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Should I sign up for 11 Plus (11+) tuition?

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Deciding how to prepare your child for the 11+ can be a daunting task. Whilst many parents choose to put their child into 11+ tutoring, the decision is highly personal and relies on various factors, such as your child’s unique learning style and your personal circumstances. 

This article will provide you with some key information about the benefits of 11+ tuition, whether your child needs tuition and guide you through how to make an informed decision about what is right for your child. 

Understanding the 11 Plus (11+)

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The 11+ is a highly competitive test for children, usually taken by a child in September of Year 6.

Although, it is important to note that not all of these subjects feature in every 11+ exam, so it is important to research what is covered in your child’s targeted school’s assessment.

It assesses a child’s academic abilities across four main subjects: English, maths, non-verbal reasoning and verbal reasoning.

There are 164 grammar schools across the UK, and many independent schools, that use the 11+ exam to allocate their Year 7 spaces each year. Securing high marks in this examination will ensure you can apply to your child’s first choice for their next school. 

Whilst having a good grasp on the National Curriculum is highly beneficial, especially for the English and maths exams, many children need additional academic support for the subject areas that are either not taught in schools or have not been taught to them yet. 

Benefits of 11 Plus (11+) Tuition

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1. Structured learning

An 11+ tutor can provide a well-structured learning environment for your child and provide them with a personalised study schedule based on your child’s unique needs. 

A tutor who is an expert in the 11+ can help familiarise your child with the format of the exam, give them guidance on time management, and help them understand the types of questions they might encounter. 

2. Concentration on key subjects 

Tuition allows for intensive focus on all four main subjects in the 11+. A tutor can reinforce your child’s understanding of key concepts, identity their weaker areas, and develop learning strategies with them. 

This is especially important for subjects like verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, which are not taught in schools. 

3. Stress management and emotional support

Taking the 11+ exam can be stressful and emotionally straining for children. A tutor who is an expert in the 11+ and has guided numerous families through the exam can provide the necessary support for your child.

An experienced tutor can provide emotional support, encourage resilience, and teach your child effective stress management techniques.  

4. Maximising your child’s potential 

Even very bright children can struggle with the 11+, due to its challenging questions and structure. Hiring a tutor can ensure your child reaches their full academic potential.

Does my child need an 11 Plus (11+) tutor?

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Whilst the benefits of hiring a tutor are clear, the decision should be based on your child’s individual needs. If your child is struggling and you feel they could benefit from some extra support, targeted practice, and a boost in confidence, 11+ tuition could be invaluable.

It is also important to consider your child’s current schedule and your family’s financial situation.

It is not uncommon to begin 11+ tutoring a year in advance, which can require a significant time commitment and financial investment. 

How to choose a suitable 11 Plus (11+) tutor

Choosing the right 11+ tutor for your child can be a difficult decision and takes some research. Whether you want face-to-face tutoring, online tuition, or group classes, the key is to find a tutor who can provide your child with support and encouragement as they approach their 11+ exam. 

If you would like to get your child an 11+ tutor, you need to make sure you plan ahead.

Tutors for the 11+ are in high demand, and many are booked up far in advance. 

Here are a few ways you can ensure you are choosing the right tutor for your child:

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1. Understand what your child needs

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Before looking for a tutor, it is crucial that you understand your child’s needs. Spend some time speaking with them and their teachers to find out which areas they particularly need help with.

Try coming up with a list of areas they need help with, whether that’s verbal reasoning, maths, exam technique or their confidence. Identifying these needs can help you narrow down your search to tutors who specialise in these areas.

2. Qualifications and experience

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Whilst a tutor may look amazing on paper, you should always ask for their references and check them thoroughly. 

Your tutor should have a strong academic background and ideally have substantial experience tutoring for the 11+. 

It would also be a bonus if they are familiar with the admissions procedures for the schools you are interested in, so they can give you some guidance on the steps you need to take. 

3. References and statistics

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Sometimes a tutor’s track record is an excellent indicator of their ability to deliver great results. Ask them to provide you with information about their previous students’ pass rates and improvement results.

You could also ask if they are able to provide you with references from previous clients. This will allow you to gain insight into their teaching style and an understanding of their experiences. 

4. Teaching style

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A tutor’s teaching style should complement how your child learns. Some children may thrive with tutors who provide a structured teaching plan, whilst others may need a more creative and flexible approach.

Many tutors offer a trial lesson so they can assess the best way to teach your child and your child can see whether they enjoy the lesson.

5. Availability and flexibility

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You should ensure early on in the selection process that the tutor’s availability aligns with your child’s schedule. Ensure they can commit to regular sessions that work for you, as consistency is vital when preparing for an exam like the 11+.

It is also important to check whether the tutor is flexible and willing to adjust your child’s future tutoring schedule depending on their progress. 

6. Pricing and budget

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Tutoring for the 11+ can be expensive, so it is crucial to consider what your budget is before looking for tutors. The price for tuition will vary from tutor to tutor depending on numerous factors, such as their experience.

Many tutors offer online or group tuition, which is usually cheaper than individual or in-person tuition. 

Whilst price should not be the sole determining factor, it is important to find an option for you and your family that is financially sustainable. 

Examberry Tuition

On our sister site, Examberry Tuition, you can sign up for in-person or online 11+ tuition courses and 11+ mock exams to give your child the best chance of getting into the top school of their choice.

We offer a variety of course formats and teaching styles to make the 11+ tuition process flexible for your child’s learning needs. 

With a passion for education, Examberry consistently succeeds in helping pupils achieve places at their chosen schools. 

Examberry Papers

One of the most effective way to prepare for an 11+ entrance exam is to use practice tests written by experts.

We offer a range of  11+ revision resources including area & school-specific papers, subject-specific papers, spelling & vocabulary resources, and reading books.

Each of our practice tests:

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