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Dr John Townsend

 Sydney - Penrith

Sydney tutor in Creative Writing, English, English Literature, Essay Writing

(1 student review)

I am a qualified (BA Hons, PhD; University of Sydney) English tutor with several years of experience assisting HSC English students and University students in essay writing, creative writing, and major works’ preparation.

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I am a qualified (BA Hons, PhD; University of Sydney) English tutor with several years of experience assisting HSC English students and University students (undergrad and postgrad) in essay writing, creative writing, and major works’ preparation.

HSC:
Each lesson seeks to develop a student’s writing skills, to appeal to examiners and earn those valuable extra marks. This includes the creation of a compelling and interesting argument, the sound structuring of an essay, a persuasive analysis of the literary texts, and the use of an academic style of writing.

To achieve this, my lessons are designed to provide students with access to the best knowledge and understanding of essay writing. Each week, the student will construct different parts of an essay (introduction, core paragraphs, and conclusion) under my supervision. Topics for essays are drawn from each student’s scholastic routine, and thus also double as excellent tools for exam preparation. I provide direct and immediate advice, sentence-by-sentence, on how the student may improve the various aspects of the essay, and am always willing to provide helpful insights into the qualities an examiner desires when reading an essay. Vocabulary, literary techniques, and close reading analyses of texts are also studied extensively.

Exams place tremendous stress on students to perform at the highest level. Sadly, most classrooms are ill-equipped to help students lacking in experience, skill, and passion. I have a personal fondness for teaching students how to perfect their writing to ensure confidence, support, and happiness and well-being during exam periods.

POSTGRADUATE:
I assist postgraduate candidates (Master's degrees / PhDs) with their writing. Candidates who struggle to produce clear and coherent sentences, or for whom English is a second language, will work closely with me to improve their written work(s). I also teach general research skills.

I am available every day.

I DO NOT TRAVEL. My lessons are available online (Skype or via e-mail). This is for both peace of mind and to save students (and parents) valuable travel time. If you have any questions then please do not hesitate to contact me.

Contact Info:
dr.john.a.townsend@gmail.com || Please contact me via this e-mail

Qualifications

BA Hons, PhD (University of Sydney).

WWCC Certification (Working With Children Check).

Rates

HSC - $60 per hour
Undergrad - $80 per hour
Postgrad - $120 per hour

Gender

Male

Registered

Joined Tutor Finder on 25-Sep-2017 (updated profile on 13-Apr-2019)
Tutoring Location
  • Tutor's Place in Penrith
  • Online Help
  • Private Tuition

English

Creative Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)

"John has been my tutor for the last 2 years, and has helped me refine my essays and creative writing for both for preliminary and HSC assessments. He is a very knowledgeable, hardworking, and dedicated tutor who understands the syllabus requirements. I have enjoyed my lessons with him, and have noticed a big improvement in my own writing skills. His fee includes the time he takes to read my essay before each lesson and to prepare excellent notes on how to improve it. I would 100% recommend him."

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