Study Skills Coaching
Equip your child with the confidence and know-how they need to reach their full potential in their GCSE and A-Level exams.
You want your child to do well in their GCSEs or A Levels. Not because you want to put pressure on them, but because you want them to keep their options open and have as many choices available to them as possible. You know it’s a long time since you were at school, and even if you’re 100% confident that you know how to study, you know your teenager isn’t necessarily ready to listen to your advice. You worry about the distractions of modern day living like social media and PlayStation. And, you’re deeply concerned about the pressure that young people are under these days and you want to shield your child from stress. You feel sure that this school year will be so much less stressful, and much more harmonious and successful if you have a neutral source of support.
That's where I can help you.
My team and I work with families to equip their children with the learning strategies and revision techniques they need to excel in their exams. We provide practical tips on getting students organised and prepared for their exams as well as the long-term study skills that will build them up to exams in a stress-free way (as well as making them more independent and employable).
With the right attitude, routine, revision techniques and plan (as well as some good old-fashioned hard work!) good grades are attainable for everyone.
By working with us through one of my one-to-one or group coaching programmes you can make grades that you previously believed were unattainable a reality and fulfill your dream of a place at your first choice of university.
These are the ways you can work with us.
Helen Chaplain is both a fully qualified teacher and a solicitor (non-practising). She holds an MA in English Literature & English Language from Magdalen College, University of Oxford and has ten years' teaching experience in independent schools rated as "excellent".
Helen left her role as Head of More Able and Talented and Oxbridge Co-ordinator at a leading North West school in July 2020 to join the Extraordinaries’ Club. She brings her significant experience in coaching students to work effectively, to develop their self-awareness and study skills and to increase their motivation. She has been heavily involved with helping students prepare their UCAS applications across the curriculum since 2010.
Carolyn Johannesen has been a member of The Extraordinaries Club as a mum for the past year and loved my approach so much that she wanted to become an academic coach herself. Carolyn is a primary-trained teacher with a French specialism. She has recently joined a middle school setting and teaches French in years 5, 6, 7 and 8.
At home, she has supported both her sons through GCSEs, becoming aware of a variety of subject requirements and the kind of study and revision techniques needed to succeed. She’s also seen her older son through A Level, university and a masters’ degree, so has a deep appreciation of the academic journey young people can find themselves on, and the challenges they face today.
Zoe Holland is a recent Head of Sixth Form and senior leader with 21 years’ experience in teaching History, Politics and Sociology. Since graduating from the universities of Reading and Hull, she has held a variety of roles including head of curriculum, pastoral leadership and has worked as a self employed educational consultant. Alongside coaching and tutoring, she currently teaches part time at a college in the north of England.As an experienced examiner, Zoe is particularly effective in helping students to achieve the best grades possible at GCSE and A Level. She particularly enjoys helping students through sixth form with a focus on study skills and organisation ensuring a smooth transition through to university. Coaching is something that comes second nature to Zoe who is immensely proud of her record in securing fantastic university places for her students. She is also Mum to three children, so is very well placed to fully understand the current challenges facing young people in 2021.
Aarti Lodhia is a fully qualified teacher specialising in biology and has had twelve years teaching in both upper schools and sixth form colleges. Aarti left her role as the Curriculum Leader of A level Science in July 2020 to become a tutor and become an Academic Coach with the Extraordinaries club.In her previous role, she worked predominantly with students applying for a place in Medicine and Dentistry and has significant experience in carrying out MMI (multiple mini interview) mock interviews and writing personal statements for UCAS applications. Aarti brings with her insight knowledge into examinations as previously she was a GCSE examiner and is currently an A level Biology examiner. Aarti is also a professional dancer alongside her tutoring and coaching, so appreciates what it is like to have a passion outside of studies and how to maintain both at a high level.
Click here to listen to a podcast interview with Aarti to get to know her
Keerti Purmessur is a Cambridge graduate (she studied Natural Sciences and specialised in psychology). She qualified to teach on the Teach First programme after completing two Masters degrees and has been working full time very successfully as a private science, maths and psychology tutor for several years. Keerti is brilliant at helping students to strategise their learning and turn around their achievement even in subjects that they find really challenging. In her spare time, Keerti enjoys cooking as well as going to the theatre and various gigs. She also loves travelling and is currently planning her next big solo trip!