To be honest, I’ve always been quite hesitant when it comes to tutoring, and I felt the same
way about Delta at first. Now, however, I can comfortably say that – at least for me and from
my own experience – if there were such a thing as a ‘right’ way to teach English, Delta’s
approach is probably just that.
What I think separates Delta above all else is the quality of each aspect of their teaching.
Their weekly classes and one-on-one lessons with my Supervising Academic, Stuart, helped
me form complex and nuanced ideas about each text that I was studying, which I could
continually develop in my writing. The detailed and highly specific feedback that Stuart
provided on every piece I submitted was, for me, the most invaluable aspect of Delta. I was
able to refine both my expression and my understanding of each text, so that I could
genuinely say that I believed in what I was writing as I continued to hone my ideas.
Now of course, getting relentlessly criticised on every piece I wrote didn’t always feel great
in the moment – but that was what I liked. It was Stuart’s tireless work in scrutinising every
single aspect of whatever I had submitted (as I’m sure every Delta academic does) that
truly facilitated my improvement. I would submit something that I felt had addressed
everything in his feedback, only to get it back with even more criticism – and that was
exactly what I needed. This was undoubtedly what I appreciated the most about my
time at Delta, and what I think was most crucial both to my confidence in what I wrote when
it really mattered, and, at the end of it all, to my success.
Ultimately, I can very easily, and very happily, say that much of the success I found was only
possible because of Delta – success both in the HSC, and in gaining a much greater
appreciation for writing, literature, and English more generally.
A. T., Sydney Grammar School (99.95 ATAR)
What Delta did for me was nothing short of revolutionising my approach to HSC English at a fundamental level. In the first half of year 12, despite putting consistent effort into English
every week, I wasn’t seeing anything close to the results I was looking for.
However, after going to Delta, I was able to change my approach dramatically. I was re-energised
and motivated to succeed in English Advanced, now that I knew exactly what was required of me.
I experienced the full benefit of their Essay Perfection Program, with my essays jumping
dramatically in marks from assessments to trial. I climbed from the bottom half of the cohort
into the top 10 on the trial and didn’t look back, allowing me to achieve the ATAR that I did.
If you want the very best English tuition, Delta is the place to be.
R. R., Baulkham Hills High School
In the stress of my final year, joining Delta was probably the best decision I’ve made towards
understanding the ins and outs of HSC English. Delta isn’t just your average tutoring centre. It
really is so much more. I wouldn’t have done nearly as well in any of my subjects if it wasn’t
for the knowledge and support that I obtained from my teachers and peers in classes.
V. U., Girraween High School
Before I discovered Delta I had tried several other private English tutors, none of whom had an
understanding of the demands of the new English syllabus and my school’s English faculty.
Oftentimes the feedback I received from these private tutors was not specific and detailed
enough, which meant that my English marks struggled to compete in a selective school. Despite
the effort I was putting into English, I never achieved the marks I wanted.
Through Rebecca’s extensive marking and feedback, I was able to understand how my writing could
progress to a high A range response. I understood what school and HSC markers were looking for.
She helped me to top my cohort, an unbelievable feat I never thought I could achieve, and built
up my confidence to perform highly in the HSC exam. I can’t thank Rebecca enough and only have
the highest praise for Delta. I will always look back at how much I had progressed in English
and the writing I produced at Delta with pride and fondness.
When I joined Delta, I was ranked well into the 50’s in my English cohort. It wasn’t until I
began lessons at Delta that I rediscovered my fondness for English and writing. My Class Teacher
and Supervising Academic, Rebecca, created a positive and rigorous learning environment which
enabled me to regain my appreciation for the English subject. The high-quality, detailed, and
thorough resources, course material and class lessons reinforced a culture where higher-order
thinking was valued and celebrated, motivating me to work hard and persevere through the
challenging course of English Advanced.
I greatly valued the effort and timeliness of Rebecca’s feedback and editing. Each piece of
feedback I received was specific, extensive and helpful in improving the quality of my response.
She honed my ideas and helped me to craft my writing with excellence, allowing my writing to
stand out from other mundane responses. I could see clear differences in the quality of each of
the responses I was submitting to Rebecca. She encouraged me to make improvements that enabled
me to achieve full marks in the majority of my Year 12 assessments.
A. S., North Sydney Girls High School
During my time at school, English was always the subject that I struggled with the most. No
how much effort I put in, my English marks always fluctuated and were mediocre at best. For
believed that English was ‘subjective’ and that everyone ‘good’ at English had some innate
Nevertheless, I decided to seek out tutoring in hopes of gaining a more logical, systematic
understanding of how to improve or at least stabilise my marks and channel my study time more
effectively into getting results. Before joining Delta, I had tried a number of other tutoring
companies but they never seemed to yield any results as they had large classes and covered texts
different to the ones I studied at school.
At Delta, the small, school specific classes paired with the extremely detailed resources meant
all the time spent in class was geared towards perfecting and performing well in school
ensuring that each student in the class ended up with strong internal results. Most importantly
me at least), the unlimited individual lessons and essay marking provided me with a constant
of support, motivation and encouragement. I personally believe that English is a subject that
requires one to constantly explore new ideas and challenge preconceived notions, which sets it
from other more memorisation/rote based HSC subjects.
In hindsight, this is what made English challenging for me; however, my amazing tutor was always
there to break down complex concepts and pinpoint exactly how and why a particular section of my
essay could be improved. This specialist nature of Delta is really what makes it stand out. It
comforting to know that I could always have all of my questions answered, but most importantly
tutor always gave me manageable to do lists and action plans, so all throughout the HSC, I
knew what to work on, which helped maintain a sense of momentum even when my motivation was low.
This meant that throughout year 12, I was constantly refining my essays and practising adapting
different essay questions, which was advantageous as by the time trials and the HSC exam came
around, I had already practised and gotten constant feedback for these types of questions
I’m not exactly qualified to give advice but here are my two cents on English and HSC in general.
Very clichéd, but my biggest recommendation is to start early! You only get to do year 12 once
you get what you put in it. Your tutor is always willing to give you a timeline/deadline of when
your drafts and adaptations should be due. Try to stick to these to the best of your abilities
don’t rush them so much that the work produced is mediocre (I definitely missed a few deadlines
around the end but I tried my best). Take breaks – I noticed many people in my year group
really strong but by the time trials came around they were really burnt out and overworked. So,
start early–and when you feel really frustrated with English, you actually have time to take a
days off. I went from a student who was achieving 70% in most assessments, and ended up with a
C. Y., Pymble Ladies' College
Coming off a year with demoralising results in Preliminary English, I decided to seek assistance
and enrolled in Delta Specialist English Tuition due to its professionalism and advertised
support for individuals. Although I did not expect much aid from experience with other tutoring
centres, a year later, I am glad I had committed to Delta as they actively support their
students both mentally and intellectually and provide a fine blueprint in achieving success in
At the start of Year 12, I was struggling with the concepts of my first HSC module as they were
not clear to me, hence I decided to spend time after school and booked in extra 1-1 Individual
Lessons with Delta's State Ranking tutors. In these lessons, I was able to refine my weakest
topics within the syllabus as well as gain knowledge from these experienced tutors which were
implemented into my studies for not just English Advanced, but other HSC subjects.
Furthermore, whilst other tutoring centres offer essay marking which attempts to give feedback
and suggestions for analytical expression, it simply cannot surpass Delta's essay marking
program. It provides a strict marking criteria from certified state rank tutors with a minimum
comment limit of 500 words, often providing tips and tricks to improve practice essays which
permits flexibility upon approaching unseen examination questions.
Apart from the curriculum and programs provided by Delta, the mentors at Delta are extremely
motivating and caring to every single student. I personally had Natasha as my tutor and it was
truly an enjoyable experience as she was able to encourage individuals to actively engage in
classroom discussions which brought out unseen potential within many students. She constantly
made sure every student understood the important yet difficult concepts before moving on, and
was always willing to repeat things for our ease of understanding. Her ability to skillfully
decompose textual analysis and provide inspiration within creative writing ultimately made
English Advanced, for me what seemed like the most monotonous subject, into one of the most
K. W., North Sydney Boys High School
The driving force that propelled me through the pandemonium and incessant stress of HSC English
the weekly lessons at Delta. For me, my Delta Class Teacher was not merely limited to the role
senior academic who was responsible for teaching us writing, textual analysis and exam skill.
Instead, what stood out for me the most was her dedication towards her students, passion for
literature and the intriguing way in which she transformed my outlook upon English – from
frustration to ultimate fascination.
Truthfully, my Year 12 Term 1 English results were disappointing during 2018. Unknowingly, I
ventured into the area of study with my supposedly “better than average” analytical skills
that it wouldn’t be too difficult maintaining my top 10 rank from year 11, only to be
upon receiving a 13/15 for my creative writing task I had drafted 12 times prior to submission.
Although the mark was not devastatingly terrible, at that point in time, English seemed like a
tedious chore that I could never perfect despite the endless editing and hours spent devising up
essay and creative plans.
My approach to English changed drastically when I joined Delta. In my consultation with Bec, she
told me that the students who excelled the most weren’t necessarily all inherently gifted
but many were the people who acknowledged their struggle and were willing to put in the utmost
effort to fulfil their capabilities. This was definitely a moment of realisation for me. I was
in my intention to improve, and Delta was there to provide me with the exact directions, guiding
to my goal.
On top of the weekly lessons which were text-specific, covering the content and theory I needed
form the foundational backbones of my arguments, the comprehensive course material I received
Delta greatly expanded my vocabulary and understanding of complex, conceptual ideas. The
1-1 lessons at Delta were highly personalised and specifically designed to target my weaknesses,
while unlimited access to the exceptionally detailed essay feedback enabled me to construct
of great finesse. The ongoing support Delta offered me gave me a balance of both confidence and
technique I needed to excel in English.
The most insightful academic concept I’ve learned from Delta is the importance of fine detailing.
Whether it be the specificity of textual analysis or the intricacy of narrative structure... to
expression and phrasing, details capture the essence of English. Such details cannot be refined
through generalised, one-liner feedback, but slowly perfected through consistent effort and
individualised academic support. With Delta’s support and encouragement, I was able to
rank 2nd in my school for Advanced English and achieve an overall ATAR of 99.90.
A. D., Meriden School
I always liked English; Delta enabled me not only to perfect it as a craft, but truly appreciate
the breadth and depth of the English language.
Time, especially in your senior years, is such a limited resource – spending it wisely is thus
absolutely crucial. So, the hours, dedication, and skill provided by Delta's extremely competent
tutors and school-specific resource kits are an invaluable resource for any aspiring English
My Class Teacher and Supervising Academic was incredibly helpful at every twist and turn my
threw at me (through English Advanced and English Extension 1), offering a staggeringly profound
level of insight and advice for not only each individual essay and module, but also in how to
apply oneself to a subject.
Lessons are rigorous and structured, whilst also possessing such a passion for literature that
cannot help but be interested in the subject matter at hand. Writing styles are tailored, not
homogenised, and I felt that every piece of feedback received was well-composed and communicated
critical linchpins of arguments rather than a generic array of comments.
In my opinion (and to wax poetic), beyond the gamut of timely editing, feedback, resources,
papers, and advice, what Delta offers to inquisitive students, is a sharpening of the English
language and a fostering of higher order thinking critical for tertiary education and life
high school (thanks Rebecca!).
In the end, I placed fourth and first internally for English Advanced and Extension 1
respectively – a feat that I likely wouldn't have been able to achieve without everything that Delta helped me
with. To all prospective English students and inquisitive parents reading this page – you're in
hands with Delta, and best of luck with the coming assessments! You've got this.
R. G., Normanhurst Boys High School