English tutoring with a text focus from Year 7 to VCE

VCE English tutoring with a summer twist.

High school English tutoring transforming reluctant readers into bookworms.

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We help high school students who find reading hard reading boring reading challenging reading un-fun reading tiring reading difficult

The reading struggle is real

Let’s be honest… the idea of curling up with a novel is not everyone’s idea of fun. Some kids don’t like reading. It’s just not their thing.

Others find reading hard. The words swim on the page. The language is tricky. It’s hard to stay focused. Things just don’t make sense.

There’s such an emphasis on analysing texts in our high school English curriculum.

But how can a student do well if they haven’t understood – or even read – the book?

VCE Book Club was born because we’re passionate about helping students with the reading struggle… whether in VCE now or earlier in the journey.

VCE English tutoring: introducing our

summer Deep Dive series on Unit 3&4 texts

Understanding your English texts is vital at Year 12. You can’t write well in your SACs and final exams if you haven’t read and understood your texts.   We had a lightbulb moment – read more on Our Story page – and came up with a solution we love – the summer Deep Dive.

Our Deep Dive series is especially for students heading into Year 12. Sign up for a text you’ll be studying next year, and join over summer  – the perfect time to dip into your VCE texts while you’re relaxed and unwinding.

A Deep Dive runs over ten short live streamed sessions:

Sit back and enjoy having the story read to you … follow along in your text … key ideas are unpacked and there’s a Q&A time at the end … join the conversation or just listen – there’s no pressure to speak up!  

By the end of summer you’ll:

  • Have read your entire text
  • Understand the key elements of plot, key ideas, characters, themes, settings and symbols
  • Have had your text questions answered
  • Be able to walk into the first day of your Year 12 English class feeling confident and prepared!

English tutoring for Years 7-12:

personalised text-focused 1+1 Sessions

Students, you CAN enjoy reading.

You may not have thought about it this way before, but reading is just so good for you!

It can help you grow… take you to new places… turn on lightbulbs… and make you smile.

We know there are many reasons you may not feel like smiling when you open your English novel.

Whatever your reason, we’re here to help you read, understand and even love your English novel. Yep, love it!

Join Amanda (English tutor, English teacher, writer and official bookworm) for tailored online 1+1 Sessions during the term. Together we’ll:

  • read your chapter book
  • meet the characters and explore their world
  • talk through themes, setting, plot twists and significant quotes
  • find out what inspired the author to write the story
  • learn vocabulary and analyse language


… and we’ll do this at your own pace, customised for where you’re at right now and what you need.

All sessions are conducted via Zoom and open to any secondary student no matter your location or year level.

I still don't think reading is my favourite thing to do but my view on reading has definitely changed this semester. I hope it stays as a good outlook!

Abby, Year 10

Sometimes reading feels like I have to get a tooth pulled out, but it's become something that I don't just push away now, I enjoy it. Thanks for helping me to enjoy reading more.

John, Year 7

Amanda has opened my mind to reading, it's not a bad thing anymore. It's something I can do now in my own time, not just because I have to.

Victoria, Year 9

English tutoring unpacked for parents

Do you wonder how well your high school student is understanding their English text …

or if they’re even reading it?

We’ve been there – we’re parents too.

Of course, there’s a reason to worry. Reading comprehension is a very important skill to develop, but this takes time, consistency and effort.

With a class full of students and a demanding curriculum, even the most experienced English teachers will tell you that there just isn’t enough time. They simply can’t provide the personalised guidance they know many students need to really grow.

When students struggle to understand the words and narrative it is then very hard to write, respond, create and analyse… skills that only become more vital as students progress through high school and into tertiary studies and adult life.

Our personal English tutoring 1+1 Sessions:

  • are targeted to meet your learner right where they are
  • are customised around the student’s assigned texts and their unique needs and challenges
  • allow us to slow down and hone in on the areas that require most focus, and
  • let us work at the student’s pace to allow growth and mastery.


Remove the stress of wondering about your learner’s progress. Avoid the nightly wrestles over reading and English homework. Help is at hand!


2022 English tutoring spaces are now open with a friendly and engaging Year 7-12 English teacher who loves talking books!