Biology

Our tutorial lessons shall focus on teaching students to use scientific vocabulary when writing analysis, evaluation, and examination answers. Students will also develop scientific thinking skills, which they may apply when designing experiments that implement the most efficient investigative strategies. Major topics in the study of IGCSE Biology include: cell functions and control; genetics; natural selection; genetic modification; health disease development of medicines; plant structures functions; animal coordination control homeostasis; exchange and transport; and ecosystems material cycles. Topics for GCE AS (IAS), A-Level (IA2), International Advanced Level (IAL), SAT Subject Test, AP, and IB Diploma include: structure and function of carbohydrates, lipids, and proteins; enzymes; passive and active transport; DNA, RNA, and PCR (polymerase chain reaction); protein synthesis; mutation; dihybrid crosses; ethics; ultrastructure of eukaryote and prokaryote cells; meiosis; genotypes; stem cells; biodiversity and adaptations; taxonomy; global warming; evolution and speciation; structure of bacteria and viruses; immunology; ATP; glycolysis; anaerobic respiration; ventilation and cardiac output; the brain and the nervous system; hormonal coordination; and the Human Genome Project. At Key Stage 3 (KS3), student will learn cellular, skeletal and muscular systems of living organisms; nutrition, digestion, and excretion; respiration and photosynthesis; health and disease; reproduction in plants and humans; ecosystems, habitats, food chains and food webs; genetics, inheritance, selective breeding, variation, evolution, extinction, and biodiversity; human impact on the environment; nerves and hormones; and transport.

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Dr Sam Szeto joined International Scholars Tuition as a Biology Tutor in June 2014. He obtained his Doctorate in Biochemistry at the University of Alberta (CAN), where he also earned his Bachelor of Science Honours degree with First Class standing. Throughout the course of his academic training and career, Dr Szeto has received numerous awards for achievements in both scholastics and research. These include an Alberta Heritage Foundation for Medical Research Studentship and a Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council Postgraduate Scholarship.

Before joining IST, Dr Szeto worked as a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of Chemistry at the University of Hong Kong and he was an Undergraduate Student Supervisor at the A*STAR Institute of Medical Biology during his time in Singapore. Previously at the University of Alberta, Dr Szeto worked as a Tutor, Exam Grader and Guest Lecturer for the Department of Biochemistry; and as a Sessional Lecturer for the Department of Dentistry and Dental Hygiene teaching biochemistry to dental students.

Dr Szeto possesses extensive academic research experience, with his research being published in a number of internationally recognized peer-reviewed scientific journals and receiving awards for academic excellence. He has also had the opportunity to present his research findings at a number of international conferences. This scientific experience and acumen allows Dr Szeto to critically evaluate and provide expert guidance to students carrying out independent research projects such as the IB Internal AssessmentsExtended Essays or A-level EPQ research investigations.

Since joining IST, Dr Szeto has tutored the comprehensive range of CIE IGCSE Biology syllabus topics such as classification, biological molecules and enzymes to students from German-Swiss International School. Students from Singapore International School were tutored on concepts such as plant and human nutrition, disease and immunity. Topics such as coordination and response, excretion and gas exchange in humans were revised with a French International School student. Dr Szeto also taught a student from Shatin College the concepts of reproduction and respiration.

Dr Szeto also has experience in tutoring a wide variety of the Edexcel IGCSE Biology syllabus. He has taught topics such as homeostasis and hormonal regulation to a student from Island School, and topics such as excretion, genetic engineering and cloning to a Harrow International School student. Concepts relating to plant transport and reproduction were reviewed with students from Kingswood School, while topics involving human gas exchange, transport and digestion were revised with an Oundle School student. In addition, he has tutored AQA GCSE Biology topics such as digestion and gas exchange to a student from Warwick School, and hormones and homeostasis to a Concord College student. Aspects of experimental design and data analysis, an important focus of the AQA syllabus, were also discussed and reviewed with a student from Headington School.

For GCE level courses, Edexcel IAS topics such as biological molecules and DNA replication were covered with students from Harrow International School. Various aspects of infection and immunity topic from the Edexcel Salters-Nuffield A2 syllabus have been revised with a Haberdasher’s Monmouth School for Girls student. With a student from Eton College, the principles relating to the structure and function of proteins were discussed as part of the CIE Pre-U syllabus.

In regards to the IB Diploma, Dr Szeto has tutored a full range of Biology topics at both the Higher and Standard levels. For a student from Diocesan Boys’ School, the topic of human physiology was covered. Concepts such as cellular and molecular biology were revised with a South Island School student, while a Po Leung Kuk Choi Kai Yau School student was taught the topics of genetics and evolution. In addition, ecology and biodiversity was reviewed with a student from Island School in preparation for the upcoming exam. Option topics have also been discussed, with the topic of biotechnology and informatics being revised with a Shatin College student.

Dr Szeto has also tutored a Hong Kong-based student for theCheltenham College (UK) Science Entrance Examination. This preparation involved teaching and revising the relevant concepts from the biology component of the 13+ Common Entrance Examination Science Key Stage 3 Curriculum. This included topics such as classification and inheritance, human nutrition and reproduction, cells and cell functions. In addition, scientific skills such as deductive reasoning based on the scientific method are introduced and reinforced.

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Mr Ivan Zovich, from September 2007 to July 2009, studied biology at A-level whereby he achieved 100% on two modules and an overall score of 96.2%. In addition, Ivan was the only student in his year group to take part in the 2008 Biology Olympiad written test, achieving an impressive silver medal.

Ivan was able to pursue his passion for biology to undergraduate level at the University of Cambridge through the breadth and diversity of the subjects taught within the Natural Sciences degree course. Ivan chose to study first year Biology of Cells course (Part IA) as part of his three science options. This covered the foundations of cellular chemistry: sub-cellular organisation, transport and chemical changes in prokaryotic and eukaryotic cells during his first term, replication, genetic engineering and the genetic basis of disease in his second term, and cell communication in his third term.

Ancillary to his studies in physical, theoretical, organic and inorganic chemistry in his second year, Mr Ivan Zovich pursued his interest in cellular and chemical biology by taking the Part IB course in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology. Examples of topics studied include: genes and proteins in action, cell growth and differentiation, metabolism, signal transduction, and control mechanisms behind cell proliferation in mammalian cells.

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Mr Daniel Chan holds a Bachelor of Science Degree (Hons.) in Chemistry from the University of New South Wales, Australia, and a Bachelor of Science Degree (Advanced) from the University of Sydney, Australia, majoring in Chemistry and Biochemistry. Daniel is now in the final stages of Doctorate in Chemistry at the University of Cambridge.

Since 2009, Daniel has been tutoring at International Scholars Tuition School. He has tutored students from German Swiss International School on the SAT Biology Subject Test. He has also taught respiration and photosynthesis to an OCR A-Level Biology student from Harrow School, and transport and microorganisms to a AQA GCSE Biology student from The Royal High School, UK. Two of Daniel’s Biology students last year from GSIS were admitted early on the fast track basis to study medicine at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Daniel has also tutored Cardiff Sixth Form College and King’s Scholars at Eton College.

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Yenga Yan graduated from the University of Cambridge where she read Biology of Cells and Biochemistry and Molecular Biology as modules within the Natural Sciences curriculum. She is well read on a wide range of topics such as the organisation of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells, biological macromolecules (e.g. carbohydrates and proteins), respiration and photosynthesis, transcription and translation of DNA, cell growth and proliferation, and genetic engineering and biotechnology. At IST, she has tutored students from local international schools, such as British International School (Kellett) and West Island School, prepare for their 13+ Common Entrance Examinations science paper, which includes a biology section, and Biology at IGCSE level, respectively. The topics include: cell structure, food chains, macromolecules, respiration and photosynthesis, water transport in plants, and the circulatory system. Yenga currently offers tutoring for 11+, 13+, IGCSE, A-level/ IB, SAT students taking biology and can advise on short answer questions, essay writing, and performing biological calculations for first year university students.

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Mr Don Ho has been tutoring Biology 11+ and 13+ Common Entrance and IGCSE to Hong Kong students at 1ST since 2005. Many of Don’s 13+ Science students have gone on to study at Winchester College, Eton College, Oundle School, Cheltenham Ladies College, Wycombe Abbey, and Malvern St James. Furthermore, many of Don’s students have scored A* on their IGCSEs. Don is very experienced, having tutored homeostasis, ultrafiltration and the nephron to a student who attends Harrow International in Hong Kong; mitosis and meiosis, recessive and dominant alleles to a student from Winchester College; and digestive enzymes and the circulatory system to a German Swiss (GSIS) student. Don is also the founder and principal of International Scholars Tuition School. As a registered school, 13+ candidates may sit the Common Entrance at IST.

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