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Back to tutoring!

After all the excitement earlier in the week with the publication on Amazon Kindle of The Vispadjinn – the book which I have co-authored under the name Sherwood H Smith – it’s back down to earth now as pupils start to return after the summer break.

Just this week I have had 4 new pupils start and many more enquiries for later in the term. Once again this year there are many pupils wanting help towards the 11+ for Reading Boys. I notice that parents are seeking help earlier this year – by which I mean  for years 5 or even 4, rather than year 6. It is good that parents are realising that improvements in English are built over time – it is not a matter of acquiring a body of knowledge.

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11+ tuition

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No apologies for recycling this post from earlier in the year. I am receiving quite a few 11+ enquiries at present so it’s very relevant.

Every year I receive many enquiries for 11+ tuition for Reading Boys.  The exam includes papers in English, maths and verbal or non-verbal reasoning.  I am always totally honest and tell people that I am trained to teach English but not maths. I actually did subsidiary maths at university ( we had to do a non humanities subject), but being able to do maths and teaching it can be two quite different things! VR and NVR both test intelligence and as such can really only be practised not taught. VR is helped by wide reading and general skills in English so can improve over time with tuition.

The level required and the competition for places seems to increase each year and so parents have to consider carefully their choice of tutor. Tutors who can offer both English and Maths are typically Primary school teachers who will not necessarily have taught at the level required for 11+ entrance. Secondary trained tutors will in general only offer 1 or 2 linked subjects – for example languages or sciences – not English and Maths.

This means that over the years I have turned away many pupils who ask for tuition in English and maths. This year for the first time I have agreed to ‘help’ with maths as well for a potential 11+ candidate. I have agreed with the parents that I will go through practice papers with him and we will continually monitor  and reassess the situation. In the past it has been my experience that the level of maths in primary school pupils is fairly good and it is the level of English – particularly accuracy – that lets them down.

I’m hoping this will be the case and my maths skills prove more than adequate so I can stop turning away all these potential pupils!

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Congratulations

Well done to one of my pupils who has managed to gain entrance to Reading Boys School at 13+. To put this into perspective the school takes 100+ pupils at 11+ and only 10 at 13+. So this was a major achievement.

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11+ tuition

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Every year I receive many enquiries for 11+ tuition for Reading Boys.  The exam includes papers in English, maths and verbal or non-verbal reasoning.  I am always totally honest and tell people that I am trained to teach English but not maths. I actually did subsidiary maths at university ( we had to do a non humanities subject), but being able to do maths and teaching it can be two quite different things! VR and NVR both test intelligence and as such can really only be practised not taught. VR is helped by wide reading and general skills in English so can improve over time with tuition.

The level required and the competition for places seems to increase each year and so parents have to consider carefully their choice of tutor. Tutors who can offer both English and Maths are typically Primary school teachers who will not necessarily have taught at the level required for 11+ entrance. Secondary trained tutors will in general only offer 1 or 2 linked subjects – for example languages or sciences – not English and Maths.

This means that over the years I have turned away many pupils who ask for tuition in English and maths. This year for the first time I have agreed to ‘help’ with maths as well for a potential 11+ candidate. I have agreed with the parents that I will go through practice papers with him and we will continually monitor  and reassess the situation. In the past it has been my experience that the level of maths in primary school pupils is fairly good and it is the level of English – particularly accuracy – that lets them down.

I’m hoping this will be the case and my maths skills prove more than adequate so I can stop turning away all these potential pupils!

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