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Alex Humes - Latin and Greek Tutor

Alex Humes

Latin and Greek Tutor

Alex Humes has been a private tutor to hundreds of students. A large percentage of them have sat 13 Plus Common Entrance exams and Scholarship exams to the top day and boarding schools in the UK. He is an accomplished Common Entrance tutor who has never privately tutored a student for a public exam who has not achieved the top grade. It’s important to him that private tuition is both a joyful and fearless experience.

He also provides GCSE tuition, A level tuition, Oxbridge entrance support and has worked as a home school tutor as both a Latin tutor and a Greek tutor.

As a GCSE tutor most of Alex’s students achieve 100% in at least one paper and it’s rare that a student has not achieve an A* (under the old system). In 2018, with his GCSE tuition, out of eight pupils sitting the new 9-1 format, five achieved a 9 and three achieved an 8 (all the equivalent of an A*). Often Alex provides GCSE tuition before the exams often gets results in a relatively short time.

Home Education Experience

Alex provided home education for Daniel after he was taken out of school. He provided both Latin tuition and Greek tuition up to and including A level. After a year of private tuition, Daniel achieved an A* in both subjects at GCSE. With Alex’s A level tuition, Daniel also completed the course, again receiving top grades. 

Alex went on to help Daniel with the Oxford Entrance exam where he gained a place. After gaining a double first in Greats, he also completed his doctorate. Daniel became a Junior Research Fellow at Corpus Christi, Oxford, and is currently a lecturer at Cambridge. Please read his testimonial below.

Tutor Ethos

Alex Humes believes mistakes or wrong choices are the greatest opportunities for knowledge. He encourages students to push themselves to their academic limit without being afraid of failure. He requests students ask any questions that come to mind, especially the ones they think are stupid, and to show up to the text with the confidence that they have everything they need in order to do brilliantly. Learning has to be fun to enable the student to relax and therefore assimilate information, and making Classics enjoyable is a priority for him.


“It is no understatement to say that my three years of home education – GCSEs and A levels – in Latin and Greek with Osborne Cawkwell has dictated the course of my life thus far. I completed an MA and Classical DPhil at Oxford University, became an academic, and after several years of research fellowships at both Oxford and Cambridge, am currently a Lecturer at king’s College, London. It goes without saying that my private tutor Alex was a thoroughly knowledgeable, inspirational, and likeable guide. With great skill (and occasional patience) he created the perfect environment for me to fall in with love the subjects and excel.”

– Dr. Daniel Jolowicz, King’s College, London

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