My DD is doing Kent, Bexley and Newstead this September. Obviously, with the new Bexley exam format, all the prep we have been doing (or at least most of it) has gone out of the window.
I have done my research, I have materials (some, not all), but I really struggle with planning the week, considering all we need to cover:
Verbal, Non Verbal, Comprehension, Vocabulary, Cloze type, Maths.
It just seems A LOT to cover, I always feel like Im not doing enough! We started the prep for the exam last April, learning different VR and NVR techniques, vocabulary, a little bit of Maths here and there. From January this year we have really stepped it up a notch, but now with the new exam, there is just so much to cover, I don't have enough hours in a week to go through everything. She is taking tuition for Maths and that's all, I do everything else. I work 2 days a week only until September so I can have time for her, so I am lucky I have some time, although not as much as I would like. Let me explain: Monday I work and I come home at 5 so just manage 30-40 minutes of homework. Tuesday is her day off (she has dance at 6pm). Wednesday we do usually her maths homework for tuition and if she still has some brains left, a bit of vocabulary. Thursday she has Maths tuition so nothing else before or after of course. Friday, very little time to maybe practice some vocabulary again (she has Brownies at 6pm). Saturday and Sunday are the 2 days that we spend a bit more than an hour each day, one day we do NVR (my husband does), and the other day VR and comprehension. It probably sounds like I do cover mostly everything, but really, is it enough? Her Maths is quite weak, so we need to practice that a lot too (1 hour of tuition is not going to do anything if she doesnt practice!), NVR is good but again she needs a lot of practice and not sure 1 hour a week is enough; VR is her strong point, but need to press on with vocab, comprehension and clozy type so she gets used to.
I don't know, Im just panicking I guess, we are not in the catchment area for any prefered secfondary schools, so grammar school is very much our hope. She is very bright, always has been in the top group in her class, even for Maths, but she is really struggling with 11+ level for ex, so that worries me, is her class level really telling me that she is 11 + level?
Would be good to hear how you split your time and how you prepare, and make up my mind if I am really crazy, or just nervous!