Go to navigation
It is currently Wed Dec 07, 2016 6:23 pm

All times are UTC




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 
Author Message
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 3:42 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:22 pm
Posts: 526
Location: Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells
Hi Everyone

I would appreciate any advice on how long do people think is the optimum amount of time to have a tutor before taking the exam?

I have heard some families starting 3 years prior to the exam and some others only a few months.. Are there any studies that suggest starting earlier helps, or does that lead to burn-out etc..

I would really appreciate any views people can give.

Best regards
Villagedad


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Wed Jan 07, 2009 5:28 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Oct 19, 2008 8:27 pm
Posts: 36
Location: Yorks
Hi Villagedad

My daughter started with her tutor in January for the exam in December. I found this to be adequate (although I still don't know the outcome). If anything I found that she may have peaked too soon(around the time of the pre-test in October) So I personally wouldn't recommend starting with a tutor much more than 9-12 months in advance.

Nervy


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 10:17 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Apr 02, 2008 4:20 pm
Posts: 191
After Christmas in the year of the test seems a good time to start tutoring. That would allow 9 months of preparation for a Bucks type 11+ in early October. We went down the DIY route but friends who went to a tutor thought 9 months worked well.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 11:57 am 
Offline

Joined: Sun Nov 04, 2007 5:45 pm
Posts: 827
Location: Medway & Kent
I would agree - 9 months of prep is enough. If you want to prepare earlier then you can just play games like scrabble, sudoko, online math games, and of course very importantly: learn times tables by heart!


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 12:08 pm 
Offline

Joined: Wed Nov 21, 2007 4:20 pm
Posts: 4660
I started DIY tutoring this time last year for a September 11+.

DD peaked late June/July and it was hard to keep the motivation going after that.

It's a fine line to tread getting the timing just right.

I guess it was because I started off full on and kept the pace up all the way through till nearly the end (panic mode setting in from the off) and only easing off in the last 10 days (she got an excellent pass though!!).

With hindsight, I'd start more gently (but you don't know how well they'll pick it up until you do start though - catch 22!!) and then step up the pace after Easter and through the summer, easing off end of August for the September exam (adjust for later exams, obviously!).

Good luck with it all - but if you're going to do it, you need to do it now!!

_________________
Image


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Thu Jan 08, 2009 3:53 pm 
Offline

Joined: Thu Jan 12, 2006 3:29 pm
Posts: 625
Hi Villagedad

In some areas of the country tutors are fully booked in advance. This may cause problems in finding tutors who will be prepared to tutor a child for less than 9 months.

In the case of the DIY option parents need to be aware of the question types used in their area and the variances within the question types, to be able to prepare their children on an equal footing to experienced tutors.

Regards

Mike

_________________
Mike Edwards is a co-author of The Tutors product range.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 12:18 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Oct 16, 2007 9:28 am
Posts: 1123
Location: Bexley
Villagedad, being in Kent the first thing you need to establish is where your child is in maths. If your child is being taught well at school then it's not so much of a problem but in our case we have had poor maths teaching up until yr3. In yr 4 my dd started working with a tutor to improve her maths in general, not just for the 11+. We have had to cover a lot of ground to get up to speed and that would not have been possible in 9 months. Now we are focusing on the 11+ curriculum and have been doing this since Sep07 for the tests this Sep.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:15 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Dec 23, 2008 4:22 pm
Posts: 526
Location: Tonbridge & Tunbridge Wells
Tracy wrote:
Villagedad, being in Kent the first thing you need to establish is where your child is in maths. If your child is being taught well at school then it's not so much of a problem but in our case we have had poor maths teaching up until yr3. In yr 4 my dd started working with a tutor to improve her maths in general, not just for the 11+. We have had to cover a lot of ground to get up to speed and that would not have been possible in 9 months. Now we are focusing on the 11+ curriculum and have been doing this since Sep07 for the tests this Sep.

May I start by thanking you all for your responses and advice, a real help in navigating the 11plus minefield..

We are fortunate that it is a couple of years away from when our DS will take the 11plus, but I wanted to start researching early to get some guidance and advice well in advance.

I'd read somewhere that some parents were starting very early in their preparation for the 11plus (upto 3 years in some cases), so I didn't want our DS to be disadvantaged in any way. Thank you Mike in your advice about tutors being booked up - I'll try and identify one and book early.

Thanks for the maths advice Tracy. Has anyone used Kumon maths as a way to bring on the maths ability of their DD's and DS's..? Our son has been doing Kumon for a short while now and it seems to be helping him in this area.. Would welcome your views on Kumon and any other tips for things you can do in preparation (thank you medwaymum for your advice on games and times tables).

All the best, Villagedad


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject:
PostPosted: Fri Jan 09, 2009 1:47 pm 
Offline

Joined: Sun Jul 22, 2007 8:42 am
Posts: 235
Location: South Warwickshire
Villagedad wrote:
Has anyone used Kumon maths as a way to bring on the maths ability of their DD's and DS's..? Our son has been doing Kumon for a short while now and it seems to be helping him in this area.. Would welcome your views on Kumon...

Hello Villagedad,
Kumon was discussed at some length on another (long-running) thread, so I thought you might find it interesting:
viewtopic.php?t=4664&postdays=0&postorder=asc&start=0


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 9 posts ] 

All times are UTC


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
CALL 020 8204 5060
   
Privacy Policy | Refund Policy | Disclaimer | Copyright © 2004 – 2016