Anyone here whose children were tutored for 11+? Could you please tell us what kind of things were the tutors doing with the children? What kind of books/materials they use? Are most of them commercially available or prepared by the tutors? I am trying to prepare my dc myself, but i am afraid of not doing the right things. Especially helping my child to learn a lot of new words, since English is not his first language, i see gaps in his vocabulary and am a bit lost how to introduce new vocab in a way that will stick in their head. Just reading is not enough, because i see my dc understands words when in a book, but out of context often cannot explain or define them. Was wondering whether tutors prapare more materials that are not available on the market, or have some tricks up their sleeve, etc. thanks for any advice.
Have you seen the section here on the website http://www.elevenplusexams.co.uk/preparation
gives lots of hints - there are also games that can help with vocabulary etc. There are plenty of people who help their own children to prepare for the exams.
Tutors don't have a magic wand, they use the training they have to help the children understand more and gain more confidence in the techniques needed for answering questions. How much difference they can make in a child getting through an exam is of course debatable - you can't try the exam with and without tutoring in the same child.
There are many children who would pass anyway and many also who, even with a great deal of tutoring, will never pass. Good tutors should be able to help you with this.