Alice F.

University: Cambridge

Degree Subject: Natural sciences (biological)

Location: Cambridge

Teaching Subjects:
Natural sciences (biological): University Q&A, Oxbridge Interview, Personal Statement, Oxbridge Admissions Test
A-Level: Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry
IB (HL): Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry
IB (SL): Biochemistry, Biology, Chemistry


Favourite interview question

"I was given a range of toy animals then asked,which is the odd one out and why?"

About Myself

I have just finished the 4th year of my natural sciences degree at Cambridge at am graduating this summer with a masters degree. These past 2 years, I specialised in biochemistry but in previous years I have also studied chemistry, plant and microbial science, molecular and cell biology, physiology and mathematical biology. In September, I will be starting a PhD at Royal Holloway University in London studying the biochemistry of plant disease resistance.

Tutoring Approach

I will review the curriculum material with the student at the start of each lesson to check their understanding. At the end I will go onto interview practice based on the material covered earlier in order to demonstrate how at interview, the student may be asked questions that expand on what they have been taught. I will also ask the student to do a piece of extra reading, such as an article or paper and will discuss it with them in the manner that will occur during interview.

Teaching Experience

I have so far tutored one student for Cambridge admissions and interview and who successfully gained a place to study natural sciences at Cambridge. I am also a demonstrator with the group CHaOS (Cambridge Hands On Science) who take fun science experiments into schools, scout camps and public events to try to engage children with science. I have also mentored maths to lower years during 6th form and I coach athletics and teach martial arts to children. I therefore have lots of experience at breaking down hard concepts to make them easily understandable.

Extracurricular Interests

I enjoy sport, I run and play squash for my university and play netball and lacrosse for college. I also like cycling and have recently taken up swimming again. During term I play the flute in a concert band. I also enjoy wildlife and so I like to take part in volunteer worker parties at local nature reserves. In my university holidays I enjoy doing research projects in the department of biochemistry, this year I am trying to evolve cold tolerance into yeast for a competition set by the Weizmann Institute.