some general advice...
Apparentely the Tutors suggest that the child works thier way through the relevant three books at home. In my area they are the NFER multiple choice (WHSMITHS) They are asked to do this daily in bite size pieces, depending on how much time to the test. Say three pages a day. They are asked to do those that they can, and those they cant, to mark the others with the tutors name. This focuses the Tutor on
just those with which the child has difficulty.
I did not have a tutor for either of my children. I am not anti tutors, but felt I could do the above myself. I did not mark the work each night but just once a week as otherwise I felt my children would dread it and it would be no good for self confidence, every night saying what they had done wrong.
My opinion is that six months before, for a suitable child, should be enough
time. Working through the books, you can soon identify weak areas, I knew from my daughters practice that NVR was her hardest thing, so tried to focus more on these.
Fortunately my son helped me show my daughter some simple methods for working out some of the maths (he is a year older than her) otherwise
I would have consulted the respective subject list on the Forum for help.
Incidentally, I think if the school had said that there was not much chance of them passing, I may not have put this pressure on them.
Oh, and the carrot and stick approach worked well, but left me a little out of pocket!!