Jon Urquidi Ferreira - Private Tutor in South London
I am entering my penultimate year of the highly competitive accelerated Graduate Medicine degree at King's College London where I am in the top decile and was previously awarded a first class degree from UCL in Neurophysiology and Neuropharmacology. I am particularly passionate about Psychiatry, Neurology and Extreme Physiology.
Since 2014, while studying I have worked continuously in the service industry (as one of a 6 person team behind one of London's top craft breweries), entertainment (as a host for live music events across London) and in drug policy and harm reduction (as a content producer and spokesperson for the Alcohol and Drug Education Consultancy). I have also worked as a STEM and Medical Admissions Tutor over the last two years.
Medical school is a hugely collaborative environment where budding medics learn by teaching. Making use of my natural ability to communicate and motivate others, I have become increasingly involved in education and I am currently working towards qualification as an Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Authority (AFHEA). I sit on the KCL Wilderness Medicine Society committee as Training Course Officer and I am the founder and president of the KCL Surf Club.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
King's College London, 2018 – 2022
Medicine - Graduate Entry (MBBS): Pending
University College London, 2014 – 2017
Physiology and Pharmacology (Neuro) (BSc - Hons): 1st
School: City of London Freemen's School
AAAa at A level in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics and Physics. I achieved full marks in several of my AS exam papers.
School: British School of Brussels
5A*s and 6As at GCSE as well as A at AS in Spanish and French. I was second chair violin in the school orchestra, as well as sound director for the technical stage team.
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
In the last year, I have worked one-on-one tutoring Biology, Chemistry, Physics and Maths at GCSE and A-level across a range of exam boards. I have worked with high achievers looking to push themselves and grapple with advanced concepts as well as with students struggling to connect with subjects outside of their comfort zone.
I tutor peers informally at GKT Medical School (Kings' College London) supporting and have spent 2 years lecturing on medical admissions techniques on behalf of the Biological Sciences Association, as well as running small group sessions on medical school interview techniques (panel or MMI), personal statement writing and UKCAT preparation.
As the Training Course Officer for the Wilderness Medicine Society, I am developing and building a a FAWM accredited Wilderness Medicine Training Course which is now in its fourth year and has trained over 200 future clinicians. The course aims to teach clinicians (mainly medics) to be as resourceful as possible by fully understanding the basics of physiology and anatomy to be able to save lives in remote emergencies. This course involves both theoretical and practical elements, building on simulations and experiences as well as basic science knowledge. As such, we make use of a vast array of teaching methods and styles.
From 2019, I have been a Medical Education Fellow for US-based company Osmosis, who are the fastest growing medical education company in the world. On their behalf, I run sessions on evidence-based learning methods as well as monthly student-led teaching "clinics" on some of the more complex aspects of our curriculum.
My Approach to Tutoring
My focus when teaching is to help individuals explore their own curiosity, and to build core understanding through mental models supplemented using evidence based memory techniques. This has been a direct result of my own experiments with learning across 5 years at university, absorbing and retaining large amounts of material while juggling various projects and commitments. As such, my style is largely dialogue based, where I teach students to simplify their learning and empower themselves to move beyond traditional, inefficient learning methods.
Fun Facts About Me
I am an orchestral violinist and grade 8 pianist, fluent in Spanish and previously fluent in French (my family originates from Venezuela though I was born and raised in Belgium - unfortunately few opportunities for French practice have left me rusty). I am always more than happy to help with conversational practice!
I was the translator for a 12 day expedition to the high plains of Bolivia (around 3,900m above sea level) where we established previously untouched rock climbing regions. I also established the KCL Surf Club in 2019 which now has nearly 100 members, and in this next year we will be running the first year of our lifeguarding and coaching program for our partner charity the Wave Project, which runs surf therapy courses for young people for the NHS.
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