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Dr Soni

Please introduce yourself

Hi all, my name is Dr Soni BDS (Hons) BSc (Hons) AKC. I am currently working as a Dentist and have been tutoring for just over 5 years.

What’s my favourite subject to teach?

Having got into grammar school myself and graduating as a Dentist, my specialist subjects are 11+, UKCAT and Dental Interview coaching. With degrees in Biomedical Sciences and Dentistry, I also help students with A Level Psychology, A Level Biology and KS2-GCSE Maths.

Why do you love teaching?

If gives me great joy in the moments where I am able to see my students become more engaged to learn and become more independent in their studies. However the moments I truly treasure and live is when I watch my student grow in confidence and realise their full potential. --What is your teaching style?I always try to understand what drives each student that I teach. In doing so I try to incorporate this into my teaching, using everyday examples and making the concepts relevant to real life.

I also find that students take in more when they actively explain trieckier concepts that they have learnt. Therefore I am also a fan of using roleplay with the student acting as a teacher to relay back the information they have learnt in a way that more understandable to them. 

For all students, I believe practice makes perfect, so I will always incooperate knowledge checks and exam style questions into lessons to monitor learning.

 In my role as a tutor, I strive to incorporate knowledge checks and exam-style questions into each and every lesson in order to effectively monitor my students' learning.

During the course of the lesson, I invite and encourage my students to ask relevant questions, so that they can be assured they have understood the material and can apply it in their exams. I provide several practice activities during and after the lesson which are designed to help students acquire and consolidate their learning. These activities often involve comprehensive tests, summary writing, and open-ended questions.

In addition to these exam style questions and knowledge checks, I provide my students with support materials and resources that help them further explore the concepts we have discussed. This supports them in developing a deeper understanding beyond what we have discussed in the classroom. Furthermore, I also encourage my students to discuss ideas and answer questions collaboratively, as this helps them to improve their communication skills, build confidence, and work as a team.

Overall, as an tutor, it is important for me to ensure my students practice what they have learned in the classroom so that they can become capable and confident learners. To this end, I take all steps necessary to incorporate knowledge checks and exam-style questions throughout my lessons to help monitor learning.

One top tip for parents supporting their kids:Parents play an invaluable role in the growth and development of their children, so finding ways to create a supportive and nurturing environment is essential. Establishing a supportive home environment is key in helping children to learn, grow, and become independent. Here are some tips to help you foster a supportive environment for your kids.

First and foremost, create an open atmosphere in which your children can be comfortable asking questions. Never make them feel like their curiosity is unwelcome or annoying. This will create a culture of exploration and learning in your home. You can also invite conversation and exchange ideas by discussing current events or the activities of the day. 

Second, provide your children with positive reinforcement when they make an effort. Praise your kids when they are successful and encourage them to keep learning from their mistakes. This will foster a sense of confidence that will propel them forward in all aspects of life.

Third, be open about communication about difficult topics like relationships, mental health, and cultural issues. It is important to talk to your children about these topics in an age-appropriate manner to ensure that they have the tools to make informed decisions about their lives.

Finally, teach your children about the importance of personal responsibility. Allow them to have autonomy over their decisions and set boundaries where necessary. Modeling good decision making and self-care habits will help them to understand the value of responsibility and how to be accountable for their own actions.

By creating a supportive environment in your home and following these tips, you can help your kids to be confident, curious, and independent individuals. All parents want to support their children in any way they can, and by establishing the right atmosphere in your home you can make a profound difference in their lives.

Tell us a fun fact about yourself

I spent many years playing the piano as a child although I am a bit rusty now. I also have a little two year old Maltipoo dog named Toby who is a much more fun (and furry) fact!

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