- Qualified primary school teacher. Teaching KS2 English, Maths, Science, History and Geography
- 11+ English, Maths, Non-Verbal and Verbal Reasoning: public school exams, including pre-tests
- 13+ English: public school entrance exams
- 13+ Maths: public school entrance exams
- 13+ History: public school entrance exams
- 11+ and 13+ interview preparation
- I teach online lessons for students who are based in the UK, France and Russia
- I have experience teaching SEN students
- I have a great deal of experience helping foreign children assimilate into the English education system
My tutoring experience includes preparing students for all aspects of their 11+ and 13+ exams and helping them gain entry to top schools. I also tutor to build children's confidence in English and Maths for KS1 and KS2. I have experience tutoring students online and know how to make the most of online lessons.
I thoroughly enjoyed my time at Queen Elizabeth’s Boys’ School, Barnet and made the most of the opportunities the school offered. My hard work and dedication was rewarded by strong academic results achieving A*s and As in 12 GCSEs and A-levels in English (A), History (A), Russian (A) and French (B) and being appointed Deputy School Captain and 1st XV rugby captain.
I read History and Modern Languages (Russian) at Durham University achieving a 2:1 and I was fortunate to spend my third year studying and working in Russia. After graduating in 2009 I moved back to London to undertake my law conversion and Legal Practice Course where I tutored with Keystone Tutors part-time. I started my training contract with an international law firm in September 2011 and qualified into and worked in the tax department for 4 years before spending a year in the private client department of a smaller, West End firm.
I enjoyed my seven years in the legal world and I learnt a lot from my experience. However, I didn’t get the same feeling of meaning and purpose that I got when tutoring students and helping them develop and achieve their aims. So I made the decision to change careers and pursue my passion.
I have completed my School Direct teacher training course and I am now a qualified primary school teacher.
The beauty of tutoring is that it is personal – learning is an organic and individual process and tutoring one-on-one means that a student’s specific needs can be catered for.
I strongly believe that learning should be enjoyable. People learn more effectively when they take a genuine interest in their studies. It is the job of the tutor to spark enthusiasm in their students and tap into their motivations and passions. I encourage students to be inquisitive and take pride in their work and I see my job as creating a supportive environment so that they can flourish.
What I do when I am not tutoring
My hobbies include rugby (enthusiastically watching instead of playing nowadays), travelling and reading.
"I am delighted to write this letter, telling you the great news that my son has achieved the Winchester Academic Exhibition and Headmaster's Nomination in 2019 Roll. For this boy as well as our family, it is a major success. My son arrived in UK just 1.5 years ago, and his English was rather limited at that time. The most important reason to get this result is: he has been receiving help from Keystone! Rob is an excellent tutor. My son is so lucky to have his lessons recently. Please accept my heartful thanks to him and for you. Your help is much appreciated and will be remembered all the time." (Mother of Winchester Scholarship Student)
"Rob Firth was brilliant. My son thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Rob and we all felt that the sessions were very productive. Robert was very punctual each day and a pleasant and charming chap. He worked extremely well with my son and was patient and engaging whilst teaching." (Mother of GCSE student)
"Rob is great. My son loved his session." (Mother of Year 3 student)
"I will say in short that we were delighted with him and found him exceedingly professional, organised, thoughtful etc." (Mother of 11+ student)
''As ever, we are hero-worshipping Robert. He has created a wonderful learning environment for George with a rich and varied approach.''
''I will say in short that we were delighted with him and found him exceedingly professional, organised, thoughtful.'' Kimberly, mother of 11+ student
''Rob was brilliant. Ralph thoroughly enjoyed the time spent with Robert and we all felt that the sessions were very productive. So much so we have booked Rob for February half term and a week at the start of the Easter holidays.
Rob was very punctual each day and a pleasant and charming chap. He worked extremely well with Ralph and was patient and engaging whilst teaching.'' Emma, mother of GCSE English student
''Rob continues to be very highly rated by us. We are delighted that our son is gaining in confidence. We can definitely see an improvement in his work.'' Mother of 8+ English and Maths student.