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Mr Philip Penn


49 Study Score-English tutoring with great focus on in depth analysis

Melbourne tutor in Creative Writing, EAL, English, ESL, Essay Writing

I travel to these locations
CBD, South Yarra

Hi guys,

I’m Philip and I graduated Melbourne High School in 2018, achieving a study score of 49 in VCE English and an ATAR of 97.35. I’d like to offer dedicated tutoring that enables you to gain an abundance of unique insights and the ability to ‘think outside the box’ when analysing texts, which is an essential skill for any high achieving English student. VCE English can be a very head-scratching subject for many as we’re often told by our teachers to show ‘deeper analysis’ without being told how to. From my experience, every student possesses their own unique perspectives in analysing texts, but many struggle to fluidly articulate such insightful ideas in their essays and expand on them in order to create more complex analysis. My speciality is to help you observe and create links between those key points of analysis. What truly separates the high scoring English students from the rest of field is the ability to make connections between concepts and themes that seem unrelated on the surface. However, I promise you that with enough practice, this often vague and ambiguous approach to analysis that you never seemed to get a grasp on will become almost formulaic and easy to deploy to help you get your dream marks on essays/SACs.

Personally, I studied ‘Rear Window’ (film), Medea, 1984 and Stasiland this year and as such I have numerous sample essays I could provide you with on these. However, if you are studying different texts I would be more than willing to read them and even write from scratch high quality sample essays so that you have an idea what to aim for. In 2017, Section B of VCE English exam changed from Writing in Context to Comparative analysis of texts. As someone who experienced first hand this new study design I will be to help you develop insightful points of comparison to use in your essays. For argument analysis, I will provide you with many articles and visual illustrations that will nurture your ability to find key points of outstanding analysis and express them with fluidity. I am also more than happy to read your practice essays even outside tutoring hours and will always aim to give you feedback through email within 24 hours.

I will give priority spots to students in year 11 and year 12 who are currently studying VCE English. However, I am also happy to tutor younger students (year 7-10) who wish to get a head start on VCE English or just wish to improve their writing ability in general.

I charge $45 per hour for one on one tutoring, $30 per person for a group of two and $25 per person for a group of 3. 1.5 hour sessions are at a special rate of $60. On the first session, there will be a short preliminary assessment of your abilities which will give me a general idea of how to help you improve further. I am happy to hold the sessions at either State Library, City Library or South Yarra Library.

Please feel free to email or text/call to enquire further or arrange a session.

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1 year of tutoring fellow year 12 students in VCE English to 40+ study score


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$45 per hour




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 20-Mar-2019)
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