11plus

Some pupils spend almost 2 years preparing for the 11+ exam.  This a long time for young children to be studying and can lead to study fatigue, restlessness and a general lack of motivation.  Read below for our tips and tricks to keep your child motivated before their exams!

Take Regular Breaks

Children have short attention spans. Making sure they take regular study breaks can prevent them from getting too tired, and even frustrated, with constant studying.  After studying, encouraging your child to go outside and play in the garden, or go for a walk around the block, can help them release any pent-up energy and lets them unwind. 

Don’t Study Everyday  

Making sure your child has days off from worksheets and past papers is extremely important.  Whilst the amount of time children spend practicing for the 11+ varies from child to child, you need to make sure your child has at least one day off a week from 11+ work so that they can recharge.  It also prevents them from getting bored of the work and can increase motivation for the rest of the week.

Praise Effort 

Praising, and perhaps rewarding, your child’s effort can encourage them to keep working hard.  When your child has worked hard it is important to praise them for this can be by giving verbal feedback and telling them how proud you are of their hard work or perhaps by giving a physical reward.  It is important to praise effort over outcomes however, as this is what will encourage your child to work hard in the future. 

Revision 

Revision is a great tool to build understanding, confidence and motivation. Once an 11+  paper is completed, give the same paper back to your child to do after a period of three weeks. Your child will remember having done it, NOT remember the answers AND will have to remind themselves of the method to be used to find the answer.  When you child performs better in the second sitting, they will have a better understanding of the different concepts, will have reminded themselves of the different strategies available to them , feel confident with a subject that they may have been weak in and are motivated to do more!

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