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Dr Kristyn Saunders

 Melbourne - Eltham

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

(15 student reviews)


If you are a year 12 student reading this you are probably just through or about to undertake your first SAC! Plenty of time, in a fun and friendly learning environment, to work on improving your skills and confidence with essay writing, for both SACS and final exams. Email or call for a free consultation.

My past VCE students have consistently gained impressive study score results, both exceeding initial personal expectations and helping to facilitate ATAR scores for entrance into their preferred post-year 12 university courses.

The weekly private tutoring I provide - either in-person or online (via Skype) - will help you to read and understand the various literary and other texts used in VCE YEAR 12 ENGLISH and LITERATURE. I focus on assisting students to find their own voice in the analytic, persuasive, literary and creative writing required of these subjects.

My approach to year 12 English studies aims to build on each student's academic and personal strengths, increasing confidence as well as skill over the course of the year. While verbal discussion of texts is important in the weekly sessions, the focus is especially on writing practice essays for optimal SAC and exam preparation.

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, student's SAC due dates, practice, official trial and final exams.

I have a comprehensive understanding of the new VCE courses (both English and Literature) and their requirements as implemented last year in the new 3/4 study design.

I am a highly qualified and experienced tutor. 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.

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.

* I am also available to read and make suggestions/comments (via online exchange of student work/feedback) on English 3/4 practice essays from students not attending regular weekly tuition sessions. This includes essays in all areas - creative, analytic, comparative analytic, oral point of view, language analysis, mid-year and final trial exams.

* Re online tutoring via Skype: this suits not only 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. Online tuition yields the same positive outcomes as face-to-face tuition. The emailing of practice essays and comments works in the same way as it does for face-to-face tutoring.

* Remaining weekly tutoring places for 2018: Places for English 3/4 (only). I cover all the single analytic/creative texts and comparative text pairs in VCE English.

(PLEASE NOTE: I am presently teaching year 12 students only; I do not have any availability remaining for Literature 3/4, and I am not presently tutoring English Language.)

If you are a 2018 year 12 student/parent, INQUIRE NOW for an initial (FREE) consultation. Email to register interest for 2019 year 12 tutoring sessions.

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 the following:
Essay reading/marking; undergraduate and graduate university students; more than one English VCE subject

Student Discount

Special Offer - FREE initial consultation




Joined TutorFinder on 29-Nov-2014 (updated profile on 11-Mar-2018)
Tutoring Services
  • Private Tuition
  • Tutoring at My Place
  • Online and Phone Help
Tutor's Place - Eltham


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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