“Alex H has been tutoring my daughter, after she decided to take advance Math at the end of her first term of A-Level subjects. I have found that his help had a very positive impact on her, and I rate him highly for her progress in Math, Economics, TSA that got her accepted ultimately in Oxford in Economics & Management.”
Mr L, A Level Maths and Oxbridge Tuition
2010-2011: University of Oxford: MSc Maths (1st Class).
2007-2010, University of Oxford: BA (Hons) in Maths, (1st Class).
2002-2007: Dean Close Senior School, Cheltenham.
A-Levels: Maths (A), Further Maths (A), Physics and Economics (A).
GCSEs: 9 A*s (including Maths, English Language, English Literature, Physics, Chemistry, Biology) and 2 A’s
I have been working as a tutor since 2014, and my main subject specialisms include Mathematics (all ages, abilities and exam boards) and entry tests (from 11+ to Oxbridge level). I also teach Economics and Physics. Furthermore, I have extensive experience in mentoring students for their university applications, covering personal statement writing and interview preparation, and have taught revision classes at schools in London.
I am a patient and enthusiastic tutor, with an approach that focuses on developing areas of weakness, reinforcing knowledge and practising example questions, while building confidence in the student to make sure that they achieve the best results possible. I always provide parents with feedback to let them know how much progress is being made, and aim to conveniently fit my sessions into my clients’ busy schedules. I am available in London, the surrounding areas and remotely via Skype.
Please find a snapshot of my recent tuition experience below.
11+ / Pre ISEB tuition in Maths, English, Verbal Reasoning and Non-Verbal Reasoning
Ongoing tuition with a very bright student, in preparation for exams that will take place towards the end of the year. (The results of the ISEB tests are used Eton, Harrow, and thirty of the top senior schools in the country.) The aim of these in-person sessions is to make sure the student achieves the top marks he is capable of, in particular for Verbal Reasoning, while also helping him to focus under exam conditions (an area that he has struggled with in the past).
11+ English, Verbal Reasoning & Maths (Harrow entry test)
I worked collaboratively with the student, going through past papers, with a focus on comprehension questions to improve Nikita’s confidence in this area of weakness. The entry test was passed and the student was accepted by the school.
11+ Maths & Science (Repton School entry test)
With this student we reviewed areas of knowledge required for Maths and Physics sections in particular, and went through a selection of past questions.
13+ Verbal Reasoning (school to be decided)
With a foreign student, who struggled interpreting exam questions in English, I spent 10 hours teaching the methods and tricks to performing well on a range of verbal reasoning 13+ questions. This greatly approved his ability to understand and correctly answer a large number of questions that he initially had been unable to attempt.
GCSE // AS Level // A Level // International Baccalaureat
GCSE, Mathematics (Edexcel)
In the run up to his Higher Tier maths GCSE exams, I helped this student to build his confidence in several areas (graph drawing, statistics, factorisation) and ensure that he was fully prepared. His approach to answering questions, speed of solution, and enjoyment of the subject all improved significantly over the three weeks that I spent tutoring him.
AS-Level, Economics (Edexcel)
I worked with Oleksii in preparation for his internal school exams. We split our time evenly between discussing key topics, with a focus on macro, and going through example questions. Gaining the evaluation marks in longer, essay-style questions was an area of weakness for him and so this is where we spent a lot of our time. I would also set Oleksii example questions to practise for review during our sessions, in which he showed a noticeable improvement even over a short period.
AS-Level, Economics (Edexcel)
Over May/June I provided 13 hours of tutoring for Esther’s internal school exams. Both her and her parents were very happy with my progress so I was invited back to prepare Esther for her University of Oxford application, from refining her personal statement, to intensive preparation for the TSA entry tests and finally for interview. Esther successfully received an offer from Oxford to study Economics and Management.
A-Level, Mathematics, C1-C4, S1, M1 (Edexcel)
Amelie was a good student, aiming to secure top marks in her A level exams. Therefore we focused on the hardest types of questions that can be seen in these units. I also pushed her further with occasional questions slightly beyond these units.
IB, Mathematics, Standard Level, Paper 1 & Paper 2
Over the Easter holidays I had several 3-hour intense revision sessions with Emily in London, to help her revise and prepare for her maths IB exams. Emily and her parents found these sessions to be extremely useful, and I continued to tutor Emily over Skype once she had returned to boarding school.
A-level, Physics, Papers 1-2 (AQA)
Robert was a strong student, whose parents wanted to make sure that he would receive top marks. We have been having several revision sessions (both in person and over Skype) to go through past questions on areas where he was weakest (waves and electricity)
A-level, Economics, Papers 1-3 (AQA)
I have so far had more than a dozen 2-hour revision sessions with this student, focusing on the areas where he was weakest: essay writing and the analytical/graphical questions. He has made strong progress over this time, and is more confident that he will perform well in his upcoming exams.
AS-level, Mathematics, M2/M3 (OCR)
In preparation for his mathematics exams, James was concerned about his performance in the mechanics papers. Through lots of worked examples, practice and building from simpler questions to more difficult ones, mechanics is no longer a worry for James.
Oxbridge Preparation, Mathematics applicant
I have recently started mentoring a student whose parents wanted him to make an early start in preparing for his university application. So far we have already discussed reading lists, tackled some example MAT/STEP questions, and have conducted mock interviews.
Hobbies and Interests
My main hobbies include travel, writing and films. Outside of teaching I am also a freelance writer and editor.
“Alex Harrison has been tutoring my daughter, after she decided to take advance Math at the end of her first term of A-Level subjects. I have found that his help had a very positive impact on her, and I rate him highly for her progress in Math, Economics, TSA that got her accepted ultimately in Oxford in Economics & Management.”
A-Level & Oxbridge, Mr L (parent)
“Your tutorials were very helpful as you guided me rather than just told me the right answer which was useful as it meant that I could think about my answers. What was especially useful was going through the sine and cosine curves and figuring out the values of them (?/3 ?/6 etc), as I have found that way of thinking beneficial when doing my non-calculator papers. Overall, I found the lessons extremely helpful as I now have a better understanding of the concepts and how to apply them.”
IB exams, Emily (student)
“Thank you for your lessons. I talked with [the student] last weekend and he is very happy with your sessions. We would like to organize more sessions in the future.”
13+ entry tests, Oleg (parent)
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