Tanya B Very responsive
Tutoring near Grovedale, Melbourne, VIC & Geelong, Melbourne, VIC & Newtown, Melbourne, VIC & Torquay, Melbourne, VIC & Waurn Ponds, Melbourne, VIC


Hello! I am a secondary teacher of more than 25 years’ experience (with over 20 years' experience teaching VCE), specialising in English and Literature, along with Religious Education. I have extensive knowledge of VCE and IBMYP requirements, and work with students who are following both traditional school pathways and home-schooling. I am friendly and approachable, and my students have always commended my amiability, dedication, kindness and generosity in helping them to find academic success, wellbeing and a deeper appreciation of the ideas they are curious about.

I offer both face-to-face and remote-learning options via platforms such as Zoom, Skype, Facetime and Google-docs; therefore, students do not need to feel constrained by location. I can help with homework; units of study; deeper analysis and revision of set texts; exam practice; mentoring on assignments and essays; revision of school curriculum; and practising grammar and essay-writing - in single or ongoing sessions - and am keen for students to bring the tasks they are working on so that we can build unique skills together. (Ask me about a complimentary 30-min "getting to know you" session to see if we're a good tutoring match!)

I mark practice-essays and exam-papers (VCAA- or IB-style, if that's your preference), offering extensive feedback and conferencing. I also write curriculum programs for home-schooling students on various topics, such as set texts; persuasive and creative writing; and analysis of argument and language.

I can help prepare students for scholarships and entrance exams (having experience with EduTest and others) and, of course, have prepared hundreds of students for NAPLAN over many years.

I have some limited availability for “on the spot” (sudden) tutoring for those who require immediate, one-off assistance with an English quandary, via Zoom ... Just ask me: I might be available RIGHT NOW!

Besides my comprehensive classroom 27 years' full-time experience with Years 7-12 students, I can also be of assistance to Years 1-6 students (as I tutor youngsters, too), along with undergraduates and adults who are looking for support with their general English and writing skills. Furthermore, I have competence in structural editing and proof-reading, and may be of assistance to aspiring writers, journalists and copy-writers.

I love creative writing and reading and am always up for a good book discussion! (Bonus points if the book has an accompanying film!)

**Diary open for (limited!) bookings. 🗓

**ON THE SPOT (sudden) tutoring (evening, weekend and daytime slots - suitable for students with study lessons/free periods). 👩‍🏫

**Day-time options available for HOME-SCHOOLERS. 🏡

**Preparation for SCHOLARSHIP TESTS. 🎓

**YES, 2023 CALENDAR is already OPEN and filling! 📔


• Bachelor of Arts (Humanities), Deakin University, Geelong (1994)
• Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary), Australian Catholic University, Ballarat (1995)
• Graduate Certificate of Religious Education, Australian Catholic University, Ballarat (1995)
• VIT-accredited
• CECV-accredited

I have held consistent full-time teaching positions in secondary schools in both Geelong and Mildura.

I currently work with students enrolled in various programs at the Australian Institute of Language.


  • • Reading
  • • Author Encounters at Geelong Regional Libraries
  • • Writing (Writing Retreats and Workshops)
  • • Copy-writing (through Australian Writers' Centre)
  • • Freelance Writing
  • • Curriculum Development


Ms Bistrovic, is an amazing teacher who dedicates her time and energy into making students reach and surpass their potential. She has a very kind manner, understands differing students needs and has an amazing way of making learning fun. I couldn't recommend anyone better suited to tutoring yourself or your child.
- By Lainey Karlich on 19th October 2021

Character references

Tanya is an exceptional teacher. She combines a rich knowledge of her subjects with an ability to bring out the best in her students. Tanya models a love of learning through her thirst for knowledge and constant drive to engage with current research. She is a caring teacher who puts her students' needs at the centre of all that she does in an educational setting. She produces engaging materials to support her lessons and shares these resources with her colleagues. Her dedication and drive to provide a rich educational experience for the young people in her charge make her a highly regarded teacher.
- By Jan Egan on 19th October 2021

I have known Tanya for over 15 years and have worked along side her in the same English department. She is very thorough and student centered in her approach. She is up to date with the latest developments in education and applies pedagogy in fun and creative ways that engage the students' interest and love of learning. Students feel they have an ally and mentor and there is an easy relationship between student and teacher. Her ability to zoom in on students' specific needs and where the loopholes are in understanding is her gift.
- By Marise Dieguez on 19th October 2021


Around Grovedale

Sunday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Monday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Thursday 7:00 AM - 9:00 PM
Friday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Saturday 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM

Around Geelong

Around Newtown

Around Torquay

Around Waurn Ponds

Travel policy

Face-to-face tutoring available at mutually-convenient locations throughout Greater Geelong. (Students can come to me in Waurn Ponds, or I will charge a TRAVEL-FEE of $2.00/km (round trip) to work at the student's place or other preferred location.)