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Mr Philip Penn


VCE English Tutoring with a Focus on Insightful Analysis

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

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Melbourne CBD

(4 student reviews)

Hi there,

I’m Philip and I graduated 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 40+ study scores. In 2019, 11 out of my 13 students achieved an average mark of A or above for their VCE English SACs. Currently, I’m studying Economics and Criminology at the University of Melbourne and maintaining a First Class Honours WAM.

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 actually being told ‘how’. 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, this seemingly vague and ambiguous approach to analysis you never got a grasp on will become formulaic and easy to deploy in helping you obtain your dream marks on assignments/SACs.

Personally, I studied Rear Window, Medea, Nineteen Eighty-Four and Stasiland. I’m also highly familiar with Ransom, Invictus, Frankenstein, The Lieutenant, Extinction, The Handmaid’s Tale, Station Eleven, The Crucible and Never Let Me Go. 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 accepting students for 2020. Priority spots will be given to students in year 12 and year 11 who are currently studying VCE English. However, I am also happy to consider younger students (year 7-10) who wish to get a head start on higher level English or just wish to improve their writing ability in general.

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

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2018- Tutored fellow year 12 students in VCE English to 40+ study score
2019- 11 out of 13 students achieving average of at least A on VCE English SACs
2019- Tutored students from disadvantaged schools in VCE English as part of volunteer work


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$60 per hour




Joined Tutor Finder on 18-Dec-2018 (updated profile on 19-Oct-2019)
Tutoring Location
  • Home Visits within 2 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition


Creative Writing (Secondary)
EAL (Secondary)
English (Secondary)
ESL (Secondary)
Essay Writing (Secondary)

"Philip has tutored me for nearly a year. I was a averaging Bs in year 11 and had no idea how to improve my essays as my teachers were vague with their feedback. Thanks to Philip, I’ve received A+ for all of my SACs this year. I’ve tried other tutors including VCAA examinees and registered English teachers but none of them really showed me how to make my analysis my sophisticated and all of their resources were from online or from other students. Philip is different. He has many full mark essays he wrote himself and knew exactly where my weaknesses are and how to fix them"

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