A way of thinking can be encouraged in family settings years ahead of the 11-plus, according to Anne Benson from Tutor Doctor.
Attending a creative writing class and completing a 30-minute homework task once a week can see pupils go from being average KS2 writers to writing at KS3/GCSE level, says founder of Crystal Tuition Richard Gray.
“I never put a limit on a child because each year there is always someone that surprises me and parents thank me for this because they would have never originally considered a top school for their child,” says tutor Danielle Baron.
We personally believe that 12 months duration is enough to prepare well for the 11-plus, says Louise Formicola from Champs Learning.
Take note of different writing styles and how they are achieved. What is the difference between an internet news article and a novel? A play and a scientific report? Here are some top tips for succeeding in the 11-plus from OxBridge Centre (UK).
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.
When children take a break from 11-plus preparation – even for a month – their performance declines. It is important to maintain momentum, especially in the run up to exams, says Juliet Rolls of Cambridge Academic Tuition.
Confidence in maths is key, and the subject is a big determiner at most of the top London schools, says tutor Fatima Mirza. On reading, don’t try to force Harry Potter – not every child is or will be interested in specific books, and that is okay.
Children should read every day for at least 20 minutes, ideally something above the level of what’s in their classroom. Try The Coral Island, The Hound of the Baskervilles, Treasure Island, and Lord of the Flies says Christopher Niyazi from Eleven Plus Tutors in Manchester.
Dr Chris Roots set up Roots 2 Success tuition and online resources after tutoring his daughter for the 11-plus in 2010. During lockdown he has recorded 50 maths videos which are available for free on YouTube.