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All About The 13+

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All About The 13+

The 13+ usually refers to an entrance exam taken by children in Year 8 who plan to enter a new school in Year 9. However, "13+" can mean a few different exams which need to be prepared for differently. Read on to find out more.

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All About Pre-tests

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All About Pre-tests

More and more schools are requiring applicants to take pre-tests well in advance of the usual entrance exams. Read on to learn exactly what they are and how to prepare for them.

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All About The 11+

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All About The 11+

At its heart, the 11+ is an exam taken by children aged 10-11 who plan to enter a school at Year 7.  The 11+ exam is taken in Year 6, typically in January. However, "11+" is an umbrella term which can apply to any of the following...

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All About Grammar Schools

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All About Grammar Schools

Grammar schools are state funded schools which achieve outstanding academic standards while being free to attend. Compared to expensive private schools, they are often an attractive option. Read on to find out about their entrance requirements.

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Grammar in 11+ Composition

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Grammar in 11+ Composition

Grammar is always essential, and in entrance exams it is an crucial thing that examiners look for. Learn how to spot these common mistakes, and complete the given exercises to avoid them completely.

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How To Stop The Summer Slide

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How To Stop The Summer Slide

Studies show that children slip backwards by an average of around 2 months' learning during the summer holidays. However, just a little bit of work can avoid this effect. Read on to see my suggestions.

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Naming vs Understanding

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Naming vs Understanding

Richard Feynman has a gift for explaining intricate concepts. Click through to see a video of him explaining the difference between naming and understanding, and to read my thoughts.

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Get More Out Of Your Revision Notes

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Get More Out Of Your Revision Notes

Learning only happens when brains are kept active. Passively reading through your notes or copying out of a textbook is a very inefficient way of absorbing information. Active notes is a style of note-making which is designed to keep your mind as awake as possible, with excellent results. Read on to see how it works.

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11+ Success: Teach Your Child About Prime Numbers

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11+ Success: Teach Your Child About Prime Numbers

Prime numbers lie at the heart of many of the most interesting questions that crop up during 10+, 11+ and 13+ maths entrance exams. And they'll continue to be at least somewhat relevant right the way up to A-level. Read on for a fun lesson plan to get children aged 8 - 11 thinking about primes.

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Fun Writing Exercise

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Fun Writing Exercise

Expanding vocabulary can be challenging, and some students find it hard to sit down and write a whole story on command. This blog post explains a fun way to get students interested in writing, and gets them working hard on their vocabulary too.

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