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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:36 pm 
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Hi, does anyone have any experience of how a holiday abroad - doing no 11+ prep in that time - in the 6th and 5th weeks before the exam impacts upon DC's performance? I know a total break is always good but am wondering how long it takes to get back on top of where learning left off? Exams in first week of Sept, wondering how a 2 week trip away from last week of July + first week of Aug will affect things.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:48 pm 
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We went on holiday at the same time as you are proposing and although we scaled down the work ds2 still did the 10 min papers to keep his brain cells alive. I think it did him good and we scaled back up on return.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 8:49 pm 
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Be aware that others will be rampingup in that time while you go backwards by not doing anything. It would be very easy to continue working while you are away. 11 plus work is very portable. DG


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:11 pm 
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Another vote for keeping it to 10 minute bond papers. Keeps things ticking over but without spoiling holiday. We did this on our camping trip, seems long time ago now! Worked though. And actually we did absolutely nothing, nada, zilch in 10 days leading up to exam, just by the way.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:14 pm 
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We had taken time off too. But had books to read and 10-20 minutes test papers.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:31 pm 
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Thanks for the replies. I'm worried that my child would refuse flat out to do any work on holiday. To those suggesting the 10 minute tests, is that per subject - Maths, VR, NVR - ie 30 mins a day, or just literally one 10 min test per day?


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:33 pm 
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If the school has worked them until the last day of term then they need a total break for a few days.

It depends on which tests you are sitting for and how competitive the tests are. I would have a complete break and then just do some reading and lots of talking. You might get them to keep a diary but learning in different ways can refresh those 'grey cells'.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 9:35 pm 
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Just 10 - 20 minutes per day. We had VR/NVR/Maths. Tests have changed now.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:05 pm 
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Like tiffin boys we did 10-20 mins each day first thing. Different things each day. I think I even got him to write a 20 min story. None of us could stomach more than that and it was our holiday after all.


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PostPosted: Sun Mar 29, 2015 10:11 pm 
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Most of our prep was in summer hold anyways; thesecexams are tutor proof anyways.


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