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A sample of testimonials from 2013/14

Zara really helped me regain my confidence and love in A-level Biology (Edexcel) ! She gave me detailed notes following the lesson and a lot of help with exam technique. Highly recommended!

A, Clifton College, 2013/14, sixth form


Great tutor with outstanding all round knowledge of syllabuses and exam techniques. I was tutored in OCR A chemistry and AQA Biology at A2. Reviewing content covered in class with Zara improved my confidence in lessons and in tackling some of the more complicated questions on exam papers which when needing to obtain AAA for dental school was vital for me. Thoroughly recommend.

Georgia H, 2013/14, Colston’s Girls’ School, accepted in Dental School


Zara was recommended to me by a friend, I had a conditional offer at vet school and needed to secure AAA. I was particularly struggling with the genetics topic of OCR A2 Biology, however Zara gave me the confidence and skills to understand this complex module. The resources Zara gave me alongside her brilliant teaching skills were incredibly helpful and reassuring. I truly believe that without Zara’s help, I wouldn’t have achieved the results I have. Thank you so much! 

Miss KR, Brimsham Green School, 2013/14, accepted for Veterinary Medicine.
I approached Zara for tutoring to complete AS and A2 AQA Biology in a year and independently of any school. It was a daunting task but Zara was more than up for the challenge! Zara was my only teacher and she took me through every element of the course clearly and effectively, at a fairly rapid pace but I never felt that we were going too quickly. I started studying with some confidence, and Zara’s teaching methods helped improve my confidence levels significantly. Her methods of tutoring were adaptable and she always had another way of trying to explain something if I didn’t understand the first time. Zara’s patience and determination helped me achieve high A’s in my AS andA2 modules. 
SN, Mature student, A* in all written modules = U5 (140/140), U4 (98/100), U2(123/140) and U1(93/100)
A sample of testimonials from 2012/13
After completing my AS year and realising that I was really struggling with EDEXCEL Chemistry I sought Zara’s help in order to tutor me for both AS and A2 chemistry.  Zara was extremely patient and methodical in her explanations of concepts that I struggled to grasp, and in turn this led to me being able to get a hold of them much better than I other wise would’ve in class. The tutoring it’s self was specific to my board and the fact that Zara gave me so many past paper questions, meant that I was confident in approaching the new questions in the exam, which I definitely wasn’t before hand!  I’d recommend Zara to anyone in need of a tutor, she is patient and gives you a lot of confidence, at the end of the sessions not only do you come away having learnt a lot, but her encouragement also makes you realise that you knew more to start with than you think you did.
Miss Burden, accepted into Bioveterinary Science
After taking my AS levels, I felt I still needed help getting to grips with certain elements of my OCR Salters Chemistry course. From the first lesson Zara was outstanding. Each lesson we covered a different aspect of the course that was troubling me and each lesson I came away feeling as though I had finally understood the topic. This is something I did not always feel coming out of a normal school lesson as I did not always have the confidence or knowledge of the course to get similar help from my teachers. After retaking my AS level chemistry in order to raise my grade, I came out with an A grade and I felt much more confident on the basic principles which I am certain helped when I took my A levels.
I initially only intended to have tutoring for my retake, but Zara was so helpful that I carried on having lessons all year and she really helped me get through my chemistry coursework. I would not hesitate to recommend Zara to any of my peers seeking help in Chemistry and Biology. I would like to thank Zara; without her help I doubt I would have ever come to grips with essential chemical principles and calculations.

Miss GK, Redland School for Girls, accepted into Medicine

I have tutored with Zara over 3 years of my University degree, and I would like to say that she is an excellent tutor, who helped me with various modules when I struggled. She is very friendly and a great tutor to work with. Her teaching method helped me a lot with completing my Uni work, and she also helped me to boost my confidence. Zara was very supportive and she helped me to achieve high grades in my modules. Zara also ensures that she is up-to-date with the information given, which I believe is very helpful in order to enhance further knowledge. During sessions, Zara makes sure that I understood what was covered, and she offered me lots of resources, which helped me with my exam revision. Recently I have completed my degree and I would like to thank Zara, who was there when I needed her. Thank you for all your help and support.
SK, University student, Biomedical Science


I started having tutoring sessions early last year for Biology, in order to raise my AS level grade and to achieve a high A level grade. With Zara’s great help, I achieved this, raising my AS biology grade from a U to an A, and getting a B in my A level biology grade. Zara worked at my pace, making sure I was clear on the content every step of the way, and made me much more confident in finding a good technique to revision and to answering exam questions. Her help made a huge different to my grades and my confidence, I couldn’t have achieved these grades without it.
RA, A-level student
Zara helped me go from a U grade at AS to getting a B in AQA Biology. S he was a really helpful and patient tutor who knows the ins and outs of Biology better than anybody. I highly recommend her, her teaching techniques are colourful and visual so everything is easy to remember and the practice questions from past papers really help too.
LM, current student, studying Biology at A2

A sample of testimonials from 2011/12

Zara’s teaching abilities are very impressive, her friendly, down to earth approach worked wonders. I am forever grateful for her dedication and patience, for if it wasn’t for her I would never have achieved my goals. I highly recommend Zara especially for people who have been out of education for a while and need an extra push of confidence.

PA, Cardiff, adult student retaking A-level Biol (AQA) and Chem (OCR A)


I started having 1 on 1 lessons with Zara every week after receiving very disappointing grades in my AS OCR A Level Chemistry, I was struggling greatly at school and had almost no confidence in my ability to pass chemistry. After only a couple of lessons with Zara my confidence had grown and chemistry no longer seemed so impossible. Zara was an amazing teacher who took the time to find out what I struggled with and continually tested my knowledge of particular modules until I understood them fully. Her lessons had been adapted for my style of learning and every lesson I left feeling more and more confident for the upcoming exams. Because of Zara’s great tutoring I got the grades I needed to go on to Birmingham City University to study Adult Nursing.

Miss FS, Mangotsfield School, Bristol Accepted for Adult Nursing


With having to resit my AS level due to not achieving the grades I wanted, I started off the new year with goals to achieve A’s and B’s minimum for my exam papers for Chemistry and Biology with the help of Zara. I was the sort of person who knew the some answer’s but did not want to take the risk if getting it wrong, Zara really gave me the confidence to have a go and answer questions even if its wrong because then I would learn from my answer so I know how to go about it the next time a similar question arises. Even when I was clueless at times, Zara explained the topics in a way that I can understand it down to every detail. I went from a C and E in my exam papers for biology to a A and B this year for ( AQA)BIOL1 and BIOL2. Also I went from a 2 C’s for chemistry (OCR A) F321 and F322 in the first year to an A and B this year. With Zara’s help, I achieved the goals I had set at the beginning of the year. Without Zara’s help there was no way I could have obtained the results that I did this year. For anyone who needs help and want to achieve the grades you would like…Zara is the person to go to.

Miss RA, Cardinal Newman College, Hove, going to A2 


Zara really helped improve my confidence, meaning I went into the exam (AQA Biol) sure that the whole specification had been covered properly and that I had covered all the topics in past papers. Zara was fun to work with, yet always kept me working hard and it was great to tailor sessions around what I felt I needed help with.

BE, Bristol Cathedral School, studying Music


I am writing to express my most sincere appreciation for all your help you gave me with my A-Level Biology. You have the ability to make even the most complicated topic much easier to understand. You also made the effort to understand me as a person so it was always easy to come and talk to you about the issues i had.
I feel sure that without your help i would not have got the grade i needed to get my university place. So thank you again.

LC, Clifton College, A in Unit 1, 2 and 5, studying Biology at University


I came to Zara during my second year of A-levels for tutoring with AQA A level Biology, I had very little confidence in my ability which wasn’t helped by me not attaining the AS results I wanted. After the first session with Zara my confidence had already grown and has continued to do so over the past year of having regular sessions with Zara. Not only is Zara a fantastic teacher but she’s also friendly and extremely easy to talk to. Her sessions have been always been orientated around me and suited to my learning style and I always leave the sessions thinking ‘wow, I learnt a lot today’. We would cover subjects in an hour that would take several lessons to go through in school lessons and I truly believe that without her help I wouldn’t have achieved what I have. 

Miss BH, Wyedean School, 2011/2012, accepted for Physiotherapy course at University

I was struggling with OCR A-Level chemistry and having lessons with Zara made a huge difference; she really helped me get to grips with the basics of the subject which therefore improved my overall understanding. Every lesson was planned out carefully which helped me to cover all the topics systematically. Although I haven’t received my overall results yet, I believe that without Zara I wouldn’t have even been able to pass my previous exams. I would really recommend her to anyone else as a tutor!

Miss AE, Bristol, Cotham Sixth Form College, 2011/2012

 My academic ability for Biology has always been low despite having a real enjoyment for the subject. I came to Zara in the hope that she would be able to boost my confidence in this subject – particularly focusing on exam technique which was always my weakest point. Zara really boosted my confidence and took extra time explaining through the areas I found extremely difficult.  Zara adapted her tutoring to cater to my academic ability; spending her time creating for me my own personal daily revision plan. Zara never doubted me or gave up faith in me. Her continued encouragement and support couldn’t have been more appreciated. On this note I would not hesitate to recommend her as a tutor because her 100% commitment and care to you as an individual is outstanding.  

LM, John Cabot Academy, studying English Lit at University


After struggling with OCR AS Biology and Chemistry, my teachers predicted me low grades, which thoroughly knocked my confidence. However, with the brilliant teaching skills, support and reassurance of Zara, I made excellent progress and developed confidence for my A-level exams. This lead to exceeding the expectations of my predicted grades for University. Thanks for all your help throughout.

Miss KM, Ridings International School, Bristol, 2011/12, accepted for Biochemistry Degree


Zara helped me for my AS Biology exams including a re-take. She offered me lots of really helpful exam advice and techniques which proved really useful for the exam. She also gave me lots of resources that helped develop my knowledge and helped me to practice exam style questions leaving me prepared for my exams. We went through the book in detail and she explained everything in a way I could understand.

Miss HL, St. Mary Redcliffe School, Bristol, 2011/2012


I had sessions with Zara to improve my AQA Biology A level grades, I had struggled at AS and required extra support from outside my sixth form. Zara has an extensive and detailed knowledge of the syllabus, and this reassured me and helped to improve my confidence. Her method of teaching is efficient by covering good detail in suitable chunks. I mainly struggled with exam technique so Zara’s focus on exam questions was extremely useful, and allowed me to get used to exam style throughout the year. With Zara’s help, my first A2 unit improved by two grades, and the improvement in my confidence has been huge!
Miss BF, Dowend School, Bristol, 2011/2012, accepted for Physcology degree


When I started my tutoring sessions with Zara for AS and A2 OCR B chemistry I was very unconfident [sic] in the subject and was hoping she could help. Having her as a tutor made the lessons at college seem a lot less daunting, and helped me prepare better so I didn’t feel so lost in class. She was an inspiration and helped me to enjoy Chemistry again as she always remained positive and encouraging. We managed to covered so much more material in a lesson than i would have in class at college. I enjoyed my lessons with her and would recommend her as she is a great tutor.
Miss CR, St. Mary Redcliffe School, Bristol, 2011/2012, going into Medicine 


Zara is an excellent tutor, she is reliable, well prepared and very knowledgable on different exam boards and her subject. My daughter is shy about asking questions but finds it easy to ask Zara who explains well with the use of lots of diagrams. She has given my daughter confidence and I would highly recommend her.

Mrs L, Brimsham Green, Bristol, 2011/2012 (OCR A2 Biology), accepted for Nursing


C started with Zara in the January of year 12, firstly with OCR A level Biology and then soon after with OCR A level Chemistry, she was finding the volume of work at A level increasingly daunting. C is dyslexic and the sheer quantity of technical words and definitions that need to be learnt and spelt correctly for both these subjects, and particularly Biology was at times overwhelming for her. Zara’s influence over C’s learning was very significant and for this we are extremely grateful, I am not sure how C would have coped with her studies without her regular weekly sessions with Zara.

C was comfortable and at ease with Zara’s teaching style, she is friendly and approachable and yet formal and very professional. Zara was very well prepared for her sessions and encouraged regular communication prior to the lesson so that she could ensure her sessions were appropriate and met the needs of C.  Zara is very proactive in her subjects and ensures that she up-to-date on all the exam board specifications. As the exams approached Zara was able to instil to C the importance of exam technique and she worked diligently to ensure C was well practiced and confident with the written papers.

Zara was able to explain to C specific concepts and processes in a way that C could understand and Zara was in tune with C’s learning style. C’s confidence in her ability has grown and this is as a result of the efforts Zara has made with C. Zara is indeed an excellent tutor, we were very lucky to find her, thank you Zara for all your help and support!

Mrs DF, Bristol, 2011/2012, taking a gap year


 A sample of testimonials from 2010/2011

I decided to get a tutor after my biology teachers were unsure about getting through the syllabus. Getting a good grade in my Biology A-level was vital as I plan to study medicine in September. Zara was very organised and extremely helpful in getting me through the whole subject, and concentrated not only on improving my knowledge but exam technique also. She was a fantastic tutor, very calm and attentive, and made me feel a lot more at ease about sitting my exams. Without having her I definitely would not have gone into my exam feeling confident, finding her as a tutor was a complete life saver. I would recommend her to anyone sitting their Biology A-level, who needs help or who even just wants some extra great quality teaching.

Miss ED, Winterbourne International Academy, 2010/11, obtained an overall A, accepted for Medicine
Zara is an excellent tutor who taught me Chemistry in a manner that made the subject much easier to understand. She planned each lesson in great detail, provided many useful resources and helped me to greatly improve my exam technique. After improving in Chemistry, I decided to get lessons in Biology. Zara helped me master the synoptic element of the exam and had confidence that I would perform well in it. She was very supportive and helped me achieve grade “A”s in both subjects which was crucial for me to get into Medicine. Thank you for all your help Zara! 
Miss SA, Colston Girls, 2010/11, obtained A’s in both subjects, accepted for Medicine
Your tutoring made all the difference to my son. He achieved an A in his A-level Biology exam and he could not have done that without your help. I was so impressed by your organisation and the resources you provided. Thank you for the intensive tuition you provided in the last couple of weeks . Your flexibility was really important to us. We actually travelled 30 miles into Bristol to your sessions and I felt extremely fortunate to have found a tutor of your calibre.You are an outstanding tutor.
Thank you
Beth C, 2010/2011, student obtained 95 % in Unit 4 AQA and overall A in Biology.
Thank you Zara for all your help with A and S. They both enjoyed their lessons with you and said that you managed to explain topics in a very understandable way. Your notes and diagrams were clear and helpful for revision. They left each of their sessions with you happy that they had conquered that particular topic. You also helped with S’s confidence in Chemistry and Biology and she went on to achieve an “A” grade in her science Common Entrance exam. A felt more confident also in her knowledge of A2 Biology and hopefully this will show in her results. I have been more than happy to recommend you to my friends.
Mrs Currie, Clifton College, 2010/11
I attended tutoring sessions with Zara in order to help me with the Chemistry portion of my pre-Medical course. Zara was extremely helpful- improving both my aptitude for chemistry and heightening my overall confidence in the area. She was always very well prepared, making numerous worksheets that were vital in helping my revision. She was able to explain concepts thoroughly and calmly- which in my opinion is the key to good teaching! Many thanks Zara for all your help!
Miss EQ, pre-med student at Bristol, 2010/11, obtained A grade, moved into dentistry
“Having been out of education for several years, Zara made the transition manageable, enjoyable and most importantly achievable! (Chemistry) Lessons were organised, structured as well as flexible to my needs! She always had plenty of resources at hand, ranging from notes, numerous exercises and brilliant exam tips! Thank you for everything. It was a pleasure studying with you!”
Miss CA, online Chemistry student, 2010/1, obtained A* grade, accepted for Pharmacy
My daughter was really struggling with her Chemistry only getting a D grade in her mock GCSE. She had extra tuition with Dr.Wood and really got to grips with the subject,In fact she managed, thanks in no small part to her tuition with Dr.Wood, to achieve an A* in her GCSE exam.
DW, Clifton College, 2010/11, obtained A* in Chemistry
My daughter L came to Zara for extra tuition leading up to her re-sitting her Maths GCSE. L was lacking in confidence, had a blank when it came to Math, and did not feel she could perform well in exam conditions. Basically she felt very negative about ever passing. After only a few sessions, L’s confidence was restored and because Zara tutored her specifically for her individual needs, L was successful when she re-took the GCSE. Zara was patient, encouraging and obviously knew how to get the best out of L and restored her confidence in her own abilities.
V H, Red Maids School, 2010/11, obtained highest grade at foundation level
Thank you so much for helping my son S with year 9 Maths and Science, S enjoys the way you teaches with all your effort and method We really are pleased his progress, with you he gains his confidence as well! Thank you for all you support!

Mrs N, Redland Green School, 2010/11

A sample of pre-2010 testimonials

Thank you so much for your help. H improved from day 1, and her increased confidence in her Chemistry classes was noted immediately by her teacher. You did a wonderful job of breaking down tough topics into manageable portions, and setting H targets to achieve. The practice exam papers really boosted H’s performance in her GCSE exams and she achieved her desired A grades.

Mrs White, Colston Girls School, 2009/10


J used to find his Maths lessons very boring. You made it enjoyable and he started looking forward to the weekly challenges you set him. His grades improved from a B+ to an A after six months of tutoring – we were very pleased with the progress.Mr Hardy, Redland Green School, 2009/10


S really wanted to study medicine after A level and you made that possible for her. By studying with you throughout her AS and A levels she obtained the necessary grades  to enter the medical college of her choice. We were grateful that you could accommodate lessons at weekends. Thank you for your support and encouragement, we could not have done it without your help.Mrs Srinivasa, Badminton, 2008/09

Thank you very much for you helping my son J with his exam revision at short notice. J enjoyed your clear and thorough teaching style and now feels much more confident that he will achieve the grades he needs in his A2 Biology exams.Mrs R, Clifton College, 2008/09

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