What if there was an easier, happier path to exam success?

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As a parent, you just want the best for them

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We both know why success in exams matters:

  • Getting into top colleges and universities.
  • Opening doors to the most fulfilling and rewarding careers.
  • Being able to write the “education” section of their resume with head held high, for the rest of their lives.

And perhaps above all, knowing they did themselves justice.

Overcoming setbacks, making the most of opportunity.

Fulfilling their true potential.

And the deep glow of pride at a job well done. That precious smile on results day… first breaking on their face… and then on yours.

But exam success doesn’t always come easy…

… even for the highest potential students.

Studying for far too many hours (or too few).

Retaining very little in memory for the time invested.

Stress levels inching up. Hope faltering.

Sleep being lost. (Maybe yours as well as theirs!)

And if motivation slips too far, procrastination takes over. The lure of the smartphone, Fortnite or the games console proves ever-harder to resist for even the highest-potential students.

Sound familiar…?

You care about their success, and you want them to do well.

That’s why you’re here.

Maybe they’ve already experimented with different study techniques.

Maybe you’ve tried getting extra tutoring for them.

And it still feels tough. Surely there’s a better way?!

“Had a parents meeting this evening – everyone seems amazed by how much he’s transformed. His teachers said he’s gone from a D grade to an A grade after working with you over the holidays. So really, thank you!”

Claire, parent

Most students could jump a whole grade by studying smarter, not harder

The surprising truth from decades of research and my own unprecedented 30,000-student survey

I’ve surveyed 30,000 students on how they study for exams, in the world’s largest research project of its kind. I ran the study in partnership with leading scientists at the world-renowned Washington University Memory Lab.

Our data shows that a full 97.5% of students could massively improve their exam grades with some simple changes to their study habits, because they are missing out on using proven, effective study strategies.

When your child switches to better ways of studying, they unlock huge gains in their grades.

The past decades have seen thousands of scientific studies which illustrate just how big those gains can be. Improvements of 10%-20% higher test scores are not unusual – sometimes even more than that!

That’s enough to move your child up a whole grade boundary – all without working any harder. 

Even though I’ve sat and passed countless exams, it turns out that I didn’t know how to study! With William’s help, I developed the confidence to plan my time in advance, write a realistic revision timetable and have improved my ability to recall tricky facts. It was invaluable.

Priya, post-graduate med student

The Evidence: Switching to better study habits equals MASSIVE grade improvements

Mindset

Mindset

+8%From a planning / reflection exercise
+11%With the right motivation & goals
+32%By using stress-proof study methods

Study Habits

Mindset

+18%From a better sleep routine
+20%By reducing distraction & increasing focus
+22%With a better note-taking strategy

 

Learning Methods

Mindset

+13%From spacing your work out differently
+20%Switching from re-reading to a better learning technique
+25%Changing the order of practice problems

 

Sources (top to bottom): Pham & Taylor, 1999; Jang, 2008; Smith et al, 2016; Kelly et al, 2001; Thornton et al, 2014; Peper & Mayer, 1986; Kornell, 2009; Roediger & Karpicke, 2006; Rohrer & Taylor, 2007

Exam Study Expert

This stuff works.

There’s nothing complicated about most of these techniques: they can be put into practice very quickly and easily.

But developing a new study strategy takes time – it took me months to research and fine-tune mine.

The biggest results lie in the little details:

  • Which techniques are right for your child?
  • When to use the different approaches?
  • How to avoid making mistakes when using the techniques which can really mess up their effectiveness? (Believe me, I’ve been there…)

If only there was a way to shortcut all that hard work and start studying smarter right away… 

“Studying through your techniques has provided me with a fantastic way of learning facts and knowledge efficiently, as time is really used in the most effective way.”

Matthew, (high) school student

There’s a shortcut to studying smarter and achieving top grades

The power of working with an expert exam success coach to unlock big results, fast

You might not have realised it…

…but pretty much every high performer alive today has a coach in their corner, to help them achieve more and get there faster.

Elite athletes…

…eminent businesspeople…

…politicians…

…even the Dalai Lama!

They all lean on coaches to help them constantly raise their game and get the biggest results in the shortest time.

I take your child’s exam success as seriously as other people take sport, business or Buddhism.

“That was cool. I really like him. I learnt loads.”

Abi, 15

When your child works with an expert study success coach…

…they are empowered to take the smarter route to top grades:

 

  • Quickly discover the best study methods specifically for them.
  • Understand how to match the tool to the job for best results.
  • Waste less time by avoiding the common pitfalls even experienced students often fall into.
  • Breathe easy, knowing they have a trusted ally and confidante at their side, offering an experienced ear and forming a valuable part of their support network through the ups and downs of exam season.

Now it’s your child’s turn to get a top study coach & learning psychologist in their corner

Introducing your new exam success mentor: William Wadsworth

I know the science…

… in fact, I help to discover it, working with other scientists to advance the research on effective ways to study

Regular speaker at education research conferences (e.g. ResearchED, BERA)

Degree in psychology (Cambridge, 2012)

I get what it takes…

Cambridge University First Class (Hons), top 0.01% student in UK public exams

Making “study best practice” work for you in the messy, complex world of being a student in the real world

Coaching with heart and understanding

& I’m a trusted teacher…

“Science of learning” training for both teachers and students at leading schools & universities

Blog & podcast trusted by almost half a million students every single year in 200 countries

A decade’s experience working 1:1 with students, to help them get top grades

“William captured the interest of all staff. He explained, in simple terms how the brain works with regards to memory and then gave some exceptional examples to provide evidence for his points. He was excellent and I would highly recommend him.

Alex Wallace, Deputy Headteacher

at one of the UK’s top-ranked schools

“William has taught me how to study successfully and be most effective through his deep understanding of educational psychology, and allowed me to understand how to better manage my time and study more productively. I’m pleased to say that this has been highly beneficial for my degree grade!

Alexander, University student (Bath)

Ready to transform your child’s grade?

How I coach students like your child to spectacular exam success – without the stress

A comprehensive approach: 5 pillars of exam success

 

We can work on 1, 2, 3 or all five areas of your child’s study strategy, depending on their needs.

1. Mindset Mastery: conquer anxiety, get motivated and achieve more with the psychology of peak performance

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Is your child struggling with exam stress or test anxiety?

Just can’t seem to maintain their motivation to study?

Worrying that they’re not good enough, that they’re not worthy?

Or simply feeling overwhelmed by how much they’ve got to do?

Then allow me to help you and them get to the heart of the problem, and let’s get them back in control of their mindset, and lay the foundations of their success.

Study Habits

2. Smarter Study Habits: strategies to take control of your time, energy and attention, and get more done

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Finding it hard to fit in the hours?

Getting derailed by distractions, or losing time in the “dark playground” of the perpetual procrastinator?

Feeling low in energy, and relying on coffee, sugary treats and energy drinks to get through the day?

Or just a bit stuck when it comes to planning the perfect study timetable?

Then work with me to design a complete study system, based on proven productivity strategies, but 100% personalised to your child’s way of working.

No more excuses.

No more wasted time.

No more late nights and last-minute panics.

It’s time for your child to take control of their routine, and discover their perfect path to Getting Things Done.

Learning Methods

3. Learn Faster & Remember More: how to supercharge your memory with the science of learning

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Is your child staring at a mountain of knowledge that they need to learn for an exam?

Feeling that no matter how long they spend on a topic, they always forget some (or most) of it two weeks later?

Worrying and wondering how they’ll ever be able to remember it all on exam day?

As a Cambridge-trained learning psychologist, the memory is an endless source of fascination to me, and so I LOVE teaching the science of effective learning.

But I’m not just some scientist who has no idea about the messy reality of trying to get through another week at school or college: I’m also a highly experienced coach and mentor.

So I’ll not only make the principles easy to understand, but also share my battle-tested secrets to help your child put best practice into practice, fast.

Test taking strategies

4. Mark-Maximising Test-Day Tactics: exam technique secrets to hit top marks when it counts

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This one’s a bit of a personal favourite – no-one teaches this stuff. (So much so, I wrote a whole book on it.)

The tactics you use to keep your mind “match-fit” through exam week.

The memory-recall and problem-solving strategies you use in the exam itself.

How to read the examiner’s mind and give them EXACTLY what they want.

It all adds up to a BIG winning margin on exam day: and the best bit about this part is you don’t even need to do any more studying to improve your grade!

If your child has exams to take, I’d recommend we spend at least some time discussing the test-day tactics that will make the most difference to their mark, and coming up with a bespoke exam “gameplan” to help them land the grade they deserve.

Better writer, better grade

5. Better Writer, Better Grade: scoring higher in exam essays and written assignments / dissertations

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Does your child have a lot of writing to do – either in the form of timed essays in exams, or as written assignments, coursework or dissertations?

Then they need to learn to write.

“What?” I hear you say – “They’ve got as far as [e.g. college / university], I think they know how to write by now!”

You’d be surprised…

I know first-hand how taking your writing to the next level can take your GRADE to the next level.

I was a borderline candidate for a top grade in my final year at Cambridge University. If I’m honest, I already thought I was a pretty great writer.

But I was persuaded to spend 4 sessions working 1:1 with a writing coach – I discovered there was SO MUCH more I could do to write better. I upped my game, and got the top grade.

Since then, writing has been an enormous part of my life, as a published author and widely-read blogger, and I love passing on my passion for well-crafted academic writing to help the next generation of students boost their essay and assignment scores.

I’ve got the perfect programme for your child

From a single “troubleshooter” session to the ultimate in ongoing study mentoring

“Incredible. Absolutely brilliant, couldn’t recommend William enough. [My son] loved working with him. In hindsight we should have got him on board much sooner.”

Barbara, parent

I’ve learned so much with William, and in particular, learned so much about myself. He’s not only helped me to start doing well in exams again, but helped me regain my confidence. I couldn’t be more grateful.

Ben, US college student

Help them take the first step to stress-free exam success today

 

Start out with a 30-minute no-obligation consultation call to:

  • Confirm we’re a great fit for each other
  • Custom-build a coaching plan for your child
  • Leave them with some “quick win” tips and tricks to get them studying smarter immediately

You, your child, or both of you can join the consultation call – it’s up to you. If necessary, you could even book two consultations so I can speak to you and your child separately.

So what are you waiting for? Book your consultation call today, so you can put your son or daughter on a happier path to their dream grades.

100% satisfaction, or 100% refund

I offer consultation calls partly to allow you to get to know me personally, and discuss your circumstances and how I can help before you commit.

But I also go one step further for your peace of mind. If you feel things aren’t moving in the right direction after your first session with me, I’ll refund every penny (cent) you’ve paid to date, no questions asked, so long as you let me know within seven days of the session.

How it works

Work with me from anywhere in the world over Zoom / Google Meets video call.

Sessions are 50 minutes long.

Great results can often be achieved with as little as one session together (£95 / $125). The most popular option is the 3-session Scholarship Package, at a discounted rate of £75 / $100 per session.

“As an educator myself, I was very discerning when seeking support for our son. As a college freshman double-majoring in Biology and Chemistry, he would often lock himself away in a study room for 14 hours at a time, but retain very little from it.

After failing several exams, we were desperate to help him. In high school, he’d been a straight A student and he’d never had trouble retaining material before. As his second year began at university, our son was becoming more discouraged and began to think he wasn’t capable of learning. His lifelong dream of becoming a surgeon was starting to feel unachievable.

I knew I needed to find someone to teach him not just how to study, but how to shift his mindset.

We found that in the Exam Study Expert in the very first session.

William worked on essential skills and tools for powerful studying, and discussed how to use his time effectively so that he can work less hard but remember much more.

After three sessions, our son achieved an “A” on a Biology exam. 

We are so happy to have found the Exam Study Expert to not only teach our son how to study to achieve the grades he is aiming for, but to help navigate the experience in a healthy, positive way. Shaping a positive and effective mindset is the most important strategy that William teaches.

As parents, we are forever grateful.

Jenny, mother of University / College student

In case you were wondering…

Is exam success coaching going to work for my child?

I think we’re going to be a great fit for each other if:
 

  • Your child is a student facing exams at school, college, university or for professional qualifications.
  • OR They are working on academic assignments such as dissertations and research projects.
  • AND They are motivated to do well – they don’t have to be aiming for the top of the class (though they might well be!), but they need to want to succeed.

I would not recommend my coaching programmes for your child if:
 

  • They don’t want to put in the work: don’t worry if they’re struggling to get work done at the moment – I can absolutely help them to get over that hurdle – all I ask is that they want to make it work.
  • They’re not ready to be coached: they’ll need to talk openly about what’s working and what’s not.
  • You’re struggling to make ends meet: I try to keep my rates as affordable as I can, but if you’re in financial difficulties, start with my free resources.

Your questions, answered

How much are the coaching sessions?

Sessions start from £68 / $88 – please see the pricing table above.

Who / what ages do you work with?

The majority of my work is with:

  • (High) School Students from approx. age 15 and up, e.g. for GCSEs / A-Levels (UK) and SATs / APs (US)
  • College / University students
  • Professionals (of any age!) taking post-graduate exams or professional qualifications

I am based in London, but I’ve worked with students from around the world: the US and Canada, Asia, Central and Southern America, as well as of course, the UK.

How do you deliver the coaching sessions?

Via video call (Google Meet / Zoom) – which allows me to work with clients worldwide.

Which coaching package is right for my child?

There’s no single answer to this: every student is different, which is why I offer different packages in the first place!

The best way to answer this is to suggest that, if you’re considering exam study coaching with me, you book yourself a consultation call so we can discuss your circumstances and what might be the best option for your child.

But as a rough guide, the most popular option is the three-session scholarship package.

Can I switch between different packages?

Sure, no worries – if it becomes clear your child wants more (or less) help than they at first thought, we’ll get them switched on to the right package, and I’ll make sure any fees are adjusted accordingly (including retrospectively, if necessary).

My child has been taking exams for [many] years and has found the study methods they like. Why should they start doing things differently?

Here’s the thing – the best performers in any field are constantly finding new (and better) ways of doing things. That’s what keeps them at the top.

As your child goes further in their academic career, they may find that what used to work for them is no longer sufficient. Their old (high) school note-making strategy may have got them through their SATs and APs or their A-Levels, but that’s simply not cutting it any more.

No matter how experienced they are (or how much they’ve already read up on ways to study), I’ve yet to meet a single student who can’t make at least some changes to optimise their study strategy, and get (even) higher grades.

If your child has ways of working that they really like, I will rarely advise completely throwing everything out of the window – but rather, I’ll suggest ways to adapt and modify what they do today, to make it much more efficient.

It’s the best of both worlds: their new study strategies will feel similar to what they did previously, but they’ll get far better results from them.

How do I know my [son / daughter] is going to get on with you?

I love working with a huge range of young people – it probably helps that it wasn’t so many years ago when I was a student myself (my 30th birthday is looming at the time of writing this…).

I’d normally recommend inviting your child to join us on a consultation call if it’s being booked by a parent – that way we can confirm that we’re a good match for each other.

How is study coaching different to tutoring?

A tutor acts as an extension of your child’s teachers (or lecturers), helping teach them the material they need to know for their course, reinforcing their knowledge and understanding, and helping them to practise using it.

I have an extensive background in conventional tutoring, so I know that a good tutor can be a great source of support in helping your child get on top of their course materials.

But unless you can afford to retain a tutor’s services for hours every single day, your child will have to supplement tutoring with their own independent study.

And that’s where study coaching comes in: I’ll show them the techniques they need to know in order to be far, far more effective in their own study time, and get far better grades than they would otherwise.

If your budget can accommodate it, study coaching can be a great complement to traditional tutoring – for VIP Fellowship clients, I’m even happy to speak to your tutor(s) to make sure their lessons support the study plan I’ve designed for your child.

On the other hand, if budget is relatively tight, you’ll find that a small investment in study coaching (perhaps just 1-3 sessions) could transform your child’s ability to get results on their own – saving you months of regular tutoring bills.

Can I book you as a tutor?

These days, I’m almost entirely focused on study coaching – however, I’m always happy to consider individual circumstances. I have most experience tutoring in the UK school exam system, especially GCSE and A-Level sciences and business studies.

Please email me directly to discuss.

Who should be / can be on the consultation call?

The person who is going to be coached – the student – is almost always on the initial consultation call.

Mums and Dads are very welcome to join too, especially if you are the one who found me in the first place.

Occasionally, parents value being able to discuss more delicate / sensitive issues around their child’s education with me directly – I’m very happy to have these conversations, this normally means we need two separate consultation calls (the first just between me and Mum / Dad, and the second with your child, either with or without parents).

Do you offer any form of guarantee?

Yes: if you feel things are not working out after our first session together, I’ll refund every penny (cent) you’ve paid to date, no questions asked.

Do you ever offer any discounts?

You will never find my prices discounted below the standard prices shown on the rate card.

I am unable to offer scholarships at this time: I would encourage you to start by absorbing the considerable amount of free material I have created for the blog and podcast.

I can, however, offer a bounty for successful new client referrals, to substantially reduce the cost of your next coaching session – see “Can I refer a friend?” below.

Can I refer a friend?

Please do.

As a “thank you” for successful referrals, I will be glad to apply a 50% discount to your next study coaching session.

You may “stack” multiple referrals – so for every two successful referrals, you could earn a completely free session.

Just be sure to ask your friend to mention that you sent them my way, so that I know to offer you the referral bounty.

Note that discounts and free sessions are not transferrable to other students, and may not be sold or traded in for cash or other products / services.

Do you have a cancellation / rescheduling policy?

Last-minute cancellations and reschedule requests deprive other clients of coaching time, so my cancellation / rescheduling policy is designed to encourage you to be courteous to your fellow students, and uphold the appointments you requested.

Consultation calls may be rescheduled up to 2 times. I reserve the right not to refund the deposit for outright cancellations, but will apply discretion under individual circumstances.

For coaching sessions, you may reschedule sessions an unlimited number of times, provided you give a minimum of 48 hours’ notice each time. I reserve the right to charge a fee worth up to half of your normal session rate for late-notice reschedule requests, or for outright cancellations. Again, I will apply discretion and judgement: “first time offenders” are always offered a free pass, and long-standing clients (especially VIP Fellowship clients) will normally be offered more flexibility.

Are you qualified and / or certified to work with young people?

Absolutely.

Qualification-wise, I hold a First Class degree from Cambridge University where I “majored” in Psychology, with a particular specialism in learning and memory.

I have full DBS clearance (“Enhanced” level), the UK government’s standard certification system required to work unsupervised with young people (minors).

“After I had finished my mock exams I felt like I needed some tips on how to work more efficiently.

Thanks to William’s expertise, I’ve learnt several new ways of studying effectively. I felt a big difference immediately – I can now remember information much more easily.

Jasmine, (high) school student