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Tutoring for 11+ how many hours per week?

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CeeKay3 · 09/03/2019 15:21

Apologies if this has been asked before... Am looking ahead to tutoring for 11+ in years 4 & 5 (DS currently in Y3) - am aware of ballpark costs per hour, but how many hours a week are people generally doing? I can probably only afford one hour per week - is this normal or pitifully low?
Thanks in advance.

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Missmarplesknitting · 09/03/2019 15:24

DD has 1.5hrs with tutor and then about 1-1.5hrs of homework on top set by the tutor.

hopefulhalf · 09/03/2019 15:25

Dcs nos at grammar school but did similar

rosesinmygarden · 17/03/2019 17:31

I tutor kids weekly for 1 hour throughout year 5. Some start earlier. They get about 1 hour of homework plus daily vocab tasks. I've had a couple get through on fortnightly sessions but don't recommend it.

I also suggest they do work daily in the school holidays.

Petalflowers · 17/03/2019 17:33

Usually an hour per week during year five. Maybe nearer the exam mine did two hours mock exams.

JaneR0chester · 17/03/2019 17:35

Mine had 1 hour a week of tutoring, and then probably an hour or 2 max during the week for the homework.

Our tutor had us (parents) mark the work books and papers etc. so that they could spend their hour teaching, we found this helpful.

We had the paid tutor from the February (of yr5) until the September, when they sat the 11+.

DNMummy · 17/03/2019 20:36

Ds joined tutor group Jan18-Aug18, sat 11+ exam in sept18. As we were late starters, ds lacked confidence. So I would study with him Mon-Fri for 2hrs after school. He did 4hrs on a Saturday morning, from which he received homework to be done before following Saturday. He soon caught up with the rest of the group. It was hard work but I'm pleased to say it paid off, with a good acceptance mark. He will be starting grammar this Sept.

DNMummy · 17/03/2019 20:38

*Saturday was a tutor group session, approx 12 in the class

DareClaire · 25/03/2019 18:17

1 hour / 1.5 hours a week is absolutely fine at this age i think, especially if the agency or tutor you are using is one of the better ones. My nephew did 1 hour weeklys with triple flourish and got into all of his schools i think (he's at Kings now)

sam221 · 25/03/2019 18:27

I used to get them to do about 4 hours per weekend and about 40mins per week nights (about 15/20 years ago) All went independents then eventually Oxbridge/Russell Group.

ScafellPoke · 25/03/2019 18:28

None. As a teacher in a grammar school you will do her no favours

O4FS · 25/03/2019 18:36

I did one hour, starting in new year/Easter of year five (assuming it’s a sept exam).

You don’t want it to be a massive deal, or for them to get bored. It’s practice and speed that counts.

Make sure times tables are fluent and reading is useful.

I’d always recommend doing a mock exam - set up as closely as possible as the day itself. Not for the results, but for the experience of being dropped off, finding the toilet, sitting in a strange classroom.

My advice also distance yourself from discussing 11+ with other parents to avoid it turning into a huge ‘thing’. And don’t discuss results day. In fact stay away from the playground.

I learnt all this the first time. Stood me in good stead for the next three. Glad I’m not doing it again!

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Wondergirls · 08/06/2019 01:27

Hi all, can someone please please please recommend a really good 11+ tutor who can help my daughter get into NLCS or one of the top North London consortium schools?? She is a bright girl, currently in year 4 in an independent school and in the top groups for Maths and English. She loves reading and I really want to support her achieve the best that she is capable of. She needs a good tutor to guide her through this tough exams. I need a tutor who has a proven track record for getting students into top schools. Please can anyone help me? In all honesty, not just because she’s my own daughter, but she is such a sweetheart, hard working and organised and really deserves to get into one of these schools. Please don’t judge me or lecture me or tell me not to tutor. I just want her to achieve her real potential. I know her more than any of you know her and feel she can do well in the right tutor hands. Please could someone who has now finished with these exams recommend an excellent 11+ tutor for NLCS and Godolphin?

Thank you so much🙏🙏

Best wishes

MeMeMeYou · 10/06/2019 20:51

20-30 mins per night plus a group session of a couple of hours on a Saturday. In summer hols when that had finished we tried to do about 45 mins per day.

MeMeMeYou · 10/06/2019 20:52

Sorry that was in year 5. In year 3 nothing just normal school homework.

shortsaint · 10/06/2019 21:03

Makes a bloody nonsense of the system. But do continue to perpetuate it. Or get rid of divisive grammars altogether.

Mamma1974 · 12/06/2019 10:18

It's a really tricky one - we live in Bucks and it's such a competitive environment. Some people have two tutors - one for maths and one for English, some do tuition centres and some people have one to one tutors. With our daughter who took the 11 plus last year, I had a one to one tutor who she met with for one hour a week. She had about an hours worth of homework on top of that but then I did work with her also on an evening. She did pass and is off to Grammar school in September but I don't like the system that we have here. I personally can't see how it's possible to get through the exam without some form of tutoring. There is no right or wrong, I guess just do what works for you as a family and for her also.

Good luck with it all.

CeeKay3 · 14/06/2019 21:13

Thanks so much, everyone - real food for thought here... Glad I'm not too late to get going and that I'm not way off in my expectations!

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bamboowarrior · 26/06/2019 09:30

One hour a week with tutor in yr 4&5, tutor homework is about one hour yr4, two hours yr5 🙂

ElevenPlusCentre · 27/06/2019 17:06

We tutor children for 2 hours per week in a classroom environment (12 pupils). If you’re doing 1:1 tuition, an hour a couple of times per week should be fine.

During the tuition we introduce the main topics but it’s the regular practise of the topics covered, which ensures the children making progress.

mymadworld · 10/07/2019 22:58

If they are grammar school material then some bond books & test papers done over the course of Yr5 should be more than sufficient.
Really pisses me off that so many kids have this massive advantage because their parents can afford a weekly (or twice weekly Shock) tutor for 1+ years. I'd bloody pass with that much tutoring Hmm

Kazzyhoward · 14/07/2019 20:05

If they are grammar school material then some bond books & test papers done over the course of Yr5 should be more than sufficient.

No, the real problem is that the 11+ tests on skills etc not taught by the primary school until year 6 (i.e. after the 11+). That means if parents can't step up, tutors may be necessary. What would be fairer would be for it to test what has been taught up to the end of year 5 in schools.

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SiteMaga · 04/01/2020 13:21

My two daughters attended 11Plus College for two hours a week and they both passed their 11+ tests in all the boroughs. Although 11plus College gave them online access to practice all the past 11+ questions which they both spent an average of 5 hours a week to complete the weekly work.

You can type in "11Plus College" in Google to search for their website.

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