Worried parent wrote:
We only have weeks to go now before the test. My daughter's tutor has suggested she now does 2 practice papers back to back with a short break. In the first test we tried last night she got 83 out of 85. But in the second she ground to a halt towards the end and admitted to guessing rather than working out the answers. As a result she got 20 wrong. I am really worried that if she does that in the real thing she will blow her chances. She is bright but once she decided to "down tools" that's it! Any advice or tips? Thanks.
Hope this is helpful.
suggest you stick to what has been your daughters normal routine for now. Repeated heavy testing may be too much. The positive thing is how well she did in the first test. I think adrenaline carries the children through on the day and sometimes long practise tests tire them.
When my son was preparing for his exams his tutor did mock tests for all her students on one occassion in a local hall. None of the children did particularly well in the test but they had an idea of what to expect. (three girls did get places at the school of their choice in the real test).
The tutor also suggested that the children should be allowed to relax in the few days before the test, with only a little final polishing of skills for the big day. Also a watch should be worn incase no clock is in the test room. Dont wate time on answers you dont know, try to finish all the questions and go back to the unanswered ones at the end. Finally check through once if you have time.
Remember that children are tested so regularly at school ,that when the big day arrives most take it all in their stride. My son had eight lessons with a tutor, he started his home lessons in August on and off.
The main part to do well in is the verbal reasoning, worth 50% of the mark, a good mark in one of the other two means that the pressure will be off for the third test.
Then the scores are weighted, based on overall standard that year and then for age, ie; a younger child can afford to get a few more incorrect answers than an older child.
My son got a great verbal reasoning mark, great maths but his english result was less good. He is one of the older boys in his year so needed more correct answers to get a good final weighted score. He wasnt aware of that though and he did get a place at his first choice of school and loves it.
I think most of the boys and girls that I know who got places at grammers did have tutoring but some had these for 2 years, some 6 months, it varied considerably. But if your girl has always been a top performer in her class at school, she stands a good chance on the day.
With all that in mind, good luck to your girl am sure she will enjoy grammer school.