Robert Belok - Private Tutor in Surrey and London
I am an experienced and enthusiastic tutor with classroom teaching experience, who is genuinely passionate about History and its relevance today. I graduated from Brasenose College, Oxford in 2017 after having studied History. I have since worked at Eton College in the History department and (more recently) as the College's Filmmaker-in-Residence.
At Eton, I was part of a 3 person team working with History Oxbridge applicants three times a week, advising on every step of the admissions process. This has included advice on personal statements, marking History Aptitude Tests, and carrying out mock-Oxbridge interviews for both the Eton students and applicants from other schools. In the year 2017/18, we received more Oxbridge offers than any other department in the school. I have also worked on the Eton Universities Summer School for the last four years running, teaching history and working as a tutor.
Subjects I Teach
My Education & Qualifications
University of Oxford, 2014 – 2017
History (BA): 2:1
School: Oxted School
A-Levels 2 A* Grades in History and English Literature; 1 A Grade in Mathematics GCSEs 8 A* Grades in History, English Language, English Literature, Mathematics, Core Science, Further Science, and Music; 4 A Grades in Drama, French, Media Studies and Religious Education (Short Course)
My Tutoring & Teaching Experience
On top of my normal teaching commitments at Eton, I ran a weekly series of essay clinics for GCSE and Pre-U students, advising them on structure and content. I have specifically worked closely with the History Oxbridge applicants, advising on every step of the admissions process. This has included advice on personal statements, marking History Aptitude Tests, and carrying out mock-Oxbridge interviews for both the Eton students and applicants from other schools. I even taught an Oxbridge application session about postmodernism & memes! Outside of the classroom, I have also tutored extensively for GCSEs, A-Levels and Pre-U across a wide range of subjects and ages.
My Approach to Tutoring
My tutoring method is closely modeled on my experiences at Eton, which gives emphasis to independent thought & critical thinking rather than the ability to learn and regurgitate facts. I believe this is incredibly important as this distinction the most crucial differentiation between degree level History and school history. I am happy to tutor specifically for exams or otherwise, but my focus is always on giving the student the tools to engage with the work critically.
Fun Facts About Me
In my spare time, I'm often found engaged in some aspect of filmmaking - whether it's working on set, writing, directing, editing, or any other! I'm also a keen musician as I sing and play both piano and guitar. In sports I'm an enthusiastic badminton player and also do archery (thanks to a summer job I had several years ago teaching it!). I also try and get on the slopes at least once a year to ski.
My Client Testimonials
"Tutored me in history for 2 months; I found Robbie to be kind, friendly, approachable, knowledgeable and very patient with me! Left each session having felt that I'd come on in leaps and bounds through his precise, measured, and personally-tailored approach."
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