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PostPosted: Tue Nov 25, 2014 3:02 pm 
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HI there
We tutored our daughter for the 7+ and failed miserably. Not only did she not make the progress we'd hoped but the sessions were painful for all of us. So. Having learned that lesson, we're now thinking about professional help. Looking around on various directories, I've found it really hard to know who to select! As we are in one of the more deprived neighbourhoods (although geographically next door to Latymer!), I'm not sure who will have specific 11+ expertise as opposed to general extra help.

If anyone has any personal recommendations for help in applications to Latymer, I'd be very grateful if you would PM me! Secondly, has anyone used or heard comments on Explore Learning based in Edmonton Green? They would be very convenient, but I'm not sure whether they have a good reputation.

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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:19 am 
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Have used Explore Learning locally, fine for KS1/2 maths and English, particularly for DS2 who had concentration problems so the headphones on working at a computer environment suited him. More interestingly it revealed that DD had a huge capacity for learning new skills and remembering them the following week, 100% when tested. Later she told me she deliberately added in some wrong answers as she was concerned her high scores looked like cheating. :lol:

I felt their 11+ offering was to group based and not tailored to the individual child so wouldn't recommend it.


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PostPosted: Wed Nov 26, 2014 9:38 am 
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Thank you very much stevew61 - much appreciated. I think it might be perfect for the next year and then go for full on 1-2-1 tuition after that!

Helen


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 12:50 am 
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Explore is essentially a scam. They are putting your child in front of a computer. Unless you need the child care anyway, it is basically the same as burning your money. I actually witnessed a session and it is pathetic.


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 29, 2014 1:06 pm 
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Explore learning is good for light work. There assistants have good soft skills to motivate DCs. However, 11+ for a superselective school (Latymer?) will need much more than what explore learning offers. CEM will need speed, vocabulary and accuracy. Explore learning has no homework and actual teaching, if any, is very less. Regular homework helps DC to build speed and stamina up to the exam time.
I would find out local tuition centres who specialise in 11+ tuition hoping their work(class work + homework) is better organised.


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