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Mr Ben Debney


Ballarat tutor in Anthropology, Communication, Creative Writing, English, English Literature, ESL, Essay Writing, Geography, History, Journalism, Legal Studies, Media Studies, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Reading, Society and Culture, Sociology, Teacher

I travel to these locations
Ballarat, Wendouree, East Ballarat, Central Ballarat, Alfredton, Lucas

Can't make head nor tail of your set novel for English? Don't know your Madison from your Machiavelli? Are your essay writing skills needing a fine-tuning or even a major overhaul? Look no further; I can help with all your English and Humanities needs. I can also help with many other secondary subjects.

My teaching philosophy is that teaching involves applying the right methodology at least as much as it does knowing 'stuff' about 'stuff.' The typical metaphors are filling an empty jug with water (the old way) versus watering a plant so it can grow (the new way). In an ideal setting teaching invovles modelling the process of research and analysis rather than playing the font of wisdom and boring everyone stupid in the process because you never stop talking. My cardinal rule is to involve students in their own learning so as to learn how to think, not what to think.

I am a Victorian Institute of Teaching-accredited English/Humanities secondary teacher. I have an MA in History from Melbourne University and am currently a late-stage PhD candidate at Deakin. I am a semi-professional writer with one completed novel and a variety of articles published online.

I am based in Ballarat but can Skype to anywhere, and am available most evenings and weekends.

Rate: $50 per 60 minutes.



I have tutored secondary students since 2012, in a variety of subjects including Maths and English. I am currently tutoring English.


BA (Hons), La Trobe
MA, University of Melbourne
Grad Dip Education (Victoria University)
PhD, Deakin (cont.)


$40 p/h




Joined Tutor Finder on 19-Sep-2015 (updated profile on 01-Mar-2019)
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Creative Writing (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
English (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
English Literature (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
ESL (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
Essay Writing (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)
Reading (Primary, Secondary, Tertiary)

Social Science

Anthropology (Secondary)
Geography (Secondary)
History (Secondary, Tertiary)
Legal Studies (Secondary)
Philosophy (Secondary)
Politics (Secondary, Tertiary)
Psychology (Secondary, Tertiary)
Society and Culture (Secondary, Tertiary)
Sociology (Tertiary)


Communication (Secondary, Tertiary)
Journalism (Secondary, Tertiary)
Media Studies (Secondary, Tertiary)


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