- 11+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
- 13+ English & Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
- (I)GCSE English Language: Edexcel and AQA
- (I)GCSE Spanish: Edexcel, CIE, AQA and OCR
- A-level Spanish
After completing my A-Levels in French, Spanish and Physics, I went to King's College London to study Spanish with Linguistics. I spent a year abroad studying Humanities in Madrid (where I was given the chance to broaden my academic horizons, studying Theory of Law, Art History, Anthropology, Semiotics and Iberian History) and achieved an Upper Second Class honours degree at the end of my course. I have worked as a Private Tutor constantly since graduating in 2008 and have recent completed a course of further study with an MA in Screenwriting from London College of Communication, University of the Arts, London.
The relationship is key for me. I have found that without a trusting base upon which to build, progress is very slow. I put a great deal of effort into ensuring that atmosphere and approach are calm and open with the ultimate aim of high-intensity, low-pressure learning. I also have exceptionally high expectations of all my students and want them to work hard for whatever it is they are looking for, be it entry into one of London's top schools or a necessary C in GCSE Foundation Maths. For me, goals are set to be achieved, not to be wondered after.
After first meeting a student, I will make a quick assessment of what I believe they need most from me, which could be anything from simple organisational instruction through to exam tricks and techniques, but it is with confidence that I feel I do my best work. The expectations that I hold dictate that I believe in all of my students entirely and, as such, will push them to express themselves as faithfully as possible at all times. For me, the confidence is always there; sometimes it just needs to be eased out.
I use a great variety of resources and make use of an iPad for most of my work. The ingenuity of the device allows me to bring both interactive whiteboard and library to class, although pen and pencil (and highlighter, fineliner, ruler and rubber) will forever rule the roost.
In terms of pre-tests, I recommend building up a thorough knowledge of the 11+ Maths and English syllabus and focussing as much as possible on comprehension, grammar and cloze procedure and mental arithmetic and word problems. I use a variety of activities to target the time pressured nature of the tests and problem solving.
What I do when I am not tutoring
When not tutoring, I spend most of my time developing ideas and writing scripts for television and film. Story-writing is a huge part of my life and I am never without pencil and paper for recording those dialogue nuggets overheard on the top decks of London buses.
Sports are also very important to me. I cycle all over London during the week and take the occasional bicycle-photography weekend trip further afield. I enjoy scuba-diving whenever possible and still believe that I could turn out in midfield for Manchester United if I really set my mind to it.
My recent blog posts
28/04/2015: Online Revision Resources
"We are delighted to say that our daughter has been offered a place at her chosen school! Alex played a huge role in this. Before she started working with Alex, she had resigned herself to being 'bad at Maths' and she was in the 4th Maths set at school. By the time of the exam she was scoring 80% in ISEB test papers. We also asked Alex to help with preparation for the two English exams. Although these were stronger subjects for my daughter Alex was able to make significant progress with her marks by teaching her about exam technique. I think Alex's biggest skill was creating a rapport as it must be very hard to build trust over Skype - but he did it. She really trusted his feedback and listened to his suggestions. He was also well prepared for each session and he was very responsive to email requests from me. I would not hesitate to recommend Keystone and Alex to anyone. It was one of the best educational decisions we have made." (Mother of online 11+ student)
"Alex is a fantastic tutor and can cover different subjects which makes his tutoring very flexible which suits our needs. The chidren like him and respond well to his teaching".
"Alex is very profession in his work and seems to have a natural gift to making math enjoyable".
"Alex is brilliant. He is in tune with my daughter. We feel it is money well spent!"
'Alex is brilliant, he has been tutoring our daughter for a year now, primarily to give her confidence, which he achieves, especially in Maths. Alex really works with the parent, which is very important and when there are areas of concern, these are always addressed. (Mother of Year 4 student)
"I just wanted to say how exceptionally impressed we were (the kids too) with Alex and he did a fantastic job in helping our kids feel prepared for their entrance exam at the Dragon School." (Father of 2 boys)
'Our son really loves Alex and looks forward to seeing him. He loves his interactive style and the use of the i-pad in teaching, it has been really great all round.' (Mother of Year 5 Maths student)
Alexander Craig has been outstanding. He has such a sympathetic way of dealing with our daughter and helping to boost her self-confidence. Thanks for finding him! (Father of A-Level Spanish student)
I personally thought Alex great and his teaching method inspired (Mother of Dyslexic student)