North Finchley Tutors’ 11-plus course requires a commitment of 6 hours a week but the centre has a track record of getting children into the country’s top schools, including Henrietta Barnett School and Queen Elizabeth’s School.
Nick Dale started tutoring for the 11-plus in 2009 after reading an article in The Daily Telegraph titled: 10 ways to beat the recession. Tutoring over 500 students, including a member of Qatari royal family, he has accumulated a database of 2,000 past exam papers.
Good spelling, although relatively obvious, can sometimes be undervalued, according to 11 Plus UK.
Tutoring children in destinations as far flung as Dubai, Qatar and China for the 11-plus, Education Hotel has always taught online. Children love using the online whiteboard, says director Jemma Zoe Smith.
Non-verbal reasoning can absolutely be taught – don’t panic if your child finds it tricky at the beginning, says Education Boutique’s founder Lucy Spencer.
Spot the difference, Sudoku, Kakuro and chess are great ways of building spatial and reasoning skills, says Dr Nayyar from Edge Ahead Tuition in Birmingham.
Name: Sannah O’Connor, Sannah Private Tuition
An average of half an hour daily in year 4, building up to an hour a day in year 5 is ideal for 11-plus preparation, says Sannah O’Connor.
You have to find the right balance between work and play. Young children tend to burn out if they are given too much work, says 11plus Tutors in Purley.
Start 11-plus tuition in Year 5 if your child is performing well in school, says 11 Plus Pod’s Simone Foley.
Children have taken to online tutoring like ducks to water, says Becky Corden of West Kent Tutor.