Hi, I’m Eleanor! I am a professional tutor who has been recruited to several of London’s top tuition agencies. I am also one of the few specialist GAMSAT tutors. I scored in the 88th percentile in GAMSAT and I now have a Graduate Entry Medicine place at a U.K. medical school (2018 entry at my first choice school!) My goal is to help more grads get into Medicine. Courses can be expensive and too general, in turn not catering to personal needs. Non-specialist tutors rarely understand the format and time pressures of the GAMSAT.
My BSc is in Biomedical Sciences and Synthetic Organic Chemistry (UCL). I recently achieved a distinction in a MSc in Biomedical Engineering (Queen Mary, Uni of London). I am spending the ‘gap year’ between my MSc and medical course working on this tuition business and also working in a NHS hospital.
The money I earn supports my studies and the development of the free resources that I make.
I realised I wanted to be a doctor when…
My “ah-ha” moment came when I was sat at my desk in a previous job. I had graduated from my BSc a year before and had taken a job in sports development (sport is my second passion). But I had been restless working in Sport. I enjoyed the personal interactions, helping people, the focus on improving others’ well-being and health… but I was missing something. When I left school, I had planned on becoming a research scientist, inspired by books such as The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat. Yet when undertaking research for my BSc, I found that scientific research could be far removed from the people it helps, and I became disillusioned. So I asked myself, “What career can I do to satisfy my passions!?”
Moment of realisation
After some reflection, I remembered some medical work experience I had done in secondary school. As a teenager, I had not been 100% sure about becoming a doctor. So, I decided to pursue being a scientist instead. Yet, older me realised that Medicine brings together my love of helping people, passion for improving others’ well-being, and also enthusiasm for science. I decided to see once more if it was for me.
I read autobiographical books written by doctors, watched realistic (as possible!) TV programmes and organised work experience placements. Won over to the profession, I began my journey.
Taking on GAMSAT and interviews
When I first sat GAMSAT, I was also working full-time, making preparing for it difficult. My first GAMSAT score was 1 mark below the minimum cut off. Dreading doing it all over again, I nonetheless bit down hard and went for it. I also decided to leave my job and complete a master’s degree. I substantially improved my GAMSAT score. When I applied a second time, it was with some self-doubt, however. I thought, “I probably won’t get in this year either but worth a shot…” Luck would have it (or hard work?), I received invites to interview at all the universities I had applied to for GEM. My first interview was at my first choice, who I subsequently received an offer from before I interviewed anywhere else. Needless to say, I was over the moon.
Shortly after my first GAMSAT sitting, I began working as a professional tutor of maths and sciences part-time. At first I tutored GCSE and A level science, yet quickly gained favourable testimonials.
To date, I have been recruited to several top tuition agencies. I have tutored university students, adult learners, professionals and, of course, GAMSAT takers.
My teaching philosophy is:
- Patience – I’m always happy to re-explain a concept. It’s OK if you make mistakes. I am here to help you learn, not tell you off like a teacher!
- Clarity – I break complex concepts down into easily digestible chunks, and run back through the basics if necessary.
- Empowerment – I’ll help you develop a positive, can-do attitude which will aid you throughout your journey to medical school.
- Challenge – I will push you into your “stretch zone”. I regularly ask for your input, test your understanding with mini quizzes and probing questions. Yet, I still make sure lessons are fun and you leave feeling positive about the progress you’ve made.