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Mrs Lynette McClenaghan


26 years teaching and tutoring secondary school English subjects

Melbourne tutor in English, English Literature, EAL, ESL, Essay Writing, Creative Writing, Reading, Geography, History, Philosophy, Scholarship training, VCE English Language

Service areas
All areas

(3 student reviews)

Assisting students to achieve their personal best
Specialises in VCE English subjects and selective school entry scholarship training

Testimonials included below
VCE English and Literature resources
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Tuition: VCE English, English Literature, English as a Second Language (EAL), English Language, The International Baccalaureate (IB), Scholarship training and English years 7-10.

Essay feedback and assessment service available to VCE and IB students provided by a VCE English and Literature assessor.

Qualified secondary school teacher and private tutor with 26 years-experience, includes mentoring student teachers with their classroom practice. The service provides specialised tuition that focuses on individual student needs and supports the school program. This service has assisted students to achieve an almost perfect score at VCE level.

Since operating Lyn McClenaghan Tutoring Service I have tutored students from an extensive number of private, catholic and state schools. Some examples, Melbourne High School, The Mac.Robertson Girls' High School, Ivanhoe Grammar School, Methodist Ladies' College, Presbyterian Ladies' College, Marcellin College, Genazzano, Strathcona, Balwyn High School, Viewbank College.

Assessor experience:
For 9 years I worked as a scholarship assessor for ACER. I am also conversant with a number of the national and international tests that ACER develops and administers.
The service draws on VCAA exam assessor experience in English and Literature.

As a published fiction writer and author I am highly qualified to tutor creative writing and publishing. For more information I have appeared on ABC Radio on the subjects of secondary school teaching, writing and publishing. I have also hosted workshops addressing teachers as writers. I have experience working as a beta reader of a range of manuscripts and have reviewed extensively on Amazon. Reviews can be read from my author website.

Professional memberships:

Current Victorian Institute of Teaching (VIT) registration 2022.
The Victorian Association for the Teaching of English (VATE).
Writers Victoria

I commit to ongoing professional development including curriculum teaching practices and updates to the Victorian Curriculum F-10 and VCE.

This tutoring service:

Assists students to navigate the VCE course and years 7-10 to develop relevant skills to complete school set and assessed tasks.
Mentors and affirms student work, knowledge and progress.
For 12 years I worked from a purpose-built studio at my former Doncaster home.
For the past 4 years I have been delivering the service as Skype, telephone and Zoom.

As an online and telephone service:

Parents receive emailed follow up after each tutoring session.
Support and digital material as required.
By request I provide an electronic copy of my VIT registration.

VCE English, Literature and IB tuition includes:

Support with holiday homework and preparation by working with the specific demands of school set tasks.
Teaching students how to read, analyze and annotate texts effectively.
Essential essay writing skills including SAC and essay preparation to address the requirements of specific text types: text response, language analysis, the creative response and the comparative.
Exam preparation begins from term one of the school year. To give students a clearer focus on the essay type they are working on I use essay topics to assist students to gain better insights and the understanding of key themes and ideas, and deeper elements of what a question is asking.
I create model essays that include scaffolding highlighting key features of an essay, such as TEEL.
I teach beyond the VCE program to address core skills required for University studies, such as effective research and drafting and re-drafting essays
I don’t simply teach to ATAR scores; I teach the value of learning, education and the importance of a student’s progress and achievements.
I recommend regular tuition of 1 hour per week.

Essay feedback and assessment includes addressing school set criteria, such as the rubric and prompt or topic.

Years 7-10 English:
From year 9 I often teach to the demands of the VCE course as schools often set texts and tasks from the VCE course.
Tuition includes consolidating key skills, such as reading, spelling, grammar, writing conventions. Tasks, for example, include text response, address the wider reading program and oral presentations.
Holiday tuition when requested builds on work covered during the pre-holiday orientation program at your child’s school.

I will contact you within 24 hours or your initial enquiry about my tutoring service.


‘A role model for excellence’
'I received the selective school entry scholarship - thank you for the tutoring it was very helpful.'
‘Lynette came highly recommended to me by a parent of a fellow International Baccalaureate (IB) student.’
‘After attending Lynette’s tutoring my daughter developed an in depth understanding of tests and learnt how to answer prompts. She achieved remarkable International Baccalaureate (IB) English results.’
‘We were most impressed with her organisation, clarity and thoroughness in explaining concepts.’
‘Instilled confidence.’
‘Gentle yet professional approach.’
‘A tutoring service which is second to none.’
‘Thank you for going through countless essays, excerpts, and conflict examples.’
‘I received raw scores of 44 for English and 42 for Literature.’



Qualified secondary school teacher and private tutor with 26 years-experience. The service specialises in VCE English subjects and selective school entry scholarship training.


University of Melbourne: Postgraduate Diploma in Computer Education
University of Melbourne: Diploma of Education
La Trobe University: Bachelor of Arts
Council of Adult Education: Advanced Certificate in Professional Writing and Editing


$85 per hour
Essay and practice exam assessment service by request and negotiable depending on brief




Joined Tutor Finder on 29-Jan-2020 (updated profile on 29-Mar-2022)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Private Tuition


Creative Writing (Secondary)
EAL (Secondary)
English (Secondary)
English Literature (Secondary)
ESL (Secondary)
Reading (Secondary)

Study Help

Essay Writing (Secondary)

Social Science

Geography (Secondary)
History (Secondary)
Philosophy (Secondary)

Other Subjects

Scholarship training, VCE English Language

"Lynette has helped my daughter very much with her VCE English. She gave her the necessary tools and teachings to improve her English abilities. We thank Lynette for her expertise and guidance through her VCE journey. I highly recommend her services to all."

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