GORD B Very responsive
Tutoring near Melbourne, Melbourne, VIC


As a PhD in English and published/awarded scholar and researcher, I pride myself on my ability to push secondary and university students to excel in essay writing, critical argumentation, vocabulary, close reading, literary studies, and academic English - no matter what their field of study. As an experienced editor and proofreader, I can help you structure and write compelling and clearly-written arguments.

I have taught at the high school and university level, and this means I can get secondary students thinking like university students before they set foot inside a uni classroom. I know what gets the high marks in university English essays, and I bring my years of experience in higher education to everyone who takes advantage of my talents.

I have roughly ten years' experience both as a teaching assistant and as a Course Director for undergraduate university English courses. I also have years of experience as a secondary school English tutor, serving both mainstream secondary and International Baccalaureate students from diverse cultural backgrounds. I have also lectured at the Melbourne School of Continental Philosophy, and have been invited to give a talk at Swinburne University in May 2018.

I am available to anyone from Frankston and the surrounding area (including Mt. Eliza and Mornington) to Melbourne & suburbs.


Ph.D., English, University of Western Ontario, London, Canada (2017) (awarded Barbara McGraw Graduate Scholarship, Mary Routledge Graduate Fellowship, Ontario Graduate Scholarship, nominated for Graduate Teaching Award)

MA, Interdisciplinary Studies, York University (1999)

BA, Hons. English/Humanities dbl. maj. (1995) (magna cum laude) (awarded Arthur Haberman Award in History and Humanities, Humanities 20th Anniversary Book Prize)


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Character references

I have known Gord for approximately a year and during that time have become aware of his high level of skills suited to tutoring. In my capacity an an employment coaching I have worked in the education field and with students and feel his abilities will be provide an extensive resource for anyone requiring expert tutoring.
Gord is passionate about his field of expertise and as such, will make an excellent tutor.
- By Pauline Visser on 18th April 2018

Dr Gord Barentsen is highly qualified and personable; possessing considerable tutoring skills. Gord is reliable and prepares thoroughly - tailoring materials to students particular needs. Gord is of sound character and has high ethical standards and is pleasant to work with. I recommend his services.
- By Brendan Cartmel B.Eng. Org. Behav. Executive Coach on 12th April 2018


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Please note that I offer online tuition ONLY. Please contact me for more details.