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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:13 am 
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Hi everyone,

This is my first post although I have been reading the forum topics for a few weeks now. My DS sits his 11+ in less than 2 weeks and for some reason his maths scores have dropped dramatically over the last few weeks. He is finding the time limit problematic and running out of time with 8-10 questions left as well as making silly mistakes on ones he does answer.

I am torn between giving him a rest to get his motivation back or getting him to do extra practice to speed up. Any tips apprecaited. Should I leave full papers for now and do smaller tests or carry on withe full papers but not time them.......

Getting very worried now with so little time to go.


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Bribery, cash, whatever might be an incentive. It's a means to an end.


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PostPosted: Tue Nov 11, 2008 10:41 am 
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I guess I should add focus on the type of questions he is getting wrong, plus some full papers to hone the timing skills.


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Wizard - this is my personal opinion and I'm sure many would disagree with me, but I don't think you should give the speed thing a second thought. With 2 weeks to go, you risk making him anxious that he isn't going to finish the papers.

One of my sons did the 11+ last year and he was very anxious about the whole thing, but got very agitated if I tried to time him. He had a pink fit if he so much as saw me looking at the kitchen clock when he was doing practice. He was taking twice as long to do NVR questions as he would have in the real tests but any attempts by me to get him to speed up would just increase his anxiety levels and I had to take an extremely gentle approach with him. But I worked on the assumption that, with practice, he would start to speed up naturally and that it was better for him to focus on the questions, work through them efficiently and not be distracted by how much time he had left. I think he may have guessed a few on the VR paper (but we'd discussed the fact that lots and lots of kids wouldn't finish that paper as it's so time-pressured and he mustn't panic if he didn't, just quickly fill in any remaining answer boxes).

You may also find, if his maths scores are dropping, he's getting bored. He's not likely to be getting worse at maths so he's probably just fed up with the whole thing. My eldest regularly scored around 60% in practice papers with me, which he would rattle off in 20 minutes. I felt like tearing my hair out, but he just used to say he'd put the effort in for the real thing, and he did and passed comfortably.

With two weeks to go, all I've ever done is maybe half a page of VR every few days and laid off completely a few days before the tests started. What I would advocate for maths at this stage, rather than practice is taking just a few minutes to run through a few key things with him. For example, you might check his terminology (can he remember the meaning of product, mean, median, mode, quotient), check that he knows the different types of triangle and what their properties are, how to work out areas of rectangles, squares etc.

Good luck and hope all goes well!


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Hi Wizard,

I would concur with Bexley Mum 2; wise words.
Sounds like boredom of the repetition is setting in and it's way of letting you know. At this stage, just make sure that the fundamentals are in place, and a couple of days rest perhaps just doing a paper at the weekend would be more productive.

Good Luck

BW


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PostPosted: Thu Nov 13, 2008 9:22 am 
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thanks for your suggestions. I am giving DS a complete rest for 2 days from 11+ and not even talking about it. He went round to a friend's house to play yesterday and looked a different child this morning for the rest. He is having a rest night tonight too and then we have agreed to go through some tricky questions and poss a paper at the weekend.

Fingers crossed .... otherwise Ill be back on posting for more help by Monday!!


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