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Mr Philip Penn

 Melbourne - Southbank

Specialist English Tutoring For VCE, Scholarship/Selective Entry Prep

Melbourne tutor in Creative Writing, English, English Literature, Essay Writing, Persuasive Writing, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning

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(39 student reviews)

Hi everyone!

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.

In addition to VCE English tutoring, I also have extensive experience and success in preparing students for scholarship and selective entrance exams, with several of my students receiving scholarships and entrance offers to top private schools and selective entry schools. I offer specialised training in persuasive/creative writing, reading comprehension, and verbal reasoning.

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 cliched textbook insights your English teacher rambles on about everyday at school, you’ll immediately see the difference in being tutored by a top scoring former student who has personally written more than a hundred A+ sample essays and knows the latest VCE English study design inside out.

My lessons enable you to develop 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. My specialty lies in helping you read between the lines of your texts to generate masterful analysis that would impress any VCAA examiner, in turn helping you craft your very own A+ essays from scratch.

To complement your learning, I have an abundance of resources I could provide you with including many personally written sample essays and text notes. I also 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 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
East West
I am Malala
In Cold Blood
Like a House on Fire
Much Ado About Nothing
Never Let Me Go
Nineteen Eighty-Four (1984)
Nine Days
Photograph 51
Pride and Prejudice
Rear Window
Seven Stages of Grieving
Station Eleven
Stories We Tell
The Crucible
The Dressmaker The Lieutenant
The Golden Age
The Longest Memory
The Queen
The Women of Troy
Things Fall Apart

Lessons are conducted either at my home in Southbank or online via Zoom.



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 received offers 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


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Individual Tutoring: $100 per hour
Small Group Tutoring (2-4 people): Inquire for rates




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 22-Apr-2021)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Tutor's Place in Southbank
  • Private & Group Tuition


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

Other Subjects

Persuasive Writing, Reading Comprehension, Verbal Reasoning

"Philip was the reason I got A+ for every SAC this year. He was so patient helping me with exam prep despite his busy schedule and gave me very detailed feedback every time both in class and by email. Highly recommend!"

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