and have also worked extensively outside of teaching.
I regularly attend exam board training days run by chief examiners and thus have an excellent knowledge of what the boards are looking for within examinations.
I can tutor Biology for all exam boards at all levels.
Now, more than ever, A level Biology is about using a very specific terminology which is essentially published in the exam board mark schemes. There are very few marks available for simple recall questions in the reformed a level papers and probably 2 in 3 marks are based on tough interpretive or evaluative questions. Grade boundaries reflect the difficulty of the papers, where even A* students can get as little as the mid 60% range to obtain the top grade.
Confidence is key and I work very hard on building my students` self belief first as we progress through the content of the syllabus and aim to tackle top level questions once confidence and comprehension are in place.
I am finding more and more that parents and students are being let down by exam boards and schools and I have been able to provide families with advice about how to proceed with gaining access to exam scri pts, doing resits, asking for re-marks, dealing with predicted grades as well as providing university advice. I am more than happy to provide general advice as part of my specific tuition in Biology.
Recently, I successfully challenged EDEXCEL on many re-marked scri pts and in every instance I was successful, receiving a formal apology from the exam board and an increased grade for every student represented.
One-to-one tuition can make all of the difference to a student who is struggling or is simply looking for an opportunity to improve their understanding of the subject.
Availability: I offer online tuition and I have a lot of experience using online teaching and learning platforms. In the last year I tutored an student online who had a D at A level and required a B to get into Dentistry at a Russell Group university. This student gained an A grade.
I have many of my own resources that have been made specifically for A-level and GCSE-level Biology that can provide students with a `cutting edge` that they are likely to be missing at their own schools. I can provide the required content for all examinations but most importantly, I can coach students how to provide the answers that the examination board are looking for as well.
Willing to travel: Home Only
Experience: Head of Biology at leading local independent School. Formerly, Head of Biology at top academic London day school.
15+ years teaching in some of the UK`s top independent schools.
Field Ecologist for NZ Department of Conservation.
I am also a writer for the popular CGP revision books.
Feedback For Vr (9)
A brilliant tutor, who has given our daughter so much confidence. Her grade improved and she got to the university she wanted.
my son is really enjoying and benefitting from this tutoring
Brilliant Tutor who has given my daughter HUGE confidence with her A level Biology. Highly recommended to any student keen to get at least an A for A level Biology!
Fantastic biology tutor. Very highly recommended!
Excellent targeted support - thank you
Excellent ! Through and engaging .. according to my 15 year old son.
Mr Muir tutored my son last year. My son went to a good school, but they still didn`t really go out of their way to try and make the difference needed to gaurantee an A grade which is what we needed for university. My son went on to get an A Star! Without Mr Muir`s help he probably would have only got a B grade, I cannot recommend this tutor enough!
My daughter had fallen out of school after a bad year and gained very low results in her A-levels. She wants to study Vet Science at University and we were at a complete loss at what to do.
Mr Muir was able to turn it all around for us. He advised us on all the steps we needed to take with the examination board, tutored Sophie through the difficult A2 topics that she had gained very low marks in last year and helped us through the coursework components of the syllabus. Sophie now has the grades she needs and has a place at University!
We cannot recommend this tutor enough. Many thanks again Mr Muir
He has been a very helpful tutor and was able to give my daughter and me advice on A-level Biology that our own school was unaware of! My daughter now feels alot more confident about her approaching exams.
We are looking forward to further help from this tutor next year, I would highly recommend him to anyone else!