Testimonials: what are people saying?

Students

“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

“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)

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

“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

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

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

Abi, school student

I can’t tell you how much you’ve changed my life. I know that’s quite a statement.

My high school years were horrible. My English, on the one hand, was extremely developed, and my creativity was skyrocketing. On the other hand, my maths was, well, horrible. I dreaded every maths class.

Additionally, I did not know how to study. Not. A. Single. Clue. 

I was suffering in my grades and also pretty upset.

[Now] for the first time in my life, I’m motivated to 110% and I actually want to sit down and do maths along with other subjects. I’m always anxious, but I somehow feel that even if I don’t go as well as I imagined, I’m ready to try again. And I’m prepared to keep trying until I make it.

My perceptions, values, motivation and confidence has grown so much thanks to you. I’m ready for change and I’m ready now 🙂

Rose, (high) school student

Parents

“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

“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

“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 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 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

Teachers & Workshop Organisers

“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 gave staff a number of practical ideas to take away and I am in no doubt the staff will share his thoughts with their students. He was an excellent presenter and I would highly recommend him!

Alex Wallace, Deputy Headteacher

Whole-staff professional development day: "memory" keynote

“A brilliant session, really thought-provoking – great to combine the theory with practical ideas for the classroom”

“This will really inform our curriculum planning this year, particularly the integration of spaced learning. It was good to have such a clear and succinct summary of the theory behind effective learning. It has reassured our department that we are moving in the direction with our focus on retrieval practice. However, it also highlighted the need to do more around the concept of desirable difficulties and interleaving.”

“A fantastic start to the PD Day, William’s session led to lots of positive, learning focussed discussions in our department meeting. It has helped at the macro and micro level – staff are considering how to adapt their lessons and, as a faculty, we are exploring ways to adapt our curriculum to allow for more spaced learning and metacognitive talk.”

School senior leadership feedback

Whole-staff professional development day: "applying the science of learning" keynote

“Thank you William for such an interesting and informative talk on “educating the teenage brain” which was helpful for parents with children of all ages and even us adults! We really enjoyed learning the science behind the different ways to help our children study better and for the practical tips you gave us to use at revision time. It was fantastic, and we’re looking forward to hearing from you again soon!

Sarah-Louise Mascie-Taylor, training co-ordinator

Talk for parents