I did my A levels in 1 year and I was hoping to get into a veterinary university and therefore needed an A in both biology and chemistry.
I was predicted a D for my chemistry and a B for my biology at my 6th form college and after months of tutorials with Paul, I got an A in biology and a B (2 UMS marks off an A) in chemistry at my A level exams and got into the Royal Veterinary College of London.
In my 6th form college, we only got 6 hours of teaching per subject per week and we were expected to learn quite a lot of things on our own at home. I was finding this quite difficult so decided to get a tutor for biology and chemistry.
After trying about 6 tutors, Paul was my last change as I was falling really far behind with my studies. After the first class, I immediately knew he was the right tutor for me as he was able to understand my weaknesses and quickly come up with different ways to teach me these areas. For example, I have a visual memory so he used to explain me things by drawing them out.
We had at least 2 hours classes 2 times a week during the academic year and Paul was always prepared for the classes.
He used to first teach me a chapter, while constantly asking me questions about it to make sure I understand everything and that I can apply my knowledge. Then we would do end of chapter questions about it and discuss the answers and the correct answering and exam techniques. Finally, we would answer past paper questions on the topic and only move on to the next topic when I felt confident enough about it.
The main reason why I think Paul is a great tutor is because even though my science wasn’t really strong and I was struggling, he was always very positive and I didn’t feel judged by any of my mistakes. I felt like I was able to ask him any question without feeling ashamed of the lack of my knowledge and this really helped me with my confidence.
He always used a wide range of resources to get me prepared for any type of question that could come up at my exams.
My chemistry teacher at school was being really demotivational through out the year and this was really bringing my confidence levels really low. However, Paul never let me doubt my self and always kept me motivated and helped me keep pushing forwards with my studies.
At the end of the year, I felt really confident during my exams thanks to all the tutoring from Paul.
I was diagnosed with dyslexia during Christmas and Paul immediately adjusted his way of teaching according to my new special needs. We experimented with different colors to see which ones were sticking better at my memory and continued our tutorials using those colors. He also taught me new ways in which I can make learning easier for my self as well as helping me understand and accept my disability.
He was also really helpful to teach me stress management techniques, which helped me keep calm throughout the school year, especially during exam period.
Paul is a really patient, kind, friendly and carrying person and without all his support I wouldn’t be where I am today. He is definitely a person full of knowledge and he truly cares about his tutees and wants to help them.