Lauren A.

University: Oxford

Degree Subject: Biochemistry

Location: Oxford

Teaching Subjects:
Biochemistry: University Q&A, Personal Statement, Oxbridge Interview
A-Level: Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics


Favourite interview question

"Given that a potassium ion is larger than a sodium ion, how is it that a potassium channel can be selective for K+ ions over Na+ ions?"

About Myself

I graduated from Oxford University in 2018 with a First Class degree in Biochemistry. Previously I attended a state school where I achieved 8A*s and 5As at GCSEs then went on to gain 5 As at AS level and 3 A*s in Biology, Chemistry and Maths A Level. I also completed an Extended Project researching the Biochemistry of Cancer where I achieved an A grade.

Tutoring Approach

For help with interview preparation the sessions will include a thorough breakdown of the personal statement such that the student is confident on all topics mentioned. Mock interviews will cover a wide range of topics, questions will begin broad and continue to a depth that will challenge the students ability to think critically and with initiative, skills necessary for studying at top universities. Sessions can also be college-specific and will include tips and tricks to maximise the students performance during the real interviews.
For personal statement mentoring I will work with the student both online and offline to create, develop and perfect a personal statement suitable for the subject and university of their choosing. Besides the structuring and writing of the document the sessions will usually also include suggestions and tuition of relevant scientific journals to ensure a in-depth and unique document.
For subject-based tutorials, sessions involve breaking down challenging course theory into understandable ideas so students can better engage with their syllabus. I believe partaking in discussion and independent thinking is a key part to learning and retaining new information. During a tutorial I encourage students to voice any questions and thoughts they have, this is to not only ensure they are grasping the new information but also to enhance their understanding. Any homework set is to reinforce ideas and concepts learnt during the tutorial and will be fully marked in time for the next session.

Teaching Experience

I led both group and one-on-one tutorials for A level students in Maths, Biology and Chemistry in various schools in Oxford throughout my 4 years of study. Each year from October through December I have been providing mock interviews for prospective Oxbridge students in subjects including Biochemistry, Medicine, Biomedicine, Natural Sciences, Pharmacology, Nutritional Science and Chemistry. I have mentored 5 students on Personal Statement writing for subjects including Biochemistry, Natural Sciences, Medical Sciences and Pharmacology.

Extracurricular Interests

I am in the Oxford Underwater Hockey team. I also play for the Oxford Kayaking and Canoe Polo society. During A-levels I attended Spanish night classes in order to improve my language skills and through this I organised and took part in a Spanish exchange. I have gained Gold, silver and bronze Duke of Edinburgh Awards, obtaining valuable team working and leadership experience. I have a powerboat level 2 qualification and was an active member of the Explorer Scouts for four years.


Ryoongse O.

5/4/20

We focused on going over the GCSE biology syllabus and then moved onto study on more high-level topics. Lauren explains the complex topics in an evident and detailed matter until I clearly understand. Lauren always answers all my questions carefully, giving insight into the connection between other previous topics to make it more understandable. Lauren's positiveness and friendly attitude make it easier for me to approach her.

Clare O.

10/22/17

A pass in GCSE Science, Foundation level

We are very grateful to Lauren for helping our son pass his Foundation GCSE in Science, and we are all very pleased with the result. My son had time for only a couple of sessions with Lauren before his exams, but these sessions were certainly very important. Thank you.

Clare O.

5/20/17

Helping with revision for GCSE Science (Foundation)

I am very grateful to Lauren for helping my son prepare for GCSE Science (Foundation). Lauren provided patient and helpful instruction for my son. Lauren also provided follow-up material after each session, which was much appreciated. I also appreciated Lauren's positive manner and thoughtfulness, which really helped us a lot. My son had time for only a few sessions - I wish we had started sooner!

Elizabeth L.

8/26/16

Lauren was really clear in explaining what the Biochemistry courses of different universities entail. It gave a much clearer perspective of Biochemistry at university that one might not get just by reading through websites. Lauren was also easy to approach and talk to and very friendly! :D

Sung-won Y.

7/5/16

Lauren's lesson was really focused, explanations clear and detailed as well as providing the right challenges for the next level up. We look forward to next sessions with her.

Tishya S.

12/4/15

We did a mock interview for biochemistry, and I feel so much better after it! I was extremely scared and I was panicking before, but Lauren was really reassuring and made me motivated and encouraged to give it my all and not give up (I was about to). She asked me about 7-8 interview questions, and after the interview was complete, she gave me detailed feedback for each and every answer of mine, as well as plenty more useful tips for the interview, and she even shared a bit about life at St. Hilda's which is the college she is studying at, and incidentally, the one I am going to be interviewed by! I hope to be accepted at St. Hildas and see her there soon!