I previously tutored at Keystone Tutors whilst I was studying for my Graduate Diploma in Law and Legal Practice Course between 2009 and 2011.
My tutoring experience was mainly focused on preparing students for their 11+ and 13+ exams in English and History and helping foreign children assimilate into the English education system.
My tutoring experiences include:
• Tutoring a boy in English for his 13+ exams. The role lasted for over 18 months and he was accepted to his secondary school of choice.
• Tutoring a Russian boy in English and history for two consecutive years both for 6 weeks during the summer holidays in preparation for him joining Charterhouse.
• Tutoring two Russian brothers (one 7 year old and one 10 year old) and helping them acclimatise to the English education system at Lockers Park School.
• Tutoring a Russian girl in preparation for her 13+ exams. I tutored her both in Russia and England and it was mainly focused on exam technique.
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.
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
I recently got married so I am enjoying being a newly wed with my wife and our adorable cockapoo Siyah.
My hobbies include rugby (enthusiastically watching instead of playing nowadays), triathlon, yoga, travelling and reading.
I plan to further my knowledge about children’s wellbeing.
“Robert is a great tutor: intelligent and kind, he got along with my son brilliantly.” (mother of 12-year-old, History & R.S.)
''As ever, we are hero-worshipping Robert. He has created a wonderful learning environment for George with a rich and varied approach.''