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Mr Philip Penn


Specialist English Tutoring with a Focus on Insightful Essay Writing

Melbourne tutor in English, English Literature, Essay Writing

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(30 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 2018, I tutored two of my classmates in VCE English and helped them achieve study scores of 44 and 48 respectively. In 2019, 11 of my VCE English students achieved study scores above 40, with 3 achieving above 45. The top scoring student I tutored achieved a perfect study score of 50. 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 Forget about the out-of-date teachers many of whom can’t even write at an elite standard themselves, you’ll immediately see the difference in being tutored by a top scoring former student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 almost a hundred 10/10 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.

Personally, I studied Rear Window, Medea, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Stasiland in year 12. I’m also 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
Island: Collected Stories
The Queen
The Golden Age
Black Diggers
The Lieutenant
The Longest Memory
Seven Stages of Grieving
Station Eleven
The Dressmaker
The Crucible
Never Let Me Go
Nine Days
Much Ado About Nothing Penelopiad
Photograph 51
The Women of Troy
Like a House on Fire
Charlie’s Country

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 students and as such I’m more than happy to give feedback on practice essays even outside tutoring hours.

I have 8 spots left for 2021. Priority will be given to students in year 12 and year 11 currently studying VCE English.



Tutored fellow year 12 students in VCE English to 40+ study scores

11 students achieving average of A+ on VCE English SACs

8 students attaining 40+ study scores

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

3 students passed selective entry school exam and accepted by Melbourne High School

1 student awarded 100% scholarship by Scotch College

1 student awarded 50% scholarship by Wesley College


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

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Individual Tutoring: $80
Small Group Tutoring (4 people): $50 per person




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 21-Oct-2020)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Private & Group Tuition


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

"Superb tutor 10/10. Philip is very patient, knowledgeable and makes sure you get more than your money’s worth every lesson."

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