Alex

Alex

Fishguard Tutor

"Two bee ore knot too bee."

I am a graduate of University College London and a published comic scriptwriter - having used English professionally gives me a more vigorous attitude to language use than many tutors might have and an additional insight into the study of English Literature.

Having also worked in the financial, IT and hospitality sectors, I have seen first hand how literacy can make the difference between being hired (and staying hired) or staying on the dole. I've seen far too many CV's which went straight into the bin because of basic literacy errors, and seen peoples' careers stall because they can't communicate effectively in writing. Reading and writing are crucial life skills which have more value than a few GCSE certificates.

I've successfully tutored people of all ages and backgrounds - from homeless people working on basic skills to A level students studying the classics of literature. I have a real knack for inspiring reluctant readers, which usually means boys, to want to open a book instead of firing up their XBox.

You see that sentence at the top of my blurb? That will pass a spellchecker on a PC even though it is NONSENSE. Hiring me to help you with your English will make you smarter than a computer. How can you say no?!?

UPDATE Autumn 2018 - Slots are nearly full for this term, but please do get in touch, I will do my best to fit you in!

Tutoring Experience

I have tutored successfully from primary school level up to A Level. I also taught basic literacy and numeracy for a homeless charity in London when I lived and worked there.

For junior school children I can also tutor maths,

Tutoring Approach

The relationship between tutor and client is crucial since at the primary/secondary level learning is essentially instruction rather than independent study. My style is relaxed but rigorous, I want my tutees to enjoy the time we spend together, but we are there to work. I want them to fulfill their potential and get the best grades they can - and they do.

English has technical rules which must be understood before it can be effectively comprehended or used to communicate with. Putting apostrophes in the wrong place, or missing them out altogether, changes the meaning of a sentence. Be warned - I am a grammar Nazi!

The study of literature has slightly different requirements. Here the goal is to expand the tutee's awareness of the content of the work being studied, and to be able to make original interpretations of it. But there are technical requirements to master also, in being able to successfully commit that knowledge and understanding to paper within the time limit that exams require.

LanguagesEnglish (British)
AvailabilityWeekends, Weekdays (all times)
References Available On File

Qualifications

University College London1995BachelorsBA Archaeology
Filton FE College1990SchoolA Levels
Bristol Cathedral School1988SchoolGCSEs

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Maths
Primary£17.50
English
Primary£17.50
Secondary£17.50
GCSE£17.50