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Dr Kristyn Saunders



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

(15 student reviews)


I presently tutor students in VCE ENGLISH and VCE LITERATURE from various Melbourne and regional schools, as well as those students studying via Distance Education, both in-person and online via Skype.

My past VCE English and Literature students have consistently gained impressive study score results, both exceeding initial personal expectations and helping to facilitate ATAR scores for entrance into their preferred university courses.

My approach to year 12 English studies aims not only to take into account present difficulties, but also to build on each student's academic and personal strengths, increasing confidence as well as skill over the course of the year.

The weekly private tutoring I provide helps VCE students to read and understand the various literary and other texts under study, assisting them to find their own voice in the analytic, persuasive, literary and creative writing required.

The organisation of private lessons is individualised, based directly on each student's specific needs, following the VCE class curriculum as laid out by the school, SAC due dates, practice, official trial and final exams. Online tuition yields the same positive outcomes as face-to-face tuition. Skype tuition not only suits students who live in regional areas and may not have access to specialist tutors, but also students who do not have the time to travel to a library location on weekends or after school.

As a highly qualified and experienced tutor, I have a comprehensive understanding of the present VCE English and Literature courses and their requirements, as implemented last year in the new VCAA 3/4 study designs.

By maintaining a detailed knowledge of the VCE literary texts, including secondary support materials produced by VATE (Victorian Association of Teachers of English), I am able to engage students in ways that radically improve their understanding and extend their written work.

My graduate study in the humanities was completed at Harvard and Columbia Universities. I have a PhD in English Literature and broad experience teaching writing and literature to students of all ages and levels of expertise, in both Australia and the US.

Please note: I have some availability for seeing 3/4 English students via SKYPE, weeknights (only), leading up to the VCE English exam October 31st, 2018.

Please inquire for a Year 12 tutoring place in 2019.

All inquiries welcome and all emails answered promptly.



I have 16 years experience teaching and tutoring at the secondary and
tertiary level


PhD English Literature (Columbia University, USA)
MPhil English Literature (Columbia University)
MA English Literature (Columbia University)
MTS Theology (Harvard University, USA)
BA Philosophy (Hons) (Deakin University, Australia)

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$110 per session

Rates vary for more than one VCE subject and for university students




Joined TutorFinder on 29-Nov-2014 (updated profile on 22-Jun-2018)
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Creative Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)

"Kristyn is a god send. She has enabled my daughter to gain confidence in a subject that wasn't her strongest. She nurtured and encouraged my daughter and knew exactly how to teach her to her strengths. Kristyn goes above and beyond the call of duty, she reads the texts and has course material prepared and ready to go from the very first lesson. Cannot recommend her highly enough."

Jacqui jordan     
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