Some parents will be able to predict remarkably accurately their eleven plus child’s capacity to learn and understand. Parents know, almost instinctively, where their child stands – and is usually able to predict how easily he or she will cope with eleven plus work.
`List maker’ parents will fairly quickly be able to draw up a list of work that needs to be done and work where attention is needed. The further into eleven plus work the more likely the candidate is able to assimilate and learn new processes. An example that can be used to explain this to your child is to retell a story.
A lonely man is a castaway in a small boat on the sea. He is running out of food and water. He has only dried fish to chew on. His water is down to almost the last cup. He sees a rain squall approaching on the horizon. The man makes a plan! He has to think quickly!
He wants to collect water. Should he use his mug to try to catch the rain water - so that he can drink in a formal and proper manner? Should he spread his large sail canvas out in order to catch as much water as possible?
Some parents may care to remind their children that the more that is learnt, consolidated and revised, the more likely it is that he or she will be able to do as well as possible in the examination.
The eleven plus examination covers a wide range of topics. A large sail is needed to catch as many drops of eleven plus knowledge as possible.
Very few parents will rely only on a tutor or a website or a particular set of books or papers. It seems likely that that most eleven plus parents will use a wide range of sources of eleven plus materials. Spread the sail wide and let little drops of knowledge rain on your child’s head!