Shanaka P.

PhD in Synthetic Biology (Doctorate) - Nottingham University

649 completed lessons

About me

I am a 3rd year PhD candidate studying Industrial Biotechnology and Bioenergy at University of Nottingham. I have also worked in multiple biology related companies so I can offer a useful insight for anyone wishing to pursue a career in this area.


I have tutored students studying the new GCSE and A Level biology with AQA and OCR, with my most recent students achieving As and A*s. Many have gone on to study at a top universities, including reading medicine at Oxford. I was previously employed by Northumbria University, working in the biomedical sciences laboratory, helping to teach undergraduate and masters level students. This means I have hands on experience at explaining complex information in an easy to grasp manner. I am a STEMNET ambassador, working to get children and young adults interested in science by running workshops in schools.


I also volunteered recently at the First Lego League teaching 7-17 year olds about microbiology, representing the Synthetic Biology Research Centre where I currently work.

About my sessions

I have developed a week-by-week plan and work system to help students improve their grades, including presentations, online tests and past exam papers. I have a real focus on exam technique e.g. highlighting keywords required to get the marks, and expanding their application of knowledge (required in order to get the higher grades). My work package also aims to improve the student’s data handling skills, giving them confidence in the maths required. I have a systematic approach to teaching, involving a lot of notes, diagrams and other materials. I track the progress of my students using past papers and help them self-evaluate where their strengths and weaknesses lie. My aim to help make the tutee a well-rounded student, as well as giving them the knowledge to get the top grades in exams.

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Maths A-level (A2)A*
Further MathematicsA-level (A2)A
ChemistryA-level (A2)A
TSA Uni admission test PASS
PhysicsA-level (A2)A*

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