I am an experienced, highly qualified tutor and writer with a background in both education and journalism. After five years running a busy home-based tuition practice in south London, I have recently moved to Bradford-on-Avon.
- Which subject(s) do you teach?
I teach English Literature and English Language at GCSE and A level. I also help students to prepare for university entrance and to improve their essay writing and study skills.
- Tell me about your qualifications.
I have a BA in English from Oxford University and an MA and PhD in philosophy from Essex University.
- How much do you charge?
I charge £40 per teaching hour for all levels except GCSE school-based pupils, for which the charge is £35 per session.
- Where do you teach?
I teach from my home in Bradford-on-Avon and, in some cases, online via Skype.
- When are you available?
I teach in the afternoons and evenings during the week. I am generally available through the Easter and Christmas holidays, and much of the summer.
- Which ages and levels do you teach?
I teach students at GCSE and A level, so 14-18. Sometimes I prepare older students for re-sits and university entrance. I can also help with essay writing at degree level, and am pleased to see adults who want to improve their writing skills for academic or professional reasons.
- Which qualifications do you prepare your students for?
Academic writing at undergraduate and postgraduate level
- Do you have a personal message for students?
If you're considering private tuition, don't leave it too late! Learning works best when sufficient time is given to develop understanding and knowledge - the skills in English particularly are cumulative.
An initial meeting is free of charge and involves no commitment. It's helpful if a parent accompanies a school-age student.
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- What kind of experience do you have?
I have extensive teaching experience in secondary, higher and further education. I've taught GCSE and A level English in school and college and, on getting my PhD, worked as a university lecturer in philosophy. Now a published author, I combine my writing with private tuition.
I have been running a successful, home-based tuition practice since 2010 and have taught pupils from schools of all kinds, as well as some independent exam candidates and adult learners.
- Do you have an up-to-date DBS (Disclosure & Barring Service, formerly CRB) Certificate?
Yes, I have an enhanced CRB certificate.
- Do you belong to any professional organisations?
I am a member of the Society of Authors and sit on the organisation's management committee.
- Tell me about some of your current students.
My students come from a wide range of backgrounds. Some attend state schools where large class sizes make it difficult to get individual attention; others are at independent schools with a very demanding curriculum.
Some of my GCSE students struggle with writing accurately and producing the analysis needed for both literature and language; others enjoy the subject but lack the confidence that comes from understanding exactly what's expected of them. Many students stay with me several years and only leave once they have done their exams.
My A level students are, for one reason or another, a grade or two behind what they need: past students have reported dramatic improvements which enable them to go to their university of choice.
I have had a number of students who have missed out on their formal education and have taken their GCSE or A level English exams as independent candidates.
• BA in English
• MA, PhD in Philosophy
• Enhanced CRB
• Member of The Society of Authors
Thank you so much for your help! I got an A – 108 out of 120, the highest in the year!
Just thought I'd let you know that Peter got A* in English language mock and A in literature. Fantastic! Couldn't have done it without all your support. You have really boosted his confidence, which was quite low in this subject.
Alex stepped in at very short notice to provide support for two of our students leading up to their A level exams, after we discovered that they were very poorly prepared on key texts. Her professional, calm and thorough approach helped them to feel confident and prepared; they could not have been happier with the support they received at such a crucial point in their studies.
Alex is a very caring person and is very enthusiastic in her teaching. She been tutoring me for a year now and my parents, my teacher and I have all seen an improvement in my English generally and also in my end-of-year tests. Alex is highly recommended.
Thank you so much for the tutoring you gave me. You were a great help and my English grade in that unit improved by 33 marks - from a D to a high A! I am incredibly appreciative because now I can do the course I want to do at university.
Alex was able to offer me advice that I had not been given before with regards exam technique. She really helped to build my confidence which enabled me to go into the exam knowing exactly how to answer any question I was faced with.
I cannot recommend her enough. My grade went up to an A and I now have the necessary grades for my preferred university course.
Alex managed to help me get from GCSE level to an A level standard in a very short time. When it came to the exams, her preparation for me was methodical and accurate. She has a huge knowledge of the subject, but is capable of conveying it in a way that an A level pupil can get the most out of it. I would strongly recommend Alex.
Alex's resources as a working writer were invaluable to a Philosophy A level student. It was very useful to have someone with a wide range of knowledge in the subject that I didn't find in as much depth in my sixth form. Taught with exam technique, this left me feeling confident in my ability to write the best essay for my exam.
I have improved my English drastically since I first came to lessons. They also made me appreciate English more, and helped me to understand what I was doing wrong and put it right. Thank you for your help!
Alex helped me with a wide range of things which included grammar and punctuation skills. The tasks she set helped me to improve the quality of my written work, not just in English but in other subjects as well. Alex was friendly and interesting. In the future if I have any more issues, I will go back.
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