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Tom Maclean

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Cambridge and Imperial Science grad. 15 years teaching experience.

Key Stage 2: Since 2017 I have been working as a science and maths teacher in a specialist SEND school with primary school-aged children with a wide range of learning difficulties, including ADHD, Asperger's. dyslexia, dyspraxia and dyscalculia. This has involved planning engaging and fun practical science experiments in line with the KS2 curriculum, and devising interactive maths lessons to help the students grasp basic numerical concepts . - Case study: "I", aged 9, with ADHD, dyscalculia, Asperger's. Science: "I" had a keen interest in the 'messy' side of Science, so our experiments were generally Chemistry-oriented, involving chemical reactions that invariably produced interesting substances, explosions or slime. He learned how to write up observations in his exercise book independently, and further explore the 'theory' behind our experiments. Maths: "I" struggled with counting and subitising, so we worked on counting forwards and backwards to 20, and subitising groups of 2, 3, 4, 5 and 10, using Dienes cubes and other objects. Eventually he could manage these tasks consistently and moved onto creating given monetary values using coins. Common Entrance: I have prepared numerous students for entry at 13+ at both normal and scholarship level for secondary schools including Eton, Westminster, King's College Wimbledon, Dulwich, Radley, Wetherby Senior etc, all of whom have successfully gained entry to their chosen schools. I have particular experience in the Eton King's Scholarship paper, and have coached 6 boys for this exam, 3 of whom are now current King's/ Oppidan scholars at the school/ college. - Case study: "A", Eton King's Scholarship exam. "A" was naturally very bright, but severely let down by poor exam technique, including badly structured 'long-answers' and extremely messy (often illegible) writing which prevented him achieving the high scores of which he was capable. We discovered that his handwriting deteriorated as a result of perceived time pressure, leading to him rushing his answers to the longer questions and spewing out garbage. Despite this, he invariably failed to complete a paper under timed conditions. We therefore focussed heavily on techniques for answering and structuring long answers appropriately and concisely. By understanding the proper way to answer questions, and that he could say more with less, his answers become both more legible and higher-scoring, and he was also able to complete the papers in time. He went on to earn the scholarship. GCSEs: My GCSE students have been by far my biggest cohort over the years. I am equally at home with Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at this level, and have already taken a number of students through the first round of the new 9-1 Maths specifications. I have also home-schooled at least 7 students in these subjects (from memory!), meaning I have often had to teach the entirety of the specifications from scratch, and set and mark regular homework in addition to providing exam preparation. - Case study: "R", home-schooled, IGCSE Maths and Sciences "R" had been excluded from his school at the start of year 10 for behavioural reasons. However, he had been offered a second chance to return to his school on condition that a) he provided regular proof that he was continuing to study for his GCSEs in the form of notes etc. and b) he could achieve at least an A in his IGCSE Maths, which he was due to take the following summer, a year early. I was contacted to work on maths and the three sciences with him. We met 3 times a week, allotting equal time for each subject. "R" had either mislaid or simply not made any notes for any of his subjects, so we had to start at the very beginning, ensuring not only that he had a comprehensive set of notes on each subject, but that he was keeping them sufficiently organised that he might send copies to his school. Come the end of the year, "R" achieved an A* in maths and was offered a place to return to his original school. A-Levels/ IB: My A-Level/ IB specialism is Biology. Most years I usually take on at least 1 or 2 students at this level. Biology is notorious for being one of the most 'content-dense' A-Level/ IB topics and there is a lot of factual learning involved, combined with some complex concepts. Invariably the topics that cause students the biggest headaches are the biochemical pathways of respiration and photosynthesis. I find the best way to help students learn these is to get them to focus on the bigger picture - what is the purpose of each step, and the process as a whole? What are the important outputs? How does it all fit into the grand scheme of things? Biology becomes a lot easier to digest when the interconnectedness of all life processes is appreciated. Everything is a cog in a big living machine. - Case study: "H", OCR A-Level Biology "H" was studying Biology alongside 2 non-science A-Levels. She required two As and a B to get into her preferred course at university, and whilst she felt As were attainable in her non-science A-levels, she was struggling to meet the B grade boundary in her internal Biology tests and exams, often dropping to a D. After reviewing her mock scripts, it became clear that, besides an insufficiently deep understanding of certain topics, "H" had shortcomings in her exam technique. We initially identified the topics in which she struggled (mainly 'pathway' questions) and focussed on breaking these down and learning them inside out and back to front. We then moved onto practicing related long-answer exam questions, and establishing a consistent approach to answering them. "H" eventually became confident in tackling these topics and questions unassisted. She gained her B grade and her place on her preferred course.

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Abdullah Khalil

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Oxford Medicine and PPE graduate - Expert BMAT/TSA Coach with 5 years Experience

Professional BMAT and TSA Admissions Coach ***BMAT and TSA Enquiries Only Please*** Hello and welcome to my page! A passionate mathematician turned Doctor-In-Training-And-Philosopher but always a teacher at heart - I am Abdullah - a 5th year medical student at Oxford and PPE graduate- and it would be a pleasure to help you with your learning and exams. I am a professional academic coach - over the summer I dedicate my time to coaching students one-one for the BMAT and TSA exams and medical admissions to the top UK medical schools. My journey through academia has seen my sit numerous admissions tests including the UCAT, for which I scored in the top 2%, and the BMAT for which I scored in the top 1.5% for Section 1 and Section 2. Over the past five years I`ve coached numerous students through both the BMAT and TSA and also led preparation courses for high-profile admissions companies. Please don`t waste a penny on big company prep courses - when working with these companies, I was shocked at their extortion and disappointed at the poor quality of their courses. Over these years, I`ve thought long and hard about how best to coach students for these exams and have decided to put it all together into my own bespoke teaching courses. My coaching covers an in-depth analysis of the different question types in the various sections of each exam and teach the necessary theory and technique for each question type. Although many say that admissions tests are aptitude tests and therefore cannot be prepared for - this is simply not true as there is a body of theory and technique which can be taught and without which it can be difficult to succeed. At any rate, try telling that to the parents who are forking out fortunes on tutors and prep courses for their children! Over the years, I have developed my own distinct style of tutoring, centring on my own reconstructions of the teaching materials and my charismatic and engaging approach. I have put a lot of thought and research into how to tutor the BMAT and TSA. I have designed my own tutorials to thoroughly cover every aspect of the exams - not simply replicated advice available in the published guidebooks but drawing on my own insights. These include theory, strategies and techniques as well as ample practice. In addition to teaching during the lessons, I also go the extra mile to help my students keep a regular practice routine which is the key to success in admissions test. In my experience, this sense of shared responsibility motivates students to keep on track with their practice which is ultimately what leads to improved scores – one-one tuition is not sufficient to produce good results. I take professionalism, reliability, and customer care as virtues just as importantly as I take the quality of my teaching – giving 100% quality to each student session. I deliver my teaching with enthusiasm, charisma and energy – my teaching has been described as `rigorous yet colourful!` Lastly, if you are not satisfied with the quality of my teaching then I don`t expect you to pay. I offer a 100% money back guarantee on the first lesson booked with me. Education ****************************** University of Oxford: BM BCh Medicine (2015 - 2021) University of Oxford: BA Philosophy, Politics and Economics (2019) A-levels: Mathematics A* (100% in finals) Further Mathematics A* Physics A* (100% in finals) Chemistry A* (100% in finals) Biology A Advanced-Extension-Award Distinction (Mathematics) Admissions Tests: BMAT Top 1.5% (Section 1 and 2) 2014 UKCAT Top 2% (890 QR Score) 2014 Testimonials (can all be verified as authentic upon request) ****************************** I cannot recommend Abdullah highly enough. He is a first rate educator, with the ability to make material crystal clear, achieved only through true understanding and mastery of a subject! Abdullah has the ability to elucidate content and provide clarity, solidity, and extension which aren’t accomplished in the classroom. If you want to achieve material progress, there is no other tutor! 14/07/2020 Mrs Katherine (Student’s Mother) Sitting the BMAT is no easy feat, but Abdullah's attentive guidance provided me with the reassurance and confidence I needed to give it my best shot. The advice he gave allowed me to improve massively; his tips for Section 1 helped me learn about the methodology behind answering the questions, and his thorough marking and analysis of my Section 3 essays proved invaluable on exam day. I can't thank him enough for his punctuality, flexibility and understanding in addressing all of my concerns, and would recommend him to anyone planning to sit the BMAT. 08/11/2020 Mr Ronan (BMAT Tutee) I strongly recommend Abdullah to anyone who is looking to take the UCAT/BMAT, and applying to medical school in general. Abdullah helped me so much with my UCAT preparation, and helped me get a score of 700+, which I more than happy with. He worked really hard to thoroughly teach me the techniques for each section specifically. The lessons are easy to understand, and he didn`t stop until I was completely confident with each type of question. If it wasn`t for Abdullah, I definitely wouldn`t have done so well! Thank you! 29/08/2020 Miss Leenah (UCAT Tutee) A truly amazing tutor! Abdullah is very kind, knowledgeable and has a level of commitment I`ve never seen in anyone else. He taught us techniques to enhance our efficiency in the BMAT, and made sure that we all had an excellent understanding before moving onto the next topic. Overall, a fantastic experience, and I really appreciate the time and effort Abdullah put in to ensure that my BMAT score was the best it could be! He is one of the finest tutors I`ve ever worked with and he has my unreserved recommendation. 02/11/2020 Mr Abith (BMAT Tutee) This tutor not only helped me acquire the correct technique to tackle my UCAT exam, but through their support and expertise, they made my exam preparation a lot less stressful (and somewhat fun!). I knew I could go to them for help with my practice when I asked for it. A very professional and organised tutor, who gave informative and well-structured tutorials. I`m very happy that I chose you as my UCAT tutor, thank you so much! :) 10/08/2020 Miss Morgan (UCAT Tutee) Abdullah is a tutor who knows the topics he teaches very well, and is able to explain these in a way that helps you understand it quickly. He is very patient in his teaching style and always ensures that everyone understands the topic. He focuses on building a core understanding which I found to be very helpful for the BMAT. I would definitely recommend his tutoring 07/11/2020 Mr Adam (BMAT Tutee) Abdullah has all the qualities of an outstanding tutor - expert, adaptable, patient, considerate, supportive and passionate about the subject. He understood our daughter`s needs perfectly, tailoring a short course to her specific requirements and focusing on methodology and technique to deliver enhanced performance. Thank you, Abdullah! 16/08/2020 Mr David (Father of UCAT Tutee) Please contact me directly and I am happy to put you in contact with any of my current/past tutees. BMAT Tuition Approach ****************************** In addition to having scored in the top 1.5% for Section 1 and Section 2 myself, I have put a lot of hard-run research into my BMAT tuition over the past five years. I have prepared tutorials covering every aspect of the test which include techniques and strategies for each question type in each section, as well as high-yield reviews of background theory for the different sections. This includes Critical Thinking for Section 1 as well as high-yield reviews for Biology, Chemistry and Physics focussing on how you need to approach these subjects in the context of an admissions test(which is different from your GCSEs/A-Levels). We also cover the essay section and my background in Philosophy is key to how I teach my students to write their essays. For Section 1, I ensure my student is comfortable with the fundamentals of critical thinking and understands clearly what the different questions are asking for (e.g. conclusions, assumptions, flaws etc). I also go through common question types for the problem-solving component of Section 1 including Venn Diagrams, Probability Questions and Spatial Pattern Questions as examples. For Section 2, my experience has shown me that a clear understanding of the most popular topics for Biology (Genetics, Homeostasis, Cells etc), Chemistry (Reaction Types, Quantitative Chemistry, Equilibrium, Kinetics etc) and Physics ( Mechanics, Circuits, Radioactivity, Waves etc) can often be lacking due to poor teaching at GCSE level. My teaching is highly focussed on how the questions are asked in the BMAT and not a general review of GCSE Science. For Section 3, my background writing academic Philosophy essays is the basis for how I teach students to write BMAT essays. Not in terms of the content, but in terms of the structure and aims of the essay the desirable virtues are the same. I teach students the importance of clarity, persuasiveness, argumentation and style as well as common essay errors to avoid. If my student would like, I have prepared weekly work sheets with exam style questions to provide more practice and solidify the content we cover in sessions. These are exam-style questions, students find these weekly assignments helpful in maintaining regular practice and solidifying the exam techniques we discuss. In the end, we often compile “cheat sheets” to summarise some of the techniques we’ve practiced together. It is important to realise that tutoring is not sufficient for success – practice is crucial and I always help my students set up a regular practice timetable and motivate them to adhere to it.

£40Per hour
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