Polina Sosnina - Private Tutor in London
I graduated from Magdalene College, Cambridge in June 2017 with an MSc (1st class) and BA (1st class) in Natural Sciences. During my time at Cambridge, I was awarded the Natural Sciences Prize from Magdalene College in 2016 and 2017 for achieving outstanding results, as well as the Macfarlane-Grieve Prize and Garrett Prize for music. I have been tutoring since 2011 both privately and as a volunteer, specialising mostly in Mathematics and Music. Whilst my tutoring approach is results focused and I have a successful track record for raising students' attainment grades, I enjoy the scope private tuition offers for tailored teaching that helps students learn effectively and think beyond a mark scheme.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Cambridge, 2016 – 2017
Natural Sciences (MSc): 1st
University of Cambridge, 2013 – 2016
Natural Sciences (BA): 1st
School: Thetford Grammar School
I completed six A levels to A* grade (Maths, Further Maths, Biology, Chemistry, Physics, Music) as well as several music qualifications including a DipABRSM in Piano Performance and ABRSM Grade 8 in Music Theory and Singing.
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
I developed an enjoyment of teaching at a relatively young age through tutoring my home-schooled brother, who is six years my junior, a variety of subjects leading up to his entrance exam for the Perse School, Cambridge. More formally, I have tutored Maths, Chemistry and Physics since 2013 both privately and as a volunteer for STIMULUS - a community service programme giving students the opportunity to work with pupils in local schools, helping with Maths, Science, Computing or Technology lessons - teaching a range of abilities up to A level. I have also been tutoring music theory and performance (on the piano and organ) since 2011 through a Norfolk-based charity called the Thetford Music Project and privately, working with a range of ages from 3-17 years old.
My Approach to Tutoring
My tutoring style, whilst results focused and exam driven, aims to ensure that a student's education does not begin and end with their examinations. By asking students questions and encouraging them to articulate their learning process, I create an active learning environment that requires students to work out a solution rather than simply memorising the steps to solve a particular problem. I help my students develop a logical and structured approach to their work which I hope they can continue to apply to their future learning.
Fun Facts About Me
Although I read Natural Sciences, my university years were defined mostly by a love of music. I was Organ Scholar at Magdalene College for three years, after which I took on the Graduate Organ Scholarship at the Church of Our Lady and the English Martyrs and became organist for St John's Voices. I'm now Assistant Director of Music at St Thomas' Church, Brentwood, and hope to continue working as a professional organist.
I'm also a keen climber and was co-president of my college's Climbing Society in my final year at university. I recently went on my first sport climbing expedition to Mallorca. Hopefully, it will be the first of many!
My Client Testimonials
Grade 3 Singing
"Polina Sosnina is a very dedicated, passionate and organised teacher who takes a holistic approach to teaching. She is kind and very approachable. Her lessons are always well prepared. Since starting singing lessons with Polina my daughter’s confidence has grown which has helped socially and in school. She now sings all the time! My daughter really enjoys her lessons and is always looking forward to the next! It is great seeing my daughter improve week by week. Thank you Polina ! I can highly recommend Polina for any child who loves music and singing."
Grade 5 Music Theory
"Polina started teaching my daughter piano at the beginning of September this year and she has already made inroads into her preparation for her theory exam, through her unique style of teaching. She is an excellent teacher. She explains theory a lot better, in a structured manner, with good examples. She is happy to go over difficult areas several times until the student grasps it. She has helped my daughter to understand the features of certain kinds of music, such as baroque, classical and romantic, which is useful not only for her piano exam but also for her GCSE music curriculum. She gives moral support when needed - be it arranging mock exams for the student to improve her/his confidence before an exam or going the extra mile to accompany the student to the exam venue on the day of the exam. I highly recommend her."
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