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Author:  rach [ Mon Apr 07, 2008 11:10 pm ]
Post subject:  how soon should i start preparing my son for queen marys

my son is in yr 5 and will take test December 2008 i rang a tutor and told me it was too late i should have started 18 month to two years ago
which now i am getting quite worried about. I started doing a bit of practise with him myself around January. We do find the verbal reasoning a bit tricky though

thanks rach

Author:  muffinmonster [ Tue Apr 08, 2008 1:01 pm ]
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That was very unhelpful of the tutor, and I think quite wrong. How can he possibly know without having assessed your son how much tutoring he needs? From my own experience and looking at other threads on this forum, I would think that starting in January as you have done - i.e. 12 months' preparation - is about right. Some parents leave it much later. Keep working with your son and try to find a better tutor. Are they in short supply where you are?

Author:  ss1 [ Fri Apr 18, 2008 9:49 am ]
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You need not worry, if you get the NFER Multiple choice papers for Verbal and non verbal reasoning and start to work through these you should be fine

Author:  Snakeyfly [ Thu Aug 14, 2008 12:29 am ]
Post subject:  Late starting?


I know that this post is late, but having read your comments, I wanted to reassure you that you won't be doing your child a disservice if you don't over-coach! In fact, my experience of both my son, several of his friends and 2 cousins, is that those who are over-tutored are not the best performers at GS. My son has just completed Year 7 at a Birmingham KE Grrammar School and he did brilliantly with no tutoring - at his Parents' Evening, most teachers told us that he was very comfortable and capable - he engages in lots of school extra-curricular activities and doesn't spend lunchtimes in the library (unlike many of his friends), neither does he have to start revising for Year 7 exams 3 months before (again like many of his friends who seem permanently stressed).

Remember that to get a good job - self-confidence, good teamwork, initiative, communication skills and diligence are most sort after, a degree is a normal expectation these days and so... just let your son get into the school which suits him best - good luck and hope he's happy!

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