After spending four years studying for a Masters in Biomedical science and graduating with a first from the University of Southampton, I moved into science and communication. This taught me the fundamental details of science and more importantly how to provide information to a specific audience.
I help students by catering to their needs when it comes to teaching. By being creative with the learning process and getting students involved in the material, the subject becomes much easier to understand. Exam technique is also paramount to progression at GCSE, A-level and beyond, therefore teaching students how to answer questions is an equally important process that I can help with.
Prior to moving to London I taught 7 students who were doing there biology and chemistry A-levels. Most of the students moved up two entire letter grades after working with me.
I have also worked in SEN schools for a total of 3 years as a teaching assistant, which has taught me how to prepare lesson plans specifically for the child's needs.
I am an organized driven worker, with experience of research report writing. My previous roles have taught me how to communicate effectively, but also helped me develop my independent skills, which I have used throughout my degree, to help me continuously improve and achieve high grades.
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University of Southampton – MBioSci Biomedical Sciences [Integrated Masters] (September 2012- July 2016)
First Class Degree with Honours, specializing in neuroscience, neonatal health and cancer sciences.
Ribston School High School – A level’s (September 2009 – July 2011)
Chemistry (A), Philosophy and Ethics (A), Biology (A)
The Crypt School – GCSE’s (September 2004 – July 2009)
5 A’s (including Mathematics and English), 4 B’s and 3 C’s.
4th Year Laboratory project (September 2015 – June 2016)
I am examining the changes in mRNA levels of candidate genes within the placenta in vitamin D deficient ewe’s.
4th Year Library project (September 2015 – June 2016)
My dissertation focused on the role of interleukin 1 and tumour necrosis factor in Alzheimer’s disease and how they can be used as therapeutic targets against neuro-inflammation.
3rd Year Laboratory project (September 2014 – May 2015)
During this project I investigated how SCAMP3, an endosomal trafficking molecule, affected neuronal growth receptor turnover in the presence of BDNF.
Lab based skills include: Western blotting, quantitative PCR, immunohistochemistry, immunocytochemistry, fluorescent microscopy, mRNA extraction, tissue culture
Report writing: Whilst attending university I wrote three separate 1(concealed information) word dissertations, each based on neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and placental development. I have also written seminar summaries and produced advertising material for various audiences, including both the general public and scientists in other fields of study.
Computer based skills: I am able to use Microsoft Office programs including Word, Excel and PowerPoint. I have also learnt to use image developing and audio editing software including Adobe Photoshop, Audacity and Garageband.
Pint of Science – Event Coordinator (September 2014 – June 2016)
I played a key part in the organization and management of the neuroscience branch of the three-day science festival. This required finding a local pub that would hold the event and arranging various guest speakers and activities for the general public. I also helped with the marketing of all of the events through outreach and engagement opportunities.
Southampton Enterprise Group - Committee member (September 2014 – June 2016)
I coordinated interviews and produced videos of graduates and students sharing their experiences of a biological sciences degree. The aim of this was to increase awareness of career prospects within the facaulty and to entice prospective students to the university. I also introduced a voluntary scheme for 4th year students to assist in first and second year labs.
The Milestones School – Special Educational Needs Teaching Assistant (January 2011 – September 2014)
This involved caring and helping children of various ages within the classroom environment, as well as administering medicines including emergency antiepileptic’s and using gastrotomy tubes. This taught me the value of patience, communication and precision during the application of medication.
Woodstock Nursing home – Dementia Health Care Assistant (May 2010 – December 2011)
Whilst working here I helped patients with personal care, such as improving hygiene and providing them with food every day; this taught me how to communicate effectively and concisely whilst catering for each individual’s needs.
Self Employed – Chemistry and Biology Tutor (May 2010 – August 2012)
I helped a number of students with their A level studies, going through practice papers and marking answers. This has taught me to think creatively, in order to teach students particular concepts through metaphors and analogies.
Outreach and Charity Work
• I’ve worked with the Basingstoke museum providing workshops for the public, introducing them to basic neuroscience.
• As part of the facaulty student council I introduced a Masters volunteer demonstrator scheme. This has provided the current PhD student demonstrators with assistants for first year practical sessions.
• I have played drums for the past 10 years and have organized charity music events raising over £1000 for local schools. I also provided drum lessons for children teaching them basic patterns and how to play along to music.
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