Hi, I am DIY ing, following the help on here. Ds is a reluctant student (although he does work properly at it once he has got going.)
I started DIY just to see, and he did really well. We worked through the IPS Method and Technique, and he didn't want/need me to explain anything. He would say Mum- just let me do it! and read the example given and then do all the examples in the starter series practice book, without help and getting 95% right.
This lulled me into a false sense of security! We are now working through the practice papers at the end of the method and technique book and it is really hard going. For a start, he is very, very slow. (he was quite fast doing the practice examples before) So the thirty minute tests take twice that long. He is getting stuck on different sets, then as soon as we look at them together he gets it.
I got the bond 10 minute papers to do some quick practice (he likes the idea of quick practice!) again he is very slow, the 10 minutes is more like 30, and not because he is messing around.
There seem to be question types in here that are not in the VR techniques book, and they are hard.
eg: find a word that is similar in meaning and rhymes with the the second word
DEFEND detect answer - protect.
I don't really know what to do now. I am a bit over whelmed by all the different material on offer and don't know which is going to help us.
I need him to speed up, and recognise the types more easily, so he doesn't get stuck on a whole section.
He find the ones where you have to move a letter from one word to the other to make 2 new words, really hard.
On the plus side, he is really good at all the codes and does the z types very quickly.
When we first started he did the short on-line taster test that is linked on here, and he got 100% but took 40 minutes instead of 30. I thought that was a good sign that he could do this, maybe I am deluding myself?
Do we just need to do more and more of them until he is fluent? if so, what do I get, lots of them seem to be packs of only 4 tests, which is going to work out very expensive. Doesn't that get boring too?
I have tried to do vocab building etc with him, but it is like pulling teeth, because 'the deal' was 11+ prep, which in his eyes doesn't include vocab!
We started in January, we are out of county and only really decided to try for it then, and I am a complete novice, and just wondering if I can do this, or if I need to find a tutor. (not easy to find an experienced 11+ tutor where we are, and they are all going to be booked up aren't they?)
Any advice gratefully received.