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& reduce their stress

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Tired of watching your child struggle with school and revision?

The expectations for students are higher than ever.

With that comes heavier workloads, longer hours, and more competitive environments, producing students who are:

  • Overwhelmed
  • Unhappy
  • Working too many hours (or too few!) with little to show for it
  • And struggling to achieve the grades that you know they are capable of achieving!

“Really appreciated the input and advice, so rock solid, and smart. Really incisive and you really do have a great way of getting through to her. She’s really picking up the pace and caring about what she does and how she does. This is really helping, thank you so much!”

- Bea, parent

We both know that success in exams matters 

Good grades set your child up for their brightest possible future:

  • Stepping into that exam hall with confidence
  • Smiling and satisfied on results day
  • Their choice of subjects & Universities
  • Fulfilling careers they’re excited to explore

But above all, being proud of their achievements, walking through the school corridors with their heads held high.

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Exam success doesn’t come easy,

even for the most academic of students

As they continually face new academic pressures, your child may need to adapt their current strategies.

Maybe they’ve tried putting in more hours of work?

Perhaps you’ve hired them extra tutors, or found online resources for their most difficult subjects.

Maybe they’ve even looked up new study techniques, only to be frustrated with the “one-size fits all” approach.

And nothing has quite clicked yet …

That’s when study strategy coaching can step in and lend a hand:

“I would like to thank you for guiding and helping [my daughter] with regards to test preparation and for handling test anxiety. She has been applying what you have advised her. She will jokingly say that you are a friend she wants to have.”

- Elinor, parent

Research shows that the 97.5% of students

have “room to improve” in their study strategies

Decades of scientific studies, and our own research, have shown that smarter study habits result in higher academic achievement

The Exam Study Expert Revision Census has surveyed nearly 50,000 students on how they study for exams, in the world’s largest research project of its kind.

We found a significant and substantial correlation between grades achieved, and the study strategies implemented by students.

Our data shows that a full 97.5% of students could massively improve their exam grades with some simple changes to their study habits, their mindset, or their exam techniques.  

Similarly, the last 20 years 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 – with simple but effective changes to their current habits.

It’s been a great start 🙂 So much so she [achieved] 80 per cent in her latest chemistry test (up from 50 per cent) and 73 per cent in her latest Spanish test (last time it was 17 per cent).”

- Beena, parent

Scientific research also holds the key to

improving student mindset

Modern students report high rates of procrastination & distraction.

For students struggling with motivation, or feeling overwhelmed by academic pressure, research has also identified critical strategies in:

  • Reducing procrastination
  • Increasing motivation
  • Protection from distraction
  • Improvements in time management & organisation

And we’re here to help your child implement those strategies:

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



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

Study Habits


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


Learning Methods


+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
confused student

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, and there’s a near-infinite set of strategies out there.

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 … 

Study strategy coaching produces fast and dramatic

improvements in students’ grades and mindset

Cut through the noise with individualised expert advice to help YOUR child:

Overwhelmed by conflicting ‘expert’ or generic advice on how to help your child?

Tired of strategies that don’t work for your child’s needs?

Study strategy coaching treats each child as the individual that they are. 

We will work together to identify the specific challenges that your child is facing.

My advice uses techniques drawn from scientific literature, and refined through nearly a decade of working directly with students to improve their skills, confidence and achievement.

I’ll work with your child to …

… empower them to take the smarter route to top grades:


  • Quickly identify where their current struggles and successes lie, and encourage them learn from both
  • Introduce different study strategies, to help them understand how to match the best methods to every subject and challenge
  • Find solutions to any current study strategy inefficiences, saving time & energy – immediately!
  • Guard against common mistakes I see even the most experienced students making time and again
  • Breathe easy, knowing they have a trusted ally and advocate at their side, offering an experienced ear and forming a valuable part of their support network through the ups and downs of exam season

“Thank you so so much! This was so helpful and you really helped me clear things up.”

- Katherine, student

“Thank you so much for the feedback. I really enjoyed our conversations yesterday.

It was very thought-provoking and I am looking forward to getting started using the techniques!”

- George, student

Now it’s your child’s turn to get a top study coach

& learning psychologist in their corner

Introducing your new exam success mentor: Dr Alix Hibble

I know the science …

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

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

PhD in psychology (Oxford, 2022)

I get what it takes …

I’ve transformed from a struggling student to achieving a First Class degree and PhD in Psychology from the University of Oxford

Now I’m passionate about making “study best practice” work for you in the messy, complexity of being a student in the real world

& I’m a trusted teacher …

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

I specialise in working with students aged 14-18, and those taking undergraduate exams

Coaching with heart and understanding

“I just wanted to thank you again for all your study skills advice and extra essay feedback. I hope I’ll be able to do a bit more revision before my exam on Monday but if not, all your feedback has put me in good stead!

- Yvonne, student

“Thank you again for your time and the advice you gave me. I really appreciate it.”

- Eve, student

Can’t thank you and William enough. Seeing the sense of “I can do this” in [my son], with a healthy understanding of challenges … well, it is priceless.

- Val, parent

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 Oxford-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.

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.

I meet with so many bright and articulate students who struggle to translate their thoughts into the written words, especially under timed exam conditions.

For some students, it’s the empty page that fills them with dread. Learning how to “just get started” is a valuable skill that’s with them for life. 

Learning how to write concisely is a sure-fire method for increasing grades, saving time for planning, and producing higher quality answers packed with relevant information and without the “filler”.

I’ve got the perfect programme for you

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

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

I’m based in the UK but can accommodate most time zones. I have helped clients from every continent except Antarctica, including many from the USA and Canada, Australia, Europe, and more. The only requirement is that you’re comfortable being coached in English.

Sessions are 50 minutes long.

“[Your coaching] means I can breathe out.  Just the act of knowing he is going to be working with you has had an impact on me …”

- V, parent

“It’s been a great start … strategies that work with her ADHD, not against it!

She says you’ve been the most helpful and understanding person for work she’s ever met … all good this end – never thought I’d be sitting here writing this to you.”

- B, parent

Take the first step to stress-free exam success today


Most first-time clients start out with a 15-minute no-obligation consultation call to:

  • Get to know each other and confirm we’re a good fit 🙂
  • Custom-build the perfect coaching plan for you

You, your child, or both of you can join the consultation call – it’s up to you.

So what are you waiting for? Let’s get that call in the diary, and let’s get on your way to the grades of your dreams!

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.

“What you’ve suggested sounds like a great plan and we really appreciate your help. [My daughter] has said to me that the sessions with you have really helped her.

- Natalie, parent

“This was wonderful and [my daughter] very much enjoyed her time with you.

- Susan, parent

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 hoping to improve their grades, in any (or all!) subjects at school.
  • OR your child is struggling with motivation, procrastination, or organisation and hoping to develop strategies to combat these issues
  • AND/OR your child is feeling overwhelmed, and looking for strategies to get back on top of their workload and find a system that works for them

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 £105 / $120 – please see the pricing table above.

Who / what ages do you work with?

School students, from ages 13 and up – but predominantly with students working for national exams e.g. GCSE/A levels, SATs/APs, and the IB.

I’ve worked with students from many countries: from the UK to Australia, and from every continent except Antarctica!

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 you want more (or less) help than you at first thought, we’ll get you switched on to the right package, and I’ll make sure any fees are adjusted accordingly (including retrospectively, if necessary).

For example, if you take the 6-Session “VIP” Fellowship Programme (6 sessions at £105 / session = £630) and you only use 4 sessions, we will right-size you to the next package down, which is the “3 x Session Scholarship Package”. You now only owe for 4 sessions, but at the Scholarship rate or £120 per session, so total owed is 4 x £120 = £480. You will be refunded the remaining £150 (£630 – £480 = £150).

This is to protect the integrity of our pricing structure and prevent abuse (e.g. guarding against someone signing up the VIP programme with the pre-meditated intention of cancelling after a single session, and thereby accessing a single session at the VIP rate of £105 rather than the regular price of £175 for a single session – that wouldn’t be allowed, as I’m sure you appreciate!)

In the other direction, you are free to upgrade to bigger packages any time, simply pay the difference. For example, if you have already paid £175 for a single session and decide you’d like 3, you only need pay the balance on the difference between the Scholarship Package and the single Problem-Solver Session (£360 – £175 = £185 to pay) to add an additional two sessions to your programme.

What if it's not working out?

Consultations do not carry a cost, and are designed to confirm we’re a good fit before we enrol you on a coaching programme.

If you feel things are not working out after our first session together, please let me know as soon as possible. We can end our coaching programme at that point, switching you onto the appropriate package (a single session) and refunding the difference between what you have already paid for the package your chose, and the price of our 1-session “Problem Solver” package (currently £175).

The 1-session package is non-refundable unless we were unable to deliver the session.

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.

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 the session fee for late-notice reschedule requests, or for outright cancellations. 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.

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 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.

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


Qualification-wise, I worked as a Lecturer in Study Skills at the University of Oxford for 18 months, following the completion of my PhD in Experimental Psychology, also at the University of Oxford.

I have also worked with young people for nearly a decade, teaching Psychology and Neuroscience to both undergraduates, and 15-18 year olds.

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

How do I know my child is going to get on with you?

I love working with a huge range of young people, and find that coaching works best when we have a good rapport – your child needs to trust that I know what I’m talking about, and want to implement the strategies that we discuss.

For this reason, I’d recommend that we have an initial consultation either with you and your child, or two separate consultations with you each individually, before we book any sessions- that way we can confirm that we’re a good match!

If, for whatever reason, the coaching relationship doesn’t work out, I’m happy to refund any unused sessions at the adjusted package rate.

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, whether that’s because their workload has increased, the types of question they’re facing are different, or they’re facing entirely new challenges.

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.

Likewise, I meet many students who are achieving fantastic grades, but are overwhelmed and exhausted – and would welcome strategies that can make the time they spend working more efficient.

Coaching involves both teaching new strategies, and troubleshooting current strategies, to ensure that your child finds strategies that work for them – that they’ll actually want to use. 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.

Do you have experience working with students with special educational needs?

Many of the students I currently work with have diagnoses of ADHD, autism, dyslexia and dyspraxia, as the study strategies offered by their school, or found through their own research, don’t work well with their learning needs.

Whether students have additional learning needs, or not, all my study strategy coaching is tailored to developing strategies for the student as an individual – working with their diagnosis, rather than around it.

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?

As a specialist in study strategy coaching, I prefer to focus on my area of expertise. Different subjects require vastly different strategies, and we can absolutely focus on study strategy and exam techniques for specific subjects.

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.

“Thank you for having such a positive chat with [my daughter].  It is always a little moment of joy when your teen comes to tell you how things went and express genuine engagement.”

- V, parent