Hints & Tips

Hints and tips for general tuition:

Children may need tuition for several different reasons. It may be that they need a few booster sessions or something more long term. RTG is able to provide tuition in both those instances.
  • Regardless of the reason for tuition, here are some hints as to how to help your child get the best out of their leaning journey.
  • Tuition sessions are typically an hour long. It is important that further practice is carried out at home. This will ‘bed in’ new concepts and ideas learnt.
  • The mind is a muscle and studying should be treated (to an extent) in the same way as practicing for a sport or game. Practice is vital!
  • Studying effectively is a learned skill. There are various techniques to the most effective way of studying. (for example, making notes, bullet points, spider diagrams, flash cards, using examples, and so on)
  • Not all methods will suit all children. Make sure your child finds the method that works best for them.
  • Acronyms (particularly silly ones) are a good way to remember facts
  • Try and study at the same time every day. This then becomes a habit and makes studying easier in the long run.
  • Avoid interruptions, whether they are phone calls, or being asked to do something ‘quickly’.
  • Read, read, read!
Hints and tips for eleven plus tuition:
 
Working towards the Eleven Plus Exam can be very demanding. Here are some tips to help soothe the process.

The exam is supposed to test various aspects of the National Curriculum as well as reasoning skills through topics not generally taught in schools.
The timing is rigorous and something that most children will not have encountered in their school life.  (RTG run mock exams to help familiarization of this aspect of the exam).
 
Hints and tips for learning
  • Ensure that you have put together a programme over 1 or 2 years to study for the Eleven Plus. Create a timetable that is realistic and revise it regularily.
  • Make sure that your child does a little every day. Overloading with information may prove to be counter productive.
  • Down time is important. Allow for this in your timetable. During this time avoid talking about the exam or their work. Make it a fun time they look forward to.
  • It is important that your child has break during their study period. (Studies have shown that the most effective learning and retention takes place in bursts of 30 to 40 minutes).
  • The mind is a muscle, so just like training for an athletic event, a gradual and consistent approach will produce best results.
  • Ensure that all topics are covered. Do not simply give your child tests without any preparation or explanation of where they went wrong.
  • Utilise any visual aids your child finds useful.
  • Set targets and regularly do progress checks.
  • Spend more time on their weaker subjects.
 Hints and tips for revision
  • There are plenty of tests available on the market. Make sure that these tests are given with regular intervals for assessment as well as practice.
  • Start with untimed tests and gradually build up to timing every test.
  • Remember that the actual exam will probably be in a different format and could be at a higher or a lower level.
  • Use both standard and multiple-choice tests. The final exam will be multiple-choice so it is important that your child is familiar with how to answer on multiple choice sheets.
  • Go back to the relevant topic that your child has struggled with to ensure maximum impact.
  • Get used to marking strictly- remember every mark matters!
  • Go through the mistakes with your child so that they understand where they went wrong.
Hints and tips for Exam Day
  • The night before the exam, do not spend every minute revising. Realistically, the last minute panic may do more damage than good.
  • Spend time relaxing the night before the exam. Make sure your child (and you) have an early night so that you are both fresh in the morning for the exam.
  • Get everything ready the night before. You do not want last minute panic (for example, whether you have the right pencil case or pencils).
  • Make sure that your child has eaten a proper breakfast or lunch (depending on when the exam is). Do not, however, overload with heavy carbs that will make them sluggish during their exam.
  • Get to your exam location early. Remember that there will be hundreds of children sitting the exam on the same day, so parking and traffic may well be a problem.
  • Do not panic –treat this is an exciting adventure. It is important that your child is able to cope with number of students sitting the exam, and remains calm and collected.
  • Many children feel guilty that they have let down their parents if they do not succeed.  After the exam, cancel out this potential negative impact by telling your child how proud you are of them regardless of the result.

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