• A Level English Literature (all exam boards)
• iGCSE English Literature (CIE & Edexcel)
• 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. Today I teach many 11+ and 13+ students for school entry and personal development, as well as i(GCSE) and A Level students who want to boost their confidence and achieve higher grades.
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
Outside of lessons I like to read, write, exercise and play guitar. I'm passionate about Psychogeography and love to explore London and Paris by foot. I also make short films, study art and dedicate as much time as I can to learning new things.
''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.'' (Year 12 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)
''My lessons with Alexander went really well and I am extremely happy with him as my tutor!'' (Year 13 Student)
''My daughter has blossomed in confidence after only a few lessons and Alexander's guidance has been invaluable in identifying the areas she struggles with.'' (Mother of Year 13 Student)
''My son really enjoyed being tutored by Alexander and has consistently improved his writing skills, in a nice and professional way. Alexander is very supportive and his lessons are really enjoyable.” (Mother of Year 7 Student)
''Alexander has helped my son gain confidence in English and push him to find deep analysis in passages. He really likes how Alexander structures the lessons along with his engaging and thought provoking attitude and it’s the first time that he is actually enjoying English and more importantly understanding it.'' (Mother of Year 11 Student)
''Thank you for your swift, firm and always professional way. My son has really benefited from your precise and sustained encouragement and I could not recommend you more.'' (Mother of Year 13 Student)
''I felt like the sessions were very effective in preparing me for my mock exams, particularly because of the various formats and techniques we covered to tackle different questions'' (Year 11 Student)
''My daughter is enjoying her lessons with Alexander and her English has improved considerably since she started the lessons. Her marks in class and her mock results are higher than they have been before and she has grown in confidence in her ability in the subject'' (Mother of Year 11 Student)
''Alexander has helped my daughter to challenge herself with deeper analysis of her texts. With his lessons she has became more confident in essay technique such as writing developed conclusions. Overall, she really enjoys his lessons as this gives her an opportunity to push herself in English'' (Mother of Year 13 Student)
''Alexander was amazing, my daughter really enjoyed her lesson, thank you so much'' (Mother of Year 10 Student)
''Sessions with Alexander were incredibly helpful and assisted me in improving my textual analysis and writing technique. This completely simplified my experience of moving from English Literature GCSE to A level and made me develop and interest in English Literature overall.'' (Year 12 Student)
''My daughter said that he was really good and a number of things were now much clearer. She said that he was a good teacher'' (Mother of Year 11 Student).