My years of teaching Year 5 for 11+ exams have given me excellent skills in these areas:
✔ Verbal reasoning
✔ Non-verbal reasoning (spatial awareness)
✔ CLOZE (passages with words missing)
✔ Covering the Year 5 and 6 maths curriculum
✔ Comprehension (including challenging texts)
✔ Practice papers from a variety of exam boards
✔ Practice papers from independent schools
✔ Developing writing skills for exam tasks
✔ Interview and speaking confidence
Preparing for 11 plus maths exams is not only about being able to use techniques, but is also about how the students apply these skills to a variety of problems. Questions are often 'word problems', requiring skills involved in understanding what is required. In tuition sessions, we will investigate these sorts of questions, as well as firming up basic maths skills.
I will be encouraging reading as a great way to improve comprehension. We will look at a variety of texts, including fiction, poetry and non-fiction. Questions can be broken down into four types. Retrieval is the most basic, involving finding the information required in the text. Inference involves using clues from the text to deduce information. Vocabulary questions ask about word meanings, and evaluative questions bring understanding and the child's own ideas together. We will look at when to use evidence from the text, and when to use quotes.
Different schools and exams boards require different types of written tasks. Once I find out which schools you are applying for, I can cater for the type of writing required. Some schools, for example, have two short written tasks, while others ask you to complete a story. Whichever it is, I will help your child develop their writing skills, follow instructions carefully and increase their vocabulary. When needed, we will look at grammar, punctuation and spelling.