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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 7:17 am 
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Hi
We are looking for a tutor to help our son prepare for the St Olave's Entrance exam.
Unfortunately our school is very anti tutoring, and whilst we know other parents are using tutors no one will actually admit to this!
His school offer excellent coaching for the Kent 11+ however we feel their knowledge of the St Olave's test will limit the preparation they can offer him especially with regard to the English paper. ( We live in Orpington but he attends school in Kent).
We would much rather act on a reccomendation than simply trawl through the internet and would be grateful for any suggestions you can offer.
Many thanks.



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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 2:23 pm 
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Hello Locket,
Can I ask when DS is going to do St Olave's test 2012 or 2013?
If 2012 it is a little late for a tutor, however for 2013 I can recommend a very good tutor, via PM, who is Orpington based.
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Layla22


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PostPosted: Sat May 12, 2012 3:13 pm 
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Hi Layla22
Thanks for the reply, he will be sitting in 2013 so I hope we are starting at the right time.
If you could PM me the details that would be brilliant!
Thanks
Locket


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 12:58 pm 
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layla22 wrote:
Hello Locket,
Can I ask when DS is going to do St Olave's test 2012 or 2013?
If 2012 it is a little late for a tutor, however for 2013 I can recommend a very good tutor, via PM, who is Orpington based.
Regards
Layla22


It might be late if it is 2012 for some children and it might not be for some children. It depends on individual child. The question is what is the foundation of the child at the moment? How is he or she performing in Maths and English? Is the teacher available? I can testify to you that children were taught for six weeks and nine weeks for 13 and 11 plus respectively and they passed in Bexley and kent but this might not be the same for all children. At least I know three children now who are now in Grammar school

When parents are advising they should remember that all children are not the same. What works for your child might not work for other children. There are some parents who are teachers, self tutored their children but do not disclose this in their posts that they are teachers either in secondary school or primary so please let us be careful about advice we give. Remember all children are not the same because it worked for A does not mean it will work for B, it does not work for C, it might work for D


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PostPosted: Wed May 16, 2012 1:57 pm 
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I have to admit I was generalising. I have never believed in tutoring [b]just[b] for the test. For both my Dc's I started working with them from year 2 ( Ds from reception). My ethos was to build a life-long love of learning, which would hopefully carry them through to uni.
Depending on the child you could possibly tutor for 6- 9weeks, but I would never take that chance. The St O exam as you know requires fine tuning of English skills to produce a composition with the required "success criteria". IMO that would take more than 6-9 weeks, depending on the child's level of English.
When someone asks for help on this forum I am sure they are aware that parents that respond are expressing their opinion based on their own experience.


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 30, 2012 3:51 pm 
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Could I have tutor details in Orpington as well? My son will be seating St Olaves test in 2013.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 03, 2012 2:34 pm 
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Hi Layla 22, Could you please pm me the details of the tutor in orpington.

Many thanks in advance


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PostPosted: Wed Sep 05, 2012 10:19 pm 
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layla22 wrote:
I have to admit I was generalising. I have never believed in tutoring [b]just[b] for the test. For both my Dc's I started working with them from year 2 ( Ds from reception). My ethos was to build a life-long love of learning, which would hopefully carry them through to uni.
Depending on the child you could possibly tutor for 6- 9weeks, but I would never take that chance. The St O exam as you know requires fine tuning of English skills to produce a composition with the required "success criteria". IMO that would take more than 6-9 weeks, depending on the child's level of English.
When someone asks for help on this forum I am sure they are aware that parents that respond are expressing their opinion based on their own experience.


With all honesty, I do agree with your principles or philosophy. I do the same and I have been promoting this as well. Parents are taught in our educational seminars to start working with their children right from infant stage. We have been receiving very encouraging feedbacks from parents now. Most of tutoring work for 6 -9 weeks in year 5 is "top up" and fine tuning. Children who wants to pass St Olave's must have the right foundation in Maths and English. Then, the top up and fine tuning will now help them to pass the test.


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PostPosted: Tue Sep 18, 2012 10:16 am 
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Dear all, I am also looking for a tutor for St Olave's entrance exam preparation. Is anyone able to recommend one? Thanks. :)


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PostPosted: Sun Sep 23, 2012 9:29 am 
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Dear All, My son is also due to sit for St Olaves 2013 exam. Can some please let me know if there is any good tutor around Orpington?

regards


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