I am making my first comments, have been thru this site when I started panicking about 9 months ago.Lot of people gave lot of advice and the need to have multiple tutions, every one suggested the best tutor and what needs to be done.
Never realised how much work needed to be done.
I will post my own experience which may not suit everyone.My DS got in to KES(Did not get scholarship), Camp Hill,QMS WALSALL, will choose Camp Hill .
My DS was not the brightest in his school, the school teacher seemed a bit surprised that he did well.He was good at maths, poor in English.
The key factors are
1.The childs ability
2.Parents time avaliability(key)
3.Teaching skill of the parent.
Been to a few tutors for 2-3 weeks, probably left it a bit late, so may not have found the right one.Did not find one who knew what my sons strenghts/weakness was, can`t blame them as his school teacher didn`t know either.Felt totally frustrated and decided to do it my self as I knew his strengths/weakness.
Started around last school break in June, so nearly 6 months prep, 3-4 hours per week and that is all he could take.Given his poor english/comphrehension, concentrated on his strenghs Maths,non verbal.Did not leave english ,kept doing 3-4 papers every week, Bond/Letts./SIMS/11 plus tests/independant school test papers, any thing I could lay my hands on, did not matter which series, as I believe that the range, breadth and variety was key to being fully prepared for the exams.
My son was making the same pattern of mistakes which most tutors failed to pick up ,may be didn`t give them sufficent time.
So to be prepared, spend time reading anything, start early, don`t beileve that kids get in without hard work(may be if your kid is extraordinary)
If you find the right tutor excellent, otherwise will depend on your teaching skills and patience .
Well done to every one who got thru, does not mean they were all bright, but probably better prepared, that is how I see it.