Why would any parent pay a tutor to go through Bond books when all the answers are at the back? This same parent told me that every time she asked the tutor how he was doing the reply was that he is very clever and doing really well. He did so badly in the VR at DAO that he did not even get his English and Maths papers marked. This problem is just going to get worse as the pass mark goes up relentlessly year upon year. It does make me feel that double round exam are much better so these parents do not waste so much money on tutors when their dc's have no chance at all of even getting through the VR. DG
When parents choose to pay there can be several reasons -
1) A parent thinks that a good tutor can prepare my child to the necessary standard and they often have no tools to measure the child's progress against these standards.
2) A parent (including me) thinks, even if my child doesn't get through the grammar entrance the investment won't be a waste as it will help them in secondary school and with overall education as such.
3) There are so many publications/books round there that it is difficult for parents to know/choose the right/adequate ones…how to organise and make a daily timetable out of it. If there was an authorised source of say X books that cover all the exam syllabus then it would be much easier for parents to prepare their own children.
4) Many children won't sit with the parent to do the required daily work whereas they would do it if it is school or tuition work.
5) Many parents do not have the necessary competency to teach their children hence the need to tutor.
I would like to quote an example for double round exam. One of DD's friend sat some mock exams both for the first and second round. Did not clear the first one but was flying through the second one especially the essay bit. her mum said she cannot do well in time pressure. If she is told that an exam has x amount of time her entire focus would be on the time (instead of work itself). In the comprehension/essay type of exam she though there is lot of time so she was relaxed did extremely well.
Bottom line, there is no 'fit for all' exam ?