• 11+ English and Maths: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• 13+ English, Maths, Latin and History: ISEB and public school entrance exams
• (I)GCSE English (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• (I)GCSE German (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• (I)GCSE History (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• (I) GCSE Latin (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• A-Level English Literature (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• A-Level German (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
• A-Level History (OCR, WJEC, AQA, Edexcel, CIE)
I often find that students have the bulk of the knowledge they need, but struggle to verbalise or articulate what they know. Much of my tutoring work has involved working with students on structuring their answers and writing coherent and complete essays as well as reinforcing or helping on the content side.
I was born and spent my childhood in Zimbabwe and attended one of the leading private schools in Harare. I then spent my high school years in Norfolk, where I sat my GCSEs and A Levels, achieving A and A* grades across the board.
I went on to read German & Translation at the University of Surrey in Guildford, where I was awarded a First Class Honours Degree and won the University's award for the highest attainment in German. During this time, I spent a year living and working in Frankfurt as a translator for one of the Big Four auditing firms.
Whilst I achieved high grades in all my examinations, I did not do so by simply turning up and writing my name at the top of the paper. There were times when I also struggled to understand certain concepts or was not sure how to structure my answers and sought the help of professional tutors to help me get to where I wanted to be. Therefore, I am well acquainted with the frustration and anxiety that can sometimes come along with needing extra support.
I am extremely passionate about the subjects I teach and try to extend this passion and enthusiasm to my students to help them gain the confidence they want and need to tackle their exams successfully. I hope to challenge and stimulate them in a way that gets them to think critically about the subject and thereby learn transferrable skills that are not merely limited to an exam or test, but which will also be applicable in other areas of their lives.
I am someone who thinks and writes best with pen and paper. The hands-on approach to learning is one of the most effective ways to tackle a subject and to really get to grips with it. That being said, my lessons also profit greatly from the various multimedia resources that technology allows us to access, which can bring some subjects to life or allow others to be viewed from a new or unique perspective.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Outside of tutoring I work on various translation projects of academic papers and books from German into English. Most recently, I translated a thesis on a Chinese educator called Ma Xiangbo, about whom very little has been written in English.
The ability to travel is a very important part of my life and I relish the opportunity to go to new places, experience new foods or activities and interact with people who may have very different views on the world to my own.
"We had our second lesson with Alex this morning and find him excellent. He is very connected and professional with our son, who tells us that he is enjoying the way he teaches him and the practical advice he offers. From aside, we could notice the very tangible connection he has with Alex as a tutor, which clearly makes the lessons enjoyable and memorable experiences for our son." - Mother of pre-test student.
"After just 2 lessons with Alex the children seem to be motivated and back on track. They like Alex very much and I am already impressed with his rapport with them. His manner is motivating and stimulating. I often hear them laugh. His report shows he has a keen eye himself of what they are like already!!" - Mother of GCSE students
"The kids are absolutely loving their lessons with Alex. He is fun, engaging, has a good way with them - maintaining discipline through Skype must be so difficult!! They never complain about their tutoring times and we are delighted that they are making great progress!" - Mother of Year 10 online English students
"Nothing short of miraculous... you've turned my son into someone who enjoys English and believes he can do it. In addition we all enjoy it when you have lessons."
"Thank you for your hard work, expertise, patience and kindness" - Mother of GCSE students
"Alex is a godsend! He's a terrific tutor and my son seems to work well with him!"
''He seemed very motivated and he hates Latin so testament to your teaching! Thanks so much for your help.'' - Mother of 13+ Latin student
''Thanks...(for) the teaching part, and for the interest and support - nice to have someone to go through it with you.'' - Mother of 11+ student