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Mr Michael Xu

 Sydney - Roseville

Experienced English, Economics and Classics Tutor

Sydney tutor in English, Economics, Latin, Greek, English Literature, Essay Writing, Creative Writing, Reading, Politics, ESL

I travel to these locations
North Shore, Sydney CBD, UNSW

Hi guys, My name is Michael Xu, a graduate from Sydney Grammar School in 2016 (ATAR: 99.3) and LLB/BPsych (Hons) student at UNSW.
As you all know at this point, the HSC will be more or less the centre of your respective school lives for coming year, and I'm sure you are keen to maximise your potential in upcoming HSC assessments and examinations to access both your desired ATAR and favourite university degree.
This is where I’d like to help. Having finished school (with content all too fresh in my head), and tutored high and primary school students on a private and regular basis from 2012-2021, I’ll utilise my experience and do some further tutoring this year for any prospective students who think they require assistance in study and work during this difficult year. I offer a flexible schedule dependent on your availability (we can discuss details privately), providing specific guidance according your needs, whether this means merely assisting in catch-up work or in more intensive preparation pre-examinations – the choice is yours.
In our first lesson I want to hear what your thoughts are, how you want this to work, where you want to end up. Then, together, we will work out a structured plan for improvement, and keep track of our goals, reviewing progress and providing constructive feedback along the way.
All throughout, you will have access to my extremely (overly?) detailed typed notes and top range essays and scripts, quick, efficient and detailed marking, as well as experienced and dedicated tuition and feedback throughout.
I can provide assistance for one/some/all of the following subjects. Although the syllabus has changed for 2019 from when I completed my HSC in 2016, most texts are similar to the ones I have done previously, and I have done extensive preparation for this.
• English Advanced (especially 1984, Keats/Bright Star, The Tempest/Hag-Seed, Great Expectations, T. S. Eliot, Politics and the English Language)
• English Extension 1 (Worlds of Upheaval and Reimagined Worlds electives, especially Frankenstein, Metropolis, Samuel Taylor Coleridge)
• English Extension 2
• Economics
• Latin Continuers (different texts, but identical authors) and Extension (general)
• Classical Greek Continuers (general) and Extension (general)
• ATAR: 99.3
• Farrar Prize for English, Classical Greek Extension Prize
• 93 for English Advanced, 47 for English Extension 1
• 93 for Economics
• 6th in state in Classical Greek Continuers and 3rd Ranked in State for Classical Greek Extension.
• 6th in state in Latin Extension, 94 in Latin Continuers
Premier's Award for All-Round Achievement , 11 units as Distinguished Achiever, State-Ranker, debater and public speaker.
Please message me if you are interested to discuss details. I’ll talk personally re. availability, timing, location and rates. I couldn’t tutor people to the standard I want if I taught too many, however free I may be, so I am limiting the quantity of people fairly strictly. Please contact me sooner, not later, if you are at all interested. Note that there is an option also for simply letting me mark work ($30 p/Advanced/economic/classics essay/creative, $40 p/Texts and Ways of Thinking essay/creative), if you do not want to commit to any tutoring sessions alongside them (if you do sessions, marking is included for free in the package).
I hope to see some of you soon to help you in your various HSC endeavours, but whether or not that happens, I’d like to wish you all good luck. This year will seem to go for ages, but when it does end, there will always a sense of satisfaction that makes it all feel worthwhile.



2012 - Current: Private Tutor and Academic Mentor at Padstow Park Public School
2015 - Current: Debating Coach at Sydney Grammar School
2017: Tutor at Edu-Kingdom College Chatswood
2017 - Current: Coach at Sydney Speaking School
2018 - Current: Head Coach of Debating at Sydney Grammar School
2018 - Current: Debating Coach at Masters Academy


ATAR: 99.3
Combined Bachelor of Laws and Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) - UNSW
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$65 p/hour p/person for sessions of 1-2hrs each (your choice)

Working With Children Check

Yes, I'm cleared to work with children in New South Wales until 11-May-2022 (details available on request)




Joined Tutor Finder on 24-Nov-2016 (updated profile on 20-Dec-2021)
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  • Online Tutoring
  • Phone Help
  • Tutor's Place in Roseville
  • Home Visits within 10 kms
  • Private & Group Tuition


Creative Writing (Primary, Secondary)
English (Primary, Secondary)
English Literature (Primary, Secondary)
ESL (Primary, Secondary)
Reading (Primary, Secondary)

Study Help

Essay Writing (Primary, Secondary)


Economics (Secondary)


Greek (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)
Latin (Introduction, Intermediate, Advanced)

Social Science

Politics (Secondary)
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