Tips for Parents
11 PLUS EXAMS AND COMMON ENTRANCE EXAMS
Children are under enormous pressure to pass 11 plus to gain selective school entry.
The number of applicants is increasing from year to year. Many pupils need the additional help of private tutoring in partnership with parental support to help them achieve exam success.
Ensure that students have a quiet place to work without any distraction. Turn off any TV or radio.
Work at a table or desk, not their lap.
Make sure the study area is well-lit so that materials can be read easily.
Make sure everything is ready and to hand – books, worksheet, pencil sharpener, eraser.
Do not do work when student is tired or hungry.
Make sure all homework is completed before each lesson ready for marking at the next lesson.
Be on time for your lesson and at pick up time.
Make sure student has a good night’s sleep.
Do not have a television in the children’s bedroom. This might encourage students to read before bedtime.
Make sure your child has a healthy diet, getting plenty of exercise, AND drink adequate fluids to maintain normal levels of hydration.
Try to keep computer games time to a minimum.
Encourage your child and support them during this period of time so that they can be as receptive as possible during each lesson.
Interesting article on Motivation being the key to higher scores for IQ tests.
Homework will be provided on a weekly basis and then more frequent tests format style homework, as the 11 plus exams approach. Parents/ Guardians have to make sure they understand how much commitment is expected of the student throughout the process. Parents will need to work alongside the tutor and make sure the homework set by the tutor is completed ready to be corrected at the next lesson. Some homework will sometimes require a timer to be used. Please bring all exercise books for every lesson.
Thank you for all the support and encouragement you have showed Becky during the last year. Becky found her lessons with you incredibly rewarding and the sessions boosted her confidence tremendously. She started with little confidence and began to improve greatly in her school work. She achieved her potential and was able to get the results we had hoped for.
Not only did George enjoy the tutoring, he was able to tackle his homework using the same strategies and skills. We were offered two scholarships from independent schools and was also offered all the selective grammar schools that we applied for. Thank you very much.
I would highly recommend Mrs Dunster as a tutor. Maya really enjoyed her lessons and became motivated enough to study by herself. Maya got a lot out of the tuition and we are grateful for the care, attention and support we received from Mrs Dunster.
Oscar had several tutors before Mrs Dunster. The difference in Oscar’s progress with Mrs Dunster was remarkable. Oscar responded so well to the lessons that he couldn’t wait to do his homework or attend the next lesson. He gained great confidence in his ability. We were actually advised by Oscar’s school that he might not be able to pass some of the schools we were thinking of sitting Oscar for. He attended an independent school. We were clearly disappointed to be told as such a late stage. Mrs Dunster had faith in Oscar’s abilities. Imagine our rapture when Oscar was accepted to 2 out of the 3 schools he sat the entrance exams for. Mrs Dunster was the first person Oscar wanted to tell the news when we received the letters of acceptance.
Emma was tutored by Mrs Dunster from beginning of Year 5 and she joined a small group of girls. Emma really enjoyed the lessons and was always encouraged to do her homework independently. She looked forward every week to being with the other children in the group and gained so much from the lessons. Not only in new vocabulary but having a new found attitude towards work and achieving her goal. We had regular feedback from Mrs Dunster. Emma gained her first choice of a secondary school place from a top girls’ grammar school and also 2 scholarship offers from independent schools
My son was tutored by Lynnette and he enjoyed going to her lessons every week. He did moan about the homework to begin with. Eventually, the moaning stopped and was replaced by a strong motivation to achieve good results. James especially liked the company of the other boys that he met in the group and in fact one of them will be joining him in September to attend the Grammar School of our choice. James was also offered 2 scholarships to independent schools. In fact, after taking the entrance exams he said that he missed going to Lynnette’s lessons! We are grateful for the time and care Lynnette took in helping James achieve his potential and gaining entry to all the schools that he applied for. Thank you.
I couldn’t imagine a better tutor than Mrs D to help me get my first choice of school at Tiffin Girls School. I know this is the best secondary school for me.
As a tutor she made my lessons exciting and I really looked forward to each and every one of them.
Mrs D wasn’t hesitant to congratulate me when I excelled, and when I needed to improve, she explained how to do so in an encouraging and helpful way.
I know that Mrs D was the reason I gained my place at Tiffin Girls School with a very high score. She is an amazing tutor because of her support, tips and complete kindness. Each week she set of well thought out homework sheets to challenge me, but not so much to make me feel stressed or worried. Of course, I had to plan my week accordingly to fit the homework in. My knowledge vastly improved within a few weeks of learning with her, and even more as the months went by. I can honestly say that I wouldn’t have got into this excellent grammar school if it wasn’t for Mrs D’s tutoring.
She was motivational, and helped me achieve my full potential.
My family and I are so grateful and I am over the moon!
My son started tutoring 6 months ago with Mrs D. He was in Year 4 and was a reluctant reader before the tuition began. We couldn’t get him to sit down to write more than a sentence. It took him so long to come up with any ideas to write. When he did we couldn’t really decipher his handwriting. No capitals or punctuation. Joshua just received his end of Year 4 report and my wife and I could not believe the wonderful words written about his remarkable improvement in his work. Not only had they seen the advancement in his writing and reading but they had seen a changed attitude towards tackling his work. Joshua actually enjoyed the challenge of doing any of the work that he was set.
Joshua is now an avid reader and discusses all the stories that he reads with us, from Percy Jackson adventure stories to A Series of Unfortunate Events. He is now full of ideas when it comes to story writing.
His exact words the other day to us were: ‘Can mummy have another baby so that we can keep going to tutoring with Mrs D. ?’