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Dr Alexa Appel

 Sydney - Newtown

Learning specialist and highly experienced tutor, lecturer with PhD

Sydney tutor in Anthropology, Communication, Creative Writing, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Geography, History, Journalism, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Reading, Society and Culture, Sociology, Study Skills

I travel to these locations
Inner West, Lower North Shore, Eastern Suburbs

(4 student reviews)

My name is Alexa.

I have a PhD in Gender and Cultural Studies, I have tutored and lectured at the University of Sydney for 7+ years and taught English at Sydney's most reputable HSC coaching school for 6+ years. I am an educational specialist, currently also working part-time as a Manager of Policy & Research for a pre-eminent Australian non-for-profit organisation.

The best way to contact me is via email: I will respond to your messages within two working days.

I am a highly experienced high school English teacher, tutor, lecturer and learning specialist available to provide tutoring services for high school students, as well as university students studying subjects in the field of Arts and Social Sciences, from an undergraduate to masters level.

Currently I primarily conduct tutoring sessions via Zoom and other online platforms. My rate is $90 an hour. This covers email correspondence, the individualised work I prepare and marking of this work.

Currently, I tutor high school students in humanities subjects including English, History and Society & Culture, as well as university-level students in subjects which come under the umbrella of Arts and Social Sciences. At a tertiary level, I have experience conducting one-on-one tutoring sessions with undergraduate students studying: Sociology, Indigenous Studies, Gender and Cultural Studies, Anthropology, Media Studies, International Relations, Social Policy, English Studies and Film Studies.

I am a scholar of Gender and Cultural Studies, though my expertise extends across a wide range of humanities areas of study. I am specifically an expert in essay-writing for subjects within Arts and Social Sciences, the broader discipline these subjects belong to.

I specialise in teaching students how to approach high school and tertiary-level essay writing. I help students to strengthen their research and writing skills. I seek to maximise students’ abilities and potential by supporting them through the preliminary stages of university-level essay writing, which involves navigating online databases and finding trustworthy academic materials to form well-researched, perceptive and impressive responses. I help students to form their ideas into persuasive, clearly written and well-structured pieces of academic writing that directly and coherently address the given question, thus placing them in good stead to improve their grades. I can also aid students in developing longer-term strategies and goals to meet their academic aspirations for the semester.

I must stress that I am only interested in guiding students through the essay-writing process – I will by no means write their essays for them. I adhere to strong ethical codes of conduct and have clearly set out limitations as a tutor.

I am an astute, passionate, kind and encouraging tutor who adamantly supports and cares about my students. I am committed to helping my mentees reach their academic potential and see clear improvements in their university grades. I seek to equip students with a range of skills that will allow them to consistently refine their academic writing throughout the course of their university career.

I have worked tirelessly to refine my scholarly writing, and I understand that writing at a tertiary level can be daunting, difficult and frustrating. Based on my own experiences as a PhD candidate and scholar, I can assure you that writing well is a skill that requires a lot of practice but can also be learnt through the proper guidance of mentors who generously pass on their advice, strategies, insights and tips – this is what I offer to my students.

Please do not hesitate to get in touch if you would like to know more about me or my tutoring services. I am very happy to respond to any questions you may have via email.



Teaching experience

2015-2020: Secondary English Teacher, Matrix Education
I am currently a Secondary English teacher (Y7-Y12) at Matrix Education, Sydney’s most reputable HSC coaching school. I teach classes at Matrix Education on a weekly basis, though also conduct intensive English holiday courses. I am highly proficient in devising and implementing innovative teaching strategies, effectively managing classes and offering a stimulating learning environment to students. In this role I also regularly mark and provide feedback on assignments for students between Y7 and Y12. Additionally, I have experiencing developing resources for HSC English students.

2014-Present: Sessional Academic, University of Sydney
Since 2015 I have been a sessional academic for the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney, Australia. I have previously taught second and third year undergraduate units such as 'Youth and Youth Culture', 'Intimacy, Love and Friendship', as well as Masters of Cultural Studies units including 'Gender, Media and Consumer Societies'. In this role I have gained experience in writing and presenting lectures to undergraduate and postgraduate students, leading tutorial groups, facilitating in-class dialogue, marking written assignments and presentations, providing pastoral care for students, and liaising between academics, administrational staff and students. In this role I have been delegated the responsibility of marking assignments of, in some instances, entire cohorts at an undergraduate and masters level.

2014-2020: Teacher and mentor, Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), University of Sydney
I teach under the Indigenous Tutorial Assistance Scheme (ITAS), a Commonwealth-funded program which provides Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students undertaking degrees at the University of Sydney with one-on-one private and group tuition. I teach undergraduate Indigenous students taking units in the faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, including Indigenous Studies, Sociology, Anthropology and Gender and Cultural Studies. In this position I am accountable for ensuring students submit their best work; I am required to advise students on how to approach assignments and exams, as well as provide detailed commentary on assignment drafts. In this role I provide mentorship to students, many of whom look to me for encouragement and guidance. In my training for this position I have undertaken numerous teacher training and cultural competency courses.

2014-2014: Tutor in Gender and Cultural Studies at the Women's College within the University of Sydney


Doctor of Philosophy in Gender and Cultural Studies, University of Sydney
Bachelor of Arts (Hons Class 1), Social Policy and Gender Studies, University of Sydney


$90 per hour. 1.5 hours minimum per session preferred.
Please note that a minimum 24 hours notice is required for cancellations. My policy is that payment is made before the lesson takes place.

Student Discount

Special Offer - $70 p/h for editing, proofreading & feedback only

Working With Children Check

Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in New South Wales until 03-Jul-2020 (details available on request)




Joined Tutor Finder on 17-Feb-2020 (updated profile on 20-Jun-2022)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Home Visits within 10 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition


Creative Writing (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
Reading (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)

Study Help

Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)
Study Skills (Secondary, Tertiary)

Social Science

Anthropology (Secondary, Tertiary)
Geography (Secondary, Tertiary)
History (Secondary, Tertiary)
Philosophy (Secondary, Tertiary)
Politics (Secondary, Tertiary)
Society and Culture (Secondary, Tertiary)
Sociology (Tertiary)


Communication (Secondary, Tertiary)
Journalism (Secondary, Tertiary)
Media Studies (Secondary, Tertiary)

"Very friendly, patient and knowledgeable tutor. She tutored me for English Literature and she made me feel really confident with my studies. Very quick to respond to any questions that I had. She has been a God send and I would highly reccommend her services"

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