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January 10, 2020

2 Simple Ways to Use Past Papers for 11 Plus Preparation for Independent School Exams

Preparing for 11 Plus exams is no easy feat. There are so many different types of papers, so many different styles of exams and lots of confusing information.

When preparing your child for independent (private) school exams, the more practice, the better. But unlike textbooks (which your child has probably finished by the time you read this), schools often supply just one sample (some private schools don’t even provide that).

Books like Bond English Assessment Papers and ISEB books can be helpful to get your child started, but if your child is working diligently, they will soon finish those papers – or get bored of their repetitive nature.

Then there’s the issue of how to mark the papers. Maths can be quite straightforward for some parents, but English can be an uphill battle if you don’t have a point of reference.

How much depth does your child need in his or her’s answers? What standard does your child’s writing need to be? How will your child compare with those of other children writing the same exams? These questions are just a handful of the many that many parents have about independent school sample papers when they contact Geek School Tutoring.

Independent schools often design their own English papers for their entrance exams, and the English paper is one that usually doesn’t come with answers.

Also, one sample just isn’t enough. That’s why a variety of papers is helpful. It can take such a long time to source independent school papers, as well.

A Practical Solution

At Geek School Tutoring, we provide past papers for our students and mark them. We can also benchmark students quite easily because of our experience in successfully placing children in some of the best independent schools in the country.

Solution Number 1: Download Private School English Sample Papers

Here is a list of some Independent school English sample papers to do:

Solution Number 2: The Geek School Tutoring English Comprehension Course

English Comprehension Course for The 11 Plus

If you need someone who is experienced to mark them, look no further. Wherever you are in the world, we can help – take a look at our English Comprehension Course and see how we can help.

If you’d like to speak to us about your child’s needs, please call Joycellyn today to discuss your child’s learning needs.

January 9, 2020

Key Stage 2 SATS: What you need to know about preparing your child this year

Is your child in Year 6, and preparing for their Key Stage 2 SATs exam?

  • Are you worried about the quality of your child’s writing?
  • Is it a battle to get your child to read?
  • Does your child love everything to do with gadgets but won’t do any book work without a battle?

Did you know that all children in Year 6 will take a Key Stage 2 Writing Assessment as part of their SATs exams in May?

Many parents are unaware of this because the test will be ‘informal’ and assessed by your child’s class teacher. This means that the written work will be marked by your child’s school around the Key Stage 2 Writing Framework.

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January 7, 2020

7 Playful and Easy Maths Activities You Can Do Every Day to Help Your Child With the 11 Plus

The truth is, maths is all around us, it’s just that we can choose to see it, or not see it at all until we open a textbook.

If you want to make maths an integral part of your child’s everyday life, it’s actually quite easy. This will give your child the knowledge and confidence to apply maths comfortably, which can help when working on maths problems.

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December 28, 2019

Pass the 11 Plus Independent School Interview With These Tips. Includes the Interviews and Questions

Congratulations! If your child has been invited in for an independent (private) school interview, following an 11-plus exam, they’ve done well enough to get through to the next stage of the application process.

Of course, the invitation to the interview doesn’t guarantee an offer of a school place, but your child is one step closer to an offer, which is excellent news!

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December 19, 2019

11 Plus Exams: When and how to start preparing. Year 3, Year 4 or Year 5?

If you’re thinking about grammar and independent schools for your child, you’re probably thinking about when preparation should start.

There may be some different questions and conflicting viewpoints from other parents about the 11 Plus preparation:

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