Pre-registration Optometrist Training Courses

“After failing my pre-reg OSCEs twice I realised I needed help with my technique. I found Optuitions online after a simple Google search and I wish I had done this sooner and saved myself a lot of hassle! After getting through my pre-reg year with no real bumps or falls I didn’t anticipate that I would struggle so much with OSCEs. Dr Gupta was very helpful. The day I went I was in a group of 4, which I thought was a good number as you get to watch how other people react in stations. It’s done under exam conditions so you get a real feel for the stations. The first time I did my OSCEs I passed 7 stations and the next time I passed 8 stations. When I did them the third time (after the course with Optuitions) I passed all 14 stations (and the stations that day we’re definitely harder than the first two times!) If you are considering doing this course I couldn’t recommend it highly enough – location was easy to find and the course was well worth the money – I only wish I had done it sooner!” – SN, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristBelfast, Northern Ireland (2017)

“I attended the Optuitions group mock OSCE course after reading the positive testimonials. As it was my first sitting I wanted to experience exactly what the OSCEs would be like. We covered a wide range of stations including Volk, Focimetry and Keratometry, and Dr Gupta gave detailed feedback about where I needed to improve and how to approach each station. This course helped build up my confidence massively and we were able to ask questions freely. I would definitely recommend this course to anyone seeking extra help, as I passed first time!” – KC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristBristol (2017)

“After searching for pre-reg tuition online, I attended the Stage 2 Patient Records tuition and group mock OSCE courses provided by Optuitions. It was clear from the very beginning how professional and experienced Dr Gupta is. I felt extremely comfortable asking questions and genuinely felt at the end of each session that I had instantly gained more understanding regarding the assessments and examinations. I can honestly say I would not have passed if it was not for the guidance, patience and tutoring provided by Dr Gupta. I would highly recommend Optuitions” – TA, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLincolnshire (2016/2017)

“I attended the 1-to-2 mock OSCE course at Optuitions with a friend. The reason for booking this session was because I needed extra support and Dr Gupta is experienced within this field. I was recommended by a friend who told me Dr Gupta gave good advice in preparation for assessments. He is a genuine tutor who wants to help you pass and also help your understanding. I was able to ask questions without hesitation. The learning environment was in an optometric room, with all facilities available including slit lamp and the Volk Manikin, which was great! The tutorial provided me with tips on how to approach the stations and how to think when answering the stations. I was able to pass my OSCE first time, which I am so happy and relieved about! I would advise that if you are considering the service then go for it! Yes it may be slightly costly (you might get reimbursed by your company you work with), but it is worth it if you need help. Don’t struggle in silence and book yourself in – in the long run it will be worth it. Thank you Dr Gupta for providing this tuition service!” – SR, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristBirmingham (2016/2017)

“I mainly wanted to seek advice for the OSCEs because I didn’t really understand what to revise and what work to cover as there had been a large time gap since my Stage 2 assessment. Also I wanted to identify my strengths and weaknesses and know where I stand and what I needed to do to pass the OSCEs. The only knowledge of the OSCE I had was from past experience of other colleagues who had taken it. I was recommended to join Optuitions by a friend but I had also met Dr Gupta at a course held by the company I work for and I found his teaching abilities to be excellent. The experience of the Optuitions course was excellent as it was very informative and gives you clear guidance on which direction and approach to take to pass the OSCE. The group course was great as there was a small group which gave us more opportunity to practice different scenarios. After the course it was clear that I needed to improve my practical skills and theory knowledge but I did not feel disheartened in any way as if I did not attend the course I would have not realised this gap in my abilities. I would definitely recommend any of my friends / colleagues to attend this course whether it’s your first attempt or if you have taken the OSCE before. I personally feel I would have not passed without attending this course as the aims were fulfilled in a professional and supportive manner.” – GG, FBDO, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristRipley (2016)

“I failed the OSCEs at my first attempt which made me seek extra support. While searching on the internet I came across Optuitions and read some feedback from students which made me book the class. I booked a 1-to-2 course (I wanted a 1-to-1 but there was no availability) but despite that it was very good and very helpful. The learning environment was very relaxing and informative. Generally I hesitate to ask any questions but this was different as I was able to ask whatever I wanted to without any hesitation. Attending the course I was able to look at the OSCE stations differently and realised what mistakes I made in my first attempt and how to improve. I would advise student who are struggling or who are not so confident on dealing with the stations to book this course. I think this was definitely worth it, and worth travelling from London for, as I passed the OSCEs at the next attempt!” – GKS, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLondon (2016)

“I attended the group OSCE course and found that one of the most valuable aspects was being shown how to extract key points from the instructions and forming a strategy for execution of the stations. We had timed practice for each station and detailed individual feedback, which simulated the OSCEs in a way that gave a real impression of the actual OSCE exam. Dr Gupta’s approachability made it easy to ask questions and in turn the course overall helped me to pass the OSCEs at the first attempt.” – FS, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Shropshire(2016)

“I was desperate for help having failed my first 3 attempts at the OSCEs due to poor communication skills. I looked up online and I found out Optuitions was offering different courses. I attended the one-to-one to course where Dr Gupta gave me a detailed template to approach the different stations. I found it very useful and also my supervisor quickly noticed the difference. I came back for a group course and found this also to be interesting. You have the chance to see from outside other people perform OSCE stations and this lets you understand how examiners judge your performance. I found both courses really helpful and I highly recommend to anyone who is sitting the OSCEs to go to Optuitions!” – NM, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Edinburgh (2016)

“I would 100% recommend the Optuitions OSCE course to anyone who is taking their OSCE for the first time or re-taking. Dr Gupta makes you feel really comfortable and allows you to ask any question about the OSCE or about any content throughout the day, no matter how silly the question can be. Dr Gupta allows you to do so many mock stations as if you were taking the exam that day, which was great as he provides really useful feedback after. Also I was able to practice the two-position Keratometer, which is something I have not used since University! I left the course feeling so much more confident and prepared and without this course I may not have passed my exam in July!” – KB, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Coventry (2016)

“After struggling with the OSCEs for the second time, my supervisor recommended that I attend a course run by Optuitions. Dr Gupta who runs the course is really friendly and helpful. After reviewing our performance on mock stations, he pointed out our weaknesses and helped us to improve it. I had two tuition sessions with him, a 1-on-2 session and a group session (group of 5). I gained different experiences and knowledge from the different sessions. The feedback from Dr Gupta and the experiences gained from the two courses have helped me to be more confident, precise, logical and professional when tackling the actual OSCEs stations in my third attempt. The outcome was I finally passed my exam! I would say the courses were definitely worth every penny and would recommend it to my friends and colleagues.” – CC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Swindon (2016)

“After a recommendation from a friend, I decided to book on the Optuitions OSCE course. As it was the first time I was going sit the OSCEs in July, I was nervous and didn’t really have any prior experience of the OSCEs aside what I’d heard from other colleagues. Dr Gupta’s course was structured well and covered a lot of OSCE stations, going through each one bit by bit to see where improvements could be made. I particularly appreciated the fact that there were only 5 of us there, which made the course feel more constructive and aimed towards helping you as an individual. I felt the feedback from each OSCE station was informative and really helped during the actual OSCEs. It was useful to practice Volk on the dummy eye as I hadn’t really had chance to do this before & useful tips were given by Dr Gupta on how to gain full marks in this station. I don’t regret attending the course at all and I believe, without it, I may not have passed the OSCEs. I would definitely recommend the course to any others looking to attend! Thank you so much for helping me pass first time!” – TC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Leicester (2016)

“I attended a group mock OSCE course before my first attempt at the OSCE whilst working as a pre-registration optometrist in the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire. I spent some time researching the training opportunities available in preparation for the exam and this particular day with Optuitions seemed to offer good value in terms of getting the maximum benefits for a relatively small financial outlay. The mock OSCE day gave me a real feel for the set-up that I could expect from the final exams and provided a great insight into the particular aspects the examiners were looking to assess. I am very happy to say I passed the OSCEs first time and I believe that the experiences I gained on this course played a fundamental part in helping me to achieve this. I attended the exams feeling that although I couldn’t be sure how I would perform on the day at least I now knew what to expect from the station structure and this helped in calming those inevitable exam nerves. I would highly recommend the Optuitions courses to anyone seeking a personal and insightful training experience.” – HC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristGloucestershire (2016)

“I attended the Optuitions group mock OSCE course. The stations were branched out into a variety of core competencies, which ensured nearly every aspect of clinical and communication skills in the scheme were tested and covered. Because we were placed in small groups, it was a comfortable and welcoming environment to ask questions and go over challenging competencies. I felt the availability of equipment to practise core skills and the excellent mentoring from Dr Gupta, really helped to perfect challenging and tongue-tied scenarios.” – NB, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLiverpool (2016)

“I decided to book the OSCE Optuitions course after hearing positive feedback from friends. I was nervous and did not know what to really expect from the OSCE examination. Attending the course with Dr Gupta was one of the most valuable and beneficial things any Pre Reg can do. It is by far the best Pre Reg course available. I passed my OSCEs first time and I feel Optuitions massively helped me and guided me in a way no other courses could. I do strongly believe if I did not attend this course I would not have passed my OSCE examination. The way Dr Gupta explains how to tackle the OSCE examination is absolutely fantastic. He explained what examiners are looking for and how to deal with the stations. My whole mind set and way of thinking for the OSCEs had significantly improved. Doing practice scenarios and having Dr Gupta observe and mark me was of great benefit because I was able to receive very valuable individual feedback. Many different topics are covered in depth and during the session I felt comfortable to ask as many questions. The location for the course is very convenient as it easily accessible by car or public transport. I cannot stress enough how useful and important this course is! Honestly would not have passed the OSCEs first time without the help from Optuitions. The way Optuitions prepares you for the exam is phenomenal and this is clearly evident as myself and a large number of others have successfully passed the exams from having received help from Dr Gupta.” – MK, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Manchester (2016)

“Every Optometry Graduate knows how hard the Pre-Registration Year can be. Despite this, I felt I was moving quite smoothly towards my qualifying exam, and it was an unpleasant surprise to discover that I had failed my first attempt at the OSCEs. One problem was in my communication skills, which is understandable, as this was not a priority in the degree course, and I also failed on some clinical examination techniques. In my search for help and advice, I read on Facebook, a good review of Optuitions, and decided to have a one-to-one course, so as to give myself a better chance of passing on my second attempt. This was a wise move on my part, and I cannot praise highly enough, the wisdom and teaching skills of Dr Gupta. He highlighted my shortcomings in patient communication, and helped me to find my way of how to explain medical conditions, and the management of them, in a precise and comprehensible way. It helped me to pass the OSCES, and I use it in my everyday work, and there has been a significant improvement in my communication with patients. One of the key features of the Optuitions course is the Volk Training Station, which is on every exam, and thanks to this, I achieved a good score on the day. It was most certainly a good investment, both in terms of time and money, and it was a pleasure to be on the course, because it provides the knowledge and confidence required to pass the OSCEs. This I succeeded in doing on my second attempt. Thank you so much, Dr Gupta!” – AH, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, East Midlands (2016)

“Having had a relatively successful and seemingly unhindered pre-registration year at an independent opticians in Runcorn, it came as quite a shock to me and my work colleagues when I failed to pass the July 2015 OSCE assessment. I brushed myself off and attempted again in September doing even worse due to what we think must have been a decrease in confidence and perceived ability. Fortunately my supervisor was very supportive and offered to fund private tuition with Dr Gupta at Optuitions. Best decision ever! We had previously stumbled upon Optuitions via Facebook when looking for courses knowing these are in limited number to students practicing at independents. The course was nothing short of fantastic. Dr Gupta identified the issues I had been having with communication and developed a bespoke action plan tailored over three sessions to improve my exam technique and conquer my anxieties. As a result the January OSCEs went smoothly and not only did I pass, I passed every single station. I can’t thank Dr Gupta enough for helping me achieve this. The quality of his tutoring is exceptional and demonstrates a vast amount of knowledge, experience and passion for the optical profession. Not only did his tutoring get me through the OSCEs, it’s made me an improved, more confident and now fully qualified practicing optometrist!!” – JF, MOptom (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Runcorn (2016)

“Pre-registration is a daunting process hence I wanted to get some extra help to ensure my patient records were up to scratch for Stage 2 and that I understood what a good record looked like. Optuitions was recommended to me by one of my fellow colleagues. The quality of tutoring was excellent as all competencies and subject matter was covered efficiently. The location is easy to get to and find. After attending both the Stage 2 and the OSCEs tutorials it gave me a better perspective on areas I needed to focus on. I left each session feeling more confident. It is a must for pre-registration, as before coming on these courses I was unsure of Assessor expectations of me. It was definitely a good investment for time and money. I am very grateful that I found Optuitions!” – JKG, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, London (2015)

“I did my pre reg at an independent practice which did not offer any courses. Although my supervisor was really good, I felt that I just needed to cover all bases and with Dr Gupta already being a College Assessor, he knew all the possibilities of things that we could potentially be asked. The extra help was really valuable. The quality of tutoring was excellent and we went through absolutely everything – in the OSCE course we even got the dummy eye for Volk! Dr Gupta spent more than enough time with us on the day and this really helped. The learning environment was brilliant, quiet with no disturbances and a proper practice set-up. The service again was excellent and the location is very good as there is off road parking if you are coming by car and there is a train station very close by if you are coming via public transport. I managed to complete my pre reg and pass the relevant assessments and exams first time round! The courses are definitely worth it – it’s an investment!” – VK, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristNuneaton, Warwickshire (2015)

“Thank you for the OSCE course! It was very helpful! I felt the practice OSCEs definitely helped with the confidence and Dr Gupta was very kind to answer all our questions. I definitely felt more confident to sit the OSCEs and my colleagues felt that I was more confident too after attending your course. And the information you gave was very helpful. Volk was a definite help for me and I know I would have failed this station if I had not attended the Optuitions course. I have passed the OSCEs so thank you very much for that!!” – DG, BOptom (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Swindon (2015)

“I passed my OSCEs first time and would like to say a big thank you to Optuitions! The course put me on the best platform possible as it really gave me the best insight into how the OSCE works, the type of stations there are, and most of all how to answer the questions in a way examiners are looking for. The guidelines on explaining conditions was what I kept at the forefront of my mind in every station I entered. This gave me confidence in my skills and communication. Thank you very much, I will be sure to recommend your course!” – KD, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Tamworth, Staffordshire (2015)

“I decided to use Optuitions due to the overwhelming amount of work required to prepare for each assessment throughout the pre-reg year. Optuitions provides 1-to-1 tuition and therefore could tailor each course to areas that I struggled with. Optuitions helped me organise my revision and revise the relevant topics that I could be asked about during my assessments. This boosted my confidence and helped me pass each assessment first time including the OSCES. I believe the support given by Optuitions was a great investment as I felt much more focussed and calm throughout my assessments and have not had to pay for any re-sit assessments. I would recommend Optuitions to every student throughout the pre-reg year, and I have already done so. The prices of each revision course are very reasonable and very much worth the money. Thank you for all your help!” – JP, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Hull (2014-2015)

“I wanted to get as much practice as possible with mock OSCEs towards the end of my pre-reg. From the reviews of the tutorials, Optuitions was a great opportunity to discuss OSCE stations with a small group of Pre-registration Optometrists and an experienced Optometrist such as Dr Gupta. The actual course was very useful and helped me get into the mindset of how I should be thinking in the OSCEs. I was satisfied with the content of the course, felt it was very thorough and covered a wide range of topics. I would certainly recommend attending this course to get as much practise as possible with different scenarios with great feedback from Dr Gupta and other Pre-registration Optometrists.” – ST, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, London (2015)

“I was really struggling through my pre-reg to keep up with the workload on top of my long working hours. Working in a busy store, my supervisors found it difficult to support me and guide me and I was pretty much left to my own devices from the start. I had managed to get through Stage 1 in four visits but Stage 2 was a reality check with heavy scrutiny indicating how underprepared and patchy my records and knowledge really was; I failed all three sections. I knew I would require someone to sit with me and go through exactly what was needed to not only pass but to help me become a more confident and competent Optometrist. Going to the Optuitions courses was the best decision I’ve made. Otherwise I’m pretty confident I would still be re-sitting Stage 2 instead of being a qualified Optometrist! Dr Gupta was excellent throughout – very knowledgeable and professional – covering each topic in depth and answering all questions and queries. Stage 2 as a 1-to-1 course was the perfect solution as each pre-reg experience is different – in two full days I was able to cover more knowledge than my supervisors were able to provide in 8 months! Top of the range modern equipment was available to use so I was able to also enhance my practical skills also. The location was easily accessible, with parking available conveniently close. I’m a much more confident and professional Optometrist since the Optuitions courses. I feel I can deal with any situation in practice. Pre-reg can be a stressful year, but with the right guidance that Optuitions provides, you will be well prepared for any scenario that may come your way! I would willingly have paid more for anything that helped me become a better practitioner and pass my pre-reg, but Optuitions courses were excellent value for money. Looking online for similar courses I could barely find any cheaper alternative. All in all, an excellent experience and a pleasure to be guided by someone who knows exactly what is required to meet the standards. Very thorough and tailor-made to suit your needs.” – AA, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristBirmingham (2015)

“I heard about Optuitions through a friend. I had been looking for a course to put me in a good position throughout pre reg as not many are publicised. Dr Gupta being a College Assessor helped make up my mind as being the one to go for plus the various options that were available for Stage 2 and the OSCEs made it much easier to fit my needs. The material itself is top quality, personal and will get any student 100% if followed. I would advise any pre reg optometrist who is looking for help on any level to get in touch with Optuitions!” – AC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristManchester (2015)

“It’s always good to get as much practice as possible for your OSCEs. A lot of companies provide mock OSCEs with only 10 stations so the more you can practice from different courses the better. Other courses were either full or a lot more expensive so when I saw the advert for Optuitions on the Facebook page I got in touch. In the Optuitions OSCE course you get to do A LOT of stations; I personally got to experience 32 stations and a lot of similar stations came up in my actual OSCEs. The feedback is very thorough – we started from the beginning of the day and worked till the end of the day and we were even receiving feedback during our lunch. I would say the smaller group sizes (we had 4 people in ours) seemed perfect. The course is worth every penny as I passed my OSCEs!!” – AA, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristManchester (2015)

“I initially decided to seek the services of Optuitions in order to help me fully prepare for the final OSCE examination. Dr Gupta’s tutorial service had been highly recommended to me by fellow Optometrists and former pre-registration students who had been highly impressed with his level of knowledge and attention to detail. The Optuitions course is based in a professional office environment and is well situated in a very convenient location which is easily accessible by both car and railway services. The tutorial was extremely well thought out and structured. Dr Gupta’s welcoming, calm and flexible approach to the day enabled me to direct and alter the structure of the day to tailor for my specific needs. The training was of an excellent standard and gave me the confidence to approach the final examination with a calm and methodical approach. I passed the OSCEs at the first attempt! Overall, the course is a wise and fantastic investment of both time and money. I would thoroughly recommend and encourage all pre-registration students to take on Dr Gupta’s services.” – AA, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Birmingham (2015)

“Having taken a gap year I needed to brush up on the core theoretical and practical aspects again to give me a strong platform for the pre-registration year. I was out of sync with day to day optometry and I was a little hesitant going in to my pre-reg. Dr Gupta has been highly recommended by others for his esteemed knowledge and high level of experience in the optometric field as a College Assessor and hospital optometrist. The tutorials provided by Optuitions helped me bridge that gap with a lot of ease and it paid dividends as I passed all my exams first time. Dr Gupta is very friendly and helpful, he will make sure by the end of the course you achieve all the objectives set out and ultimately make you a confident practitioner and you’ll pass your exams with ease. Fantastic quality learning, the best I’ve come across. Dr Gupta is very well experienced and can explain concepts tailored to your learning approach so for me it’s a 10 out of 10! The location is very central with many transport links close by. I would recommend Optuitions to every pre-reg optometrist and optometrist out there – it’s definitely been worth every penny and the courses will most definitely help you in passing your exams and any future developmental needs.” – FC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Leeds (2014-2015)

“I would recommend this course to anybody who is about to sit their OSCEs! I did my Pre-Reg in Liverpool Hospital and therefore did not attend any company-based training courses and was really worried about how OSCEs even worked! This course gave me the confidence to approach different stations in the correct way and was good fun to compare my knowledge and experiences with other pre-regs who attended on the day. We went through numerous stations (some of which were very similar to my real OSCEs) and talked through the answers on a one-to-one basis which is extremely helpful. The cost of this course is much less than a re-take – do not underestimate how important the correct preparation is. Thank you very much for helping me to pass my OSCEs and become a fully qualified Optometrist!!” – MH, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Liverpool (2015)

“I first sought the services of Optuitions in order to prepare for sitting the OSCE exams. Having started pre-reg later than my peers I missed the deadlines offered by the larger OSCE preparation courses and having heard good things about the training offered by Optuitions I decided to attend a OSCE preparation course. The course was well situated in professional office facilities and easily accessible by road with local rail services also nearby. Training was conducted in a small group with 1:7 tuition allowing excellent opportunities for questions. The training consisted of several OSCE type stations carried out in the recommended times followed by debrief and model style answers. The group size allowed each student first hand exposure to several stations and observation of other candidates carrying out stations, allowing for effective peer review and allowing candidates to see other professionals’ approaches to solving stations. I felt that the training offered was of excellent standard and was definitely influential in my successful first attempt of the OSCEs. My advice to people considering undertaking the OSCE preparation courses is don’t hesitate to book one (preferably as a small group – this allows you to observe one another’s good decisions as well as mistakes and helps you to approach the exams with a mind on the highest personal performance). For the professional training that is given I can easily say it was exceedingly good value for money and I for one would have paid more for it had the price been higher. In summary an excellent, professional, well developed and presented course. Many thanks!” – MM, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Hampshire (2015)

“I didn’t want to fail the Stage 2 assessment as I knew it would extend my pre-reg period longer than necessary and I knew that it would be too difficult to pass on my own. Therefore I looked for guidance outside work and I contacted Optuitions because someone I knew who had previously failed Stage 2 a few times took this course and passed at the next attempt. My experience of these tuitions was truly worth it! The location was perfect near a station so it was not difficult for me to get there. The office was well laid out with nice facilities. Equipment was all there in case I forgot something. Best of all the tutor was really good. I never felt stupid asking the stupidest questions! I felt I received all the help necessary and the structure of the tuition was well laid out giving me the extra time to clear any doubts and it was all accurate to the assessment guidelines. Since the tutorials I gained confidence in what I knew and I passed and OSCEs first time too! This has definitely been a big achievement for me and I am now a qualified Optometrist! I would advise everyone not to waste time and extra money on retakes as these assessments go into a lot more depth with a different exam technique to university. So just take up the Optuitions courses and pass first time! I honestly cannot think of anything I would like to improve on the experience I’ve had with Optuitions so thank you very much! Your support meant a lot in getting me through my pre-reg and for me I have to say the best part of this experience was the personal touch I had from the service in the sense that I contacted Dr Gupta when I failed part of my Stage 2 assessment and he gave me extra advice; and a few days before my OSCEs I had last minute questions and he called me to explain the answers out of office/tutorial hours. I truly appreciated that he was in touch whenever I needed the help so thank you so much!!” – SR, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLondon (2015)

“Having failed in my first sitting of the OSCEs I was disappointed, especially after having been confident in my preparations and revision. I was unsure of where I may have gone wrong, so decided to attend the OSCE course by Optuitions not knowing what to expect. And the course certainly exceeded my expectations. I found Dr Gupta very knowledgeable, enthusiastic and accommodating. His advice and feedback was second to none. And this not only helped me to simply pass, but pass all the stations in my next sitting of the OSCEs. As well as applying his advice for the exam, I have now found myself doing so in my daily routine. It was a wise investment and I would definitely recommend this course for anyone who wants to prepare for their pre-reg assessments.” – AJ, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLondon (2015)

“I had been struggling through my pre-registration year to prepare for my examinations. Fortunately, I stumbled across Dr. Gupta’s tuition services, which I wish I had known were available earlier! He guided me through my Stage 2 assessments giving me confidence not only to pass and qualify, but confidence in myself. Dr. Gupta provides a completely stress-free and professional environment, with the bonus of it being one-to-one. He is both approachable and engaging, constantly encouraging you to ask questions, which is something I was previously hesitant to do. He makes you feel at ease and gives you opportunities to cover particular topics theoretically and practically. Since taking on Dr. Gupta’s help, I am now a newly qualified Optometrist, and certainly have him to thank for getting me through the end of it. I would highly recommend taking on Dr. Gupta’s services believing it to be almost essential to any pre-registration trainee!” – WM, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristBirmingham (2014/15)

“During my pre-registration training I was struggling to comprehend the examination techniques and particularly the style of questioning used in assessments. I knew that I required extra support and Dr Gupta was recommended to me by a good friend. I had a full 2-day course for Stage 2 which was broken down into sections. I initially thought it would be too lengthy but it was just right, with a good mix of practical as well as theoretical training. It is always said that the pre-reg training is supposed to be learning for life; in simple terms, that’s exactly how I’d describe the courses offered Optuitions, because I was easily able to digest and retain what I learned. The knowledge I gained was the foundation to my confidence and hence, I was able to communicate effectively in the OSCE exam and qualified by passing at the first attempt! I am very grateful to Dr Gupta! To top things off, there are good transport links to the office, which is modern and comfortable.” – JR, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration OptometristLondon (2014/15)

“I took on this course whilst doing my pre-registration training because I wanted to put 100% effort into preparing in every way that I could before my examinations. I knew of Dr Gupta’s experience and so I know he would be able to tell me exactly what is required from the OSCE stations. I have to say working with Dr Gupta was both extremely beneficial and fun at the same time! He went through everything in detail and gave a structured layout and a basis on how to tackle the stations and in what order. The location was perfect because it is literally opposite the train station which made it much easier. I would definitely recommend this course for anyone that wants to give 100% – regardless of whether you attend other OSCE courses as part of the pre-reg, the Optuitions course is definitely worth the time and the money!” – SS, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Bradford (2014/15)

“The best help from the OSCE course was how to deal with the communication side of things. The practical things are what you do on a daily basis so shouldn’t be too difficult but it’s easy to underestimate communication, which is the more tricky part. I would never have thought about explaining things in the way Dr Gupta taught me, which puts even the scariest and sight-threatening problems in a more reassuring/less frightening way to patients. This was the biggest help I got. The venue itself was easy to find, which was convenient especially when you’re coming from over the water! All in all money well spent and set me up very well to prepare for my finals!” – NM, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Northern Ireland (2014)

“As I was coming to the end of pre-reg with the final exam being the OSCEs I felt nervous and didn’t know what to expect. I found out through a friend about the OSCE course ran by Optuitions and thought that it would better prepare me for the OSCEs as I heard of the excellent support that Dr Gupta provides. I had the opportunity to carry out mock stations where detailed feedback was given instantly which was different to other courses. This approach was extremely valuable as it made me understand how I needed to prepare for the OSCEs and allowed me to see how they would be set out. Dr Gupta allowed me to study and learn at a pace which was right for me. It was the most valuable preparation that I did for the OSCEs and I cannot thank Dr Gupta enough – definitely value for money as it could not have left me in a better position for the real thing!” – MD, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, West Midlands (2014)

“The pre-registration year can be a demanding year for most people. I found that I needed guidance on what I needed to improve on and I came to know about Dr Gupta’s invaluable feedback approaches through friends. His experience and expertise helped me greatly when I attended the OSCE preparation course. Although I had attended a course organised through my employer, one-to-one feedback was not given. With Dr Gupta he explained what was expected of us and how to navigate the different types of stations efficiently. The way in which he relayed information in a relaxing manner suited my learning style and gave me direction and focus. His course was thorough and I left feeling well prepared for any station! I highly recommend Dr Gupta to anyone who is looking for a professional to guide them through their pre-reg year.” – UN, BSc (Hons) (Optical Management), BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, West Midlands (2014)

“Having not experienced any exam like the final OSCE examination, since scaled down versions at university, I was apprehensive as to what to expect. I was aware of the OSCE preparation course run by Optuitions and thought that the one-to-one preparation would be ideal. The methodological style with which Navneet approaches the course helped me to get my head around what each type of station was looking for, and how to attack different stations in different ways. The mock stations and, more importantly, the instantaneous detailed feedback was probably the most valuable aspect of the course, as it gave me a reference point of my strengths and weaknesses. I feel that this course (along with the many late nights in the library!!) was key in helping me pass my OSCE examination at the first attempt, and therefore, was an excellent investment in my time and money.” – DB, BSc (Hons) MCOptom (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Coventry / West Midlands (2014)

“Having passed Stage 2, we decided it would be best to be pro-active for preparing for the OSCEs as the thought of re-sitting and paying a substantial fee without any practice beforehand was unsettling. Fortunately Dr Gupta was recommended highly by a friend. The fact that Dr Gupta has experience in this exam format made us feel confident that we would have successful training. The location was ideal and there was free parking on site. Dr Gupta was very professional as well as providing a comfortable working environment. We both felt confident going into the OSCEs and tackling the scenarios presented. Having taken part in this course we would without a doubt recommend Dr Gupta’s services to any optometry students seeking a structured and organized learning approach with a clear target in mind. We are very grateful for Dr Gupta’s help!” – PB and RB, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrists, Manchester & West Midlands (2014)

“After having been unsuccessful at my first attempt at the OSCEs I decided to seek help and a friend of mine recommended Dr Gupta for his tutorials. Dr Gupta guided me on the topics I should cover to better prepare me for the OSCEs and how I should go about learning the theoretical knowledge. He also helped me with all the questions I had of my own. He was very helpful, informative and essentially filled the gaps in my knowledge. I felt much more prepared to work as an optometrist than I did prior to meeting with Dr Gupta. I would advise pre-registration optometrists to make sure they know their stuff before sitting the OSCEs, and Dr Gupta’s help was invaluable in helping me achieve this!” – AT, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, West Midlands (2014)

“I was struggling half-way through my pre-reg year and I was very fortunate to meet Dr Gupta and have some tutorials. The tutorials were very helpful in preparation for the exams. Dr Gupta is very knowledgeable as he is able to simplify and explain the subject in different ways. It was a well worth investment as I was able to go through the rest of my pre-reg more confidently and qualified knowing I have adequate knowledge as a newly qualified optometrist. I will not stop here, I will definitely take more tutorials as optometry is a wide subject and it is always nice to broaden my knowledge. I would like to thank Dr Gupta for his valuable tutorials!” – MM, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, West Midlands (2013)

“I felt I needed further understanding and practice with regards to certain competencies for the Scheme for Registration, mainly binocular vision and ocular conditions. I am so glad I chose these tutorials with Dr Gupta, as the experience was very beneficial and helped me get through the OSCE exams. It’s great that Dr Gupta is very flexible to travel in different locations. I would definitely advise pre-registration students to take up these tutorials as it is a great learning experience and to use the knowledge gained as a qualified optometrist. Thank You Dr Gupta, you are wonderful!” – AP, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, London (2013)

“Working in an independent practice it is hard to find relevant training courses and proper preparation for the OSCE’s is essential. There is nothing like practicing potential scenarios to build your confidence. The training we did with Dr Gupta was not only relevant, more importantly the style of his delivery was exactly the right balance between professional and personal. I can say from experience that Dr Gupta has lots of hints and tips about how to get through the OSCE exams and I wouldn’t hesitate in recommending him for pre-registration training.” – SW, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, West Midlands (2013)

“My pre-reg year was very tough for me. I found myself struggling to get through the assessments. I was about to give up when I decided to get external help. That’s when I contacted Dr. Gupta who not only made me a more confident optometrist but offered me one-to-one support to help me through my exams. His tutorials were perfectly designed to suit my learning style and offered help with practicals as well. I was never bored during his tutorials either, which is always a plus point! I would recommend his tutorial services to anyone who thinks they are struggling or just need some extra help/confidence through pre-reg. It’s definitely worth investing that little time and money to help you get through it.” – SC, BSc (Hons) (Optometry), Pre-registration Optometrist, Kidderminster / Birmingham (2013)


Refraction Training Courses (Refraction Certificate)

I was looking for a refraction course that would give close 1-to-1 support and would also be at a convenient time, due to time and annual leave constraints of work. I also wanted a course to help me get a good base refraction technique that I could then use to practice for a few weeks prior to the exam. The Optuitions course was ideal as there were 1-to-1 and 1-to-2 offerings with a Friday and Saturday available. Dr Gupta was approachable and extremely accommodating. The course was held at his opticians practice with access to all the necessary equipment and we had plenty of time to go through every single station with practice and adaptations for individual variations. The teaching was excellent and I felt a lot happier after the two-day course. I could make notes and top tips on every station that were invaluable to me later in practicing, as each part of the course was tailored at maximizing marks and increasing efficiency in time pressured stations. I passed my exam on the first try and by far the most useful investment of my study budget this year. I have also found the course has helped me with refracting patients in the paediatrics clinic I now run, especially as we also went through different ways of refracting (I was able to practice with my lens rack). A really excellent course which I would recommend for trainee ophthalmologists who are a few weeks from sitting their refraction exam.” – PN, MBChB, MPhil, ST2 (ophthalmologist), London (2016/2017)

“I had no teaching at my place of work that enabled me to prepare for the Refraction Certificate. I had attended a weekend course at another provider but felt that it was rushed and the groups were too large to support a proper understanding. I felt I had wasted my money on that course and decided to invest in high quality teaching that would enable the best chance of passing first time. Optuitions was recommended by a friend who had just passed the refraction certificate first time with a >90% pass mark. Even though I was based in London, Optuitions’ reputation was so good I decided to travel. I paid for two days of 1-to-1 tuition. Dr Gupta’s intelligence and expertise was second to none. He was able to clearly explain the reasoning behind everything he taught me and could answer all my questions so I fully understood what I was doing and why. I was very lucky to find such an incredible tutor. The location was comfortable and easy to get to (even from London) and all the equipment we needed was readily available as well as a real patient to practice my refraction on. Dr Gupta is a fantastic teacher, all his teaching was totally geared to the exam, which was exactly what I wanted. We even practiced on the exam paper worksheets as I was learning, so they became familiar. The course was worth every penny! It is more expensive than other courses but if you do what Optuitions teach you it’s unlikely you will have to waste money retaking! And I feel I really understand the process of refracting. I deserved to pass first time – and did!” – AM, MBBS MA, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2016/2017)

“I tried learning refraction on the job in clinics and made some progress but found I was making myself a bit unpopular with other staff who were not sympathetic to our ST requirements. Optuitions came recommended by another trainee who had successfully passed the exam the year before. Dr Gupta was very professional and well-prepared. The set-up was great and the lenses were the same set as I had in my exam. Although it’s a long journey from London, the journey was straightforward (except for the day the train broke down!). Paying for a course like this was certainly worth it as it’s less than the cost of a re-sit. I don’t think I’d have passed without Dr Gupta’s tuition so thank you!” – VN, MBBS MA(Cantab), ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2016)

“I sat for my refraction certificate exam in January 2016. It was my second time and I am glad to say I passed! The first time I sat the exam I missed by 2 marks and because of that I was thinking of getting extra help from a good tutor as I could not afford to miss this net attempt. I found Optuitions on the College website and decided to go there for a 1:2 session with a friend of mine. It was a really valuable experience to have tutorials with Dr Gupta. I realized all my mistakes that I made in the previous attempt and Dr Gupta paid great attention in explaining these to me as well as correctly teaching me how to perform retinoscopy in a logical way, how to do the near add, lens neutralization, and subjective refraction. Most importantly he was able to teach us how to manage the time efficiently at exam and how to answer the questions properly, which I had a very poor idea of beforehand. This time I sat the exam with more confidence and I felt that I performed better. In fact I was able to finish most of the stations before the end of the time limit, including a very difficult near add station. So overall, Optuitions provided good guidance that was exam oriented and I am very pleased! Thanks to Dr Gupta.” – WJ, Specialty Registrar in Ophthalmology, Northampton (2016)

“Preparing for a clinical examination in refraction is very difficult with no formal teaching. It requires a structure and thorough understanding of what’s involved. I had done a course when I first started training and found that too much theory with too many different people joining in and little practice time was not very helpful and I was still very scattered in my approach. When I heard from colleague that there was a 1-to-1 refraction course over a weekend with an excellent optometrist and teacher, I thought that that would be the way forward and indeed it was. At Optuitions I learned how to go through the process using a step-wise approach, I managed to tease out my insecurities on a 1-to-1 basis, got plenty of practice time geared towards what I needed most, and there was simple and logical reading material to help along the way. All my questions were answered, if I was feeling overwhelmed we took a break or if I still wanted to learn more we kept going and overall managed to cover everything in appropriate detail over the 2 day course. It was easy to focus in the quiet and very accessible practice. The simulated patient allowed for practice with a selection of different lenses allowing for enough variety in refractive error with personalized feedback. I also had a lot of time for detailed notes tailored to what I most struggled with, and I have continued to use these all throughout my practice. I managed to do very well in my exam! When I first went over I was almost clueless, but having done the course early I had a solid structure and regular practice helped me get through it very smoothly, I managed to finish the whole refraction in 15 minutes, felt confident in what I had done and still had a good grasp of the extra material which is often examined. I highly recommend this course, and I think it’s a good idea to do it early so as to allow structured practice. It definitely makes more sense to do this type of thing on a 1-to-1 basis and allow yourself time to find out what it is you mostly need from the course.” – LK, MB BCh BAO, Ophthalmologist Trainee, Sligo, Ireland (2015)

“As a trainee ophthalmologist, I sought structured teaching on refraction for use in both clinical practice and exam settings. The service at Optuitions was recommended by colleagues, and it was an excellent investment in my training. I chose a 2-day one-on-one course. This gave me ample opportunity to refine my technique. It enabled me to pass my professional refraction exams, and gave me confidence in my refraction skills for clinical practice.” – EH, SHO in Ophthalmology, Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“I attended the Optuitions refraction course having been recommended by a colleague. Despite having no refraction experience, the course not only gave me the confidence to undertake retinoscopy in a busy paediatric clinic but established the important fundamentals in preparing for the RCOphth refraction certificate. The high instructor to delegate ratio ensures an excellent quality of tuition, which I feel is unparalleled by other refraction courses.” – SW, BM BCh BA, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“I would recommend the Optuitions two-day course which I sat in January 2015. The course thoroughly covers all stations that will come up in the refraction certificate exam and is practical. The course I attended was for just me and a friend. Dr Gupta organised it around what we wanted. I can’t compare it to other courses as it’s the only one I attended, but I think it would be much more useful than having a bigger course in a large group.” – AB, MBChB, ST1 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“I passed the refraction certificate on my first attempt under the guidance of Dr Gupta from Optuitions. Optuitions offered one to one teaching which I believed suited me the best. I found Dr Gupta to be very professional and knowledgeable.  He provided invaluable feedback on my examination techniques which built my confidence for the exam. Optuitions was right next to a major train line from Birmingham and I found the location very convenient. Overall the courses were concise and the materials were exactly what I needed providing great value for money. I would certainly recommend Optuitions to anyone who seeks to achieve the next step in their career.” – JK, MBChB, Ophthalmology Registrar (ophthalmologist), Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“The Optuitions revision course is an excellent resource in the preparations for the refraction certificate. It provides exam-focussed revision which is difficult to achieve on your own. I chose the Optuitions course as it allowed me to have tuition one-to-one, which is something I knew I would personally benefit from. It is however also available to share the course with friends or colleagues if that is something the delegate would prefer. The tutoring was excellent and very personal, identifying and improving your specific needs. The mock OSCE stations allowed all the new techniques learnt to be put into practice which is useful to test your skills with the exam time restrictions! It is comparable in cost to other revision courses on the market and accessible by public transport or car. Overall it is a fantastic, highly recommended course. Dr Gupta is approachable and professional even beyond the date of the revision course.” – EC, MBChB, ST2 (ophthalmologist), London (2015)

“The main reason I sought extra support was due to the lack of refractive training ophthalmology trainees in Ireland get. I also had a refractive examination approaching and wanted to pass it first time. I chose to take on Dr. Gupta’s services as I liked the idea of 1:1 teaching. In a group setting, an individual’s weaknesses are not always addressed. I was extremely satisfied with the quality of tutoring I received. Everything was broken down in a stepwise manner and any concerns or queries I had were addressed immediately and efficiently. The location was very suitable, providing a quiet, learning environment. I am now confident at refracting patients when the need arises and managed to pass the ICO’s refraction examination. I have already recommended Dr. Gupta’s services to two of my fellow trainees. The course was most definitely a good investment both time wise and financially.” – ANM, MB BCh NUI, Specialist Trainee (ophthalmologist), Galway, Ireland (2015)

“I had difficulty performing refractions at work as I felt there was no structure and poor understanding of what I was doing. There is also a lack of proper courses for refraction in the country that I am currently working in. I needed a 1-to-1 course where a qualified practitioner can identify my problem(s) and teach me the right techniques and knowledge. The 1-to-1 and “bespoke” approach are the strongest aspects of this course as there is no other such course available elsewhere. The quality of tutorial was excellent with clear, straightforward and easy to understand explanations. I now have more confidence in refraction and a better understanding and proper structure to follow when refracting patients of various refractive states. The location is convenient as it is very close to public transportation – I easily travelled from Dublin and although it took a lot out of me, it was worth my time and money! It is the most value-for-money course I have been to, the only course that offers a 1-to-1 approach with a price that is cheaper than other “large-group” courses. If you want to pass your refraction exam, go to Optuitions!” – NR, MB BCh BAO, MRCSI(Ophth), Specialist Trainee (ophthalmologist), Dublin, Ireland (2015)

“Before sitting the Refraction Certificate examination, I chose to revise by taking the Optuitions revision course, which has proved to be excellent. Dr. Gupta was very prompt and open to all my queries before the course, regarding the date of the course and the structure, making it very convenient and perfectly fitting my needs and busy programme. He was very helpful with finding accommodation and with travel arrangements too. The course was very well structured and he was very thorough all throughout it, concentrating on all the stations both from the technique and the efficiency point of view. I have to admit that I had a lot of weak points before taking this course but I was confident on my skills afterwards. Of course you need a lot of practice and patience but when you have a very good understanding of what is asked of you in this exam it becomes much easier. And that is what Dr. Gupta did for me .. I successfully passed with a very good mark and I am very grateful! I would definitely recommend this course to anyone who is interested in passing the Refraction Certificate with flying colours.” – AM, Clinical Fellow (ophthalmologist)Southend (2014)

“Leading up to the Refraction Certificate Exam, I contacted Dr Gupta to organise a mock exam. I had time with Dr Gupta to do a focimetry masterclass before the mock exam. The mock exam was very life-like. Dr Gupta timed me, observed my technique very closely and even pointed out how I could modify instructions given to the patient. I think the mock exam was absolute key in passing the actual exam. Dr Gupta’s strength is that he is patient and excellent at explaining difficult concepts. He was very clear in his feedback and has legible handwriting so I could read his feedback numerous times before my actual exam to ensure I didn’t make the same mistakes. He is also very friendly and easily puts people at ease. On top of all this, he was very flexible with timing. That meant I could meet him outside working hours without taking study leave. I highly recommend Dr Gupta for his courses and mock exams. Thank you so much Dr Gupta – I couldn’t have passed without your help. Please keep up your excellent work!” – ST, MBChB, ST3 (ophthalmologist), Liverpool (2014)