Reviews & Awards

Towards the end of 2023, we were thrilled to have been successful in winning Prestige Awards' Primary Education Tuition Company (South West region) of the year! For the last 5 years, we have also been consistently placed as one of the top 3 providers of private tuition based in Exeter.

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'I would like to say a big thanks, especially to John. He has been superb with Charlie and really helped over the last few months. This is definitely showing in his mocks and with Charlie's confidence in his English. I would definitely recommend John to anyone looking for a tutor.'
'Thank you so much for being an absolute legend - and not just because of their results - but I really feel that you have guided them to become more independently minded, confident and self directed in their learning too.'
'I'd like to take this opportunity to say again how pleased and grateful I am for all your work. I have watched her change from a child who was easily frustrated and put off if she struggled with something to a young lady who is relaxed and confident enough to try to achieve beyond her comfort zone. Having seen her progress under your guidance I even feel (somewhat guilty) that I may have underestimated her abilities. While getting the place at Colyton was a wonderful achievement, her confidence in her work and abilities was always my main focus with her tuition and I couldn't have hoped for a better result.'
‘He did very well in his SATs - he got greater depth and so was offered a place in a selective school near us (they base the offer on the SATs result). He is very pleased, so thank you for all of your hard work!’
‘Emma had her test yesterday, she said it was a lot easier than she expected. She was much more confident than she would have been without your help this summer - so thank you. We are extremely happy to have found you through the million possibilities online! Emma has engaged with you tremendously well!'
As his school report shows, we have no doubt that his confidence and abilities have flourished this last year with your dedication and support. Thank you so much - it was much needed and appreciated post-lockdown and we will certainly keep in touch.
My daughter Sofia took tutoring lessons with Hettie in July, August and September. We needed help urgently in order to get Sofia ready for 11+ entry exams. We realised that it was very short notice and we had only 8 weeks to get ready, lucky for us we'd found Hettie who took us on and was very flexible and accommodating. Sofia really enjoyed having lessons with Hettie, the lessons were done in a very friendly and fun way and Sofia was very much looking forward to her next session. Hettie very quickly established where the most work is required and worked with Sofia on these subjects, providing extra tutoring material and giving us invaluable feedback at the end of each session. The result is that within 8 weeks, Sofia grew in confidence and her knowledge improved significantly. Today we’ve learned that we’ve passed 11+ entry exam and have been accepted! This is our success story that perhaps may not have happened if we didn’t have our tutor. We are very happy and if you’d be looking for a tutor we’d only recommend Hettie!
Our son really enjoyed working with Hettie for his 11+ preparation. He benefitted from revising and practising papers with her. I asked him what he thought about having a tutor and he said: "it really helped me with my 11+, she is really nice & kind - it was a good choice to have her teach me!"
Henrietta has taught our son both English and Maths and it's clear that she has a way of teaching him that simply gets results. Her open, friendly but quietly firm presence gets the best out of him. We intend to use her as he progresses through the years to give him that extra dimension in addition to school. She has been particularly useful in helping him solve specific Maths and English problems himself which gives him that extra confidence in school. We would not hesitate to recommend her to anybody looking to boost their child's knowledge and technique.
During GCSE studies we decided to find a tutor to help build our daughter's confidence in her learning, in particular science and maths subjects. Henrietta was recommended to me through a friend and on meeting her it was clear she would be easy to get along with. My daughter has mentioned that Henrietta was patient during tutoring sessions and also happy to spend time ensuring full understanding before starting new topics. Henrietta was able to clearly explain complex maths and science in a fun and interesting manner. My daughter's confidence grew in both subjects which helped her during school lessons and coursework. Tuition took place both in person and online, which was far easier to establish than expected; in fact after a few online tuition sessions my daughter did not even notice the difference. We would be very happy to recommend Henrietta as a Tutor. She goes above and beyond to help students succeed.
My daughter was rather reluctant to have tuition, worrying about working 1-on-1 in a subject she found challenging and lacked confidence in. However, Henrietta provided guidance and support, as well as reassurance. Henrietta is a natural at putting a student at their ease, so when we felt that Physics tuition would also be of assistance, my daughter was more than willing to add this tuition to her Maths weekly. My daughter has commented that Henrietta was able to try various methods and catering her approach to match the understanding and learning style of my daughter. This is invaluable, particularly in Maths where more than one method can be used, all helping to build confidence. Although Natalie was at first disappointed when Henrietta moved, we then had the option to carry on with online tutoring, my daughter has said that she did not feel that she became disadvantaged in her learning and with other online support via email available outside lessons, she felt help was there for her when she needed it. Henrietta is a great teacher, as well as a lovely lady and I would recommend nervous pupils in particular; she has made a huge difference to my daughter's confidence in her learning ability in general, she is also very encouraging. Her lesson plans are flexible and adaptable to the needs of the pupil. My daughter's growth in these subjects is reflected in comments and results from both Maths and Physics teachers at her school.
My daughter needed some GCSE science tuition as she was struggling at school. Henrietta was reliable, friendly and knowledgeable and my daughter immediately felt comfortable with her. Over the course of the tutor sessions her confidence grew and she began to understand and enjoy science more. At her end of year test in school she did extremely well and was at the top of her class. We are very grateful to Henrietta for helping our daughter and would certainly recommend her to students looking for extra tuition.
A huge thank you to the hours you have spent building his confidence and getting a thorough understanding which is great to have going onto his next school where he can build on this. We have seen William's ability to tackle problems hugely increase in the last year which is really pleasing to see. We are extremely grateful for all the help and encouragement you have offered him. We were doubtful as to whether the Skype would work but it proved a very effective way to teach that William really engaged in.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank you for being such a wonderful tutor to my two children. Your hard work and diligence helped my son pass his entrance exam and thus enabling him to earn a place at Reading boys grammar school. I'm particularly fond of your polite yet professional manner and the way in which you make the lessons engaging and fun for the students. Your friendly approach makes learning a comfortable and enjoyable experience for the student. You've helped the children with difficult and challenging topics, which the children to this very day praise you for, particularly Pythagoras theorem which my son thoroughly enjoyed learning with you. I would recommend your tutoring to any prospective parent or student looking for a private tutor.
A long summer holiday followed immediately by a 11+exam - how to keep my granddaughter focused whilst staying with me- easy answer- Hettie!! What a lovely lady. With her instant rapport she helped Maisey increase her confidence and understanding, gain a positive outlook and greater concentration which resulted in a successful outcome. Many, many thanks.
Miss Hettie was a great teacher, even though, I was her student for only 5 lessons, I would highly recommend her, she has taught me great skills in answering my comprehension questions for English language GCSE. She identified my weaknesses and strengths, helping me enhance the skills to gain full marks in my answers. I enjoyed our lessons due to her utmost knowledge and passion for English which motivated me to work harder towards my goal.
We have been very pleased with the work that Hettie has provided. She is a lovely, friendly and warm tutor who is easy to connect with and provides an excellent level of support, encouragement and direction. We have greatly appreciated the help she has given and have found the Skype sessions fit easily into our hectic family life! We would highly recommend Hettie.
We were very pleased with Henrietta's very expert tutoring of our daughter. Always professional, she quickly established a good rapport. Our daughter genuinely enjoyed their weekly sessions and made great progress in her school work over the eight months they worked together. Those were the main objectives, from our perspective - an educational challenge that was also fun, stimulating, and effective. Henrietta was also very helpful in re-arranging dates and times of tutorials on occasions when we needed to change them due to diary clashes. Her good work was fruitful - our daughter gained an eligible mark in Colyton Grammar School's entrance test in October 2017, which gives her great options.
I chose Hettie from the internet because instinct told me she was the right person to tutor my 10 year old in maths and English 11+ through Skype (we do not live in the UK). My instinct was correct. Although we were quite late in starting tuition, Hettie rose to the challenge with a professional approach, making sure that all the necessary topics had been covered, repeating those that my daughter had not yet fully grasped and taking the time to send over extra work when she thought this necessary. She explained problems with patience and clarity. Importantly, Hettie also managed the difficult task of imparting a substantial amount of knowledge in a short space of time with unwavering patience, warmth and humour. From the first session she and my daughter built up a friendly rapport and now it is over we rather miss her in our lives. I would not hesitate to recommend. Hettie to any parent seeking a tutor for their children  I doubt you could find a better person.
My daughter (9 years old) thoroughly enjoyed her tutoring sessions with Hettie. Hettie helped her with maths primarily, but also did some English, non-verbal reasoning and a little science in preparation for an entrance exam. My daughter's confidence with numbers improved significantly and, by the time she did the entrance test, I felt reassured that she knew what to expect having completed some practice papers with Hettie. Hettie made the sessions fun and built a great rapport with my daughter. I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend Hettie to other families.
I recently applied for a job abroad and, as this was a big career step up for me, I felt I needed some coaching and guidance in interview techniques and confidence boosting as over time I had lost this. I contacted Beam Tuition and was introduced to Henrietta. I found Henrietta to be both very professional and engaging whilst still putting me at ease. She guided me as to the best manner in answering tough questions and this instilled a confidence in me which I believe ultimately made the difference between me getting the job and not. She had obviously done her research on the company I was applying for as she started the 'mock interview' with exactly the type of questions the company eventually asked me, which shows the level of attention to detail with which she operated. With her help I was offered the job, which I strongly believe would have been unlikely had Henrietta not coached me so well. I would recommend Beam Tuition to anyone looking for a professional, approachable and kind tutor.
I just wanted to let you know that Tolu has now done the assessment for St Albans High prep school and has been offered a place; both girls will start in September. While we never got round to resuming her lessons, the little time you spent tutoring her made a huge impact. We were only given 2 day notice for the assessment and it was Tomisin who helped her prepare and know Tomisin shared with her, a lot of what she had learnt in her lessons with you. We want to say a big thank you to you for your work with the girls. If you are still tutoring when the baby gets older we will be in touch :-) but until then all the very best for the future.
Henrietta, thank you so much for your efforts with Ero. She really appreciated your teaching and we have seen considerable improvement. She has definitely put the effort and was much more self-disciplined this year but it was evident that you had inspired her with your professional capacity and approach. On behalf of us both, a big Thank You to you Henrietta!