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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: < 1 month to go

With less than one month to go before the majority of main exams and interviews take place (I know there have been a few already- well done to those who have had some tricky pre-tests), I thought that this post really needed to focus on what could be done last minute!

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 2 months to go

With the half term so close (and a lucky few already on their holidays), it’s a great time to think about those other resources that might benefit your child. We all have stacks of revision guides littering up desks and half completed books of ‘practice tests’ lying around, but what else might be helpful and how can we avoid making these resources feel too much like extra work?

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 3 months to go

The new academic year has begun and I can smell autumn in the air!

 

With just three months to go until the assessments, it’s time to get down to the nitty-gritty and nothing is nittier or grittier than PEE! Yep- you read that correctly. I haven’t gone mad. For those who are unfamiliar with the technique, PEE stands for Point-Evidence-Explanation and is a formula used to structure comprehension responses.

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The Ultimate School Grade Transformation Challenge

The Ultimate School Grade Transformation Challenge is exactly what it says on the tin!

Want to help your child transform their school grades?

Want to see long-lasting change in your child's attitude to their studies?

Do you KNOW that your child could be achieving those higher grades, if only they'd take the time to study?

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 4 months to go

This month (because the holidays are the PERFECT time for some extra reading) I’m focusing on the books that make ideal preparation for the 11+ exams, with just four months left to go.

Now, I can’t tell you which texts are going to be used in your child’s 11+ comprehension assessments (these change every single year and will be different on every single English paper that your child sits) but I’ve certainly learnt a thing or two in the past few years.

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 5 months to go

What should I be doing over the summer break? How much time should my child be spending on English? On maths? On verbal reasoning?

Understandably, parents are worried about the big break in formal education between now and the start of September. Once September arrives, those 11+ exams are not far away at all!

But, first of all, please take a break.

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 6 months to go

With six months to go, and the end of the school year approaching, the pressure is certainly starting to build! Parents are being invited to 11+ sessions, the children themselves can feel the approach of Year Six, and tutors are working hard to help children with their exam technique.

But what needs to be the main focus right now? Quite simply, the answer is school choices.

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Are you ready? The 11+ Countdown: 7 months to go (the confidence post)

With just seven months to go until the assessments, our focus needs to turn to confidence.
Yes, exam success is about learning the material, and about practising the material but the one thing that separates the super-high-achievers from other children with identical IQ and CAT scores is confidence.

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