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Alex (Tutor in Plymouth)

Plymouth, Devon
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Member Since: 24/06/2013
Last Login: 13 days ago
Response Rate: 95%
Expected Response: < 5 hours


University of St Mark & St John...
Secondary Science Education
Merit  (2008)
Plymouth University
1st  (2003)
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Information about Alex

Hi, I’m a fully qualified teacher since 2008 with lots of experience of AQA, OCR, EDEXCEL at GCSE & A-Level. I have also taken many students through the GLA certificate for the 11 Plus exam.

I’m a friendly and supportive tutor, always happy to discuss any topics. I focus on building self-confidence through explanation, discussion and the use of layered and scaffolded questions. By the time the exams come round you will be practised and ready to deal with even the complex material!

I focus especially on "high-value" areas which come up in exams, and those fundamental concepts which are needed to understand a subject.

My first few sessions are generally assessment orientated, we will create an action plan together so we have some kind of framework, although this is flexible of course, and we can work on any emergency needs! I`m happy to swap from Science to maths and back again when needs be, for example.

As well as help with specific exam questions, I always spend time on exam strategy. This is vital! In order to get the very best results you can get, it`s essential to understand how to work through an exam paper, and what answers each board is looking for.

My degree is in Analytical Chemistry (1st class), I also have the Glasson Memorial Prize for Chemistry (2003). I gained a merit in my PGCE but although academic achievement is a key skill of mine, I am interested in all students, and my focus is on the person and their needs.

Therefore I have a wide experience and interest in tuition and teaching, including SEN students with multiple needs and students who are unable to access mainstream education for various reasons.

Please feel free to drop me any questions you may have regarding my expert tuition for your child or children!

Best wishes, Alex.

After School

Willing to travel: 10 miles

Experience: - Expertise and excellent success rate in:
- KS2 - English, Maths and 11-Plus.
- KS3 - General Science & Mathematics.
- KS4 - GCSE Chemistry, Biology, Physics & Mathematics.
- KS5 - AS/A2 Level Chemistry (Very experienced with OCR & AQA). AS Biology.
- Degree Level Chemistry
- GAMSAT Medical entry exam.

- Teaching and tutoring since 2008.
- Mainstream and SEN Teaching, including excluded pupils.
- Experience with ASD, ADHD, EBSD, Dyscalculia and Dyslexia.


I recommend on-line tuition to all A-Level pupils, and I am currently offering a £10 discount spread over the first 2 sessions.

With on-line tuition the key advantages are that:

* I have many more resources at my disposal and can access them for whatever direction the tuition goes off in.
* You get to save my lessons, notes, corrections etc for your own revision.
* Distance is no problem.
* Session timings can be more flexible.

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Feedback For Alex (12)
We have a total of 12 review(s) for Alex.

Neville (Mr)

4/5 Rating

Alex is a pleasant and helpful tutor who assisted my daughter in achieving the science level she required.

Amanda (Mrs)

4/5 Rating

Alex has been helping our son, who is in junior school and really struggles with maths, for more than a year now. Alex is very patient, he quickly figured out the gaps in our son`s understanding of numbers and number theory and came up with solutions to help address these. He is flexible and gives us, as parents, good feedback.

Alice (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Since being tutored by Alex I feel a lot more confident with using the equations we learn in A-level chemistry. I had my exams this early summer and being tutored by Alex has helped massively and improved my understanding of both physical and organic chemistry. I would highly recommend him to anyone who needs extra help or has a child that does.

Michelle (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We have used Alex for our Sons GCSE preparation since Sept 2016 for both Maths and Sciences. By the end of 2016 our Son had progressed up to the second from top set in Maths, his mock exams produced some A* grades in his Sciences, Alex certainly got our Son motivated and the confidence he needed to go into the exams.
He has just finished his exams now with a confidence in his ability that we have not seen before, absolutely no doubt down to Alex`s dedication and teaching methods, fully explained and methodical allowing the pupil to learn without getting confused...the use of past exam papers and a sound knowledge of exam boards...brilliant Alex thank you.
Will update when we know the results.

Rosie (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Alex has only just started helping my son but is very good, explains things clearly and sets him work to do in between sessions.

Robert (Mr)

5/5 Rating

Alex has been tutoring Lewis for his sciences and has been a fantastic teacher. Lewis lacked some self-confidence with his sciences and Alex has not only give him the confidence but also improve his grades overall. Lewis has also found Alex very easy to understand and explains in a very clear way when he has struggled with a particular subject in class. I cannot fault Alex in anyway and I am happy to highly recommend him.

KIM (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

We have met Alex for a introduction. Alex will be tutoring my daughter from next term .
We found Alex to be a very nice person he was so patient with us and very informative. We are looking forward to him helping our daughter .

Lesley (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

My daughter needed some extra help with maths leading up to GCSEs. Alex was able to explain what was confusing her in a way she could understand. He brought past papers of the relevant exam board, working through to see what she knew and then helping with the bits she was unsure of. He also helped her with exam technique. She said Alex was able to explain things well and is now feeling more confident about the exam

Stephanie (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

I would recommend Alex. My daughter believes she is now finding physics easier to understand and making better progress.

Nicola (Ms)

5/5 Rating

Thanks to Alex my son went up a grade so achieved his GCSE maths and his statistics at `C` grade this year. This would have not have been possible without these extra sessions. Alex is patient and came prepared to sessions going over exam questions making sure that my son could gain the extra marks he would need to achieve. Very accommodating arranging sessions in the half term to maximise time we had before the exam.
A very big thank you

Jacqueline (Miss)

5/5 Rating

Alex started tutoring my son in Febuary of this year. My son is very keen on Maths and Science so I initailly contacted him with the view to develop my son`s education in these two key areas. However after assessing his capabilities he recognised potential for my son to achieve his 11+ and they are now working together with this goal in mind.

I have found Alex polite, punctual and friendly. He has a very good rapport with my son and appears to understand him very well. Alex has facilitated self motivation in my son to the extent that he has chosen the path he wishes his education to follow, demonstrating great maturity for a child so young.

Since starting tuition with Alex my son has improved both in Maths and English as well as Science, achieving well above the national average in his SATs. I would also say that he appears to have grown in confidence.

I would have no hesitation in recommending Alex as a tutor for your child.

Lisa (Mrs)

5/5 Rating

Although it is early days (only 3 sessions so far), I am delighted with how things are going with Alex. He has a quiet and gentle manner, and is reliable, personable and seems to have engaged very well with my son who is taking GCSE Chemistry later this year. Alex always gives feedback after the session which is most useful and it seems he already has the measure of my son! From what I have seen to date, I would wholly recommend Alex to others looking for a tutor.

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