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GEMMA’S EDUCATIONAL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: https://learnmate.com.au/gemmas-tutoring-philosophy/
Hi there! Thanks for taking the time to visit my profile. My name is Gemma and I’m an Academic Tutor at the University of Melbourne. In my spare time, I like to play sport, take care of my cockatiels ‘Daisy’ and ‘Prince’, and discuss the human condition with anyone who will listen.
I attained a study score of 45 in VCE English, 100% for all of my VCE English SACS, and overall ATAR of 97.40 at Wesley College (St Kilda Rd) in 2009. In 2013, I completed a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Literature at Melbourne University, where I acquired an extensive range of critical and analytical skills in the study of literary texts. In 2015, I began a Master of Teaching (Secondary) at Melbourne Uni and studied pedagogical practices over a period of four months, which has been invaluable to my teaching. I discovered from my placement at Bayside College (Williamstown) during the Master of Teaching that I prefer tutoring one-on-one or in small groups to whole-class teaching. I have been tutoring since leaving high school in 2009 and I believe that my various teaching experiences make me the perfect tutor for your English and Literature learning needs. I am also currently working at my alma mater as an Academic Tutor if you’re interested in learning about studying at Melbourne University.
VCE Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 English
VCE Units 1, 2, 3 and 4 Literature
My Tutoring Style
I am highly passionate about academic achievement and supporting my students to achieve the best results possible. I want to pass on my analytical tools and critical thinking skills to allow my students to flourish in English and Literature. I often receive feedback from students that my work ethic is contagious and fuels students’ desire to achieve their best!
In my time, I have noticed that English, as a mandatory subject, can be highly polarising for many students. Some students believe that the skills required for English do not ‘come naturally’ to them, that English isn’t their ‘cup of tea’ or that they’re a ‘maths/science person’. I believe that English is about the study of humankind, after all, so it can be a highly relatable subject for everyone. I endeavour to make the subject highly relatable and enjoyable for every student through my tutelage.
In addition, I always tailor my lessons to my students’ needs. Whether students need extension as high achievers or extra support for developing their skills in an area of struggle, I have strategies for all.
I am familiar with the current curriculum for VCE English and VCE Literature and skilled in many areas, including:
- Oral presentations
- Media analysis and persuasive language techniques
- Creative responses
- Literary analysis and generic features
- Visual textual analysis (including film)
- SAC preparation
- Essay writing
Availability, Location and Fees
As I have recently returned to the tutoring industry, I am highly available throughout the week and will do my utmost best to accommodate you into my schedule.
I am based in Prahran, can tutor at my home and am more than willing to travel to your home in near surrounding suburbs (South Yarra, Windsor, Armadale, Richmond, Balaclava, Elsternwick etc). I often tutor at the State Library and Melbourne Uni as well.
I only charge $60 per hour for one-on-one private tutoring and $50 if you’d like to arrange group tutoring with some friends (2 – 4 works best). The travel fees if it takes longer than 30 minutes via public transport from my location in Prahran are as follows:
- $60 per hour from my home or within 30 minutes travel
- $70 per hour for more than 30 minutes travel
I offer a 50% discount for first lessons, so the first lesson will only cost $30 per hour.
I also offer online tutoring, for those in remote areas or just like the convenience! I also hold a valid Working with Children’s Check.
Contact me today so we can get you on track to achieving your best this year. I look forward to hearing from you!
“My tutor is great. She gives helpful tips to ensure I get better at the subject. She is kind and supportive and gives me hope when I’m working, which motivates me to work harder.”
“Gemma was an exceptional tutor for myself throughout years 11 and 12 Japanese. As a student who had never completed an exchange in Japan, the opportunity to practice conversation and have extra assistance out of school time in certain aspects of the course enhanced my confidence and enabled me to attain a subject score of 40, and receive the campus award for VCE second language. Gemma is incredibly
patient, encouraging and her work ethic is contagious. I would highly recommend her as a tutor!”