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Sitting the competitive 11 Plus exams can seem a daunting prospect for both parent and child, and finding a brilliant 11 Plus private tutor, with the relevant experience, can be tough. That is why we provide an alternative solution. We work with professional tutors, trained and experienced in the 11 Plus, providing tailored online tutoring sessions to motivate and inspire our students.

Online Private Tutors For The 11 Plus

JS Tutoring work with the highest calibre of private tutors to support your child through their 11 Plus stages. Every tutor we introduce has a thorough knowledge of 11 plus English, Maths and verbal and non-verbal reasoning. 

To ensure your child fully benefits from 11 Plus tuition, we will only introduce private tutors suited to their personality and learning style. We believe this is the key to unlocking your child’s potential and to giving them the confidence to excel in their exams.

We take a strategic approach to the 11 Plus entrance exam and believe that effective preparation should start at least 12 months before the examination. With many schools insisting on one or more pre-tests, it is important to know exactly what your child will be expected to do and when. We recommend an initial assessment to work out where to focus tuition - or if indeed tuition is required in the first place.  An assessment will allow you to know how realistic your choice of school is - and how far your child is from the pass mark.

 

What is The 11 Plus?

 

The 11+ exam, which governs admission to many independent and grammar schools, has been one of the key points in a young person’s life for some 40 years. It typically comprises of literacy, numeracy, verbal and non-verbal reasoning, although the assessment often varies by school. Working with a tutor who is well versed in the 11plus entry examinations for the schools that you are applying to is paramount.

 

When Should My Child Start preparing For The 11 Plus? 

We usually recommend 12 to 18 months of gentle preparation for the 11 plus exam, starting in the Autumn or Spring term of Year 5. However, this really depends on your child and their current attainment levels. Your son or daughter may only need a few hours of exam practice, and a confidence boost, or if there are any deeper learning gaps, or significant obstacles, they might need several months of regular weekly tuition. The good news is that any support focused on the 11+ will pay dividends for your child’s schoolwork.

How you can help your child prepare for the 11 +?

 

1. Practice

It shouldn’t need saying, but of course, doing practice papers and questions that mirror the style of the exam is always beneficial before sitting the real thing. These papers can expose kids to the many different types of non-verbal reasoning questions, the style of maths questioning, which often includes word problems that require a level of decoding, and getting used to doing an exam in timed, silent conditions. The more practice you can do – even if it’s only one 20 minute paper a day over the holidays – the better prepared you’ll be for the real thing.

2. Focus on what you DON’T know

There’s no point doing loads of maths papers if your kid’s a maths whizz, who’s always scoring in the 80s and 90s anyway. Likewise, if they’re an English genius, doing endless comprehensions probably won’t benefit them much either. Identify the weaker areas, and focus on improving those – and even within a subject, identify the weaker areas (eg angles, algebra, fractions) and make sure it is those that you focus on. It may well be the area they most want to avoid, but probably the one they most need to.

3. Have a revision timetable

Again, this is almost certainly better than nagging your child to do work on a daily basis, and if you make the timetable with them, it gives them the added bonus of having some control and agency over their revision time. Make a list of all the topics you need to cover in each subject and ensure that you schedule in breaks, as concentration at this age usually dips after 20-30 minutes. It doesn’t need to be too over the top, but a little revision time every day goes a long way.

4. Revise with games

A lot of kids will be reluctant to revise over the holidays, but most can be convinced into playing a game. Cognosis is a brilliant game for 11+ students, as it covers all four disciplines and is genuinely fun. Games like Sum Fun and Bananagrams can also be useful, and are easily adaptable for revision purposes. Visual aids like flashcards and mind-maps can be useful – and gamified – and lots of fun can be had in coming up with mnemonics too – and that’s without mentioning the endless stream of available 11+ revision apps. 

5. Use rewards

You’re a parent – you already do everything for your child, but sadly if they’re going to revise in the holidays, they want even more. It could be a particular Christmas present, a trip somewhere, something edible, a playdate or even financial incentives (some kids drive a hard bargain), but for younger kids, there’s no greater incentive to work than the short-term pay off of a prize. Amazingly, most of them are less able to think about the longer-term, 1-7 year reward of going to their first choice school when there’s a Terry’s Chocolate Orange at stake NOW.

6. Work with them

Some children at 11+ age will be reluctant, or even near-unable to work unsupervised, and will simply end up messing around, doodling or procrastinating – it’s just how they are. Having a parent or older sibling (or indeed a tutor) there to help keep them on task, and doing the work they’re supposed to be doing, can be helpful for their concentration, and ensure that revision time is being used efficiently.

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