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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 12:53 pm 
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Dear Moderators,
I was thinking it would be nice for all of us to post here all the information. regarding what books we used or what websites we followed to help us in the 11+ journey since most of the parents including myself did not get clear replies when we asked the above questions. I am aware of the fact that you would say look through the various posts or the website here but it is a tedious process for some to spend a long time searching all the posts.
Each person has a unique way of preparation and it would be wonderful to see what books they used because I'm sure no 2 people would have followed the same method/pattern.
Hope I'm not asking for something forbidden :o .

What say Yoyo and KenR.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:39 pm 
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I'lll ask the others in the dungeon what they think, there is something similar for Kent


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:56 pm 
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Thanks a lot Yoyo,
lot of parents and kids in Birmingham will benefit. :)


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:11 pm 
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have you seen this
http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/school ... er-content

it gives a bit of an idea of what you are up against


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:54 pm 
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Have seen this Yoyo,
but what most parents are looking for is how to start and which books to follow. I know there is no standard order but if some parents can be kind enough to share their step-by-step approach if allowed then it could be posted under one stick rather than them(prospective parents) having to search around and missing some important info.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 5:35 pm 
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I'm not in the Birmingham area, but I think this would be a very useful approach for all areas. There is so much material out there, so many websites etc. and it can all seem overwhelming. A step by step/ a rota, or the like, of the sorts of papers or websites or whatever, would be so helpful, to enable families to keep on track (or know if they're falling behind) with the whole process.

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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 6:22 pm 
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The trouble is that it's horses for courses - what may be good for 1 family or child may not be the best approach for another family.

For example, for families where english is not the 1st language spoken at home I would probably recommend spending a greater proportion of time on vocabularly and the precise meaning of words as synonyms and antonyms usually feature strongly in the exam. I would maybe even try to device techniques and games where the whole family can contribute.

There are a number of EFL Cloze webites which(mentioned in previous posts), whilst not being exactly the same format at the exam, might help the child to develop an understanding of language and word context.

Similarly a child that was an advanced reader (reading age 14+) may not need to spend as much time on vocabularly but may need to work on maths.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:32 pm 
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I found one of the most usefull website to my Ds was Bond online. it is a lot of testing the child but gives feedback on incorrect answers and also gives reedback on weakness in subjects and what areas thet should conentrate on.


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 8:34 pm 
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sorry about the spelling mistakes, i am still i bit hypher as my DS got in to his first choice KEAS. :lol:


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PostPosted: Mon Mar 05, 2012 11:02 pm 
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Thanks for the reply KenR,
What you say is perfectly true that what is good for one may not be for the other but at least if each parent can express how they approached 11+ it will give an idea to new people.


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