Gayle Keenan wrote:
I was rather shocked this morning when I rang a recommended tutor to enquire about 11+ tutoring and was told I was 50th in the waiting list so unlikely to get a place. My daughter is 6 !!!!
Does anyone know of any other tutors in the Marlow area.
Your daughter is 6 years old or in year 6? If she is only 6 years old, don't you think it is too early to tutor her for 11+? I help my son to do all the preparation for 11+ from just one year before he did the real test, and we believe it is enough. My son has done very well without any external tutor's help. He has passed all the exams in King Edward VI Chelmsford, Tiffin boys (11 marks more than the cut off mark), Wilson's school, Kent's 11+ with full mark (420), and walington grammar school. Five of his classmates with similar ability had got external tutors for a year, and only one of them passed with the minimum marks. all the rest did not get any offer from any grammer school. Maybe they chose wrong tutors? I do feel sorry for them and their parents for their effort and money spent because they all have similar ability as my son! Therefore, I don't think an external tutor can do better than you if you have got right information, right materials, such as NFER paper, BOND paper, etc, and other useful books. I think the E-papers and cds from this forum will be good too although we did not use it because it was too late for us to use when they were available. So, I suggest you don't do it too early, because it is such a painful period for your kid. one year in advance is certainly enough. And trust your kid and yourself. Particularly, NVR and VR can not be taught to very high level though practices do help but are very limited.
If you have got everything ready but your kid still can't do it, then, that's it. I don't think the external tutor can make very big difference if your kid can't make it with your effort! Also there are quite a few very good tutors (you can find their names from other posts in this forum) who are really generous enough to offer free help. Search the forum, you can find many sucessful kids with help only from their parents. Believe me, you as parent armed with this forum and other useful stuff, is the best tutor who can give the most to your kid. You can help them at any time when he/she needs, no any tutor can do as much as you can. So, forget the tutor, DIY!