Testimonials

Student Testimonials, In Their Own Words

 

Philip is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had

“Phil is one of the best teachers I’ve ever had, not just during my maritime career but throughout my whole education. So when it came to studying for my Chief Mate exams, using his platform for distance learning was a no brainer!

His videos make the tough subjects seem simple and I still find myself using his methodical way of working to tackle problems on the job, now that I’m working as Chief Officer.”

Chris McGrory

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I would recommend it to everyone preparing for their written exams

“From the website it has allowed all information regarding Navigation and Stability to be easily accessed and support me in preparing my SQA exams.

All answers and a run through of each each question has really supported me in my preparation for the exams and I would recommend it to everyone preparing for their written exams within all levels from Cadets to Management level.”

Sam Lindley

I don’t think I would’ve learnt as much as fast without your help

“Thank you for your assistance with the SQAs, I found the information exceptionally useful.

I used it as a tool to assist with an online course undertaken through Warsash, and found your explanation of topics, especially nav, very useful, clear and concise; don’t think I would’ve learnt as much or as fast without your help.”

Matt K

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Vital assistance with the completion of my OOW SQA exams

“Navigation and stability with Philip Ashton provided vital assistance with the completion of my OOW SQA exams.

The website provides an extensive back catalogue of clear, concise, and well worked exam answers. It provided the reassurance and confidence that I was approaching the questions in the correct way. It’s also a useful benchmark tool to ensure you are at the required standard to undertake the exams.”

NS

A must buy subscription for all those who are preparing for the SQA exams

“This website is a blessing in disguise for SQA preparation. Can’t thank Mr Philip Ashton enough for putting in a lot of hard work in making this user friendly website with simpler and easy to understand notes.

A must buy subscription for all those who are preparing for the SQA exams.”

KS

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Highly recommended. This website is a fantastic resource for those undertaking SQA & MCA Oral exams

“This website is a fantastic resource for those undertaking SQA and MCA Oral exams.

The worked examples of past papers and theory explanations were an invaluable source of information for my Chief Mates revision. Phil is also on hand to answer any queries and will do his utmost to help you succeed.

Highly recommended and worth every penny.”

J Parker

The most valuable tool for me was the years of past papers with video explanations & tutorials

“I used Navigation & Stability with Philip Ashton for my Chief Mate SQAs and would recommend to everyone. He offers useful online lessons for theory and calculations.

The most valuable tool for me was the years of past papers, with video explanations and tutorials.”

George Goody

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I could do all this study whilst onboard between my watches. I passed both exams first attempt!

“With COVID causing closures of all the colleges and work rotations thrown up in the air I found myself unable to book written prep classes that fitted with me. Through word of mouth, I learned of this website and of the reputation of Philip Ashton.

I decided that I should book exams and attempt them using this website to prepare. I found the tutorial videos very helpful when answering past paper questions with a standard format of how it should be answered.

The availability of past papers going back over a decade meant I was never short of questions. And what was even better was that I could do all this study whilst onboard between my watches. Any issues I had whether it was a misunderstanding of the question or even to query the answer provided I simply emailed Philip and I would have a reply from him the very next morning.

I would also like to mention that the cost of the subscription was very fair. Oh! And the most important part? I passed both exams first attempt! ”

GM

The site’s ability to be accessed whenever & wherever makes it convenient for any schedule

“Navigation and Stability exams are some of the toughest exams to pass. Navigation and Stability with Philip Ashton makes it so much easier to manage.  The tutorials provided helps to breakdown the content and shows step by step how to address the questions being asked.

Philip is a great teacher with considerable experience in the subject topics. The site’s ability to be accessed whenever and wherever makes it convenient for any schedule. I highly recommend it!”

DD

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Invaluable material. A great support for very little cost

“Throughout my Chief Mates I have referred to your content, so thank you for the great resource of information.

Being able to clarify one’s doubts or get a quick explanation from a short video is invaluable material, especially during the pandemic where students have had no classroom time or are retaking the SQA’s, your website has been a great support and for very little cost.”

Will Hudleston

I'll certainly use the site again to do my Chief Mates

“I found the video tutorials very useful for my Navigation and Stability SQA exams for Officer of the Watch. Although I had written answers to the past papers, I found the video explanations very useful and in particular the Stability questions, which was my weaker subject.

I will certainly use the site again when it comes time to do my Chief Mates.”

Colin

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A great website that gives you all the tools required to help with SQA exams. Highly recomended

“A great website that gives you all the tools required to help with SQA exams.

Used for Chief Mate Unlimited SQA’s and gave me in depth knowledge with theory aspects for the exams and excellent high quality videos on how to answer the calculation questions with past paper exams too where I was able to compare answers which gave me great confidence going into the exams.

Would highly recommend to anyone who is going for the SQA’s.”

JF

The best resource

““By far the best resource currently out there for written preparation.”

CW

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This website is my go-to reference point

“I’ve used Phil’s videos throughout my OOW and this website for my CM studies. He continues to be my go to reference point because of the easy to follow well-paced nature of workings.

Phil’s genuine passion and helpfulness makes the whole studying process a lot easier & more pleasurable.

I would thoroughly recommend this resource tool for anyone studying for the OOW/CM exams.”

Amazing value for money. I passed both my SQA’s & oral exam

“I used Phil’s website throughout my SQA and oral Prep for a period of 6 months. Every single penny spent on having this website was worth while. It’s amazing value for money, especially in times where we cannot access the classroom, Phil’s website gave me a much bigger chance of passing.

After limited lessons and access to all resources in college I passed both my SQA’s and oral exam. His videos are clearly explained in the best possible way to understand, with diagrams and clear workings. Phil also shows you step by step how to solve each and every single problem on the SQA exam. The theory side also comes into the oral exam so I benefitted from this website and I’m yet to find one as good. Thanks Phil 😁”

Courtney Newsham

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Absolute life saver. I don't think I would have passed my exams if it wasn't for this website

“Phil’s website is my go to for any stability related revision. I have always been quite lazy when it comes to taking notes so knowing there is a website I can just open and find a worked example of the specific question I’m struggling with has been an absolute life saver when it comes to HND stability and OOW stability. Plus whenever I got stuck with a specific question Phil was always there to look at the numbers and show me where I’ve gone wrong.

I don’t think I would have passed my exams if it wasn’t for this website. Thanks Phil.”

MR

Access to worked examples with explanations is helpful so that you can check your work as you go - it's time saving

“A brilliant website for anyone studying navigation or stability exams.

Access to worked examples with explanations is helpful so that you can check your work as you go and its also time saving. Phil is always happy to help and answer questions in order to get you that important pass.”

HR

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Phil is always there for any questions & helps you along the way!

“A great resource for anyone who is studying stability or navigation. Having worked examples to go through as you’re doing the work is so useful as you can check your answers as you go along.

Phil is also always there for any questions and helps you along the way! Thanks Phil.”

RB

I would highly recommend to any perspective officer or somebody working to upgrade their ticket

“As a self study student for the Chief Mate / Masters examination I found the structure excellent to help me focus my studies.

The videos that show the method for calculations were excellent, allowing me to not only hear how to complete a question, but also follow and check my numbers. The theory is concise and to the point and easy to understand.

I would highly recommend Navigation and Stability with Phil Ashton to any perspective officer or somebody working to upgrade their ticket.”

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