Preparing your child for the 11 Plus exam can be tricky, especially as the preparation needs to be completed alongside their usual academic workload. With entrance exams consisting of specific Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning papers, the questions are varied and need a slightly different set of skills and vocabulary from what they’ll be taught at school. However, making time and finding the resources for this period of long-term studying can be overwhelming for parents and children, which is why one-to-one support is an essential tool for everyone. Not only will it be one of the most beneficial ways for your child to prepare for the tests, it will give you peace of mind too. Here’s some ways Kids Full can help.
What do I need to know about the 11 Plus exam?
For most schools the exam will cover Maths, English, Verbal and Non-Verbal reasoning in order to fully assess your child’s academic skills. Tests also evaluate a student’s ability to manage their time. Some schools will also want to do a personal interview with your child which can be terrifying for anyone with out some preparation.
How much support time will my child need to prepare for the 11 Plus exam?
11 Plus exams usually take place in the Autumn, meaning Year 5 will be the best time to start preparing. A slow and steady approach over a longer period of time can work, or studying in the last few months before the test- it just depends on what works best for your child. An hour or two a week should be plenty, however, we suggest coming into our centre for a free initial assessment, to give us a better idea of your child’s current academic ability. It’s also important to be realistic about how much time your child can dedicate each week without feeling overwhelmed.
How one-to-one support at Kids Full can help
It creates a regular study routine
Having a one-to-one support session every week ensures your child is gradually preparing for the 11 Plus exam but on a regular basis. It also makes sure they’re building up their skills and knowledge without being overwhelmed and away from distractions.
Tailored to suit their learning style
Every child learns slightly differently and at Kids Full we are able to tailor all of our one-to-one sessions to suit your child. Depending on their learning style and academic level, we can alter each session to make sure your child gets the most out of it, but also enjoys the learning experience.
Useful exam preparation
The 11 Plus exam is probably the first time your child has concentrated for a long period of time under test conditions, which will be daunting as they won’t have prepared for this in school yet. With the help of regular one-to-one sessions, your child can sit realistic practice tests, meaning when it comes to the real thing they won’t feel as anxious and be able to approach the test calmly. We will also be able to give your child tips and tricks on how to tackle the exam itself and offer advice on the most effective way to work through the paper.
Great 11 Plus knowledge
It can be tricky for parents to find out all the right and relevant information regarding the 11 Plus examinations. However, all staff at Kids Full are qualified teachers and extensively trained in 11+ and common entrance preparation. They also have knowledge on some common types of questions students will be asked, as well as the difficulty of the tests depending on the school. This knowledge will ensure that your child is highly prepared for the specific test they’ll be undertaking.
Increase confidence levels
Having regular one-to-one sessions is guaranteed to make a huge difference to your child’s confidence levels in all aspects of their lives. Not only will their study skills improve, but so will their overall performance, which will mean when the time comes for them to sit the 11 Plus exam, they’ll be confident in their ability and knowledge. This can make a huge difference when it comes to their performance and put them on the road to success.