About Eileen Tracy, BA Oxon, MA UEL


I have 30 years’ experience working with students on a one-to-one setting and in groups. I run a private practice in Central London, W2. I’ve appeared on various television and radio broadcasts, mainly with the BBC. I’ve written numerous articles on parenting and education for The Guardian, the Telegraph and for university publications. I give study skills lectures for parents, schools and universities.

How did it all start?

I developed study techniques for my own exam preparation at Oxford University. Then I taught French at a VI form college and noticed that my pupils were struggling to learn all that grammar, so I passed on a few memory tricks. One thing led to another and soon I was running a study skills department, helping adolescents to succeed in homework, essays and exams. My one-on-one experiences with students prompted me to train in the emotional aspects of learning and teaching at the Tavistock Centre in London.

After ten years, I became freelance. My work is through word of mouth and I also get referrals from educational psychologists. It’s in this freelance capacity that I was able to start publishing my writings.

Training and qualifications

  • MA in Emotional Factors in Learning and Teaching (University of East London in partnership with the Tavistock Centre
  • BA Hons (Oxon) in English Language and Literature
  • Baccalaureate from the European School in Brussels
  • Certificate in Counselling Children and Adolescents (Central School of Counselling and Therapy)
  • Certificate in Counselling Skills and Attitudes (Westminster Pastoral Foundation)

I also have training in:

  • Emotional Freedom Techniques (EFT)
  • Learning difficulties (dyslexia, dyspraxia)

The approach I have developed is informed in part by psychoanalytic theory, but also by the Work of Byron Katie, by my own experiences as a student, mother and home-educator, and above all, by my conversations with students and parents.