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Personal Statement

About Me
Ben completed his undergraduate degree at Churchill College Cambridge graduating with First Class Honours in Pharmacology. He is currently studying Clinical Medicine (MBBS) at University College London and is scheduled to graduate in 2018. He has been awarded a number of prizes for his academic performance in the past including the College Prize for Medicine in 2015. Ben specialises in Biology and Chemistry (up to and including A-Level, International Baccalaureate and Pre-U). He also provides mentoring for Oxbridge and Medical School Admissions students and tutors undergraduate Medicine/Biomedical Sciences.

For me, good tutoring is about one thing above all: understanding the student. I believe it is a unique advantage of one to one tuition that tutor is able to put themselves in the shoes of their student and see the topic through their eyes. This is incredibly beneficial when trying to understand the subject in its entirety rather than through the narrow confines of the syllabus or working out individual problems. I have modelled my tutoring technique based on the supervisions that I have received at Cambridge
its critical that a childs confidence is built up during lessons. This facilitates the student to lead the lesson and nurtures an important sense of independent thought.

*** I am an approved SLT Senior Tutor. Please note my Senior Tutor rate. ***

University College London (2015 - present) Medicine MBBS
University of Cambridge (2012-2015) First Class Honours Degree in Pharmacology. BA (Hons) Cantab.

Awards: Academic Exhibition (2014), Academic Scholarship (2015) and College Prize in Medicine (2015).


Queen Elizabeths School, Barnet
A-Levels:

Biology (A* - 95% over A-Level)
Chemistry (A*- 97%, 100% over A2)
Mathematics (A* 100% in Core Maths modules)
Physics (A* 99% - 100% at AS Level)
Extended Project Qualification (A*).


GCSEs:

Biology (A*), Chemistry (A*), Mathematics (A*), Physics (A*), English (A*), English Literature (A*), Geography (A*), History (A*), Economics (A*), French (A*), ICT (Short Course) (A*), Religious Studies (Short Course) (A*).

Recent Tuition
A-Level/IB/Pre-U Work:

A-Level Biology and Chemistry (OCR): This tuition consisted of two hour session once a week. The tutee was a 16 year old girl who had underperformed at school and had attention deficit problems (although did not have a confirmed diagnosis). The student was very energetic and required one to one supervision was required. Supervision of student consists of covering core syllabus material
additional resources and wider reading are used in order to broaden and deepen the understanding of the course for the student. The lessons were altered to include small breaks to take into account attention deficit. She was predicted a C at the beginning of the course she achieved a high A grade (87%).
A-Level Biology and Chemistry (AQA): Two hour session once a week. Student is highly able, consists of recapping core syllabus material
additional resources are used to strengthen understanding in preparation for Oxbridge interview for the coming December. This candidate achieved a place at her first choice Cambridge college.
A-Level Biology: One hour lesson a week with boy who attends a comprehensive school in North London. He has been underperforming in school for some years and is sporty. He has been predicted a C in Biology. Tutoring focused on bringing his sporting mindset into our lessons and making him more competitive. He improves in class tests over the subsequent year with a predicted grade moving from a C to an A grade. He achieves an A grade in his final examinations.
A-Level Chemistry: Two hour sessions a week with girl who attends a top North London grammar school. She aspires to study Medicine at Oxford. Lessons focus on her having a good grounding in the basics of the subject and building more difficult concepts on top of it. She is given problems to solve during the lessons from which to develop her interview skills for Oxford. She achieved an A* in her A-Level Chemistry course.
A-Level Chemistry: One hour lessons a week with a girl who attends a comprehensive school in Hertfordshire. She is very ambitious and is a very able student, however suffers from anxiety problems. Lessons focus on building her confidence with encouragement and constructive feedback given. She achieved an A grade in A-Level Chemistry.
IB Biology: Two hour sessions a week with boy who attends a prestigious private school. He has been underperforming at school and is not interested in the subject, however is very sporty. Emphasis on establishing a bond and being viewed as more of a mentor for him to look up to. According to parents he responds well to structure and therefore regular informal tests and quizzes are provided to him during lessons.
Pre-U Biology and Chemistry: Student attends prestigious independent school in Central London. Student aspires to study at a top University within the Russell Group but has underperformed at school. The Pre-U syllabus has been challenging for him. Emphasis is placed on a good grounding in the basic science before moving to more complex concepts. He appeared prepared to sit his exams after an intensive period of teaching.

Admissions
I specialise in Medical School and Oxbridge Admissions Procedures. I have tutored a number of clients for this and therefore I provide a select number of case studies below:

Medical/Oxbridge Admissions: Bright girl who asked for two sessions a week for a total of two hours with focus on BMAT and UKCAT (Entrance Examinations), interview technique and personal statement. Content focused on past papers and exam technique particularly working under time pressure. Tutoring focused on BMAT Section 3 and interview technique with time spent on teaching how to construct a logical and coherent argument. She performed well in the BMAT examination and achieved an offer for her first choice university.
Medical School Admissions (UKCAT): Student is an aspirant dentist who wishes to apply to top dental schools in and outside of London, she achieved a score of 680/900. Teaching utilised own resources and a number of other resources available and focused on questions completed under time. She achieved a place at a top London Dental School.
Personal Statement and Interview Preparation: Student is an aspirant Natural Sciences student to Cambridge/UCL/Imperial. Tutoring focused on personal statement initially and finessing and fine-tuning this for submission. Tutoring then progressed to looking at more complex problems in science and ensuring that the student came across well at interview. The interview preparation focused on relaxing student in high-pressure environments and understanding the best way of structuring argument and directing conversation. Student received an offer from Cambridge (2013-2014).

University

Undergraduate Medicine (Pharmacology): Tutoring with a student who had to undertake retake examinations within Cardiovascular and Respiratory Pharmacology. Tutoring focused on the students own resources and select resources which were provided by myself in order to enrich her understanding of the syllabus. She passed her resit examinations.

GCSE:
I have undertaken work on GCSE Science in the past.

GCSE Science (Triple): The student attends a top North London Grammar school. He has underperformed in analytical subjects up to this point with unknown reason. On initial meeting the student appears to have little interest in science. Tuition focuses on infusing student with enthusiasm for Science and using non-didactic teaching methods in order to improve on results. He achieved an A*A*A in his three sciences.

Hobbies and Interests
In addition to my academic studies at Cambridge I row for the Mens 2nd VIII where I have represented my college in inter-collegiate competitions. I am a keen rugby player playing for the Churchill College Rugby Club and have the additional role of being Secretary for the club. I have represented Cambridge at Rugby League playing in the Varsity 2nd team this year.
I enjoy reading politics and current affairs books in my free time and enjoy travelling. I have clinical interests in cardiology, pharmacology and translational research.

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