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Sonal (Tutor in West Wickham)

West Wickham, Kent
Home Town: West Wickham
Member Since: 14/03/2020
Last Login: 2 days ago
Response Rate: 100%
Expected Response: < 2 hours

My Qualifications

UCL Institute of Education
Postgraduate Certificate in Educati...
PGCE  (2016)
National College of Teaching and Le...
Qualified Teacher Status
Qualified Teacher St  (2016)
King`s College London University
Dental Studies
Pass with Honours  (2008)
A Level
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A  (2003)
A Level
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A  (2003)
A Level
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A  (2003)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
English Literature
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
Religious Studies
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
A*  (2001)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
English Language
A  (2000)
Newstead Wood Grammar...
Design and Technology
A*  (2000)

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Information about Sonal

Former Teacher; now a ‘Tutor with a Twist’.

What makes me different?

Tutoring and Teaching combined, I have over 5000 hours of teaching experience and I have also been life coaching for 8 years and am therefore a Tutor and Life Coach for the students I tutor.

Hi, I’m Sonal, now in my early 30s, I’ve worked as a Tutor since January 2014 - over 6 years, and as a former Primary School Teacher (Years 3, 4, 5 and 6 only) for 4 years. As a Primary Teacher, I worked in permanent roles and as a supply teacher in over 30 schools across London.

Now, I teach my students in a way that facilitates them to excel to their best potential - academically AND for life in the real world, outside the four walls of a classroom.

Going back to my childhood, I passed the Eleven Plus 11+ exams and went to Newstead Wood Grammar School for Girls, for my Secondary Education, where I achieved:

>> 10 ‘A*’ grades and an ‘A’ at GCSE-Level.

>> 3 ‘A’ grades for A-levels in Biology, Chemistry and Maths.

I went on to attain:

>> A Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours Degree in Dental Science. Distinctions for each year of my Dentistry degree at King’s College London, which although not finished due to my accident (explained below), allowed me to graduate for the 3 years I completed, with the BSc Honours Degree.

>> Life Coaching Course Certificate from Cambridge University’s ICE (Institute for Continuing Education).

>> A PGCE (Post-graduate Certificate in Education) from UCL Institute of Education in Russel Square, London (the world’s number one University for Education), whilst training to be a teacher.

Before I became a teacher, I trained in Dentistry at King’s College London, working at Guy’s and King’s College NHS Hospitals: treating patients for gum disease; providing fillings and root canal treatments; taking out teeth and making and fitting dentures.

However, at 19 years, I met with an unexpected accident on holiday. This left me with an ongoing back condition, which meant I could not physically manage a dental career.

I graduated with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) Honours degree for the 3 years I passed (with Distinctions each year) and left in my 4th year of 5.

After, I trained and qualified as a Pharmacy Technician at Great Ormond Street NHS Hospital for Children and Chelsea and Westminster NHS Hospital. As dental student and Pharmacy Technician, I worked in the NHS for over 6 years.

I additionally Life Coach, and don’t just tutor my students in an academic subject, like English, Maths or Science, because soft skills are highly sought after now, more than ever: by organisations and companies and are also essential for students who will want to venture into entrepreneurship and build their own business.

WHAT I teach my students and THE WAY I teach my students, will have an empowering potential to stay with them, for life - whatever they choose to contribute to the world, with their personality, talents and skills.

I base my tutoring on several pedagogical approaches (‘pedagogy’ is the science and art of teaching’), including a principle emphasised by the famous Professor of Education in Melbourne, Australia: John Hattie, who found through numerous case studies:

The most powerful single modification that enhances achievement is FEEDBACK.” Professor John Hattie

This is why I stopped teaching classes in schools (with full respect and admiration for teachers still!) – to give my students deep, detailed feedback through one-to-one tutor-coach sessions, which increases potential for progress.

Being a former teacher, I know there is little chance for one-to-one feedback in an average school class of 30 children.

Successful people don’t do different things, they do things DIFFERENTLY.”

I personalise my lessons in a way that will relate to YOU (my student) or YOUR CHILD’S (for parents of my students) reality; world and everyday life as a central and foundational priority.

This makes EVERY SINGLE ONE of my lessons enjoyable, enlivening, inspiring and exciting for my students.

In every lesson, I increasingly develop a growing understanding of:

YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S hobbies: physical fitness and sports (football, tennis, dance, swimming, gymnastics, gym workouts, meditation, yoga, pilates, martial arts), art, drama, playing musical instruments, cooking, knitting, crochet)
YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S likes and dislikes
YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S definition of success, excitement and happiness
YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S favourite food
YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S favourite books - “Reading is to the mind, what exercise is to the body.”
YOUR or YOUR CHILD’S favourite TV shows/Films/Games and Social Media Feeds of Inspiration and Interest (depending on legal age to have social media accounts) and reduce distraction or pointless watching of TV and social media, which limit or crush a young person’s POWERFUL POTENTIAL .

Availability: Available Online only due to Corona Virus. Monday to Sunday, 9.00am to 8.00pm

I have included the information on the the 11+ schools I have tutored for, along with subjects and Year groups to my Availability section as it would not fit in the experience section.

Career Coaching

Personal Statement for University Application
Year 13 girl (original personal statement written for history, however, with my coaching, she decided to change her subject to suit what she really wanted to do. She is now studying ‘Comparative Literature’ at Queen Mary’s (University of London)

Job Application and Interview Coaching
I had a career-coached a client who was a young lady working in Human Resources (Age: mid 20s)

* Assisted with Cover Letter, CV, Interview Coaching and Preparation and feedback discussion to improve.
* Taught and shared resources on mindfulness I learnt this was a particularly empowering subject for her in reaching her potential and making progress in her life.
* Coaching via telephone, What’s App and email, to prepare her for interviews with: Walt Disney, Amazon and UCH NHS Hospital. She successfully attained the job at UCH.

Common Entrance Exams (11+)
Two Year 5 girls
Year 6 boy
Year 6 girl – including interview preparation, following which she gained a place at Francis Holland in Sloane Square
Two Year 5 boy
Year 4 girl
Four Year 5 students, 2 boys and 2 girls - 11+ Exams, Short Intensive One Week Eleven Plus Course
Year 5 - Led 11+ weekly workshops at an Removed Maths and English Tuition Centre

Top Schools in the country that I have helped students to prepare for, with a 90% success rate of passing the exams:

;1) Henrietta Barnett School for Girls, Barnet
2) Queen Elizabeth’s Grammar School for Boys, Barnet.
3) The Latymer School (girls and boys), Edmonton
4) Bexley Grammar School and Chislehurst and Sidcup Grammar School (girls and boys), Kent
5) Newstead Wood School for Girls, Kent
6) Kew House, Brentford
7) Francis Holland School, Sloane Square, London
8) Queens college, Marylebone, London
9) Merchant Taylors, Northwood Middlesex
10) Haberdashers’ Aske’s Boys, Hertfordshire

Entrance Exams 13+
Year 7 Boy - English, 13+ for Haberdashers School.
Year 7 Boy – Science, Independent School Examinations Board Exam (ISEB) for North London Schools
Year 9 Boy – Secondary KS3 Science, boy passed 13+ exam and gained a place in Stowe Boarding School, (ISEB)

Primary English and Maths for Years 3, 4, 5 and 6
Year 4 to 6 - Led weekly ‘Creative Writing’ workshops at an Removed Maths and English Tuition Centre
Year 3 boy - English and Maths
Year 3 girl - English
Year 3 boy – English
Year 6 boy – Maths
As a Teacher/Tutor in three different Primary schools - Year 6 Classes – groups of 6 – teaching for SATS exams

Biology, Chemistry and Physics Tutoring
Year 8 girl - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Three Year 9 girls - Biology, Chemistry and Physics
Nine Year 10 or 11 students - GCSE Biology, Chemistry, Physics

Willing to travel: 3 miles

Experience: I have tutored over 60 students at Primary and Secondary level in the last 6 years with successful results in their grades and self-development.

I include here, some testimonials of the achievements and kind appreciation for my work with clients and students I have tutored. Some testimonials have been written by clients and students themselves; others by their parents/guardians.

I have moved the information on the the 11+ schools I have tutored for, along with subjects and Year groups to my Availability section as it would not fit here.

Ivana (Mother of George (below) – a Year 6, 11+ student, 10-year-old boy):

When I met with Sonal, I was left in a bit of situation as our current tutor decided to do a 1-month trip just before the 11+ tests. Sonal accommodated all my requirements in terms of time slots and coming over to our house, as my husband and I are full-time employed in the City. She also informed us that she could only commit for a short term, as she was about to move to a different area in London, which was fine for us as long as we knew.

Sonal assessed my son`s progress very thoroughly and suggested a plan of action. Communication was great and very consistent, as she was giving us feedback regarding what George worked on during each tutoring session. I must admit that for the short term Sonal tutored George, he improved significantly and we wished to keep on working with her. Sonal was interested about his hobbies and adapted the materials, so the materials were involving and he did not get bored.

Sonal is very patient and went along with the mood of George. She immediately built rapport with him so he felt like he was having an informal chat with a friend rather than with a tutor. I can tell that Sonal is very passionate about teaching, loves her students and changing lives. My husband and I regret she moved on and changed the area so we could not keep her for our children.

We wish Sonal a great success in her teaching career - she is very talented!

George (Son of Ivana (above), a Year 6, 11+ student, 10-year-old boy)

When Sonal was my Tutor, I liked it when we were learning about a topic I’ve never done because she explained it really well and I got on with it straight away. My last lesson with Sonal was my favourite lesson because it was a football-themed lesson and I really enjoyed it ☺;;;;;;;. Following on from tuition with Sonal when I was in Year 6, I’ve noticed that now I am in Year 8, I’ve improved so much in English. In three words, I would describe Sonal’s lessons as: challenging, fun and well-explained!

Elmira (Mother of Giunel (below) - a Year 5, 11+ student, 9-year-old girl)

Sonal is everything you would want from a tutor - incredibly intelligent and patient.

She is an amazing tutor because she finds the balance between helping a student work things out and also letting them find the answer on their own, to make sure they get as much out of the session as possible. She explains the lessons very well and asks questions from time to time to make sure that my daughter understands the lesson properly.

Sonal explains everything very clearly, step by step, making sure a student can do every part.

I am very pleased with the progress my daughter is making in maths. Sonal provides very good feedback to me as a parent, after each session.

Sonal helped my daughter gain more confidence with her maths. This was noticed in her end of year review by her teachers.

Definitely would recommend her as a Tutor!! Thank you very much Sonal!!

Giunel (Daughter of Elmira (above), a Year 5, 11+ student, 9-year-old girl)

With Sonal’s help, I my teacher’s noticed a great improvement in my Maths at School and I was selected for the highest set in English. I like the way that Sonal always shows videos about the lessons, so I can understand it more. If I don’t understand the lesson, she is always patient and tries to explain it in a way that I will understand. She is very kind and she calls me her “best student”! ☺;;;;;;; My favourite lesson with Sonal was the first lesson because she taught me how to do joined up handwriting and she taught me how to use better vocabulary. She also taught me an easier and quicker way of doing my times tables.

In three words, I would describe Sonal’s lessons as: very interesting, fun and effective.

;;;;;;;Sonal is my favourite tutor ☺;;;;;;;

Jo (Mother of Rachel (below), a 16-year-old, Year 11 GCSE Physics Student)

When Sonal tutored my daughter she explained what she had done in the lesson and how it related to the exams, as well as how Rachel could improve and her next steps.

I was very satisfied because Sonal was a positive influence and motivated my daughter. The lessons were well-paced and well-structured. Additionally, she made the lessons interesting and relevant. Vast complex information in a challenging subject - Physics - was condensed into manageable sections.

I think the high quality and enjoyment of Sonal’s lessons were shown as my daughter did not mind having extra sessions. She found them useful and helpful!

Teachers at her school also noticed that she was taking a more organised approach and that she understood the work in more depth.

I would describe Sonal’s personality and qualities as extremely personable and approachable and very reliable. Furthermore, in terms of competence, she had good subject knowledge.

Would not hesitate to recommend Sonal!!

Rachel (Daughter of Jo (above), a 16-year-old, Year 11 GCSE Physics Student)

With Sonal as my GCSE Physics tutor, my most valuable and memorable learning was: how to apply formulae; how to actually properly understand and identify WHAT information the different questions were asking and how to structure my answers to long questions worth 6 or more marks. Additionally, a particularly help strategy Sonal helped me with for making notes was by making mind maps.

As a person, I experienced Sonal to be very patient and having an ability to teach information in an interesting way. She taught me in a way that supported by examples of how to answer questions and also helped me to find ways to remember complex information.

In three words I would describe Sonal’s lessons as useful, interesting and fun! Sonal’s lessons really helped me and boosted my grade. Thank you Sonal!

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