How to write a testimonial

  • What is a testimonial:
    • A testimonial is a creative way to share a statement made by a student who was satisfied with his/her experience and can provide assurance about the quality and value of the services they received. It’s a written form of a “thumbs up” provided by the student who felt happy with my service and is willing to share his/her experience. 
  • A good testimonial is direct and short:
    • Put the most impactful statement at the beginning. Edit it so even if people read just the first few words, they get the meaning quickly.
  • What should testimonials include:
    • The more information in a testimonial, the more credible it is. Testimonials should include the person’s name, the courses that you have taken with me and the results you got if it was good :)?
    • The least credible testimonials include just the person’s initials. Write down your name in a way that you are more comfortable with it. If you are not comfortable using your name chose a nick name. It’s not ideal but better than nothing. Remember you can always change it by just telling me.
  • How to write a testimonial:
    • Before you start writing, think about the following questions. They can help spark your inspiration and get the story flowing:
      • What was your problem?
      • How did I help you solve the problem?
      • Standout skills and behaviours that you observed while working with me.
      • How was your experience with me?
      • What did you like most about the approach I took?
      • What is the overall message you’re trying to convey?
      • deliver your recommendation and why you believe the person is great to work with.
    • Now, think about how you’ll compile this information. We recommend the following tips during the testimonial creation process:
      • Keep things short and sweet, real, honest, authentic, specific and positive.
    • Use a testimonial template
      • I worked with (name) as (your role) from (time & service).
      • In that time I observed (positive skills & behaviours).
      • I particularly remember (success story).
      • One thing that I miss is (endearing positive quality).
      • I recommend (name) to work in (type of business/role) that (what they will value most).
  • Examples of testimonial pages:

Hannah Bailey

Ryan was an encouraging, clear, kind, and incredible teacher.  I worked with him for the second half of Differential Calculus (UBC Math 100) after having struggled with the first half of the course.  Ryan enabled me to understand not only the concepts in Math 100, but also useful methods for approaching calculus problems in general.  He was a very adaptable teacher, and he always ensured that we focused on the areas of the course that I found to be the most difficult.  I am so grateful to have had the opportunity to work with Ryan, and I would definitely recommend him to anyone studying math!

Josh Moscovitz

Ryan was a fantastic tutor that played a crucial role in guiding me through my Math 184 (Differential Calculus for Commerce) course at UBC. The class is known to be difficult and I struggled to understand the concepts early on, however, Ryan’s extensive knowledge on the subject allowed me to think about these concepts in new ways where I could understand them. Ryan always had a positive attitude  and his creative and organized notes and study tips were extremely helpful. I’m beyond grateful for the dedication he put into allowing me to enjoy and succeed in the course. 

Kiana Nariman

Ryan was a very engaging and helpful tutor. I had Ryan as my tutor for math 104 and before I met Ryan, I was very used to memorization of mathematical methods. Ryan went through step by step solutions and his thorough knowledge of the material, really helped me to approach in a different way and to understand the concepts and problem-solving methods. Ryan was very organized, respectful and flexible with scheduling sessions. Overall, he was very good support in my first year at UBC. He was truly dedicated and passionate when teaching and that also made me more interested in the time that I was studying. 

Cedric Chin

I hired Ryan as my private tutor for MATH 180 and MATH 101, during our time working together I noticed that he was extremely flexible and organized at teaching. Ryan explains concepts creatively (as opposed to adhering to the textbook) which aids in their retention for midterms and finals. Additionally, whenever we came across an important concept, Ryan would be sure to highlight and label it to aid in studying later. I found him to be an effective and creative tutor.

Eric Lai

Ryan was my private tutor and taught me calculus (UBC courses Math 184 and Math 105). As challenging as the subject is, Ryan is innovative in teaching in that he finds and teaches easier ways to solve problems rather than stubbornly following the textbook. I would describe him as a patient, encouraging and innovative teacher.

Nicole Leith

Ryan started tutoring me in first year differential and integral calculus when the content started to become challenging. Ryan was reliable, flexible, and easy to communicate with. Ryan’s teaching method was particularly effective for me as he would write down the steps to solving problems and allow you to keep these notes. These were beneficial to refer to when preparing for the midterms or final exam. I would highly recommend Ryan as he was patient and willing to explain concepts in more ways than one in order to gain a full understanding of them.

Amy Leith

Ryan was my tutor for both my first year calculus classes, differential and integral. A friend I shared a class with recommended him to me. Ryan was very helpful with understanding basics to then tackle more difficult problems. He would do the questions with me, review the question a second time if necessary, and gave helpful strategies to solve questions. Ryan was very reliable and flexible with what questions I wanted to do. I would definitely recommend Ryan to others.

Tipoto O.

Ryan is a really good teacher and he helped me learn a lot during my times with him. He made the concepts seem easier by breaking them down to step by step problems and going through them at my pace. I learned more with Ryan in my sessions with him than in all my lectures. Thank you for all your help, Ryan!