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After graduating from the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology in 2012 with a degree in Communications, I began working as a writer and producer. I'm an expert at crafting words into cohesive and convincing arguments, and I'm excited to help you do the same.

Trying to figure out what makes Gatsby so Great? I'll help you out. Can you talk for hours about why The Walking Dead is your favorite show? I'll show you how to apply the same skills to Shakespeare. Wondering what a subject and a predicate are? I don't know either, but I'll show you how to write an essay anyway.

I truly believes that every single student has the knowledge and talent to be an exceptional communicator, and I'll find the secret spark that will bring that skill out of even the shyest student.

For any IB English, Theater or History needs, or for anyone that just needs help getting their ideas on paper, I'm your best choice.




Alexander’s Qualifications

Education & Certification

Undergraduate Degree: RMIT University - Bachelors, Communications (Media)

Hobbies

Cinema, television, pop culture, feminist critique, politics, cooking, baking, quoting The Simpsons with stunning accuracy

Tutoring Subjects

Art

College English

College Essays

Comparative Literature

English

Essay Editing

High School English

IB Extended Essay

IB History

IB History HL

IB History SL

IB Theatre

IB Theatre HL

IB Theatre SL

Literature

Public Speaking

Social studies


Q & A

What is your teaching philosophy?

My teaching philosophy is that nobody learns in the abstract, and that the best way to learn is to find something in the subject matter to care about in your life. If you CAN'T find that, then pace yourself to get the work done instead of banging your head against the wall.

What might you do in a typical first session with a student?

Discuss whatever issues a student is having with the subject matter, figure out what they think they're good at and what they're struggling with, and then develop general strategies that will work for their learning style.

How can you help a student become an independent learner?

Find a way to turn the subject into a game or a project. As soon as the work stops feeling like work, then the student will do their best without even trying.

How would you help a student stay motivated?

Use a ten on, ten off strategy to avoid burnout: ten minutes of focus, then ten minutes of doing something fun. Set reasonable goals and achieve them. Break up the work.

If a student has difficulty learning a skill or concept, what would you do?

Ask them what their sticking point is, and begin working from there. Break down the steps as much as I can, and have the student walk me through their process, one step at a time, being patient as they work through the blocks on their own.

How do you help students who are struggling with reading comprehension?

Encourage patience and pacing themselves. If they still struggle after taking their time to read closely, have them summarize the piece sentence by sentence in their own words, prompting to find patterns and themes. Ask them to reread the whole piece again and draw their own conclusions.