About Us

We now accept the fact that learning is a lifelong process of keeping abreast of change. And the most pressing task is to teach people how to learn.
― Peter Drucker

Maria O’Conor

Hi, I’m Maria O’Conor, founder and owner of The Unlocked Learner.

Over the last 25 years (I’m older than I look ;-)) I’ve enabled thousands of students in 3 countries to achieve great learning outcomes. My teaching career so far has taken me to a variety of places including Japan, Singapore, 1 college, 3 universities and 4 secondary schools. I’ve also transformed the lives of people in prison in the UK.

I’m passionate about enabling students to step up to achieve their absolute best and fulfil their study ambitions.

I set up The Unlocked Learner Ltd and created Step Up to Study Success because I saw a huge disconnect in the way students are taught study skills and study mindset skills in our traditional education systems. My unique study coaching formula combines these two essential areas and has enabled past students to increase their study outcomes to leap across entire grade boundaries from a 4 to a 6 at GCSE and 2.2 to 2.1 at undergraduate level. I’m also extremely proud to say that I’ve coached many of my students to achieve a first-class degree.

My Step Up to Study Success online course is designed to enable you to develop highly effective learning approaches that will empower you to achieve your best, now and throughout your career as a lifelong learner.

Follow The Unlocked Learner on Twitter and Instagram to get regular updates and new insights on the study and mindset skills you need to achieve the best you’re capable of.

Our Previous Students

John, BA (Hons)

Criminal Justice, 2:1

Doing a degree as a mature student was initially daunting. Having not been in education for many years, I was unsure on how to structure and write an academic essay.…


BSc (Hons) Psychology, 1st Class

As a dyslexic student going to Maria for study coaching not only helped me academically but it was a form of moral support. She assisted both academically and psychologically by…


Formerly Web Tech Wonderwoman

Maria’s Rapid Reading Guide came at just the right time for me. I have a huge amount of documents to review, and it’s a lot of reading which I need…

Get in Touch

For more information or if you’re interested in one of our courses, please get in touch.

7 Bell Yard, London, WC2A 2JR

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