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How to become a specialist in 11+ tuitions?

Discussion in 'Private tutors' started by baljeetdogra007, Oct 14, 2018.

  1. baljeetdogra007

    baljeetdogra007 New commenter

    There are many tutors and tuition centers claiming to prepare students for 11+ exams. What sets apart a good tutor from a specialist tutor?
    What does it take to become a specialist in this area?
  2. SelectMyTutor

    SelectMyTutor New commenter

    Subject knowledge and communication skills are must for becoming a specialist. There is a lot of scope in teaching but you have to prove yourself through your teaching skills. Your language should be simple and explain the things in easy and comic method with examples. You can connect a high no. of students by analyzing them on these teaching skills.
  3. Vince_Ulam

    Vince_Ulam Star commenter

    If you need to ask then it is not for you.
    Mrsmumbles, sebedina and langteacher like this.
  4. Pickers80

    Pickers80 New commenter

    I think you've had a few strange responses...

    I started off as a Maths and English Tutor for Primary School children. I'd previously taught Year 5 and 6 pupils in a school. Then parents started asking me to do 11+ tuition too. Through tutoring I got to know the curriculum really well for all year groups (much better than when I was a teacher). As a part-time tutor I simply had more time to devote to reading, putting together progress spreadsheets, etc. So when I started 11+ tutoring, I already had quite a bit of tutoring experience and curriculum knowledge.

    The problem I experience is that lots of children don't just need training to sit the exam and work-out those high-level questions (which include topics not covered at Primary level), but also need to learn or become more confident in areas that they should have already grasped. So you end up teaching them in a more traditional way, as well as teaching for the test. The key is to identify areas where they are 'behind', or have 'missed' content taught at school, as this will need to be taught so that they can answer the more complex questions they will need to in the test.

    In short, you need to be very confident with the maths/English curriculum and teaching methods/techniques prescribed for schools, be able to put a programme or work together (with will be constantly adapted to suit the child's needs), and be able to answer high-level questions yourself. It's not going to look good if you have no idea how to answer a test-level question at first sight.

    There are a lot of 11+ workbooks that can help you. I run a combination of sessions that focus on teaching a specific skills (e.g. long division), that I've identified need addressing, and sessions that focus on answering test preparation questions (relying heavily on the 11+ workbooks).

    It is more stressful than traditional tutoring, as there is a test at the end and a pass/fail (although I know it's not really pass/fail, just a numbers game). Once you manage to get children into the schools, that looks really good and helps you to attract more tutees.

    Hope that helps.
  5. Kateray1

    Kateray1 Occasional commenter

    I’ve just had a student start for common entrance exams at 13+. It’s almost the same curriculum from what I can see.
  6. TheLondonTutor

    TheLondonTutor New commenter

    Some tuition agencies provide training for how to tutor 11+. Might be worth looking into :)

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