• A Level English Literature (all exam boards)
• GCSE English Language (all exam boards)
• GCSE English Literature (all exam boards)
• KS1, KS2, KS3 English (all exam boards)
I started tutoring in my second year of undergraduate study, teaching an array of ages and abilities; from primary school pupils improving their reading to undergraduates refining their essay technique. I have primarily taught GCSE and A Level literature, improving student confidence in comprehension, critical reading, essay structure and writing technique.
Born and raised in Exeter, I attended Wellington School where I first discovered my love for literature and philosophy. Inspired to read further, I studied English and Creative Writing at A-Level, completing an additional writing course with the Arvon Foundation.
Whilst studying for my undergraduate degree, I began tutoring and quickly developed a passion for teaching. I also continued to write, having the good fortune to see my short stories and poetry published in numerous anthologies.
I graduated with a First-Class degree in English Literature before going on to study for my Master’s degree at University College London. After graduating from UCL I decided to focus on tutoring full time, turning my love of literature into a career.
I believe student engagement is absolutely crucial. Whether a pupil is falling behind in lessons or struggling to understand new material, their confidence can be affected making them feel alienated from the subject. My first priority is to demonstrate to students that no matter their experience they can always improve, adapt, and develop new ways to achieve that might be unique to them.
The more confident a student is, the more enthusiastic they become, and the more receptive they are to being challenged until they meet their full potential. Nothing is more satisfying than a previously disengaged pupil eager to try new methods and keep their grades improving. Once the willingness is there, we identify the areas that require the most attention and together devise a strategy to ensure a sense of control over their own success.
What I do when I am not tutoring
Write! Outside of lessons I am usually reading or writing. As a keen Psychogeographer I love to explore London and Paris by foot. A couple times per week I do something marginally more constructive and go to the gym… Then it’s back to my desk.
''My daughter loved her lessons with Alexander, her test scores have improved and so has her writing! We're very pleased with how well everything's gone.'' (Mother of Year 8 Student)
''We can't believe the difference Alexander's made to our son's confidence, his teacher's say he's much more engaged and his reading is so much better. We're now booking Alexander for sessions with our older son. We couldn't be happier!'' (Mother of Year 4 Student).
''Alexander's guidance was clear and informative, he helped to completely transform my essays at a crucial time for my studies.'' (A Level English Student)
''Extremely helpful! Fantastic! Thank you from an incredibly grateful family.'' (Mother of Year 13 Student)
''Thank you very much for such a good recommendation, Alex makes for stimulating company and is an excellent tutor.'' (Mother of Year 12 Student)
''It has been great for my son to be tutored by Alex, he has encouraged and enriched him with valuable discussions on form and process in analysis and writing alike. We are thankful to have had the opportunity for our child to be mentored in this way.'' (Mother of Year 13 Student)