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Mr Philip Penn

 Melbourne - Southbank

Specialist English Tutoring with a Focus on Insightful Essay Writing

Melbourne tutor in English, English Literature, Essay Writing

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(38 student reviews)


I’m Philip and I graduated from Melbourne High School in 2018, achieving a study score of 49 in VCE English which was the highest in the MHS 2018 cohort. In 2019 and 2020, my highest scoring students received a perfect 50 study score. In 2019, 11 of my VCE English students achieved study scores above 40, with 3 achieving above 45. In 2020, 14 students achieved study scores of 40 and above. I have also had extensive experience and success in preparing students for scholarship and selective entrance exams.

English can be a very head-scratching subject for many as we’re often told by our teachers to show ‘deeper analysis’ without actually being told ‘how’. Forget about the out-of-date teachers many of whom can’t even write at an elite standard themselves, you’ll immediately see the difference in being tutored by a top scoring former student who has personally undertaken the latest VCE English curriculum and written more than a hundred A+ sample essays.

I offer dedicated tutoring that enables you to gain a plethora 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.

I’m highly familiar with and have tutored students in the following VCE English texts:

After Darkness
All the Light We Cannot See
Behind the Beautiful Forevers
Black Diggers
Charlie’s Country
Island: Collected Stories
Like a House on Fire
Measure for Measure
Much Ado About Nothing
Never Let Me Go
Nine Days
Nineteen Eighty-Four Penelopiad
Photograph 51
Rear Window
Seven Stages of Grieving
Station Eleven
The Crucible The Dressmaker The Golden Age
The Lieutenant
The Longest Memory
The Queen
The Women of Troy

I have also contributed to study guides on several of the texts listed above.

I have an abundance of my own sample essays I could provide you with. As someone who experienced at first hand the new VCE English study design I will be able to help you develop insightful points of comparison to use in your essays. I enjoy going the extra mile for my students and as such I’m more than happy to give feedback on practice essays even outside tutoring hours.

I’m currently taking bookings for 2021. Lessons are conducted either online via Zoom or at my place in Southbank.



Tutored fellow year 12 students in VCE English to attain study scores of 44 and 48

11 VCE English students achieved SAC average of A+

8 students attaining 40+ study scores

3 students attaining 45+ study scores, 1 student attaining perfect 50 study score

3 students accepted by Melbourne High School after attaining excellent results on the selective entry high school examination

1 student awarded 100% scholarship by Scotch College

1 student awarded 50% scholarship by Wesley College

17 VCE English students achieved SAC average of A+

14 students attaining 40+ study scores, 1 student achieving perfect 50 study score

1 student awarded 50% scholarship by Melbourne Grammar School

1 student received an offer from Melbourne High School

1 student received an offer from Nossal High School


VCE English Study Score- 49/50 (Highest of Melbourne High School 2018 Cohort)

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Individual Tutoring: $80
Small Group Tutoring (2-4 people): Inquire for rates




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 20-Jan-2021)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Tutor's Place in Southbank
  • Private & Group Tuition


English (Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Secondary, Tertiary)

"Philip helped me get A+ for all of my English assignments this year. He is very flexible with any area of English and always has unique insights at hand"

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