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  • Hourly rate £75
  • Response Time 1h
  • Number of students 9
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Matthew - The Online Biology Tutor. 30 years of experience teaching exclusively biology on all the UK examination boards.

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About the lesson

I stick exclusively to the task in hand of getting you through this particular academic hurdle so that you can get on with the next phase of your life.

- Which subject(s) do you teach?

Biology only.

- Tell me about your qualifications.

B.A./M.A. (Oxon.) in Zoology from Oxford University (Exeter College). MSc and DIC (with 'distinction') in Applied Entomology from Imperial College, London University. Diploma in Tropical Agriculture from Reading University

- How much do you charge?

£75 per hour online (£10 per hour discount for tutorials scheduled before 3 pm on weekdays UK time). Please note that I no longer offer a free initial tutorial, although any set-up time for the online system is not charged for.

- Where do you teach?

I teach worldwide online. Calling it 'tuition by webcam' is just plain silly I don't even use the webcam. For voice I use Skype and for notes I use an interactive online whiteboard called 'Scribblar' which enables me to put-up or write notes that we can both write-on in real time. What one sees the other sees instantly. I have pre-prepared notes for all the UK A-level examination boards, plus IB that I can e-mail in advance for you to print-off and write on so that you don't need to write down what you see on Scribblar and you can just write-in any small additional notes you wish to add. I can also put up past papers and mark schemes for us to discuss.

- When are you available?

I can work more or less any time between 11 am and 10 pm GMT/BST seven days a week whenever I have a free slot.

- Which ages and levels do you teach?

16 to adult. Mostly A-level but occasionally G.C.S.E./I.G.C.S.E and I.B. My youngest student has been 15 and my oldest 42!

- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?

Mostly A-level (all the major U.K. boards, ie AQA, OCR, Edexcel, WJEC, EDUQAS, CIE, IAL) but occasionally G.C.S.E./I.G.C.S.E and I.B.

- Describe your arrangements for online tutoring.

I teach online via 'Scribblar' - an interactive online whiteboard, using 'Skype' audio for better sound quality. I have uploaded all of my A-level notes to Scribblar. There is no need for any downloads other than Skype if you do not have it. You just follow an e-mailed link to my Scribblar 'room' and you are in! What I write on the interactive whiteboard you see in real-time and vice-versa. I e-mail notes in advance of the tutorial for students to print-off so that they can follow what I am saying without having to bother to write everything down and only need to make any small additional notes. It is very simple and easy to use and everybody who actually tries it loves it.

- Do you have a personal message for students?

I stick exclusively to the task in hand of getting you through this particular academic hurdle so that you can get on with the next phase of your life.

subjects

  • Biology

languages

  • English

levels

  • Primary
  • Secondary
  • GCSE
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    AS Level

    A Level

    BTEC

    Adult education

    Undergraduate

    Masters

    Diploma

    Doctorate

About Matthew

- What kind of experience do you have?

30 years of private tutoring one-to-one and in small groups in Oxford, U.K., on all the UK G.C.S.E/I.G.C.S.E and A-level examination boards plus the IB. I have been tutoring online since March 2013 and as this has been a huge success I now teach exclusively online. The latter is nothing to be frightened of despite being 'new' - as you can see from my many testimonials most people prefer online tuition to face-to-face once they actually try it! Please note that as online tuition is now totally mainstream I no longer offer a free trial tutorial for those worried about this 'new' technology - however, time spent on setting up the initial connection and explaining how the system works (an average of 15 to 20 minutes for those not used to online tuition) is not charged for.

- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?

Yes, I have an enhanced disclosure.

- Where and with whom did you train?

Good tutors are born and not made.

- Do you belong to any professional organisations?

Fellow of the Royal Entomological Society.

- Tell me about some of your current students.

I have an average of ninety students per year, of varying degrees of activity. Most see me once a week for extra lessons in addition to school or to retake specific modules. Most do A-level biology with one or two doing GCSE/IGCSE or IB. I seem to specialise in entry to medical school and have helped in excess of 80 students get into medical school, dental school or veterinary school over the years. I also teach many 'full-timers' doing their entire A-level course with me I have taught all of the current UK A-level Biology examination syllabuses with the exception of the new OCR (B) - namely OCR(A), Edexcel (A), Edexcel (B), AQA, WJEC, EDUQAS, CIE, IAL and CCEA as well as the IB.

Rates

packages

  • 5h: £375
  • 10h: £750

webcam

  • £75/h

Details

Discounted by £10 per hour after 11 am and before 3 pm.

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