A lot of people wonder how I get so many children through entrance exams so successfully. “Elisa, I don’t know how you did it, but thank you!” is a comment I hear very often from happy parents, whose reluctant reader son, for e.g., has made it into an excellent independent school after studying with me.
The reason people are so confused about entrance exams is because they are confusing! If you don’t know the ins and outs of the English education system, it is a tricky path to navigate. To make things worse, there isn’t always a lot of clear information about the system – even in this age of Google. I know because I look, regularly and every year.
So, in this series of blog posts I want to do two things. The first is to educate people about entrance exams. The second is to tell you briefly how students who come to my tutoring academy are taught and trained so they can excel and get into the best schools possible.
Before we tell you about how we prepare students for entrance exams at Elisa’s tutorial, we need to give you some background to put it into perspective. To make it easier, we will split this into several blog posts, so you can find the perfect one for you! We will then explain how we prepare students for that exam, getting them organised and motivated.
There are many different types of school entrance exams – they are broadly divided into what kind of school you want your child to get into, and what age your child is. Also, the government has SATs for students in State schools. Exam prep in our school is dealt with in different ways for different ages. The first exam children usually come to us for is the 4+, then the 7+, although not as many as for the 11+.
We will go into the exact categories of exams in another post in this series, but for now it is helpful to know that most exams test Maths, Engl ish and Reasoning (sometimes split into Verbal and Non-Verbal Reasoning). Most grammar school exams involve multiple choice questions, and they are designed to be confusing. So we teach children really explicitly how to deal with them.
The main things we teach our students to do are common for all exams: read the question carefully-make sure you understand the key words, be precise and careful, and most importantly get the timing right- leave questions you don’t know and come back to them later.
My tutoring agency has fast-track, intensive and long-term coaching programmes to help students get into the school of their choice, do well in SATs and generally realise their potential as students.
Keep reading this series of blog posts to learn how we help kids learn fast and succeed with entrance exams at Elisa’s tutorial school!