When you or your child thinks of exams joy isn't usually one of the first thoughts that enters you or your child's head. It is more one of dread and fear of the unknown.
We turn those natural feelings into feelings of expectation and preparedness.
First, we get your child prepared for their exams with intensive revision sessions lasting 2 hours per session. We go over all the important topics we think they have struggled with before. Coupled with exam techniques to help them tackle any question confidently and in a time efficient manner.
After the intensive revision sessions are over, we then have a mock exam. The mock exams marked by one of our tutors and handed back together with a report so you can see how well they have done.
Next your child gets a feedback session with their tutor to see how well they did and try and brush up on those areas that they did not do so well in.
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We always encourage our pupils to get involved in more than one mock exam as it breeds familiarity and confidence in taking exams especially when we have worked on their weaker topic areas.
It is said by many studies that nerves and stress lose a student marks and those marks can mean a difference from a pass or a fail for some students.
If you think about it when you have probably taken exams in the past you may have reflected afterwards with your friends that you did indeed know the answer to a particular question but your nerves got the better of you.
You will also find many of our tutors have or have been external examiners and exam invigilators so they know more than anyone else how to make these mock sound and feel very authentic.
Exams We Cover
We cover the following exams here at JJ's Tuition - 11 Plus, SATs, GCSEs and school entrance exams 11 Plus mock exams are held in our Leigh on Sea, Basildon and Benfleet centres and cover the following areas:
1. Maths – The 11+ tends to cover the following areas based on the National Curriculum syllabus.
a) Number -The exam will cover decimals, percentages and fractions in addition to the 4 basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication and division).
b) Algebra – You will find this covers the topics of equations and formulae.
c) Shape and space (geometry) – Here your child will need to know about volume, area, coordinates and nets.
d) Data handling – This area will focus mainly on statistics and probability, the idea of chance events and averages.
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2. Verbal Reasoning - Of course, learned ability does enter into the equation. Some of the question are going to test a child’s logical deduction skills or their ability to be able to decipher codes.
A lot of the 11 Plus verbal reasoning test will need your child to have a good vocabulary grasp and also good basic maths skills.
Despite there being a separate Maths paper, there are always a couple of verbal reasoning questions that also encompass maths into the equation.
3. Non verbal Reasoning – The core of Non-Verbal Reasoning is to evaluate a child’s logic and observational skills by giving them collections of shapes and patterns; that they then may have to find the odd one out in, or two shapes which are most similar to one another or to find a missing shape in a series from options given.
Children need no specific Maths or English skill that is pertinent to answering the questions although a knowledge of a shape’s symmetry and reflection can be of some help. .
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4. English Comprehension - This is a Reading Comprehension test which will test your reading and comprehending skills. These set of questions, tests your child's comprehension very rigorously.
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Having a good stock of situations, characters and emotions retained in your memory will help them to create a good piece of comprehension under exam like conditions.
Having remembered a few phrases or words to describe what is happening; who it is happening to and how it is making those characters feel. This will give your child the confidence to come up with a narrative that is descriptive in all parts but at the same time simple for the reader to follow.
d) Accurate Language usage – When developing their descriptions children will think about vocabulary that is interesting and use literary devices (such as similes) to make their stories more descriptive.
e) Having an ending – When writing a simple story that is described well, they need to give it it’s natural ending. Too many marks are lost by poor endings which are odd or end abruptly with things like, “and then I woke up.”