After qualifying as a barrister Adam Muckle became a full-time tutor undertaking international residential placements in China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, India, Singapore and Europe. Here are his tips on 11-plus success.
Top tips for maths: Focus on learning and revising the core areas. Have a solid grasp of the times tables, square numbers, fractions, various number sequences and measurements.
Top tips for English: Read, read, read – it fuels your vocabulary and your writing. Read for both enjoyment and the challenge, so a mix of entertaining and classic fiction.
Top tips for verbal/non-verbal reasoning: Familiarise yourself with the wide variety of question types and work logically, methodically through them. Practice makes perfect.
Are you now offering online tutoring? Yes, I have tutored online regularly for many years.
How are children responding? Generally very well. A few have concentration issues with their screens, so it doesn’t suit everyone.
When should a child start preparing for the 11-plus? A year beforehand, but tutoring is not always necessary or the answer. So explore this with your child and assess the progress of the tutoring over the course of lessons.
How many hours a week does a child need to study? One hour lesson of tutoring is typical in my experience. More lessons during half-terms are often requested. Little and often is probably the best way to approach the independent study in this instance.
Best materials to use: Atom Learning, BOFA, Galore Park, Bond 11+, CGP, among others. They are good because they explore a large array of question types and for different exam types.
Schools tutored for: Eton, Westminster, Harrow, St Paul’s, Tonbridge, Latymer, Charterhouse, Winchester, King’s Wimbledon, Kingston Grammar, St Dunstan’s, Trinity College, The Hall, Dulwich College, among others.
How long have you been a tutor? 11 years
Price of tuition per hour: £60-£80