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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 9:26 am 
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Hi everyone,

I'm on the horns of a dilemma. My son is in Yr4 and goes to a state primary school in Timperley. He's keen to go to Alty Boys or Sale so we've just started working through practice questions relevent for his age .

What I want to know is, if we continue down the DIY route, will my son be at a disadvantage over those kids that have been tutored?? My husband and I are both professional people who did well academically so I'm sure we can cope with the 11+ syllabus, time isn't a problem as I collect him from school every day and he's recently reduced the number of out-of-school activities he's involved in.

I'm after some advice!! What are the advantages of a tutor v DIY? Is there anything that tutors do that can't be done at home? Do tutors give out work to do at home? Obviously we want to give hime the best chance possible, but does that involved paying out £100 a month when we don't need to??? Any advice would be greatly appreciated!!


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:42 pm 
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All i can say is have a look through previous posts regarding tutoring, there are so many opinions, my advice you do what you think is right for your child and your circumstances. My dd current year 7 aggs. We found having a tutor better for our circumstances, it's a different enviroment for your child to learn in for an hour with no distractions, with someone whose specialilty is these exams and getting through them. I dont doubt academically you are both able to understand the content,but there are many little shortcuts that a tutor will teach your child, so they are able to answer certain questions quickly thus saving time. Good luck with what you decide


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PostPosted: Mon Jan 09, 2012 5:53 pm 
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Thanks Markj5388 for your swift reply. I'll have a good think about your advice!


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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 2012 1:35 pm 
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Hi Bazzjazz,

Your question has been pretty well answered by previous contributors but just thought I'd add my comments.

My oldest DS is in year 8 at AGSB which he passed comfortably, along with Sale and St Ambrose. He attended a state junior school that doesn't do any prep for the exams at all and I prepared him for the most part at home using books and materials from this website. I have no teaching experience but found I could guide him through most of it, but would echo what others have said about the Maths paper. The exam includes material that they wouldn't normally have covered at school so if you DIY you will be trying to teach them quite challenging Maths yourself from scratch. Not only that, but they must master techniques that allow them to answer these Maths problems quickly. That I think is the biggest thing to think about and is very much dependant on your own skills, your child's abilities and what your relationship is like. Just before the summer I got a few weeks help for him on the Maths and found he picked it up quickly and actually, what he learnt stood him in good stead for starting school.

Having said all that, i now have the job of getting my youngest ready for the exam in September and I am having him tutored simply because he would not respond to me teaching him at all :roll: I have to be very much hands off with this one but he is happy to see the tutor once a week and do the little bit of homework each week without any fuss. So that's where personality types can also help point to a particular direction.

One other small point which I think has been mentioned is that tutors vary enormously in quality and again personality fit is important, so even if you go down that route make sure you a well informed about how they seem to be doing and particularly how they are feeling about the whole process. If you DIY you will have a very good picture of their strengths and weaknesses anyway. I would also recommended some kind of mock exam just to give them practice and experience of the process, the main point of the prep is to give them confidence and try to alleviate any anxieties they have, it's a big thing for them. Best of luck whatever you decide. :D


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