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Subject: 11+ exam
Last updated: 24/09/2017
Tags: 11 plus, 11+ exam, 13+ exam (common entrance), 7+ exam, private tutor

I tend to have a detailed conversation with the client before any lessons start. If you know the starting point, you know the journey needed to prepare effectively for the target school place(s). The process is the same regardless of whether you are tutoring for the 11+, 7+ or 13+ exam.

I'll usually then write and share a plan (inviting the client's input and revising it if needed) and keep to it unless there is a clear case for change. A plan ensures the student has the best chance of being as ready for the exam as they can be. A plan also shows a link between effort and exactly what the student will know - a good motivator for students and useful for discussing progress (I'll frequently compare progress with the plan which makes it really easy to see what needs more focus). Timelines are important, but I try not to get too distracted by these - it's more about the details and building skills step-by-step.

As a slightly unrelated footnote, here are a few things I think a good tutor should be:
- consistent and dependable
- prepared/organised (know the differences between each school's entrance exam - a generic approach won't work)
- efficient (reply to emails and don't keep clients waiting) 
- enjoying their work - it's a great job and one where you often get to make a real and positive difference!

Graham James 11+ exam Tutor (South West London)

About The Author

Hi! My name is Graham. I'm a full-time private tutor in London specialising in the 7+, 11+ and 13+ entrance exams. I work with 4 of London's top private tuition agencies and have over 7 years experience.

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