Alex was brought up bilingually in Cardiff and gained 13 A*/A grades at GCSE, and A grades in English Literature, Welsh, and Drama at A-Level. She read English at Cambridge University and after graduating went on to study for a further BA at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama. Alex has been tutoring adults and children since 2008.
Alex has tutored Mathematics from KS1 up to GCSE, as well as English to A-Level. She has also taken on tailored tutoring jobs including home-schoolng KS3 Mathematics, working with dyslexic pupils, and working with adults learning English as a foreign language. Between finishing at school and beginning her studies at university, Alex spent a year working as an SEN classroom assistant working closely with a child with Asperger’s Syndrome. This involved facilitating the social and academic change between primary and secondary education on a one-to-one basis. During this year she also ran Welsh language games sessions for primary children in non-Welsh medium schools to improve and encourage their use of the language outside the classroom environment. At secondary school she taught reading skills to children with low reading ages.
Alex’s approach to tutoring is tailored to the individual’s needs; firstly finding ways of fully explaining a concept, then cementing them with useful and memorable material to build students’ confidence. She engenders a relaxed yet productive working environment, in which students are encouraged to take ownership of their learning, and to capitalize on their curiosity and tenacity.
Alex has prepared students for entrance exams and her students have gained entry to Highgate at 7+ and Haberdashers’ Askes Boys and Emmanuel at 11+.
When she isn’t tutoring Alex can usually be found in the kitchen, the countryside, or doing a cryptic crossword.