My specialist subjects are Biology and Chemistry up to GCSE and A level. I also coach students for Oxbridge and Medicine university applications, both writing personal statements and honing interview technique. Having been through the process myself and discussed it at length with admissions tutors in Cambridge, I can offer up to date guidance on how to best prepare for interview and hopefully minimise the stress that makes this a tough time!
I feel that each student learns in a slightly different way, so I will aim to be as flexible as possible in my teaching technique to find the right path for every individual. My goal is for students to actually understand and enjoy the science they are learning as well as being able to perform well in an exam. I try to explain difficult concepts in a very clear, logical way. Having studied the material and sat the exams recently I know how stressful it can be when things just dont make sense, and have fresh in my mind the little tricks and techniques for getting to grips with a subject and then conveying that understanding in an exam.
I have a BA in Medical Sciences from Cambridge (1st class), and am completing the remainder of my medical degree at UCL. Prior to univeristy I studied at The School of St Helen and St Katharine in Abingdon, Oxfordshire.
As a school prefect, I taught younger years when teachers were away and lessons needed covering. This helped me appreciate the wide range of ways in which different people learn best.
I also spent a year volunteering once a week in a school for children with learning difficulties, teaching maths, science and reading.
Teaching in some capacity is something I do in medicine on a daily basis: whether that be explaining hard concepts to younger medical students, helping a patient understand the science behind a diagnosis, or having an animated discussion with my colleagues about a difficult topic before working together towards a logical conclusion.
During my time at Cambridge, I have been given many personal statements to read from hopeful applicants. I have been able to offer advice on how to tweak the statement with the result that all those students have been invited to interview.
Hobbies and Interests
Apart from being a very keen medic, I am an enthusiastic cyclist and also practice yoga and Pilates. I enjoy cooking, particularly baking(!), and play hockey for the medical team at UCL. I spent a fantastic summer in Ghana last year working in a hospital and travelling, which I would love to do more of.