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PostPosted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 3:35 pm 

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Slightly dim father, blessed with a smart son in year 4! I need advice on good tutors and how to help prepare for the 11 +.... All advice gratefully recived.

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PostPosted: Wed May 01, 2013 12:41 pm 

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If your child is doing well at school you shouldn't need to start 11 plus tutoring until year 5.

Many people will argue that you don't or shouldn't need tutoring but in reality the majority probably do.
It is quite possible to DIY if you have the time and confidence.
There are various discussion threads on here about self-tutoring.

In year 4 the best thing is probably to start with fun activities - developing vocabulary by reading good quality books and discussing them together and starting with some appropriate level verbal reasoning questions in a relaxed way (as puzzles rather than a test situation).
Various resources are listed on here.

A note on vocabulary - there are small electronic dictionary thesaurases where you can type in a word and get meanings. It is more fun than a paper dictionary and you can encourage your child to become more independent by using it together at first. You don't want to discourage reading for fun but also need some more focussed reading where you make sure that your child understands individual words and starts thinking about the writing in more detail than just following the story.
There are work books on this sort of thing if it would help to give you some ideas but its more fun if you can do it together by chatting at this stage.

Its worth checking the details of the tests you will be putting your child in for. This will also help you judge if potential tutors are on the ball.

Make sure your child is happy with any tutor you decide on - they should be working reasonably hard but the tutor shoud be positive and encouraging.

Sorry if this is a bit basic - hopefully some of it might be useful.

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