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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 1:33 pm 
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Hi, new to this forum.

Could anyone please recommend good tutors in the Cheltenham/Gloucester/Stroud area?
I live in Gloucester but am happy to travel a small distance.

Thanks :wink:

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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 2:13 pm 
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If this is for 11 plus prep, please be aware that the format of the test is changing and is designed to be as tutor-proof as possible. Make sure that anyone who claims to be able to tutor for the test has taken the changes into account. :D


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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 3:48 pm 
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Sadly, nothing is tutor proof. :D Thank you for the tip.
Would still be grateful for any tutor references.


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PostPosted: Wed Jan 29, 2014 10:50 pm 
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Hi,

Can someone please recommend a tutor, for our child who will be sitting the test this year.

Many Thanks

Stressedmother


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 11:51 am 
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Hi I think the reason this forum is so quiet now is that the new format exam is pretty tutor-proof.

In case you haven't, you may like to have a look under the Buckinghamshire threads to see examples of the paper they (including my DS) will be taking this year.

We can't see the point in tutoring him as the main thing he/they will need is a good grasp of English and as such, we've just upped reading with him and are practising general maths. They seem to need such a wide range of knowledge that I can't see how a tutor will be able to cover it all now in such a short period of time. We figure we just have to trust him to do what he can and put into practice what he has learnt at school over the years, which is what the grammar exam was originally designed for I guess. Beyond that, I don't think there is much else we can do. There are some useful free downloads online and on this forum.


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PostPosted: Thu Jan 30, 2014 2:57 pm 
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I think the Birmingham pages may also be of use too- I think they have been using CEM for longer and there still seem to be plenty of tuition going on in that area. It will be interesting to see how the test goes and if it makes any difference. Just had the second school report for DS - an 11+ failure last year who made it in on appeal- he seems to be doing very well so far especially in maths and science and all his teachers seem happy with his progress so far.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:08 am 
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That's fab DC, well done him - shows he's in the right place after all. I definitely think the test is trickier and may not work to DS's advantage. He absolutely loves and flies straight through VR and I think would have done really well in the old test (and of course there is still VR in the new test anyway). Having said that, I still think it's the right way for the tests to go though, even if doesn't pass as a result of the changes.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 10:29 am 
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Thank you Stressed -moi - I guess it is going to be an interesting year - hope it works out for you and " little stressed!"


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 11:32 am 
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Have a look at Warwickshire as well, as we have just completed our third sitting of CEM.


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:47 pm 
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There is nothing new in CEM, it is just a combination that is arranged slightly differently and is certainly not tutor proof, look at all the classes this forum is offering and Susan Daugherty. i don't think just reading is going to give you a good grasp of English, you need to be applying it yourself on a daily basis. I knew students who did CEM at HBS and Latymer last year, none of them failed to pass but they tell me they know a lot who did not. HBS just uses CEM to get down the numbers and then their own grown English and Maths papers are the real test. Having said that it is a format you need to get used to so buy the books from the forum shop on next day delivery. DG


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