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Alexandra

"Alex took my two very different children and showed them the joy and fun in learning, I have no hesitation in recommending her.''

Year 10 and Year 8 English Tuition

  • 11+

  • 13 +

  • English Language

  • English Literature

  • French

  • German

  • Maths

  • Psychology

  • Senior School Entrance

Academic History

2012-2014 University of Westminster MSc in Psychology with Distinction

2007-2008 University of East Anglia PGCE (Secondary English)

2002-2006 University of Cambridge BA in Modern and Medieval Languages 2.1 (German and French)

1994-2001 Nottingham Girls’ High School A levels: English Literature (A) German (A) French (A) Special Level French (Distinction)

GCSE: Maths (A*) Science (A*) English language (A*) English literature (A) Religious Studies (A*) History (A) Russian (A*) German (A) French (A*)

About Me

I am a qualified teacher and I have been tutoring for over eight years. I specialise in English and Maths tuition, and I also teach Psychology, German and French.  I can build rapport quickly with students, and I am able to assess their current performance very quickly and identify clear targets for improvement.

For each student, I create an individualised plan to develop their knowledge and skills, which I then adapt according to their progress.  I teach students to succeed in their school assessments and external exams, and equally importantly I foster their curiosity, their desire to learn and their ability to think independently.

I have worked with many high-achieving students to secure top grades in examinations, as well as competitive university and school places.  I also have particular experience supporting students with special educational needs, and students who are held back by a lack of confidence or high levels of anxiety.

Recent Tuition

I have worked with a wide variety of students over the last eight years. Below is a selection of some recent tuition:

11+ English and Maths

I worked with this student weekly in the year leading up to the year 7 Harrow 11+ pre-test. In Maths I helped him revise all relevant topics and develop his ability to tackle the more challenging questions. In English we focused on including more relevant detail in his comprehension answers, and incorporating more complex sentences in his composition work. He received conditional offers from Harrow and UCS for 13+ entry.

Online key stage 2 English

I worked weekly with this student online through years 5 and 6. She enjoys writing and I helped her to develop further her creative writing skills. We worked additionally on improving her grammar and the structure of her comprehension answers. The sophistication of Julianne’s writing has improved substantially, and her creative writing has been featured in the school newsletter.

13+ English

I had several lessons with this student in preparation for her 13+ English entrance test and following scholarship exam for St Edward’s. We worked on developing her inferential reading skills, and expanding her explanations in her comprehension answers. I also helped her to incorporate more high quality vocabulary into her creative writing, and to include more sophisticated sentence structures. She was told in her subsequent interview that she had scored more highly in her English scholarship paper than all of the other scholarship candidates.

KS3 online English support

I have worked regularly with this student through the summer term of year 8, the summer holidays and the autumn term of year 9. I have helped her improve the relevance, detail and structure of her comprehension answers and essays. We have also worked on including more varied sentence structure, detailed description and high quality vocabulary in her creative writing. Isabel has been moved up to the top set for English at school; she is achieving well and her confidence in her ability in English is growing.

GCSE English

I worked with this student weekly through year 10 and 11. She was struggling with her essay writing skills, and I helped her learn how to organise her ideas and structure her essays clearly and coherently. We also worked on developing her ability to express her ideas verbally. This led in turn to an increase in her self esteem and confidence in her abilities. She achieved an A* in her English Literature GCSE as well as an A in English Language, and chose to continue studying English Literature for A level.

French GCSE oral exam preparation

I had one lesson with this student the week before his French GCSE oral exam. He was very anxious, having performed very poorly in his mock exam. We set a realistic target grade which he both wanted to achieve and felt capable of achieving. We focused on learning and practising key sentences in the past, present and future tenses which he could use to answer questions on the relevant topics. He left feeling much more confident and his teacher could not believe the difference in his performance compared to previous exams.

Oxford University application (History)

I worked with this student weekly in the months leading up to her Oxford University interviews. She was applying to read History, and I helped her prepare for the History Aptitude Test (HAT), as well as her interviews. I helped her to produce more concise and well structured written answers to past HAT questions. I also helped her to improve the organisation of her verbal answers to interview-style questions, her lateral thinking, and her interview technique. She received a conditional offer to read History at Oxford University.

SEN:

11+ pre-test and 13+ preparation

This year 6 student has difficulties due to his Asperger’s, and we have been working together for up to three hours each week on his English and maths. I am delighted to report that he has received a place at Winchester. Our lessons will continue together for the long term, and we will work towards his final 13+ CE exams. We are giving a particular focus to his writing, which is a weaker area for him.

Year 3 and 4 English and Maths

Key stage one dyslexia support for English and Maths with one student – I worked regularly with her through the summer holidays after year 3 and the Christmas holidays of year 4. She had been falling behind at school in Maths, and I helped her to improve her mental and written arithmetic and times tables, and grasp basic concepts such as units of measurement. In English I supported her with learning spelling, as well as developing her ability to structure her writing and be consistent with her use of tenses. Her parents were very pleased with her progress and increased confidence, and she subsequently received a scholarship to be a chorister at Salisbury Cathedral.

Key stage 3 and 4 Maths and dyslexia support

This student was failing his school Maths assessments in year 7, and I worked with him regularly through years 8 – 11. I helped him to understand the basic concepts using visual representations and physical activities to aid his poor concentration, and gradually covered more complex material. I then supported him in his preparation for his GCSE exam and he achieved a B grade, with which both he and his parents are delighted.

IGCSE Maths

I have worked with this student through year 10 and the first term of year 11. She was struggling with Maths and had recently received a diagnosis of dyslexia and dyscalculia. I helped her consolidate some basic concepts which she had not fully grasped, and then supported her with the topics she covered at school. We have written revision cards together for the topics we have covered, to help her retain and recall information, and revise for her IGCSE. Her grade had improved from a D to a very high B by the end of year 10, and she is confident of receiving a high grade in her IGCSE Maths at the end of year 11

Homeschooling:

Year 9 German, Maths and English

This student had missed a couple of years of school as she had become unwell with autoimmune hepatitis. Although she was now well enough to attend school part-time, she was struggling to keep up because of having missed so much school, and her confidence was low. In German, we covered key material and vocabulary from her school textbook and covered easier material on the days when she was not feeling so well. I taught her important grammatical points and verb conjugations covered in the textbook as her understanding progressed and her confidence grew. From having understood little of school lessons, by the end of the school year she found her school German lessons easy.

English literature IGCSE

This student was attempting to pass her English literature IGCSE for the third time. As well as having ADHD, she had been unwell and had also been bullied at school. She had lost confidence and motivation to the extent that she had not written an essay for three years, and her English teacher at school had refused to continue teaching her. We read and analysed the texts together, and gradually built up her confidence in her opinions and writing skills. After four months of working together, she achieved an A in her IGCSE exams and was delighted.

English and Maths IGCSE

I was responsible for this student’s education for the six months before his IGCSE exams. He has missed much of his secondary schooling due to multiple expulsions. I broke the curriculum down into small, engaging chunks to help his confidence and motivation, and helped him to increase his concentration span. His attendance rate and ability to build relationships with adults increased significantly, and he was able to complete his IGCSE exams.

Hobbies and Interests

When not working, I enjoy playing the piano and singing in a large choir in the City. I have always loved running around, and at weekends often spend time on a tennis court with some friends or cycling around North London.

Discovering new places has always held fascination for me, whether it’s a day trip from London or a trip to the Middle East, and I make an effort to visit friends in Germany and Switzerland regularly to catch up and keep my languages from getting too rusty.

Client Testimonials

“Alex was an extremely friendly, supportive and patient mentor who had expertise in helping pupils who were shy and under confident … I cannot recommend her highly enough.”

Mother of year 10/11 student

“Thank you so very much indeed for all your help and patience with her – I am sure results would have been truly dire without you!”

Mother of year 11 pupil

“I was delighted with Alex’s tuition … as a result our daughter was much better able to clarify her thoughts and structure her answers, to better manage her workload, and therefore to be more confident. I am sure she would not have got in without Alex’s assistance”

Father of Oxford candidate

  • Qualified Teacher

  • SEN Specialist