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 Post subject: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Tue Nov 13, 2012 9:39 pm 
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Our DD has had a tutor for the last few months and will be taking the Abbey exam in January. She is bright and the reason we wanted a tutor was to fill in any gaps her primary school may have missed and to prepare her for the exam and year 7 on, e.g. to give her coaching and practice in English comprehension.

Over the last few weeks the tutor has been covering various topics but I couldn't see a clear link between the work and the exam. In short, I wanted to know from the tutor where DD was now, what the exam requires, what the gaps are between the 2 and therefore what needs to be covered between now and then. Our tutor doesn't seem to want to plan out the final few weeks in this way. At £45 an hour (in our home), I'm feeling a little short changed.

Are my expectations incorrect of a tutor's approach?

More to the point, I would appreciate a PM of any recommended Abbey tutors in the Reading area - I may want to try a fresh approach for the final few weeks.



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 Post subject: Re: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:29 am 
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Don't Panic. :lol:

The Abbey exam is not a competition it is more about assessing ability, potential and suitability for the school. In short they are trying to identify students who will really struggle and weed them out.

The feedback I've had, second hand, is that they would expect students to have at least one level 5 at the end of year 6.

With such a short time before the exam I would focus on confidence rather than a change of direction.

Even if you have a bad exam day they will look at school references and grades for potential. :)


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 Post subject: Re: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Wed Nov 14, 2012 8:50 am 
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I echo the info from Steve.
I wouldn't expect a tutor to know much about the exam as its in-house, not published and can change at any point.
If anything I would think about practicing creative writing rather than comprehension as that gives more scope to shine - and it's what they are doing in school at the moment ;)
They will identify any gaps and plug them once DD is in year 7 so no need for you to be doing that unless it's purely as prep for the exam. They really don't want people being tutored for the exam as its only a part of the input to the decision on making an offer.


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 Post subject: Re: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 8:57 pm 
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Thanks for your kind words a few weeks back. I've left it a while before I responded again as we did change tutor.

Thank heavens we did! The new tutor is so much more on the ball, knows the level of ability required and has identified a few significant gaps in DD's Maths and is tailoring each session to tackle these. I'm confident there is (just) enough time to make progress in these areas before the exam. And the relationship between tutor, DD and parents is so much better. We also in effect have found our tutor for DD2 by default.

Aside from the previous tutor not identifying the areas for development or having any structure as the weeks rolled by, being asked to photocopy about 30 of 40 pages out of an old exercise book didn't go down well either. The new tutor simply provides the appropriate resources and charges at cost.

It's now the final few days and we shall focus on confidence and not too much pressure, but for anybody reading this in the future, I would say that finding the right tutor for DD is so important.


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 Post subject: Re: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Tue Jan 01, 2013 9:44 pm 
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Good luck to your DD


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 Post subject: Re: tutors for Abbey
PostPosted: Wed Jan 02, 2013 12:17 am 
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This is really good feedback RG4. I run classes and am amazed the money many parents pay for tutors who are clearly not progressing their dc's. I would like to see parents making really sure they are getting value for money by being actually able to measure the progress being made. Did you always have doubts or did they surface in November when you posted? I am sending you a pm. DG


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