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August 2, 2020

11 Plus Summer Revision: How To Revise Now That Exams Have Been Postponed ​

So the news is out: the 11 Plus exams (grammar school selection tests, that is!) have been postponed in most cases to either October or November. Thank goodness our hardworking children get some extra time to revise and learn, reducing the stress for everyone involved! If you are tempted to ditch your child’s 11 Plus summer revision plans, keep reading!

But be careful: It may be tempting to down your tools, your papers and other 11 Plus summer revision, since most grammar school exams have been pushed back to October or November (depending on the country or school’s preference), but I don’t think that is the best move to make! Read More

July 23, 2020

Do You Think the 11 Plus Exams Should Be Cancelled or Postponed this Year Because of the Lockdown?

Should the 11 Plus exams be cancelled this year? Well, the SATs, GCSE and A level exams were, so why should the 11 Plus exams be any different?

It’s a debate that has been bandied around online, and I’ve even seen some newspaper reports of MPs calling for their cancellation this year.

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June 27, 2020

The Geek School Six-Week 11+ Revision Guide

Preparing for the 11 Plus exams, be it grammar school selection tests like the Kent or Bexley tests, or for independent schools can be a stressful process for children and parents alike. Some parents are often (wrongly) under the impression that children work well under pressure. However, research tells us that strategies that induce stress of this kind rarely have the desired effect.

In fact, children often experience a reduction inability for their essential skills (spellings, vocabulary and mental maths) when they are put under too much pressure or stress. As a result, I have never been a fan of putting children under undue stress when it comes to preparing for any exams, especially exams that are as competitive as the 11 Plus exams. I urge all parents to resist the urge to push your child to revise at every spare moment – it doesn’t work.

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June 24, 2020

Why your child does not finish 11 Plus papers in time

Passing the 11 Plus exams for grammar and independent schools requires children to show academic ability at the highest level. It is a tall order for even the brightest child, especially when some exam papers are developed in such a way that children are expected to run out of time! Read More

June 11, 2020

Free Key Stage 2 (and SATS) English Checklist for Homeschooling

We have been inundated with parents asking for guidance on Key Stage 2 English here at Geek School Tutoring Towers. So, in an attempt to help parents navigate what can be quite a complicated and not-so-transparent curriculum, we have created a free Key Stage 2 English Checklist.

Yes, it is true that reading, writing, grammar, punctuation and spelling underpins the curriculum for years 3, 4, 5 and 6 (Key Stage 2), but do you know exactly what your child needs to know by the end of Year 6?

This checklist lists out all the key learning outcomes in an easy way for parents to use while homeschooling – and to keep on track with what school is doing after the lockdown eases.

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