I specialize in helping students achieve their best at exams. I have marked A-level papers for AQA and Edexcel exam boards, and can offer advice on the best way to answer exam questions to maximise marks. I encourage students to undertake mock examinations, which are then assessed by me. Such feedback gives students the confidence to do well in their exams.
Thank you for helping me understand Chemistry a bit better. I really appreciate your help!
Lauren, Gordano August 18, 2017
We started seeing Zara just before A levels when she just couldn`t get the grades she needed in chemistry. Exams are ongoing so we don`t know the results ,but Zara has been amazing : my daughter found chemistry so hard , especially the maths , and interpreting the questions was a real problem, but Zara has given her really well -explained techniques to help her understand what to look for and how to understand what she is being asked : this was something we just hadn`t been able to help her with. My daughter is so much happier now , and whatever the result will carry this knowledge forward to university . We are very grateful for the organised , knowledgeable and calm tutoring she has had.
August 16, 2017
Sorry if this is going to sound excessively gushing, but Zara absolutely transformed my daughter's understanding and grasp of both Biology and Chemistry. In at most two sessions her Chemistry practical grade moved from a D to an A. She went from a suspicion and lack of understanding of her schoolwork to enthusiastic, and now I'm slightly in awe of my scientist daughter's expertise. Entirely based on what she achieved for us I cannot recommend Zara enough.
IM, North Bristol Post16 September 22, 2016
Zara was very encouraging throughout our sessions and her notes were alway thorough, which helped when reviewing content from both the AS and A2 specification. In Edexcel Biology she was able to help me with my coursework which really helped me boost my final grade from a C to a B. In OCR A Chemistry, Zara was able to cover A2 content whilst also recapping on the AS specification, which also helped me increase my final grade from a D to a B. Would highly recommend!
JM, North Bristol Post 16 August 22, 2016
Zara was friendly and encouraging from my first session with her. She was so helpful in not only reinforcing my knowledge on the OCR A2 Biology course, but she also provided me with new information that I had not covered in my sixth form lessons which was necessary to complete the course. Her notes are thorough and she is happy to focus on aspects of the course that you struggle with. Her method of explanation is fantastic and she always provides examples to aid understanding along with diagrams which are great for visual learners. I am so glad that I had tutoring from Zara and I highly recommend her to anyone looking for tutoring.
ESH, obtained A* in OCR A Biology August 20, 2016
Zara was extremely helpful to me whilst I was preparing for my Biology and Chemistry Foundation Science retakes. We only had a short amount of time to cover a lot of content and she managed to do that for me who hardly knew anything with Chemistry. She is very easy to get a long with and puts in a lot of effort to organize the lessons. We had one-on-one sessions which was great because she was able to give me the attention I need and was able too explain and teach me things in a way I'd understand.
I'd highly recommend Zara for anyone doing Chemistry or Biology, whether it is A-Level or a Foundation Degree level.
C. Court, UWE, Foundation student July 22, 2016
Zara's lessons were very well prepared and targeted to the particular exam Board. The lessons were extremely worthwhile and gave our daughter a lot more confidence for the exams (June 16). We wish we had found Zara earlier! Zara comes highly recommended.
Mike P, parent of sixth form student June 29, 2016
Zara has really helped me with my chemistry A level (OCR Chemistry A). She is so friendly and understanding and she explains everything in a way that is easy to understand. Before I started the tutoring sessions, I was really struggling with exam technique and applying my knowledge to harder questions, but Zara provided me with loads of practice and help for answering them and I improved by 3 grades! Thanks to her, chemistry exams weren't impenetrable and difficult, but straightforward and (relatively) stress-free. I can't recommend her enough!
ELT, North Bristol post16 June 29, 2016
I was really struggling with A level Chemistry at the beginning of AS. I felt as if I didn't understand anything in lesson and my predicted grade was not what I hoped to achieve. Towards the end of AS I starting tutoring in OCR B chemistry with Zara for my second AS exam. Zara helped me with the hardest exam in which I achieved an A, in the exam which Zara did not tutor me in I achieved a C! With this difference I immediately knew I needed Zara's help for the second year of my A level's too. Zara's support and homework really helped me understand what the examiner would be looking for in the exam which, increased my confidence for the exam as well. Zara also aided me in my A2 coursework guiding me and helping me identify any mistakes. Without Zara I would have NEVER have achieved the A* I did in my coursework! Zara is also such an easy going and lovely person to work with, who really understands what she is teaching! Would definitely recommend!!
ZA, achieved A* F335, A overall, accepted for Dentistry at Kings August 16, 2015
I would have really struggled in chemistry if it wasn't for Zara, she was incredibly supportive and explained things in a logical way that just made things make sense! She was extremely clear and made concise notes that you could come back to and revise from easily, knowing that you had all the information on a couple sheets of paper. Her knowledge was incredible and she'd have an immediate answer to any question and I was always shocked how much we covered in one session and how my understanding of the content increased! Aswell as all this she was lovely and friendly and I enjoyed going round each week!
Marianne Bristol student, 2014-15 August 12, 2015
The extra tutoring I received made be come to love biology as Zara often went beyond the course when I wanted to know more. Zara gives clear explanations and prepares well for lessons so that time is not wasted.
Sally St. Mary Redcliffe, sixth form June 19, 2015
Her tutoring, and her personal statement know-how is definitely the reason I am now on a science foundation course. Having a tutor who has actually worked as part of a top university’s admission process is a brilliant advantage. Would wholly recommend.
Alice Independent student June 19, 2015
Every lesson I had, I came out feeling 100% confident with the topic I had just covered with her. She does not only help you with the understanding, she gives you the confidence that you are capable of getting the grades
Lizzie Warnes Gordano School, sixth form June 19, 2015
Amazing tutor and wonderful person – Zara really helped me build my confidence and understanding of A level chemistry. I only wish I had had her through out the whole two years! I cannot recommended her enough!
Ellie Hitchings Royal High School Bath, sixth form June 19, 2015
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.
I would not hesitate to recommend Zara to any of my peers seeking help in Chemistry and Biology; without her help I doubt I would have ever come to grips with essential chemical principles and calculations.
Miss GK Redland Girls, Accepted for Medicine August 27, 2013
Zara made the understanding of the subject much simpler with the use of diagrams and easy to understand explanations. Her teaching was adapted to suit my own requirements where my understanding was weak. Zara was very encouraging towards me and her support was much appreciated. Thanks to her invaluable tuition, I gained a position at the university of my first choice.
HT, accepted into PGCE August 23, 2013
I approached Zara because I wanted to make sure of achieving the grades I required for entry into medicine. I was struggling with some of the elements of AQA Chemistry, especially those involving calculations. Zara was patient and thorough and took the time to explain the topics to me quiet clearly. It also helped to practice many past exam questions for Biology and Chemistry. I obtained high grades in the January exams and feel confident about the upcoming exams in June. Thank you Zara, for making my career dream a reality!
Miss LK Redland Girls, Bristol accepted for Medicine August 19, 2013
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,accepted for Science degree August 19, 2013
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’.
Miss BH Wyedean School, accepted for Physiotherapy August 19, 2013