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Dr Jonathon Lum

 Melbourne - Hawthorn

Experienced VCE English Language tutor

Melbourne tutor in English, VCE English Language, VCE English Language

(1 student review)

Please note the following before contacting me:

- Group classes are for Year 12 (Units 3 & 4) English Language only (not for the Year 11 course).

- Classes are held in Hawthorn.

- I am a VCE English Language tutor (not mainstream English or ESL - unfortunately I am listed as an English tutor on TutorFinder as there is no separate category for English Language).

- I receive many requests, so I may not necessarily reply to requests for other kinds of tutoring (e.g. for classes in the city/western suburbs, or for mainstream English tutoring). If I have not replied after a few days, please check that your request is compatible with the services I offer before contacting me again.

I completed Year 12 in 2008 at Balwyn High School, graduating with an ENTER/ATAR of 99.95. In 2012 I completed my BA at Monash University, with Honours in Linguistics. My Honours thesis was supervised by Professor Kate Burridge, one of the authors of the Year 12 English Language textbook 'Living Lingo'. I have recently completed a PhD in Linguistics at Monash University.

Over the last eight years, I have specialised in tutoring VCE English Language, the content of which I remain engaged in through my study of Linguistics at Monash University. I have tutored students both individually and in groups of various sizes, and I have also conducted revision lectures for Connect Education. Some of my students have achieved Study Scores in the high 40s and even the maximum possible score of 50.

Currently I have limited availability for tutoring. To accommodate more students, I generally run group sessions. In my experience, group sessions are better value for students, and facilitate greater discussion than a private session. Students also find it valuable to meet students from other schools and to get an insight into how the subject is taught elsewhere. However, I do also have limited availability for private tutoring.

Once again, please note that I do not teach mainstream English or ESL, but only VCE English Language, which is a different subject. I am listed as an English tutor only because Tutor Finder has no separate category for English Language tutors.

To express your interest or to ask any questions, please contact me at



I have tutored younger students consistently for the last twelve years. More recently I
have specialised in teaching English Language. I have worked with struggling
students as well as more accomplished ones, and aim to build confidence as well as


*Perfect ENTER/ATAR of 99.95 (2008)
*Dux of Balwyn High School (2008)
*VCE Premier's Award in English Language (2007)
*BA as participant in Dean's Scholars Program, Monash University (2009-2011)
*Honours degree in Linguistics, Monash University (2012)
*PhD in Linguistics, Monash University (2018)

I am very familiar with the English Language course as I have taught it consistently
since studying it in 2007. I completed a BA (Dean's Scholars Program) at
Monash University under a Scholarship for Excellence, with majors in Philosophy
and Linguistics. I received Dean's Recognition Awards for high academic
achievement. In 2012 I undertook Honours in Linguistics under the supervision of
Kate Burridge, one of the authors of the English Language textbook 'Living Lingo'.
My thesis explored the morpho-syntactic features of euphemistic labels for
minority groups. I recently completed my PhD in Linguistics, as part of the
Australian Research Council Discovery Project 'Thinking and talking about atolls:
the role of environment in shaping language and our understanding of physical


$60 per class. Classes run for 2 hours. ($54/class with discount for prepayment - see below - or $27/hr). Please contact me for private tutoring rates.

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Joined Tutor Finder on 22-Jan-2008 (updated profile on 26-Jul-2018)
Tutoring Location
  • Tutor's Place in Hawthorn
  • Group Tuition
Tutor in Hawthorn


English (Secondary)

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VCE English Language

"Throughout the year Jonathon provided us with a comprehensive and easy-to-understand run through the content of the VCE English Language course, as well as going through how to tackle each part of the exam in detail. His experience with the subject is evident in his ability to teach it. I highly recommend this tutor not only to those who are struggling but also to those who are aiming for high marks :)"

Khai Ling     
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