Hi, well done to get to this first stage of deciding to commit to the 11+ campaign!
My DD2 is about to take the test this Saturday and as I tutored her myself, I feel able to impart some words of wisdom...
Firstly, you need the support of all the family as you and your daughter will need to be able to commit a significant amount of time over the next year if she is to stand in good stead of achieving a grammar school place. This includes over holiday periods as well (these past 6 weeks have been the hardest to get motivated!).
Set aside a half hour period every day when you and your daughter know it will be study time. I was able to do this before taking my daughter to school as I found she was less enthusiastic to do 'more work' in the evenings.
I used the CGP 10 minute test books covering maths, NVR and VR and also the green Cloze questions books. I always sat with my daughter as she worked; explaining how to do things if she was unsure. I must warn you though, I have spotted a few mistakes in these books, which is why working through them together is advisable.
Book at least 2 mock tests; this will familiarise her with the exam process and also she will be less nervous when you drop her off and leave her for the real thing (trusting this is going to be the case on Saturday!). I booked one at Easter, one in July and one mid-August, where she improved in each test.
Listen to your daughter read every night and maybe subscribe to educational publications. We have used Whizz Pop Bang and The Week Junior. Vocabulary flash cards are also helpful. Ask her questions about what she has just read to check understanding.
Finally, if you daughter has any siblings, I would advise either giving them a simple job to do or getting them to do some study (be it reading or playing an educational game) whilst you sit with your daughter, otherwise she might feel the whole process is 'unfair' because the other one doesn't have to do anything.
Obviously, always praise your child for the effort they put in and tell them how proud you are of all the work they are doing. Lots of hugs, kisses and treats! I found in the holidays, I would say something like " after study time, we'll bake some cakes/go to the park e.t.c"
Remember, regardless of whether she gains a place or not, studying with your child is a valuable use of time and it shouldn't be underestimated the skills and knowledge she will gain over the next year.