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Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Trying to Organise an Eleven Plus Child

Some people like to enjoy a highly organised approach to eleven plus preparations. Others may prefer to be a little less systematic. Most of us will be somewhere in between. Some child will like to have their eleven plus papers spread out so that they can pick up where they left the work on a previous occasion. Other children will put their work away leaving their work place wondrously neat and tidy.

A comparison with a computer manual and organising an eleven plus sessions may throw some light on the subject:

Recommended tools to change a component on a computer:

Small flat blade screwdriver
Small Philips screwdriver
Small plastic scribe
Bios update

(Confidence to do the job)

Recommended tools to prepare for an eleven plus lesson

Eleven Plus paper
Clock or watch

(Desire and willingness to do the work.)

The Computer

Keep the work surface clean and tidy
Ground the system board
Change the component

Eleven Plus lesson

Keep the work surface clean and tidy
Remove distraction
Work on the paper

Some parents will try to help their children become more organised. Some children will persist and want to do things their way. There could even be some arguments. Parents can always say: “I know better. Keep your work place tidy.”

If your child persists with an unwarranted argument then quote Mark Twain:

“Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak out and remove all doubt.”

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