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Mrs Lynette McClenaghan


28 years teaching and tutoring secondary school English subjects

Melbourne tutor in Creative Writing, EAL, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, GAMSAT, Geography, History, Philosophy, Reading, UCAT, UMAT, Scholarship training, VCE English Language

Service areas
All areas

(8 student reviews)

ABN 74309355703
Assisting students to realize and achieve their personal best!
Specializing in VCE English subjects and selective school entry scholarship training
Provided over 12, 000 tutoring sessions

Testimonials included below (2023 as follows)
I got a raw 47 for English with an ATAR of 99. Thank you for tutoring me over the past year, I definitely wouldn’t have been able to receive these results without your help.
I achieved a 42 study score and 97.1 Atar. I would like to thank you immensely for your support. I could not have achieved this result without your expertise.
Really appreciate your guidance and advice re prep for IB exams.

Free Resources
VCE English and Literature resources
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Tuition: VCE English, English Literature, English as a Second Language (EAL), English Language, The International Baccalaureate (IB), Scholarship training and English years 7-10. Priority is given to VCE, IB and Scholarship training students.

Essay feedback and assessment service available to VCE and IB students provided by a VCE English and Literature assessor.

Qualified secondary school teacher and private tutor with 28 years-experience, includes mentoring student teachers with their classroom practice. The service provides specialized tuition that focuses on individual student needs and supports the school program. This service has assisted students to achieve an almost perfect score at VCE level.

Since operating Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring Service I have tutored students from an extensive number of private, catholic and state schools. Some examples, Melbourne High School, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Methodist Ladies' College, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Marcellin College, Genazzano, Strathcona, Balwyn High School, Fintona Girls' School, Camberwell Grammar Boys' School, Wesley College, Viewbank College.

Assessor experience:

For 9 years I worked as a scholarship assessor for ACER and am conversant with a number of the national and international tests that ACER develops and administers.
The service draws on VCAA exam assessor experience in English and Literature.

As a published fiction writer and author, I am highly qualified to tutor creative writing and publishing. For more information I have appeared on ABC Radio on the subjects of secondary school teaching, writing and publishing. I have also hosted workshops addressing teachers as writers. I have experience working as a beta reader of a range of manuscripts and have reviewed extensively on Amazon. Reviews can be read from my author website.

Written for English teaching journals. For example, VATE.

Professional memberships:

Current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration 2024
To verify please visit:
The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE).
Writers Victoria

I commit to ongoing professional development including curriculum teaching practices and updates to the Victorian Curriculum P-10 and VCE.

Tutoring services:

Online [Telephone service available by request]
Essay marking service is available for VCE and IB students, and suitable for students who are already achieving above average grades.

The service includes:

To ensure that your child's first tutoring session is of value, I offer a brief preparatory discussion with you to ensure that I address your child's needs and the school's current unit of work.
Email or phone follow-up is provided if I have concerns about your child's progress.
Support and digital material are provided during the tutoring session as required.
By request I provide an electronic copy of my VIT registration.

This tutoring service:

Assists students to navigate the VCE course and years 7-10 to develop relevant skills to complete school set and assessed tasks.
Mentors and affirms student work, knowledge and progress.
For the past 5 years I have been delivering the service as Skype, telephone and Zoom.

VCE English, Literature and IB tuition includes:

Support with holiday homework and preparation by working with the specific demands of school set tasks.
Teaching students how to read, analyze and annotate texts effectively.
Essential essay writing skills including SAC and essay preparation to address the requirements of specific text types: text response, language analysis, the creative response and the comparative.
As exam preparation begins from term one of the school year, I assist students to organize their tasks, materials and time efficiently.
To give students a clearer focus on the essay type they are working on I use essay topics to assist students to gain better insights and the understanding of key themes and ideas, and deeper elements of what a question is asking.
I have extensive model essays that cover the key VCE English, Literature and IB English essay types.
I teach beyond the VCE program to address core skills required for university studies, such as effective research and drafting and re-drafting essays.
I don’t simply teach to ATAR scores; I teach the value of learning, education and the importance of a student’s progress and achievements.
I recommend regular tuition of 1 hour per week until tutoring is no longer required.

Essay feedback and assessment includes addressing school set criteria, such as the rubric and prompt or topic.

Years 7-10 English:
From year 9 I include teaching to the demands of the VCE course as schools often set texts and tasks from the VCE course.
Tuition includes consolidating key skills, such as reading, spelling, grammar, writing conventions. Tasks, for example, include text response, address the wider reading program and oral presentations.
I have extensive model essays that cover key essay genres from upper primary school, including scholarship training.
Holiday tuition when requested builds on work covered during the previous term and as preparation for the following term.

Selective school entry scholarship training
Intense holiday tuition tailored to your child's needs can be provided by request.

Proof-reading, editing, assistance and feedback on literature reviews, essays and other coursework.

I will contact you within 24 hours or your initial enquiry about my tutoring service.

'Thank you for the valuable feedback once again. It has truly helped me improve throughout the year.'
'Thank you for all your help and fantastic resources. My daughter has thoroughly enjoyed working with you this year!'
'Your feedback is highly appreciated.'
‘A role model for excellence’
'I received the selective school entry scholarship - thank you for the tutoring it was very helpful.'
‘Lynette came highly recommended to me by a parent of a fellow International Baccalaureate (IB) student.’
‘After attending Lynette’s tutoring my daughter developed an in depth understanding of tests and learnt how to answer prompts. She achieved remarkable International Baccalaureate (IB) English results.’
‘We were most impressed with her organisation, clarity and thoroughness in explaining concepts.’
‘Instilled confidence.’
‘Gentle yet professional approach.’
‘A tutoring service which is second to none.’
‘Thank you for going through countless essays, excerpts, and conflict examples.’
‘I received raw scores of 44 for English and 42 for Literature.’



Qualified secondary school teacher and private tutor with 28 years-experience. The service specialises in VCE English subjects and selective school entry scholarship training.


University of Melbourne: Diploma of Education
La Trobe University: Bachelor of Arts
University of Melbourne: Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Education
Council of Adult Education: Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing
Victorian Institute of Teaching registration


From $90 per hour
Essay and practice exam assessment service by request and negotiable depending on brief.




Joined Tutor Finder on 29-Jan-2020 (updated profile on 08-Jul-2024)
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  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
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Creative Writing (Secondary)
EAL (Secondary)
English (Secondary)
English Literature (Secondary)
ESL (Secondary)
Reading (Secondary)

Study Help

Essay Writing (Secondary)


GAMSAT (Tertiary)
UCAT (Tertiary)
UMAT (Tertiary)

Social Science

Geography (Secondary)
History (Secondary)
Philosophy (Secondary)

Other Subjects

Scholarship training, VCE English Language

"In lessons, Lynette always pushed me to be better, giving me precise feedback on writing pieces and extending my knowledge of texts. She was thorough, encouraging and highly knowledgeable, ensuring that I had a holistic and detailed understanding of a text or an essay. Her tutoring allowed me to be confident in Literature leading up to the exam. Thank you so much Lynette!"

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