11 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Science)
13 Plus (English, Maths, Verbal Reasoning, Non-Verbal Reasoning and Science)
Biology (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level and IB MYP)
Chemistry (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR and IGCSE)
English (General, KS1, KS2, KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP, Advanced Placement and Undergraduate)
Physics (KS3, GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR and IGCSE)
Psychology (GCSE AQA, GCSE Edexcel, GCSE OCR, IGCSE, A Level AQA, A Level Edexcel, A Level OCR, Pre-U, IB Standard Level, IB Higher Level, IB MYP and Advanced Placement)
Sobia has worked with children aiming to attend the following schools:
Sobia is a highly experienced tutor in English and the Sciences at all levels. She is also an experienced private school entrance tutor. She has been teaching and tutoring for fifteen years, and is skilled at preparing students for both Maths and English as well as Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning. Sobia is also highly experienced at tutoring English, English Literature, Psychology and Biology to A level and IB, as well as Chemistry and Physics to gcse. Sobia has worked with huge numbers of students both face to face and online international students.
Sobia's speciality is rigorous preparation for Sciences and English; and also both 11+ and 13+ examinations. She has a strong track record of success in preparing students for top London schools, as listed on her profile. Sobia has also helped numerous Biology, Psychology and English students gain excellent gcse, A level and IB results.
Sobia's science and humanities background means that she is able to prepare students equally well across all the entrance examination areas, Maths and English as well as VR and NVR. She has prepared students for Common Entrance pretests in these areas too. Sobia has also worked successfully with children who have attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and dyslexia, and she is interested in enhancing learning in a way that suits the individual child's learning style. She has also coached children and helped them with interview techniques for schools such as Eton and Westminster.
Sobia holds a Postgraduate Certificate in Education in Science, and degrees in Biomedical Sciences as well as English Literature.
Sobia qualified to teach Science in 2002, and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) from Kingston University.
|University Name||Name of degree||Year of graduation|
|Essex University||PhD English Literature||2012|
|Open University||MA English Literature||2006|
|King's College London||BSc (Hons) Biomedical Sciences||1995|
Sobia has extensively tutored IB Biology, Psychology and English/English Literature over the last three years.
"Sobia is an excellent tutor an I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend her! Sobia has been amazingly helpful with both Biology and English for our 16 year old daughter and we are so thankful to have found her. Sobia is an exceptionally dedicated tutor who is kind and patient with our daughter. The high school years can be stressful but Sobia is there right with her, encouraging her and helping her to improve. Sobia is also flexible and we really appreciate the effort she puts into our daughters learning even after the class by helping with potential ideas for English assignments and further help with Biology work. As a parent it has been a weight off my shoulders to be able to contact Sobia so easily and communicate what we need to do to go forward. I have been amazed at her level of commitment. Sobia rocks!"
Wednesday, 23rd January 2019
Parent of online IB student
"It has been great to find Sobia through Owl Tutors. She is a great teacher, kind, rigorous and with a great understanding of the subjects she teaches. Our daughter is preparing GCSE's with her. They are studing together Physics, Biology and Chemistry and the experience is being outstanding. Doing the tutoring remotely through skype is also being great. I do recommend very much Sobia as a tutor. "
Monday, 27th August 2018
Parent of online student
"We have known and worked with Sobia for nearly four years (in which time she has helped both of my daughters with GSCEs and sixth from entrance exams) and we honestly could no recommend her highly enough, particularly if you have children who want to do well and are motivated.
Sobia is extremely unusual in that she is equally brilliant at teaching the sciences and English. What makes her so effective in her science is her ability to really break down concepts and ensure that they are fully understood, not simply learnt. In English she skillfully coaxes students into expressing their own unique take on the texts and then helps them ladder these up into the major themes (rather than just teaching the themes).
Sobia manages to demand the best from her students in the time she has with them, but the room is always filled with animated conversation and laughter.
She is truly committed to delivering a bespoke approach and is someone who is all about building confidence. She is kind and caring without taking any nonsense, and the result is that students want to be the best they can be.
Hand on heart we can say that Sobia doesn't just make a difference. She makes the difference.
A rare gem in the teaching profession."
Wednesday, 8th August 2018
Mother in London
"Sobia was really good at helping me understand the more challenging topics in the GCSE Biology course. She also provided a lot of email support if there was something in one of our sessions or a task that she had set me that I needed some extra help with. Sobia made me feel very comfortable in the sessions so that I could confidently ask and answer questions. "
Tuesday, 10th July 2018
Parent of student
"Sobia was a great IB English tutor. During the few months of tuition, we focus a lot on discussion and my ability to make and prove points. Her ability of listening and being able to understand my point of view is amazing. I had a really great time with her and hope every one can enjoy English as much as I did with her. "
Wednesday, 13th June 2018
IB English Student in Switzerland
"Sobia was very thorough, taking on board our concerns about our children’s weaker areas, and addressing them carefully during all the sessions. Thank you!"
Mother of Twin 11+ Students
"Sobia is an excellent tutor. From the moment we met her on Skype, she was warm and friendly and made us feel very comfortable. It was important to me that my daughter worked with someone she was comfortable with, and she was.
Sobia understood our goal and prepared Açelya accordingly within the short time frame we had. Working with Sobia had definitely improved Açelya's chances of achieving her aim.
Furthermore, Sobia always made sure she answered any questions or problems we had outside of tutorial times. This was much appreciated.
I would definitely recommend her to anyone."
Wednesday, 9th May 2018
Mother of 13 Plus student
"Sobia worked with my children aged 12, 10 and 8 years. She supported them in homework preparation as well as specific work on exam technique and covering exam material.
After much hard work they have been successful in gaining places at Eton College, Godolphin and Latymer School and Westminster Under School. I would recommend Sobia to anyone looking for support in both exam applications as well as supporting school work."
Mother in London
"Excellent focused sessions which allowed William to reach his goal for IB.
Wednesday, 2nd May 2018
Mother of IB student, Switzerland
"With Sobia my son has made a massive step forward with science and he really enjoys studying with her."
Thursday, 11th January 2018
Mother of IGCSE Biology student
"I would like to thank Sobia, whose help in June/July was critical for the good performance in the grammar exams.
Monday, 27th March 2017
Father of 11 Plus student
"Sobia has been fantastic. The relationship and synergy she develops with her student is evident from day one. Sobia is always in contact regarding lessons and tries her best to accommodate timing requests. I would highly recommend her."
Thursday, 18th August 2016
Parent of 11 Plus student in East London
"Sobia was absolutely fantastic. My daughter couldn't have been better prepared for her IB English, Biology and Psychology exams, thanks to Sobia. I would highly recommend her and can't praise her enough."
Wednesday, 3rd August 2016
Mother of IB student, London
"I saw Sobia for four sessions in preparation for my QTS Maths test, having recently failed the test. During the sessions we worked through the questions I had struggled with in my revision, and Sobia explained the solutions to me in ways that I could more easily understand. She also showed me some very useful shortcuts in method for the timed mental arithmetic, which meant that I was able to answer the questions in the given time. Over our sessions I grew in confidence, and Sobia was very supportive in honing my exam technique so that I wouldn't panic when faced with difficult questions in the timed section. I passed the test after my four sessions with Sobia, and I couldn't recommend her enough!"
Monday, 1st August 2016
QTS Maths student, London
"She was very helpful and I appreciated that she took notes prior to our sessions so that the sessions ran smoothly!"
Monday, 15th February 2016
Online IB Psychology student in Indonesia
In this blog Sobia gives a run down of they key essentials in planning and beginning to write your Psychology IA, a crucial part of your overall Psychology IB grade.
Sobia July, 2017
IB English Paper 2 is all about showing your understanding of literature within a context. In this blog, Sobia sets out the 6 key things you should focus on as you prepare for the exam and pave the way to top marks.
Sobia August, 2016
Ever wondered how you can use your favourite box set to help with your IB English studies? Read on!
Sobia July, 2016
Picture this: It’s 3 a.m. in the morning and you’re in the nodding phase. Around you lie sheaves of papers stained with coffee rings and the words of Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart are starting to blur into a meaning-less haze as you ponder on the irony of its title, while dribbling in a half-doze - before jerking upright, looking about wildly and slapping yourself awake once again…
Sobia July, 2016
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Sobia, like all of our tutors, is a qualified teacher and has been interviewed by us personally. All of our tutors have at least two years of classroom teaching experience and come with fantastic references and criminal records checks.