Hi, I’m Fiona.

I help busy people develop the essential skills and knowledge they need to get an excellent IELTS score in the quickest, easiest and most enjoyable way.

I’ve helped over 3000 students get Band 7+ in the Members Academy.

  • – BA Joint Hons French/English (First Class)
  • – MA TEFL (Distinction)
  • – RSA/Cambridge TEFLA Diploma
  • Essex University Academic Skills Tutor
  • –  Cambridge ESOL Research Award Winner


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What kind of problems can I help you solve?

I’ve designed the Members Academy study program to work for busy people. Access all the lessons from your phone.

My step-by-step lessons will walk you through everything you need to do.

You’ll develop independent learning skills and how to manage your progress without a tutor.

You’ll get access to like-minded students and my help in the Private community group.

Why choose me?

I’ve put all my expertise, skills and knowledge into the Members Academy.

I believe that there is no other study programme like it online.

It is more than just a course: it’s a community and all-round learning experience. It is designed to help you become a confident, pro-active and independent learner.

Is the Members Academy right for you?

The Academy is right for you if… 

The Academy is NOT right for you if… 

What my students say

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MA in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (Distinction) – University of Reading 2005

BA/Hons First Class Degree in English and French – University of Reading 1992

Cambridge/RSA Diploma in TEFL – University of Swansea 1997

IELTS Speaking and Writing Specialist since 2002

CELTA and TESOL Trainer and DELTA local tutor since 2003Winner of Cambridge English Language Assessment/English UK Research Award 2015


Frequently Asked Questions

I’m from Wales and now I live in Essex, near London.

I got my Cambridge TEFLA Diploma in 1997 and my MA in TEFL in 2005.

Since 1991, when I spent my University year abroad as a Teaching Assistant in Lycee Louis Lapicque (Epinal, France).

After graduating, I started teaching Academic Skills in FRANCE at Dijon University and then I spent 3 years in JAPAN and TAIWAN. Then 4 years in POLAND and 2 years in SRI LANKA.

I teach Academic Skills at Essex University.

I felt frustrated by the terrible advice that I saw online.

I know the test very well. There are other courses that have been put together by people who aren’t teachers, and who have never been examiners. 

Very often these courses just abandon you as soon as you have paid, and so you lose motivation. 

I think it’s my job to keep you motivated, keep you studying, encourage you to carry on when the going gets tough, and be there to help you when you need support.

My students get excellent results. I’m very close to them and very proud of what they achieve.


I compare IELTS preparation with my running experience – it’s boring and exhausting and takes ages to get better.

When I follow a programme, I get faster. But as soon as I stop, my fitness levels drop, I slow down and put on weight that makes me even slower.

That’s exactly the same as IELTS.

And nobody can run for me – I have to do it all myself.

I once paid for a personal trainer and ran the fastest I’d ever run in my life.

Fiona Wattam Running photo