Alexander H. A Level English tutor, A Level German tutor, GCSE Englis...

Alexander H.

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Degree: English & German (Bachelors) - Oxford, The Queen's College University

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About me

Reliability. A great academic record.  A passion for language and literature. That's me: I'm an Oxford undergrad with a proven track record of connecting with my students, and I love making complicated concepts feel simple and enjoyable.

I'm a second-year student of English and German at the University of Oxford. I am co-editor of The ISIS, the UK's oldest independent student magazine. I've been tutoring in Maths, English and German for five years. In my spare time, I write poems and stage plays, and I act and direct.

The tutorials

What we cover is up to you: let me know what you're working towards and I'll design the classes to suit your needs. As we go through, I'll pick up on your learning style and tailor my teaching to suit you.

Thinking of appling to Oxford or Cambridge?

I'm happy to offer guidance and coaching for an Oxbridge application, from subject and college choice right through to interview preparation.

Having gone through much of the applications process for both universities—I changed my application from Cambridge to Oxford at the last minute—I can give detailed and experienced guidance on how to navigate all the different stages of an application.

I am currently happy to offer guidance and advice for History and Philosophy Oxbridge applications, as well as applications for English and Modern Languages.

Get in touch

You can send me a 'WebMail' on this site, or book a 'Meet the Tutor' session—I'd love to hear from you. Don't forget to let me know what you're working towards, whether it's an exam, a university application, or anything else.

Subjects offered

SubjectLevelMy prices
English A Level £20 /hr
German A Level £20 /hr
English GCSE £18 /hr
German GCSE £18 /hr
Maths GCSE £18 /hr

Qualifications

QualificationLevelGrade
EnglishA-LevelA*
GermanA-LevelA*
Religious StudiesA-LevelA*
Mathematics (AS)A-LevelA
History (AS)A-LevelA
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Questions Alexander has answered

How do I read a poem closely?

You need to start out by reading the poem through twice. First, read for ‘content’: what is the situation, who are the characters, what is going on, what are the events and relationships that are happening? You should, after this reading, be able to write a sentence that says what happens in t...

You need to start out by reading the poem through twice. First, read for ‘content’: what is the situation, who are the characters, what is going on, what are the events and relationships that are happening? You should, after this reading, be able to write a sentence that says what happens in the poem.

Next, read for ‘form’: what does the poem look like on the page, and what does it sound like when you read it aloud? Do any lines stick out because of the way they sound? There are a lot of ways of thinking about form—things like metre, rhyme scheme, assonance and consonance, rhetorical figures—and you should look into some of these that interest you, and use them to start building your own language for talking about poetic form.

Now you have an idea of the poem’s content and form, go through, line-by-line, underlining and making notes about how those two things interact. Does a rhyme link together two words in an interesting way? Is there heavy assonance at a moment of particular emotional importance? What does the choice of metaphor or simile say about the object or person it refers to? Are there comparisons to be made with other poems you know?

Look for anything you find interesting. You are not being asked to find any specific feature, only to write about the things that you find interesting. Two close readings of a poem might both be equally good, but mention none of the same points as one another.

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