Turned Her Predicted Grade of a C Into A Final Grade Of An A

"Graeme is an excellent tutor, he puts a lot of effort into his lessons".



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The Challenge: From The Student's Perspective

Rawan was a typical 6th form student in a local state school. She worked hard at her studies - paid attention in class, completed her homework sets and revised for her topic tests and exams. The problem was that she wasn't seeing the results of her hard work and effort. Her test grades hovered around a "C" - sometimes a little higher and sometimes a little lower. 

Rawan felt as if she didn't really understand A-level Chemistry. Her teacher explained the concepts in the best way that they could but Rawan felt as if there was a disconnect between what the teacher said in class and what was on the tests. It was as if she partially understood the questions on the homework set, but when she came to take the topic tests the concepts seemed all foreign to her. Like the questions were worded in a different way, so she didn't really understand what the question was asking her let alone be able to answer the question!

And her confidence in her ability to understand and pass A-level Chemistry began to sink and she became more and more frustrated with her grade.

So, when it came to the topic tests Rawan started to memorise mark schemes in the hope that this would improve her grade. Her logic being that if you memorised enough mark schemes then you were bound to see a similar question on the topic test.

And this is the logic that Rawan used when studying for her UCAS prediction exam. Revise the content in each module, but focus mainly on memorising mark schemes.

Which unfortunately led her to earning a predicted grade of a "C" on her UCAS prediction exam. 

Challenge Highlights

  • Getting frustrated with A-level Chemistry because she didn't have an effective revision technique.  
  • Believed that memorising mark schemes was the way to pass her topic tests and her exams.
  • Her confidence in her ability to understand and pass A-level Chemistry was getting lower with every grade on her topic tests and exam. 

The Solution: How I Approached The Challenge And Why

I approached the challenge of helping Rawan by helping her focus on her exam preparation and building her self confidence.

Solution Core Concepts

An in-depth review of all of the concepts in the A-level Chemistry specification.

I reviewed all of the core concepts in the course with Rawan showing her how to create notes and link the questions in the homework set to each of the subtopics in the specification. I also taught Rawan how to use her notes and PPQ to effectively study for her topic tests.

Solution Exam Preparation

A systematic approach to revision that adapts based on the results of tests and exams. 

I taught Rawan how to create a study timetable and a revision plan that worked with her schedule and how she liked to revise material. I showed Rawan how to adjust her revision techniques and strategies so her grade was always improving with every test and exam.

Solution Exam Psychology

A system to quickly build and maintain a high degree of confidence in your test taking abilities.

I showed Rawan how to quickly overcome the doubt that she had about her ability to pass A-level Chemistry so that she could focus on her revision. And I also showed her how to overcome her exam phobia so that she could perform at her best on her tests and exams.

He helped my daughter to build up her confidence. He is supportive and very good in giving exam tips. I recommend him for everyone.

- Dr El-Aalem

The Result: Rawan Earned An A In A-Level Chemistry

Rawan earned an A on her final exam in A-level Chemistry. She is currently completing her Psychology degree at the University of Liverpool.

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What Students And Parents Are Saying

Stay Motivated In Your Studies

Really engaging tutor with so many resources that will challenge, enhance and bring excitement to your learning. I feel really motivated in the lessons and with my A-levels. The extensive support I have been given under Graeme's tutelage has been fantastic. I would highly recommend!

Sruthri Saravanan, Student

Learn How To Study

He is a great tutor and explains the subject really well. He will also teach you how to study and take the exam which is not always taught in schools. His teaching make sense. Very happy with teaching.

Jacob Sakmani, Student

Undertand The Material

With Graeme's tutoring I managed to achieve an A grade in A-level Chemistry. Graeme teaches the specification to the finest detail which is what earned me the highest grade in my course. His time and effort spent on me meant I could obtain amazing results in the exams which I could not have done it without him.

Alison Phelan, Student

Build Self-Confidence

My son is taking AS Chemistry in a few weeks and was struggling with some of the course work. He now seems a lot more confident and that is partly due to Graeme`s excellent mentoring and dedicated one-to-one approach. I highly recommend him. He is very patient and good with young people.

Helen Jacques, Parent

My Interview About Rawan's Success Story

Watch my interview to learn how Rawan turned her predicted UCAS grade of a "C" into a final grade of an "A" in 90 days. 

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