Choosing a Tutor
Factors to consider when choosing a tutor/centre:
- Do your research. On searching the internet or your local paper, you will find many people offering either one-to-one or group tuition. Many children find one-to-one tuition tedious and uninspiring. We find that most children benefit from and prefer to work within a small group.
- Make sure the tutor(s) are qualified, DBS checked, and have substantial proven experience of teaching specifically towards the 11 plus exams. Check their pass rate and ask for testimonials.
- Always check the size of ‘teaching’ classes. Some organizations have very large teaching class sizes which can be anything from 16 up to 24(+). At Mrs Jones Education, we believe teaching class sizes should be no more than 8 – 11 per group, allowing the teacher to work on an individual basis with each child. Our timed mock exam practice classes are in a larger group to allow pupils to learn how to work and focus in an exam ‘atmosphere’ .
- Make sure the tuition includes maths, English, verbal and non-verbal reasoning. It is essential that both maths and English (including advanced vocabulary and spelling) are taught to a high level. It is important to fully prepare for all four subjects. In our experience, most children will sit the entrance examinations for a range of schools which require various combinations of all four subjects.
- Check that the tutor is knowledgeable about the entry requirements and application procedure for all State Grammar and Independent Private Schools in your area.
- You may also decide to enter your child for a scholarship or bursary where all subjects (and possibly science) are needed. Additionally, your child is likely to need interview practice and advice on interview technique. Ensure that the tutor you choose is able to give appropriate guidance and advice in these areas.
- Check that the fees are inclusive of class books, past papers, work books and other resources and equipment, as the cost of these over the year can be substantial. Remember - you usually get what you pay for.