Peter Wearing DipWSET discovered a love for wine while travelling to wine regions after university. As a political science graduate he took a fairly typical job with a market research company, designing and analyzing research projects on everything from consumer packaged goods to political campaigns. After many successful years in the market research industry he took a leap to follow his wine passion at his own company. He took WSET at IWEG and received his Diploma in 2011. He felt it important to give back to the industry that has given so much joy and began instructing around the same time. He became a certified WSET wine educator and primarily focusses on instruction at the Diploma level. His particular areas of expertise include Italy, Burgundy and Chile. He is also an authorized educator for the Wines of Chile Academy program.
I like to give students the tools they need to understand and feel comfortable with the exam. This means starting with the end in mind, appreciating what is required and what it will take to get there. There is a slew of information on wine regions, grape growing, producers, etc. and it is easy to get bogged down in the minutiae. Understanding the key pillars to success not only helps in writing the exam, but it also helps students prioritize their time and efforts on the most important elements of the program. I have not met many students who take the Diploma with an unlimited amount of study time, so whatever I can do to help them become more efficient is crucial.
Start the course with study plan that lays out what you want to accomplish every week until the exam. The plan should include time to do the required reading, but also other activities to test your knowledge, like writing practice questions, flipping through flash cards, map making, etc. You would be surprised how efficient you can be by establishing and sticking to a plan. Make sure not to get behind. If you develop and stick to a study plan your chance of success is (almost) guaranteed.