Are you a school pupil or university student and:
- Struggling a bit?
- … Or getting good grades but just wondering if studying could be easier?
- Scared of exams?
- Disorganised and ‘lazy’?
- … Or hardworking yet not getting as good results as your peers?
- Not sure how to study, eg. never planned an essay in your life?
- Fed up of being nagged?
- (And parents: are you fed up of worrying and nagging?)
- Tired of studying at home during Covid restrictions?
I have 30 years’ experience in helping people to improve their grades. People come to me from all ages, levels and backgrounds, some just wanting a boost, others faced with trickier academic situations that may have dragged on for months or years.
Lockdown learning is also tough, often for parents as well as for students – everyone can get tired and demoralised.
Please take heart. Whether you’re procrastinating over your Masters dissertation, or dreading a GCSE resit, or working too much or too little for your A levels, there’s usually a way forward.
My approach is friendly, confidential and non-judgmental. I run a private practice in Central London and work face-to-face or by telephone or video conferencing. All my work is one-on-one (though where the student wishes it, the parent can sit in).
- I offer a range of study skills (listed on this site), which I adapt to meet individual preferences. The first session is just a try-out and might be enough (though usually I recommend about five). Once students have better technique, their grades tend to jump up, and it’s not unusual for this to happen across many subjects at once.
- For emotional blocks (such as a fear of exams), the main approaches I use are described on this site. Often, it’s just a case of talking things through, as just a little more confidence or awareness can make a big difference to grades.
- Sometimes parents also need support: call me for a preliminary chat, and see.
Although people come to improve their school or university performance, I focus mostly on their academic well-being. Three decades of experience have taught me that good grades and motivation flow naturally from that.
There might be enough free information on this website to help you already. As well as appearing on radio and television, I have written articles for the national press, some of which you can access in these pages. These are rich in study tips (parents seem to love the one on what not to say to your teen!).
From time management to mind-mapping, my book The Student’s Guide to Exam Success explains how to save time and boost grades. It is also unique in tackling the many emotional blocks that often cause underperformance. It’s written for university students, but A-level students also like it. It’s quick to read because it contains summaries down the margin, and it is easily available online.
But if you’re in a major hurry before your exams, you can quickly download my Quick and Easy e-books from this site. These smaller books troubleshoot study problems from GCSE to university level, and include material relevant to mature students too.
You can also download, for free, my Quick and Easy Guide to Boosting your Studies and your Morale with EFT. (I also offer a free ebooklet on understanding exam instructions, which I put together because examiners’ top complaint is that students don’t answer the question!).
For Parents, Pupils and Students in Lockdown
Home schooling (ie. managing school or uni from home during Covid) can be more difficult for students and their parents than home education (which is a much more autonomous and usually child-led alternative). Check out my blog post for schooling parents, with links to resources, legal information and support provided by experienced home educators.
I hope this site is helpful to you!