Student Testimonials

At Optom Academy, we have been going strong for nearly 6 years thanks to the success of our courses and mock OSCEs. Hear it directly from the students who have been through our courses and are now qualified:

Sib Waqar MCOptom 2021

Shamina and Wasim really provide great help towards the OSCEs through the mock face to face OSCEs. It really immerses you and prepares you for what to expect on the day even to the small things like changing stations. They ask you questions that assessors would potentially ask that you wouldn’t even think of and give great feedback on how to tackle each station. There is also a great array of stations i.e. dispensing and communication. I would definitely recommend anyone to do the OSCEs!

Hafsah Raja MCOptom 2021

I am thankful for the lovely and clinically experienced group of OSCE tutors in Optom Academy , who enabled me to prepare well for my OSCE’s with their Mock OSCE session. Shamina enhanced my breadth of knowledge , she was very keen on ensuring I am proficient at detecting and managing retinal tears , which serves to benefit me for the remainder of my professional career.

Wasim was also very patient and approachable , he helped me feel more confident with the Volk Dummy eye station as well as BVD calculations .I’ve still kept a hold of the revision sheets and model answers provided by Shamina and Wasim as they were so helpful and condensed major topics like nerve palsies so very well !

Ria Thakrar MCoptom 2021

I had spent the whole of lockdown shielding, and so was advised not to even sit the March OSCE. Thanks to the encouragement and advice from Wasim, I sat the exam and passed! Both Shamina & Wasim are experts in the field. Without the mock OSCE and virtual revision sessions, I wouldn’t have been in the position I am in today. I’m so thankful to them both & I highly recommend Optom Academy

Rose Woolnough MCoptom 2021 

I have just passed my OSCE first time thanks to the Optom Academy!

Having being furloughed after stage 2 I was feeling out of touch and decided to go to the mock OSCEs in Birmingham to prepare.

The OSCE was so helpful. It was completely COVID safe with scenarios and actors making it very like the real OSCE. Feedback was given which was invaluable. It enabled me to tailor my studying to my weak areas and really prepare for the real exam.

I also attended a number of lectures with the Optom Academy all of which were very helpful and tailored to pre-reg. I found these helped not just with the OCSE but with day to day practise.

Shamina, Wasim and all the staff are a wealth of knowledge and all very experienced. I felt like I have another tier of support, they’re always available to answer questions. It’s clear they are passionate and really want to help pre-regs succeed.

Thanks again so much. You offer a wonderful service and I will be recommending you to future pre-regs.

Thanks so much again guys. You’re the best.

Amy Walker MCoptom 2021

I have just passed my OSCE (first sitting) and I could not have done it without The Optom Academy! I utilised both their online workshops and their live mock. The individual and personalised 1:1 feedback was superb and makes them stand out from every other OSCE page/company on Insta! Would recommend their materials as a pre-OSCE “must-have” for every pre reg optom!

Brooke Hutchins MCOptom 2021 

The OSCE course I attended in Birmingham was my first mock OSCE I did in preparation. I found it incredibly useful to have personalised and individual feedback for each station taken. It was tough, honest and fair, which helped a lot! In addition, the online lectures that you guys run have been excellent prep alongside the OSCEcourse for cementing my knowledge on particular topics 😌 Would highly recommend Optom Academy!

Amit Patel MCOptom 2021

The Optom Academy Mock OSCE was truly one of the main reasons i’ve been able to pass my OSCE in the first sitting. It gave a realistic insight into how the exam is set out and the 1-2-1 feedback given straight after was really helpful. I highly recommend this course to all pre-reg’s. A huge thank you to all of the team.

Mohammed Artaza MCOptom 2021

Thank you for the help with the mock exam and onnline one. I really appreciate it. Definitely made me realise my weak and strong points and gave me good areas to work on. Thank you, I really appreciate the help from you guys!!!

Manisha Sharma MCOptom 2021

Just received my OSCE results and found out I passed! So thankful to Wasim and Shamia for their mock OSCEboth online and in person. Also the online tutorials are really helpful, gave me a much better understanding of the more difficult topics. Thank you so much!!

Suhail Rashid MCOptom 2021 

Just found out I passed my final exams today! Huge thanks to you guys. You’ve been a massive help, from the interactive group sessions to the 1-1 help you gave, definitely wouldn’t have managed it without you. You can count on me sending my future trainees to you guys 😉

Hannah MCOptom 2021

Just wanted to say a massive thank you I passed today and I really couldn’t have done without you both, thank you so much for all your support and not judging me when I was being stupid haha! 💜💜

Iffat Malik MCOptom 2021

I would like to say a massive thank you to Wasim, Shamina and the whole team at Optom Academy for being such lifesavers during my pre-reg.

The tutorials and mock OSCE are so well organised. I have learnt so much from the tutorials and will always remember the tips and advice given by Wasim and Shamina. The courses provided by Optom Academy are of the highest standard and I would recommend every pre-reg optometrist to sign up for these.

Keep doing what you do. You guys are shaping future pre-reg’s into becoming top-notch optometrists.

S.U MCOptom 2021

I just wanted to let you guys know I passed my January OSCE! Thank you for all your continued support throughout my pre-registration year(+). Whenever someone asks whether I have any tips, I make sure to always recommend you guys. The resources in terms of the hand outs (I still refer to the dispensing and visual fields notes especially again and again) as well as the actual courses themselves were so helpful. I knew from when you guys came to speak about the mock-OSCE course at university that I wanted to book a place on it and I’m so glad that I was able to. I feel nervous doing practical exams and so, doing your mock OSCE was so valuable because it was like the real thing and the one-to-one feedback really highlighted what I needed to focus my revision/technique on.

All the best with Optom Academy and I hope to see you guys in the near future.

Ahmed MCOptom 2021

Thanks to you guys I’ve managed to pass  my osces the first time round! I did the Virtual one to one mock osce as well as the face to face osces and they definitely helped. I passed my stage 2 quite late and wasn’t left much time to prepare for osces…but with your help I managed! They both gave me a brilliant idea as to what I can expect in the osces and how to deal with them in exam situations. And not just in the osces, I use a lot of what I learnt in practice too! Thank you guys so much

Caitlin Redden MCOptom 2021

Optom academy have been an invaluable help towards my pre-registration year. The tutorials were excellent, and Wasim and Shamina were so helpful in organising specific personalised training for areas I felt I struggled in, and all the tutorials were interactive and engaging.

The mock OSCEs were an essential in my opinion for preparation for the real thing. The feedback gained from it really helped me work out what areas I needed to focus my studying on, and also it gave me a really clear idea of how the real thing would run.

Thank you so much!

MM MCOptom 2021

I have passed my exams. I want to say a huge thank you to you all, you really helped me to focus and the mock OSCE  and tutorials are next to none. Thank you especially to Waseem, your teaching methods are clear, concise and to the point. Thank you all

Kirsten Wilson MOoptom 2021

Having Optom Academy’s online courses really helped my OSCE revision. The courses were filled to the brim with information and they made everything so easy to understand. They also answered all questions and gave follow up information in emails. I can’t recommend their courses enough, I definitely wouldn’t have passed my OSCE without them!

Farwa Malik MCOptom 2021

Just wanted to say thank you for all the support. the mock OSCEs and one to one stations proved to be really helpful. Couldn’t have done it without your help.

Please give a big shout out to Shamina for being so knowledgeable and teaching me how to be rigid with people 😂

Many thanks again

Siddra Naayab MCOptom 2021

I passed my OSCE! Thank you for all the help, it made my life easier in terms of targeting my revision in the midst of chaos.  If I do come across any pre reg’s I’ll let them know about Optom academy.

Dayana Shiji MCOptom 2021

Thankyou so much!! Your mock OSCE really helped to boost my confidence, I will definitely be recommending you guys to other pre regs!! 😁

Bilal Saeed MCOptom 2021

Thank you so much! Just want to say a massive shout out to you guys Wasim and Shamina for the help during pre reg, the online seminars and the mock OSCE event were really beneficial to me.

Alice Homer MCOptom 2021

Hi Shamina and Wasim,

I hope you are both well. I just wanted to say a huge thank you for your input and support. I passed the OSCE and felt the mock OSCE made all the difference!

Thank you for doing what you are doing!

Tamanna Hoque MCOptom 2021

I am so glad I went to Optom Academy OSCE course. It really prepared you for how fast paced the actual OSCE exams are. I am so grateful to the tutors that sat down and went through the stations with me after. It really helped. Thank you so much to you all!

Anisa Akhtar MCOptom 2020

I would just like to say a massive thankyou to the team at optom academy for helping me become a qualified optom. After a hectic journey with stage 2 I was ready to give up on a career in optometry however, optom academy especially wasim pushed me to purse the journey of becoming an optom. The 1to1s are filled with so many scenarios & fine details which helped me pass my stage 2. The mock osce course really helped me prepare for the real osce as it was a real life set up which gave me an insight of how it would actually be. The individual feedback helps you to understand what your weak points are which is what every pre reg needs. After attending the mock osce I passed the osce first time. I wouldn’t have been able to do it without Optom Academy. So a massive Thankyou once again!

Bhavik Gandhi MCOptom 2019

Hi Shamina! Just wanted to say thank you for your help and support I very much appreciate it! I got my results today and I passed! Thank you so much I couldn’t have done it without your help! My parents are over the moon and happy thank you so much again!

Jayesh S Joshi MCOptom 2019

Anyone wishing needing help for their pre reg I would strongly recommend optomacademy..very good case scenarios resembling actual osces and very honest I would highly recommend it..again thanks to the team for helping me pass my osces

Hanifah Akhtar MCOptom 2018:

‘I took part in the stage 2 and osce courses. Both have me a brilliant insight on what to expect, especially the osce course. They were definitely worth it.

I particularly liked the detailed handouts with lots of useful information about what can be asked for the competencies. They covered a wide scope to ensure we are prepared for assessors questions.

The course instructors are very helpful and give all the information we need.

I’m glad I signed up to the courses- they were vital to the success of my pre registration year. I managed to pass first time in January 2018’

Sukhjit Kaur 2018 MCOptom 2018

‘Optom academy is an excellent team of tutors who can help you pass your OSCEs. I found them very useful in guiding me on my weaknesses in order for me to successfully get through OSCEs. From group sessions to one to one sessions, definitely a course I recommend. You also get good feedback and a good sense of what the real OSCES will feel like.’

Mariam Bhojani MCOptom 2017

‘Optom Academy really helped me get through my pre-reg in 2016/2017. The lecture notes were extremely useful for all the pre reg visits for stage 1 and I still use them today as a qualified optometrist as useful go to revision.
Shamina also helped me throughout my stage 2 by observing my sight test, CL fitting and aftercare and critiquing at the end what I can do better to improve. She gave me the confidence to pass and get September OSCE’s which I was aiming for.

The Optom Academy OSCE course was also a great help. It was set up like a real life OSCE examination with different stations in different rooms with examiners. This was the best help for me as it made me realise what areas I struggled on and what areas I needed to improve on for my final OSCE examination. Without going to a mock OSCE like Optom Academy’s I wouldn’t have passed first time. So thank you! :)’

Aesha Shah MCOptom 2017

Optom Academy Mock Osce course was one of the most accurate representations of the real College of Optometrist Osce’s. It was well structured and receiving one to one feedback from supervisors / examiners proved to be incredibly useful in helping me prepare for my exams.
I would definitely recommend it to all pre-registration optometrists!’

Online tutorials

“After how informative that was, i’ve booked myself onto all of them! I learnt more in that session than i head done in my clinics at uni :)”

“Enjoyed today’s session thank you! Q&a was helpful”

“To be honest, there isn’t much you could improve, really good, I’ve done it twice now and I think I wanna do it a third time :D”

“I thought it was really good. Definitely worth the money. Especially the bit on drusen vs exudates with the diagram. Thanks guys :)”

“Great quality, i look forward to the next ones!”

Face to face Evening Courses

‘The course was very helpful – useful in understanding the cause of certain conditions and what to look out for’

‘Really good, thank you!’

‘Very informative, liked the case studies’

‘Good and informative. Case scenarios are really good, very helpful that they are real cases and not made up ones’

‘ I learnt so much, talking about the different layers of the retina was very useful, I feel a lot more confident now!’

‘Brilliant evening and very informative!’

‘Picked up lots of useful tips’

‘Great ;)’

‘Overall very useful…thank you!’