OLEA Coffee Chats (1) with Polly, Biology Mentor

Updated: Mar 2

The first of our 2022 OLEA Coffee Chats is with Polly, our brilliant Biology Mentor here at OLEA Education Ltd!


IQ, AQ, CQ, SQ and EQ are the core pillars of OLEA Education Ltd., Through these, we enhance students’ 21st century and English language skills so as to equip them for the ever-changing landscape of this new world we now live in. In this 12-month series of OLEA Coffee Chats, we will be disseminating the ambitions, habits and passions of our highly successful OLEA Mentors, as well as those we find particularly inspiring. 智商 (IQ)、逆商 (AQ)、创商 (CQ)、灵商 (SQ) 和情商 (EQ) 是 OLEA Education Ltd. 的核心支柱。以这些支柱为依托,我们增强学生的 21 世纪英语技能,使其能够适应不断变化的世界格局。在这个为期 12 个月的《OLEA 咖啡访谈》系列栏目中,我们将介绍非常成功的 OLEA 导师和我们认为特别励志的人物志向、习惯和爱好。


January 2022 (2022 年 1 月)

STEM(Biology 生物)Mentor 导师



What is your favourite coffee and why? 你最爱喝什么咖啡,以及为什么?


I’m mainly a tea drinker, so can I answer that instead? You can’t beat Yorkshire tea, especially

first thing in the morning to help with the wake-up call. A little bit of milk, no sugar. 其实我主要喝茶,所以我能回答我最爱喝的茶吗?约克郡茶最好不过,特别是早晨起来喝一杯,帮你提神醒脑。加一点奶,不放糖。


Your two OLEA Masterclasses have been so popular! What do you enjoy most about mentoring Biology and where has your own passion for the subject came from? 你的两堂 OLEA 大师课很受欢迎!对于讲授生物课,你最喜欢什么,以及你对这门学科的热爱来自何处?


I suppose I’ve always been interested in biology, how can you not as it’s all around! I grew up on a farm so have been surrounded by life (and death) from the start. Although I’ve been exposed to both plant and animal biology, I find animal biology most interesting to study, as I feel a connection to helping to improve human health. Biology is so diverse, there are so many options that students can choose to pursue. 我一直都对生物很感兴趣,生物无处不在,怎么可能不引起我们的关注!我在农场长大,从小就接触到生命轮回。虽然我同时涉猎植物和动物领域,但我认为研究动物生物学最有趣,因为我觉得这有助于改善人类健康。生物学范围极广,有很多领域可供学生探索研究。


I enjoy mentoring with OLEA as I like inspiring students and helping them to understand the relevance of the natural world around them. We need more bright, passionate students who are interested in biology, and want to take it on to career level. I just hope I can help students along the way! 我很喜欢在 OLEA 授课,因为我爱激发学生兴趣,帮助他们了解身边自然世界的意义。我们希望有更多聪明好学的学生对生物充满兴趣和热情,也希望未来能从事生物研究工作。我只希望自己能为学生奉献一臂之力!




OLEA Masterclasses seek to divulge students into the most exciting and real-life applications of any given subject, motivating them to pursue further study. If you could make your own Biology curriculum for GCSE, what would that look like? OLEA 大师课旨在帮助学生探索最有吸引力、最贴近现实生活的学科应用领域,激励学生追求深入研究。如果让你制定 GCSE 生物课程,那会是什么样的?


Good question, it’s one I haven’t considered before. Different GCSE board specifications contain varying aspects of biology, so which school the student attends often dictates what parts of biology are learnt. The vast majority of content is similar across the board, but there are some board which go into more detail about how the eye works for example- this is such an interesting topic, and one that all students should learn. 问得好,我以前也考虑过这个问题。不同的 GCSE 考试局考纲包含生物的不同方面内容,所以学生上什么学校通常决定着将学习生物的哪些部分。总的来说,绝大多数内容都是大同小异,但也有些考试局更注重具体的知识点,例如眼睛的工作原理。这是很有趣的主题,所有学生均应了解。


I wouldn’t take any of the content out, but I would include more 21 st century relevance to do with climate change and how we can tackle it through carbon capture techniques etc. Early exposure to the issues will lead to more initiatives and hopefully solutions to our climate crisis. Young minds are flexible and creative- we need to utilize them! 我不会删掉任何内容,但我会纳入在 21 世纪更有意义的内容,例如气候变化以及如何通过碳捕集技术等手段解决这一问题。早期接触此类问题有助于制定更多计划,希望能对我们面临的气候危机提出解决方案。年轻人的思维很灵活,有创造力,我们要充分利用!


You have an incredibly impressive academic record with a all A* in your A Levels, a 1st Class Hons from Bristol, and now (almost) a PhD from Cambridge. How have you managed to keep up such a vibrant social life and hobbies alongside your academic success? 你的学业成绩非常优秀,A Level 成绩全都是 A*,拥有布里斯托大学一等学位,现在还是剑桥大学在读博士。在你学业有成的同时,你是如何保持如此丰富多彩的社交生活和兴趣爱好的?


My friends and family are the ones who inspire me to do what I do; they sure keep me going! Above all though is my love for the subject, you can’t do these many years of education and not be committed. When you love what you do, quite often the grades come a little easier to you as you are more likely to want to study and do well. My tip: find a subject that you don’t find tasking to study, it will make your life much easier! 我的朋友和家人是激励我学习和生活的动力源泉!但最重要的是我爱学习,要不是全身心投入的话,也不可能接受这么多年的教育。在你热爱学习的时候,往往成绩自然而然就会提高,因为你更想取得佳绩。我的建议是,学一门你觉得不太难的学科,这样学起来就会轻松许多!


My social life is really important to me too, I enjoy seeing friends, going for dinners and playing with ponies on the regular! It’s all about balance; I couldn’t do the hard work without the social side, and vice versa. 社交生活对我也很重要,我喜欢拜访朋友,出去吃饭和经常骑马!这完全在于平衡,努力学习与社交生活都要兼顾。


What is a key piece of advice you would give to future Biologists? How might they explore the boundaries of Biology beyond the curriculum? 你会给未来生物学家的一条关键的建议是什么?除了课程之外,如何才能探索生物学科领域?


Advice for budding biologists: well to start off you’ve done a great job already as you’ve chosen biology! My advice is to get involved with as many practical applications as possible and join lab groups and clubs. These clubs can be great places to network, meet other like-minded people and talk biology. The more you talk to people, the better understanding you’ll get as to what direction you want your biology career to head in. 至于我给未来生物学家的建议,首先我要指出,他们已经做得很好,因为他们选择研究生物!我的建议是,尽可能多地参与实际应用并加入实验小组和社团。这些团体是结交朋友的好去处,可以认识其他兴趣相投的人士,与他们讨论生物。和别人谈得越多,越能了解自己未来从事生物工作的职业发展方向。


As far as biology books go, my favourite book at University was the bible ‘Molecular biology of the Cell’, although this is probably too heavy a read for GCSE level (both mentally and physically due to its size!) Top book for GCSE students? ‘The Selfish Gene’ by Richard Dawkins- well worth a read!就生物学书籍而言,我在大学最爱看的书是经典教材《细胞分子生物学》,但对 GCSE 学生来说,这本书可能很难读(内容讲得很深,也是很厚的一本书!)要问我最适合 GCSE 学生读的书是什么?我会推荐理查德·道金斯写的《自私的基因》,这本书非常值得一读!



What has your experience at Cambridge been like as a postgraduate student? What has been the most memorable: the people, social life, place, university resources, professional success, sports? 作为一名研究生,你在剑桥大学就读的体验怎样?让你最难忘的是什么,是人、社交生活、场合、大学资源、专业成就还是体育?


I’ve soaked up every minute of my life in Cambridge. I’ve got involved with college life, as social secretary of the college, which I enjoyed enormously! Cambridge is a place for both young and old, it does it all well. As a postgraduate it was just perfect for a more mature lifestyle. I’ve especially enjoyed wine and cheese evenings with friends. There are plenty of opportunities for sports here too, and I’ve taken part in casual netball practices which are a really relaxed way to get back into sport. 在剑桥大学,我完全沉浸在学习和生活的每一刻。我已融入大学生活,作为社会活动部长,我很喜欢我的工作!无论男女老幼,剑桥大学都很适合。对于研究生而言,这里也很适合更成熟的生活方式。我特别喜欢与朋友一起参加葡萄酒和奶酪品鉴之夜的活动。这里也有很多参加体育活动的机会,我自己有时也打篮球,休闲放松,享受运动乐趣。


My best memory of Cambridge? I hope it’s yet to come, don’t live in the past! My key advice for students applying to Cambridge: pick your course well and make sure you will be happy covering the content. 我在剑桥大学最难忘的回忆是什么?我希望它尚未来临,不要活在过去!对于申请剑桥大学的学生,我的忠告是选好课程,并确保自己喜欢学习内容。


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