Junior doctor (UQ graduate) tutoring GAMSAT + Medical Interview
Brisbane tutor in Biochemistry, Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Communication, Essay Writing, Further Maths, GAMSAT, Human Biology, Maths Methods, Medical Interviews, Medicine, Physics, Physiology, UMAT
I travel to these locationsCBD, Woolloongabba, Southside
I have been part of the UQ interviewer training program which trains future interviewers for the new UQ MMI medicine/surgery interviews being introduced first for the 2020 graduate entry/2021 undergraduate entry programs. As part of the contract, I am not allowed to divulge any specific information. Rather, I will do my best to emulate scenarios/questions that are commonly asked in these MMI interviews and give constructive feedback for each section.
I have been a GAMSAT private tutor for 3 years. The GAMSAT tends to repeat topics every year and it is certainly advantageous to learn all the concepts that are regularly repeated. I find that commonly sold GAMSAT preparatory books aren't entirely up to date with the currently asked topics in Section 3.
**NOW offering INTERVIEW skills sessions for UQ/Griffith/USyd/UMelb Graduate Medicine/Surgery Entry.**
*I am part of the UQ medicine/surgery interviewer program which trains prospective interviewers for the 2020 entry interview exams.
*I am NOT allowed to divulge any specific information for the new UQ interviews as this would be breaching contract terms.
*I can adequately prepare all students who are preparing for MMI interviews as the topics in these interviews are predictable and require certain criteria to be met.
7+ years for Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Maths B and C.
3+ years for GAMSAT.
I have 7 years of private tuition experience for physics, chemistry, biology, mathematics B and C for both Year 11 and Year 12 levels. I also have experience tutoring younger year groups.
===GAMSAT TUTORING (MY SPECIALTY)===
I tutor both Section 2 and 3 of the GAMSAT as I think these two sections are the areas that can be improved dramatically with practice and conceptual learning (I scored 74 and 90 for these sections, respectively in 2013).
==Section 2== - there are TWO TYPES of essays that students must study for - discursive and argumentative. Discursive essays have a reflective/emotional element to them and this type of essay is where most students routinely struggle with. On the other hand, students should be familiar with argumentative essays as they are encountered regularly in the standard Australian senior school curriculum.
Section 3 of the GAMSAT is generally divided into 40% biology/40% chemistry/20% physics. However, if one excelled in senior school biology/chemistry/physics - this may not be enough to achieve a 70+ score for the Section 3 of the GAMSAT.
The reason for this is that the GAMSAT often repeats specific questions that are repeated in previous GAMSAT papers, and these concepts are not routinely taught even at university level. These questions can be very specific, such as reactions/nomenclature of hemiacetals and hemiketals, as an example. However these repeated questions tend to skip years. For example, there was a question about the structures of terpenes - including monoterpenes, sesquiterpenes and triterpenes - in 2013, however this question was not repeated in 2014, but repeated in 2015.
I have accumulated a stockpile of repeated questions from the past 4 years of GAMSAT tutoring, as well as hours of tedious searching across Internet chat groups and forums. And, through this, I have compiled a large amount of resources that pertain to the conceptual teaching of these types of questions.
Furthermore, I have access to a wide range of GAMSAT and MCAT (USA equivalent - although more science knowledge heavy) past papers that students will have full access to.
Some commonly misunderstood topics that are relevant to GAMSAT
=Biology= - osmoregulation, sleep-wake cycles, reading complex histograms, homeostasis (incl. positive & negative feedback loops), sex-linked genetic traits/diseases.
=Chemistry= - nuclear magnetic resonance spectroscopy, infra-red spectroscopy, mass spectrometry, pKa, acid/base equilibria, solubility equilibria, electrochemistry (including electroplating/corrosion), complex organic compound nomenclature/reactions.
=Physics= - electromagnetism, electric circuits, complex circular motion/banking angles, complex kinematics, complex applications (i.e. medical physics).
===STANDARD SENIOR SCHOOL TUTORING===
My style of tutoring involves:
1) Rapid sequence teaching of core concepts
2) Working through PAST PAPERS (VERY IMPORTANT) from other schools/states (including HSC and VCE from NSW and Victoria, respectively), as well as other countries which have compatible curricula (e.g. USA, Canada, UK, Singapore and East Asia).
3) Revising past topics while working through the next topics.
For Year 12 chemistry, a typical sequence for most schools is:
Term 1: Equilibrium chemistry
Term 2: Electrochemistry (redox reactions)
Term 3: Organic Chemistry and spectroscopies (analytical chemistry)
Term 4: Nuclear chemistry
Therefore, I will go through the term 1 topic (i.e. equilibrium chemistry) within 2-3 weeks (yes, that is with no rushing), and then provide students with the past 10 years of past papers from QLD, NSW (HSC) and Victoria (VCE), as well as past exam papers from other compatible nations.
THEN I will proceed to the next topic (i.e. electrochemistry), using the same teaching principles, however I will also give further revision and feedback for the term 1 topic, in-tandem.
This ensures that the student does not forget the content from previous terms. This is especially important for students in Year 11 who I will be teaching Year 12 topics, as it is easy to forget past concepts when working through new topics.
More about me:
I am an avid traveler, having been to most continents except for Antarctica. I am a city person who has spent time tutoring pre-medical students in New York City (USA) for 6 months as part of my gap year after finishing my Bachelor of Pharmacy, having worked a few months in a community pharmacy and scoring a high result for the GAMSAT.
My other interests include:
Medical research, fitness/gym.
Medical interview training
Practicing/researching about: Anaesthetic medicine, Intensive care medicine, Emergency medicine, Critical care medicine
Researching about the financial system and different asset classes
Education/tutoring high school and university students
Current Junior Doctor at the Princess Alexandra Hospital in Brisbane. You can also find me on AHPRA as a registered medical doctor here: https://www.ahpra.gov.au/Registration/Registers-of-Practitioners.aspx?q=MED0002144954&t=7kusmuFjrVtXC3x0JPND
University of Queensland: Bachelor of Medicine, Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS) 2014~2017. GPA: 6.7
University of Queensland: Bachelor of Pharmacy 2009~2012. GPA 6.2
GAMSAT score: 81 (99% percentile) overall - scored 90 overall in Section 3 (100% percentile).
GROUP (minimum 3 students): $35/hr
2 students: $50/hr
1 student: $80/hr
Joined Tutor Finder on 12-Mar-2018 (updated profile on 15-Jan-2019)