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tutoring for 7+ entry

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mumrp Wed 16-Sep-09 09:49:44

Registered son for some private schools in woodford area(bancrofts, forest).

Have been running from pillar to post trying to get any info about these entry exams at 7+.

Son goes to small prep school which is good but not oriented towards cracking these exams.

Want to arrange for a tutor or put him in a class that coaches for these entrances, but have drawn a blank so far.

parents,( especially the moms), who are in similar situation are very tightlipped and cagey when asked about tuiton info for these exams..

any help would be very appreciated.

DesperateHousewifeToo Thu 17-Sep-09 12:24:32

Ask the schools for information on local tutors.

Are you sure this is definitely required though? Does his current school do any preparation at all?

Ds did 7+ last year, we decided against tutoring as we wanted him to go a a school that was 'right' for him and not one that he would struggle in (having said that though, his school did do work to prepare them for the exams)

frogs Thu 17-Sep-09 18:37:44

You don't need a tutor for 7+ exams, that's ridiculous. Just practice basic maths, 2,3,4 5 and 10 times tables, telling the time, using money, measuring things etc.

For Egnlish they need to be able to read well and to write a simple story.

That's it. Nothing you can't do yourself at home in a couple of sessions a week.

MoshiMoshi Thu 17-Sep-09 23:10:47

At most you may need to help a bit on verbal/non-verbal reasoning but otherwise isn't is nicer knowing that your son achieves what he does based on his natural ability at such a tender age? I would worry that once you start tutoring you have to keep doing it for fear of him "dipping" otherwise. Have you perhaps heard that the entrance exams require specific guidance to succeed?

wheelsonthebus Fri 18-Sep-09 10:44:29

every parent i know round here does get their child tutored for 7+ - esp in maths and sometimes in non verbal reasoning. It makes sense if you are paying for yr dc to sit an exam. They may as well be prepared for it. All the local parenting magazines/papers advertise tutors, and there are recommendations in the Good Schools Guide. You shd try and get someone local who is very au fait with the exam your child will sit, and what the school is looking for at this age.

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