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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 10:05 am 
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Hi, my DS is going to Yr5 next year and will be starting 11+ grammar exam preparation from September/October 2016, to try getting a place in Reading Boys School. He's currently practising VS, NVS, Maths and English comprehension workbooks/worksheets, to some extent but not too regularly. He is very good in Maths. He is a hardworking but shy child.

I'm currently in a dilemma whether I should send him to AETuition in Slough or go for a private tutor (who teaches in a group of 5) in Maidenhead (where we are based).

Hence, can anyone please advise me to take right decision? If you want, you can PM to me. Thanks in advance.

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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 2:00 pm 
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It sounds like you are already doing a good job of DIY tutoring at home. Maybe you just need to up the amount you are doing a bit instead.

My DD is shy and I know she worked much better with me than she would have done with a tutor, as she felt much more at ease asking me questions than she would have been with a tutor.

As for tutors, if you go that route, you need to find the one that suits your DS best.


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PostPosted: Fri Mar 04, 2016 3:11 pm 
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Thanks you very much for your kind advice, Tinkers!


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PostPosted: Thu Mar 24, 2016 5:32 pm 
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We're home tutoring, but the class sizes at some of the larger tutor centres can be very large (the one you mentioned has 24 or more in the class my friend's daughter goes to). So especially if your child is quiet I'd have thought they were better in small-group or home (individual) teaching.
Ultimately it's what works for you best as a family.


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 5:43 pm 
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Dear mu81,
I am also in same boat as you. My DS is also going to be in Y5 in September16. I am also home tutoring him since last summer. He is doing well in some tests. I am using AE publications books for all tests and some Bonds books.

Can you PM me if you know any private tutor in Maidenhead? My older son is already in Reading Grammar school in Y9. Now it's turn for my younger one.

Will appreciate your reply and happy to give you any advise if you need. We live in Hamshire at the moment but planning to move to Maidenhead.
Thanks


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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 7:06 pm 
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mu81,
Just to echo what others have said - whether you chose to send your DS to a group tuition centre or to an individual tutor, depends entirely on what setup would suit him best.

Some children thrive in a group (they enjoy a little bit of competition against their peers), some may find it a bit intimidating and yet others may just take a chance to 'hide' at the back of the room to avoid having to do too much (from what you're saying, the latter would not be a risk with your DS :) ) What suits your child best, only he and you are able to tell, so it is very difficult to advise anything.

As Tinkers pointed out, your son seems to be doing pretty well working with you at home already, so maybe you do not need a tutor for your DS anyway?

By all means, get one if you feel it would make a big difference to your DS's preparations, but don't think you have to hire a tutor just because most of other children you know (I'm guessing here) are being tutored. Good luck. :)

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2016 8:29 pm 
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Thanks Aethel and PurpleDuck!

rashminder12, I hv PMed you the link.


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