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Lessons offered by MICHAEL
  • Individual
  • In group
The lessons will be held
  • at his home
  • at your home
  • By webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Algebra
  • Physics
  • Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
  • Further Maths
Levels
  • All Levels

Oxford University PGCE Graduate with qualified teacher status able to teach GCSE/iGCSE/A-level Maths Chemistry Physics and Biology

Methodology

I am an enthusiastic, approachable and patient tutor who enjoys making science easier and more comprehensible for A-level, GCSE and Key Stage 3 candidates who urgently need extra tuition in Chemistry, Biology, Maths or physics to boost their grades. I enjoy delivering a problem based learning approach to tutoring particularly as educational research clearly shows that it is not IQ that determines how well students do in exams but rather exam practice, practice practice!!

Background

Hi there
My name is Michael I am a qualified secondary school teacher with 4 years teaching experience in the secondary school setting. I obtained my PGCE in Secondary school science and maths at the outstanding department of education at the University of Oxford.

I am very passionate about teaching and I am highly committed to ensuring that all my students excel by breaking down barriers to learning hindering progress. My aim is to ensure that all the students I teach become more confident in their approach to science and maths, become skilled problem solvers and also acquire the study skills that will see them in good stead during their GCSEs and beyond.

My other academic qualifications include a PhD in the medical sciences obtained at the University of Wales, a BSc in Medical Biochemistry and an MSc in Immunology obtained at the University of Birmingham. I am both a scientist and a teacher of science and one of my principle strengths is the ability to link all topics I teach to real life contexts.

I am an enthusiastic, approachable and patient tutor who enjoys making science easier and more comprehensible for A-level, GCSE and Key Stage 3 candidates who urgently need extra tuition in Chemistry, Biology, Maths or physics to boost their grades. I enjoy delivering a problem based learning approach to tutoring particularly as educational research clearly shows that it is not IQ that determines how well students do in exams but rather exam practice, practice practice!!

I am motivated by helping my students to excel in the sciences, and I am always very encouraged when my students excel in subjects that they previously struggled in, there is no greater job satisfaction as a teacher.

Rates

Transportation Fee : £3
Rate for online lessons : £15/h
Rate for 5 hours of lessons : £220
Rate for 10 hours of lessons : £400
Lessons offered by MICHAEL
Individual
In group
The lessons will be held
at his home
at your home
webcam
Taught subjects
  • Maths
  • Algebra
  • Physics
  • Trigonometry
  • Chemistry
  • Further Maths
Levels
  • All Levels

MICHAEL's CV

2013-2015: University of Oxford, Post Graduate Certificate in Science Education: (Pass at masters level).

2006-2014: University of Wales, PhD Immunology (Pass).

2005-2006: University of Birmingham, MSc Immunology and Infection: (Pass with merit 67.3%).
Thesis: Action of potential anti-cancer drugs on B cell Lymphomas (Pass with distinction 73%).

2001- 2004: University of Birmingham BSc (Hons) Medical biochemistry: (Passed with second class lower divsion).


Work Experience

2015 - Ongoing Heston Community School
Position: Teacher of Science and Growth mindset coordinator
• Principle duties include the planning and delivery of AQA GCSE science lessons in chemistry, biology, physics, and maths and A-Level Chemistry (OCR and Edexcel boards) and A-Level Biology (AQA board)
• Pastoral duties include my role as a year 7 form tutor which involves pastoral support for tutor group and delivery of PSHE and growth mindset motivational lessons
• Preparation of professional development talks on the implementation of growth mindset strategies within the Heston community school curriculum
• Other duties include the running of the Heston Community School Athletics club.

2006 - Ongoing Tutor doctor
Position: Private Science and Maths Tutor
• I am an enthusiastic, approachable, and patient tutor who enjoys making science easier and more comprehensible for A-level, GCSE and Key Stage 3 candidates who urgently need extra tuition in Chemistry, Biology, Maths, or physics to boost their grades. I enjoy delivering a problem based learning approach to tutoring particularly as educational research clearly shows that it is not IQ that determines how well students do in exams but rather exam practice, practice practice!!
• I am motivated by helping my students to excel in the sciences, and I am always very encouraged when my students excel in subjects that they previously struggled in, there is no greater job satisfaction as a teacher.

2011-2013 University of Cambridge
Position: Postdoctoral Cancer Researcher
Awarded a Leukaemia and Lymphoma research funded project to characterise mechanisms of Lymphomagenesis in anaplastic large cell Lymphoma (ALCL)
• The principle aim of my independent project was to confirm the presence of a rare population of cancer stem cells in the T-cell lymphoma anaplastic large cell lymphoma, combining flow cytometric techniques with gene expression analysis.
• Maintained ALCL cell lines in tissue culture adopting an aseptic technique at all times.
• Adopted 6 colour flow cytometric methods to characterise the existence of Cancer stem cells in ALCL at the immunophenotypic level using the antibodies CD117 (stem cell marker), CD105 (component of the TGF-β receptor), IL-7 Receptor (important for lymphocyte survival) and CD135 (important for haematopoietic stem cell survival).
• Stained ALCL cell lines with the fluorescent DNA binding compound Hoechst dye and discovered that CSCs in ALCL actively efflux Hoechst dye via ABCG2 calcium pumps. Abolished efflux activity using the calcium channel blocker verapamil confirming that similarly to normal human stem cells CSCs actively efflux toxic compounds.
• Sorted (CSCs) and non-Cancer stem (nCSCs) cell populations within ALCL cell lines adopting a flow cytometric approach that utilised the efflux activity of CSC.
• Prepared DNA, RNA and cDNA from the sorted populations, ALCL cell lines and ALCL patient samples.
• Employed both quantitative RT-PCR and semi-quantitative RT-PCR to compare the expression of stem cell pluripotency and self-renewal genes (such as NANOG, SOX-2, OCT-4 and KLF-4) in the CSCs versus the non-CSC population.
• Conducted drug sensitivity Annexin V apoptosis assays comparing the sensitivity of CSCs and non-CSC populations to tumoricidal drugs Etoposide and Critzontib.
• Retrovirally transduced ALCL cells to stably express green fluorescent protein using a murine stem cell virus vector expressing enhanced GFP protein conjugated to a neomycin resistance gene.

2006-2014: University of Wales (Swansea)
Position: PhD student
Awarded a BBSRC Industrial Case PhD studentship to study the immunomodulatory effect of perinatal probiotic supplementation as a pre-emptive strategy to prevent atopy in the newborn.
• The principle goal of my thesis was to determine the anti-allergy, immunomodulatory effects of a multispecies probiotic supplement containing the strains (Lactobacillus paracasei, Lactobacillus salivarius, Bifidobacteria bifidum and Bifidobacteria lactis susp. Animalis) in preventing or attenuating the pre-symptomatic immunological features of allergy in infancy.
• During my thesis I worked in a multidisplinary team involved with supplementing 436 pregnant women with a familial history of allergic disease from 36 weeks gestation and their infants to age 6 months, with a probiotic supplement daily in a double blind randomised placebo controlled probiotic study.
• To tackle the above question initial investigations where concerned with determining the immunomodulatory potential of the probiotic supplement in vitro. To do this I isolated mononuclear cells from the cord blood of recruits on the study by density gradient centrifugation and co-cultured mononuclear cells in vitro with the probiotic supplement, prior to measuring inflammatory (TNF-α, IL-12p70, IFN-γ) and anti-inflammatory (IL-10, IL-13, IL-4 and TGF-β) cytokines released in the cell supernatant by ELISA.
• The main crux of my thesis was concerned with deciphering whether an anti-allergy immunomodulatory effect of probiotic the probiotic supplement exists. This was analysed in the context of a perinatal probiotic supplemental trial conducted in South Wales, Swansea in which both newborn mothers with a familial history of allergic disease and their neonates where supplemented with a probiotic supplement.
• After the supplemental period I conducted ex vivo immunological analysis of innate and adaptive immune function using cord blood samples at birth, and peripheral blood samples at 6 months of age from recruits on the study (n = 220 on the probiotic arm and n = 224 on the placebo arm).
• I measured the ex vivo effects of probiotic supplementation on adaptive immune function by stimulating mononuclear cells prepared from blood samples at birth and 6 months of age from recruited newborns with the lymphocyte mitogens Phytohaemagluttin, Staphylococcal Enteroxin B and anti-CD3/CD28 T cell expansion beads.
• I also measured the ex vivo effects of probiotic supplementation on innate immune function by stimulating whole blood cultures prepared from blood samples at birth and 6 months of age from recruited newborns with the microbial cell wall stimuli Lipopolysachharide and Peptidoglycan. I then compared differences in inflammatory and anti- inflammatory cytokine responses produced in the probiotic and placebo supplemented newborns.
• I also prepared placental explants using the placentas from pregnant women on the probiotic study cohort and stimulated the explants with lipopolysaccharide to determine the ex vivo effect of probiotic supplementation particularly at the level of innate immune function at the placenta.

Publication: Probiotics and atopic eczema: A double blind placebo controlled trial (Allen et al 2012).
Conference presentation: Impact of probiotics on interleukin-13 and interferon gamma production by umbilical cord mononuclear cells at the Institute of Life sciences (Swansea 2009).

Public Outreach & Supervisory Experience

• Assisted with smooth running of the European Research Initiative on ALCL held at Kings College Cambridge,
• Volunteered at Cambridge science fair at Downing College Cambridge.
• Supervised 1st Year Wellcome trust PhD student on 3 month Lab rotation and supervised new members of staff and Cambridge university medical students in experimental techniques pertinent to lymphoma research.
• Supervised a Veterinary science Erasmus project student in the application of the flow cytometric identification of Aldehyde dehydrogenase activity as a marker for stem cell activity
• Trained Swansea University PhD students in employing in vitro and ex vivo immunological assays such as ELISA, mononuclear cell extraction from umbilical cord and peripheral blood, mononuclear cell purification into monocytes, B cells, T cell and NK cell fractions using automacs technology
• I enjoyed instilling a hardworking mentality and a willingness to share ideas amongst team members. I was also always readily available to proof read the work of my students
• Attended Leukaemia and Lymphoma research grant holders day
• Attended the Department of Pathology Research Symposium held at Claire College Cambridge


Transferable skills

Teamwork and Collaboration: Being an enthusiastic researcher I work well individually or as a team member. I have thoroughly enjoyed team orientated projects, where I project a friendly manner and enjoy making a constructive difference to my team. I enjoyed collaborating with post-doctoral researchers and statisticians within the Institute of life sciences, Researchers at the industrial sponsor and midwives and consultant gynaecologists at Swansea Singleton hospital during the acquisition analysis of multimodal research data. Collaboration was imperative for the success of the research project. Attendance to weekly strategic meetings was also an integral part of post-doctoral research and a time I always found very useful as it gave me an opportunity to communicate new findings to the rest of the multidisciplinary team.

Communication & Organisational skills: I greatly strengthened my interpersonal and communication skills through roles as a beginning teacher of science during school placements I completed at Matthew Arnold School and Bartholomew school in Oxford, where I taught key stages 3, 4 and 5 Science to pupils attending these schools. During these placements I taught 25 one hour periods a week employing a constructivist approach to teaching, an approach which empowers students to become active constructors of meaning and knowledge as they make sense of new information by associating it with, and assimilating it with pre-existing notions. Planning and delivering a large weekly volume of lessons, to cater for needs of students in different year groups, along with differentiating lessons to cater for the needs of both exceptional students and also students who required additional support greatly improved my organisational skills.
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Pastoral skills: I also worked as a student mentor during my undergraduate years which included fortnightly visits to my allocated mentees to provide a friendly pro-active welfare service to students. I also conducted awareness campaigns informing about binge drinking, sexually transmitted diseases, money matters, Exam stress and private sector house hunting.

Interests

• Keen sprinter who enjoys balancing my working schedule with training.
• Currently a member of Oxford University Athletics club where I enjoy making a positive impact to the squad’s progress, particularly in coaching of the younger athletes in sprints and strength and conditioning.
• My greatest athletic experience to date was the opportunity I had to compete against Team GB
• Olympian Christian Malcolm in the Welsh commonwealth trials 2010.
• I also enjoy team sports such as football, and I participated in football at a high level in the united churches league of South Wales. My role as striker was very exciting and our greatest achievement as a team was reaching the semi-finals of the church league cup

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