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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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(23 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 at least 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 Forget about the out-of-date teachers many of whom can’t even write at an elite standard themselves, you’ll immediately see the difference in being tutored by a top scoring former student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. From my experience, every student possesses their own unique perspectives in analysing texts, but many struggle to fluidly articulate their insights in their essays and expand on them in order to create more complex analysis. My speciality lies in helping you observe and create links between those key points of analysis, guiding you through the ’step by step’ process of constructing impactful 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, you’ll start to find analysing texts almost formulaic and your dream marks for assignments/SACs will be within grasp.

Personally, I studied Rear Window, Medea, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Stasiland. I’m also highly familiar with Ransom, Invictus, Frankenstein, Burial Rites, The Lieutenant, Extinction, The Handmaid’s Tale, Station Eleven, The Dressmaker, The Crucible, Never Let Me Go, Nine Days, Much Ado About Nothing, Penelopiad, Photograph 51, The Women of Troy, The Queen, Like a House on Fire. I have contributed to study guides on many of these texts.

I have an abundance of my own sample essays I could provide you with. However, if you are studying other texts I would be more than willing to read them and even write from scratch high quality sample essays for you. 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’m currently holding classes on Zoom. Priority spots will be given to students in year 12 and year 11 who are 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

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Individual Tutoring: $80
Small Group Tutoring (2-4 people): $50 per person




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 11-Aug-2020)
Tutoring Location
  • Online Tutoring
  • Private & Group Tuition


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

"My son (Michael) had always excelled in maths and sciences, but detested English. He didn’t have the patience for reading and found essay writing very boring. After the first lesson, Philip identified the areas where improvement can be made and rigorously set essay writing exercises for him every week. Philip also selected specific books and resources to cater to my son’s ability. Before we have had trial lessons with many other English tutors and I can attest that Philip is without a doubt the best there is!"

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