IB Biology and Chemistry HL/SL tutor, 2020 IBDP Alumni, scored 42/45 with 7 in Biology HL and 6 in Chemistry HL, currently studying a BSc in Biomedical Sciences degree at the University of Edinburgh with 3+ years of teaching experience.
Hi! My name is Darina, and I am a third-year student at the University of Edinburgh, expecting to graduate in 2024 with a BSc in Biomedical Sciences with Hons. Degree. I am particularly interested in pharmacology and reproductive biology! I graduated with an IB diploma in 2020 with 42/45 points in Biology (7), Chemistry (6), English Language & Literature (7), and Mathematics (6) at Higher Level. I am enthusiastic about Biology and Chemistry (as evidenced by my degree choice). I would love to share this passion with my students and help them achieve the best possible results. I am happy to assist you with your course material and work, exam preparation, and creating your internal assessment (IA). The IB can be very intimidating, as can be struggling and asking your teachers for help. That is why I wish that during my IB days, I had a tutor my age, who would be compassionate to my problems, having gone through the same thing already, and who could break down complex topics into components in tried-and-tested methods, which is precisely my goal as a tutor!
2017-2019 @ Open Gate School, Prague-East, CZ
President of Biomedical Society/ Tutor
I helped students improve their laboratory skills, widened their knowledge in a wide range of subject areas, including IB Biology and Chemistry, and helped them prepare for their degree exams and studies at university by delivering lessons on these topics.
The University of Edinburgh, England
Bachelor of Science, Pharmacology
Internal Assessment (IA)
Tutor Teaching Style
My philosophy in tutoring is that teaching should be accustomed to the student's preferred learning styles and specific needs, a lack of which is the main problem in schools. I believe in establishing a solid base first and building on top of that with more knowledge, making sure you are clear and confident in every topic with quizzing in a friendly setting. Additionally, lessons should be interactive and two-way communication rather than a monologue from the tutor.
One of the most critical factors for a good tutoring experience is establishing a connection between the two parties involved. Therefore, the first session would involve us getting to know one another a bit to ensure the student is comfortable with the tutor. It is also vital to establish the student’s goals, what they specifically want help with, their strengths and weaknesses in studying and topic-specific knowledge, and most importantly, how they like to learn. Then we would collaboratively craft a teaching plan that the student is confident in and get started on learning according to it!
Mariam from the United Arab Emirates
The lesson with my tutor Darina was enjoyable and really effective. She interacted well with me and asked many questions to familiarize herself with my situation and understand what we should be doing moving forward to reach my goal. Not only did she provide effective feedback for my work and answer my questions, but she was also able to make the lesson enjoyable and interactive.
Princess from South Korea
Today’s session was really good! Thank you so much, I really liked the presentation and getting into deeper explanations for each of the options in the given question, I would love to have more sessions with you! :)
Ilya from United Kingdom
The mitochondrion is the powerhouse of the cell.
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