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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, including select entry schools, as well as those students studying via Distance Education. I tutor 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. All of my students end up with a mix of face to face and Skype sessions over the course of the year, as often the set weekly schedule is moved around to facilitate more sessions being held in the lead up to SACs.

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, leading up to the VCE English exam October 31st, 2018. Please inquire and note which 3 texts you/your child will be writing on in the exam, as at this stage of the year I would not be able to tutor all possible texts on the VCE list, (though I presently teach about half of them).

Please inquire for a Year 12 tutoring place in 2019. Thank you!

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 Tutor Finder on 29-Nov-2014 (updated profile on 09-Sep-2018)
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Creative Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)

"When I met Kristen my son was struggling with his VCE English and literature. Kristyn helped him to regain his confidence and improve his results significantly through her support and encouragement. She was always well prepared, had good materials and good knowledge of the course and went above and beyond to assist us. I would recommend her wholeheartedly."

Manoja Ratnayake     
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