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Confident You’ll Pass Your GCSE Resits?

Take your GCSE Resits with Confidence

If your child hasn’t got the grades needed then there are GCSE resits. With retakes, getting into the college or sixth form you want may still be possible. Before embarking on GCSE resits, you should consider how you are going to make sure your child passes this time.

We are going to discuss some of the support your child will need to make sure that he or she passes second time.

Pass Your GCSE Resits – Make Sure it Happens

You might be thinking your child missed a pass by a few marks or even a grade. Maybe they will pass next time with a little extra support. However, confidence can now become an issue. Have you ever tried to do something you believe you can’t do? It’s hard, isn’t it.

In any situation it is important to get the support needed to get the extra marks required to pass. Fortunately, there is plenty of help and support at hand.

Identifying Topics to Focus on

Have you considered which topics need covering? Which topics are the best to focus on? Children often have just a few months to prepare for GCSE retakes and ‘hitting the road running’ is important. Identifying the topics that need covering is important. Once this is done they can be worked through.

Each topic will move your child several points towards reaching the needed grade or pass mark. They might have a good idea of which topics they find difficult and it will definitely be useful to list them. Go through last year’s exercise books and note down topics that were challenging.

However, which topics should you focus on first? Some topics are more important than others. Some topics are key to the grade that your child is trying to achieve, or are important topics that need to be understood to help with more challenging questions.

Either way – you will need to focus your efforts in the limited time remaining.

Improving Confidence

Simply learning the topics is often not enough.

Failing an exam may have dented your child’s confidence. It can be challenging to rebuild this but confidence can have a huge effect on performance.

From my experience as a tutor and teacher, it can be difficult to help children who have lost the belief they can achieve without first addressing their motivation, focus and confidence.

Preparing for your GCSE Resits

Fortunately this is where a good tutor can help.

You should expect your tutor to be able to focus on the most important topics for your child, whilst breaking down the subject into key concepts, techniques or strategies. They should then be able to use one to one support to help your child overcome the difficulties that prevented a first time pass. 

However, tutoring is 50% what you teach and 50% motivating your child to succeed. A good tutor will be able to help rebuild your child’s motivation and confidence. At Genie Tutors we use very small groups which allows our tutors to give your child one to one support. We use the groups to inject pace in the session. We want your child to be actively learning and working hard. 

Contact us now to be better prepared for your GCSE Resits.

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11 Plus Vocabulary List

Download your 11 Plus Vocabulary List

Are you are looking for an 11 Plus Vocabulary List? We have build ours based on over a decade of experience helping children to pass the 11+. You can use this list along with our 11 Plus Vocabulary Games, resources from other providers like CGP and reading a range of good quality literature. See a list of recommended reading for the 11+ here.

Will a Strong Vocabulary Help with 11 Plus Exams?

You may have heard of verbal reasoning and be aware of the English and comprehension elements of the 11+ exams. To answer many of the questions, your child will need to rely on a strong vocabulary. Many children will develop a good vocabulary though: extensive reading of good literature, school and home. Even children who display and use an extensive vocabulary will benefit from having an assessment. You can assess your child’s knowledge with our 11 plus vocabulary list. You will identify known words and identify synonyms and antonyms.

English as a Second Language?

When English is spoken as a second language, you will need a greater emphasis on building a strong Vocabulary. Your first step should be to assess your child’s known vocabulary. You can download our 11 plus vocabulary list below. Use this to assess known words and then start to inproduce new words every week. The resources available from links on this page will help but professional support can also improve your child’s vocabulary.

Is our Vocabulary List comprehensive

Our 11 plus words list is extensive, with over 600 words, and contains many words that are likely to be used in an 11+ exam. You should be aware that a typical adult may use over 3000 words and know more than 20,000! Our list, and the 11 Plus Vocabulary Games you can down load from our website is a great help that should be used with wide and extensive reading to help build a strong vocabulary.

Getting Professional Help

You can download our Vocabulary List here. You should find the file called “11 plus vocabulary list.xlsx” in your downloads folder. If you want help preparing your child for the 11+ exam then why not contact your local centre to book a free trial.

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11 Plus Vocabulary Games

11 Plus Vocabulary Games and Resources

Preparing for the 11 plus exams can be a challenge. Keeping your child motivated is crucial to success and using some good 11 plus vocabulary games can help to improve confidence, motivation as well as developing a rich vocabulary.

11 Plus Vocabulary Flash Cards

Flash cards are a great educational resource that can make learning fun and engaging. You can download our 11 Plus Vocabulary Flash Cards here. Our cards contain over 600 words that are likely to appear in 11+ exams and can be used in a variety of ways to improve:

  • reading and recognition
  • spelling
  • understanding of word meaning and definition

Try these 11 plus vocabulary games and start building confidence and a wider vocabulary.

Improving Reading and Recognition

Activity Duration 2-5 minutes

Select 10-30 words from the deck of 11 plus vocabulary flashcards. Turn them over one at a time asking your child to read them quickly. Allow about 2-3 seconds to read each card before helping by sounding the word out or telling him/her the word.

Make a separate pile of all the words that your child knows leaving a deck of cards that need to be learned. Go through these words a few times before leaving them for the next day.

Continue until all the words are learned adding more cards as your child learns them.

Improving Spelling

Activity time 2-5 minutes

Select 10 words from the deck. Read each word out, then place then word in a sentence and give your child about 10 seconds to spell it.

Make a pile of all the words that your child can spell correctly. These ones are already known.

Ask your child to copy each word they need to learn three times, cover it and write it again. If they spell it correctly leave it until tomorrow. If incorrect ask them to repeat that word.

On the next day test the words that they got wrong on the previous day and repeat the exercise.

Improving Understanding, Meaning and Definition

Activity time 2-5 minutes

Select 10 words from the deck. Ask your child to read each word and place  it in a sentence. Where the word has more than one meaning ask for a sentence with the other meanings.

As an extension you can also discuss a suitable dictionary definition and similar words. It can be useful to have a dictionary and thesaurus at hand in this game.

Other 11 Plus Vocabulary Games, Flash Cards and Resources

Building a strong 11 plus vocabulary is an important aspect of success in your 11+ exam. Your child will also need to develop a range of skills and perform above expectations in school.

You can buy good quality preparation 11 plus vocabulary games from CGP. If you want professional help you can also book a free trial at your local Genie Tutors centre.

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11 Plus Vocabulary

Why is 11 Plus Vocabulary So Important?

A strong vocabulary is important for your child’s future. It’s something that I have enjoyed helping hundreds of children achieve, including my own. Following the steps here will help you to do the same. The steps in this article can be used to help any child build a richer vocabulary – and is a must for 11 plus preparation.

The actual 11 plus vocabulary used in different exams across the country is unknown. I can tell you that the words are challenging and can prove difficult for most children and many adults alike. Understanding a wide variety of words, how they relate to similar words and knowledge of the multiple meanings and uses of them will be key to your child’s test.

Research isn’t conclusive on the amount of words needed to build a strong vocabulary but the publisher Scholastic suggests that only 3000 words are used in our day to day speech whilst the average adult will know more than 20,000 words.

From my experience as a teacher, tutor, educator and father, I can share with you an 11 plus vocabulary list, suggestions on how to help improve your child’s vocabulary and links to other 11+ vocabulary games and resources. Building a strong vocabulary is a gift which will increase understanding, improve opportunities and enrich your child’s future.

Help My Child to Build a Strong 11 Plus Vocabulary?

Building a strong vocabulary is a process. The temptation might be to overload your child but planning this can prove more productive. Follow this process and you might find that by working on as few as 5 words a week could improve your child’s vocabulary by 260 words.

  1. Download our 11 plus vocabulary list and ask your child to use each word in a sentence. Where there is more than one definition for a word then ask for a sentence for each definition. Record on the sheet which words are your child already knows and which you want your child to learn.
  2. Make sure your child is reading good quality texts which will help build a strong vocabulary. We have a list of great texts that will help. With my own children I have found that it can help to have a dictionary and thesaurus next to them when reading.
  3. Download our 11 plus vocabulary games and resources and start playing some of the educational games. Remove the words from the deck as your child learns them. You can now focus on the words that you want your child to learn.

Get Help

Passing the 11 plus entrance exam is a challenge. If you want help then we have been helping children prepare for the 11 plus exams since 2009. Click here to find your nearest venue and book your free trial.

 

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Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in June 2019

Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in June 2019

Our tutors push your children to succeed. Let’s celebrate their achievements!

 

Congratulations to Christabel on her Bronze Reward. Great work with her tutors at Genie Tutors Edgbaston! Well done!
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11 Plus Test Registration

How do I Register for the 11 Plus Test?

If you want to register your child for the 11 plus test for the Grammar Schools in Birmingham for entry in September 2020 you can follow this simple process. We have provided all the links that you might need but these sometimes change so it is important that you check the current process with your chosen grammar schools.

  • Use the links below to check the entry requirements for each of the Birmingham grammar schools.
  • Then apply online to register your child for a place on the 11 plus test for entry in September 2020
  • Finally in the early part of year 6 you can apply online for Birmingham Secondary School Entry.

Before I Register for the Birmingham Grammar 11+ test

Before starting your application for the 11+ test you need a digital photo to upload. During the application you will be asked to provide information about your child.

Register for the right Grammar Schools 11+ test

Recently Grammar Schools in Birmingham brought together the tests so that children can now sit just one exam to gain access to all the Grammar Schools in Birmingham.

Check the list of Birmingham Grammar schools below:

Bishop Vesey’s Grammar School for Boys
King Edward VI Aston School
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Boys
King Edward VI Camp Hill School for Girls
King Edward VI Five Ways School
King Edward VI Handsworth Grammar School for Boys
King Edward VI Handsworth School for Girls
Sutton Coldfield Grammar School for Girls

What score do I need to get?

The score needed to be awarded a place in each of the grammar schools changes each year and is dependant on the scores that children achieve in the 11 plus tests. To get a place in the more popular grammar schools your child will need a higher score. Your 11+ tutor should be able to assess your child so that you can determine your likely chance of gaining a place in the grammar school of your choice.

Birmingham Secondary School Entry Application

In the early part of the academic year, when your child is in year 6, you will be able to apply online to Birmingham City Council for a secondary school place. Normally you will be able to list your schools in order of preference.

It is important that you place your Grammar School choice in position one. Many parents will choose one or two grammar schools and then comprehensive schools after these selections.

The late entry application for secondary school is currently open while we wait for admission applications to open.

Next Steps

Finally you can click here to register for the Birmingham 11 plus test by following this link.

 

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Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in May 2019

Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in May 2019

Our tutors push your children to succeed. Let’s celebrate their achievements!

Congratulations to Tanjeev on his Star Reward! Great work with his tutor at Genie Tutors Spring Hill. Well done!
Congratulations to Tanjeev on his Star Reward! Great work with his tutor at Genie Tutors Spring Hill. Well done!

 

Congratulations to Harvey on his Achievement! Brilliant work with his tutor at Genie Tutors Edgbaston. Keep up the good progress!
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Help My Child Read | 5 Effective tips to get your child reading

When parents ask us “please help my child read” they are often at their wits end. This is understandable when you consider that promoting good reading is crucial to helping your child achieve the highest grades academically. That’s why we have produced a book list for KS2, Upper Primary and 11+.

If your child is an avid reader and is curled up in bed reading some of these books already why not show them this list and see if there is anything else that would spark interest. Each book has a link to purchase it online and all the books can be found in good retailers or as e-readers.

If your child is less likely to pick up a book or maybe even complains – what can you do to encourage reading? Here are three easy steps to help:

1) Shop till you drop!

What child doesn’t like gifts or outings? Visiting your local library or book shop is a good place to start. Before leaving have an idea of the type of books you think your child would like and let him look through the books in the children’s section. Guide her towards books that you think will interest her and let her choose – even if you know it is too hard! Try to let him take away as many books as he wants!

2) Read to your child

Are you still reading to your child or did you stop when she was able to read? I am currently reading Mortal Engines to my 9 and 11 year olds who are both avid readers. By reading to your child you can bring the story to life and share your love of reading. Try to choose a book that will be liked and you will enjoy reading.

Failing that you can always buy an audio book. The choice is extensive and is something you can share with your children on the school run or on journeys to clubs, friends and relatives.

3) Prepare somewhere for your child to read

It’s best to read in a calm and quiet environment with distractions out of mind. That’s why many people read before bedtime. Make sure that your child has a shelf to put his books on in his bedroom and a bedside table with a light to read by.

4) Model Reading

Read in front of your children to reinforce the importance of reading. If you have a boy – get dad or granddad to read with him. This is especially important for boys who may only see women read.

5) Use Your Child’s Role Models

In the unlikely event that this fails then there is still hope. I am sure that there’re other adults that your child thinks are ‘cool’ – adults that command respect and your child is perhaps always talking about. Why not ask those adults what they read as a child.

If all fails – Success is around the corner

As a primary school teacher – I often came across children who just wouldn’t read. I remember a mum who said that everyone who had tried had failed but that she was desperate to help her child read. There was one last thing that I would try and it always worked. I got them to read the sports pages in the Sun with their Mum or Dad. The Sun is great for this as the text is written in a way that children find easy to read. I never heard that mum say “help my child read” again.

The following book list contains just some of the great texts that you can introduce your children too. If you think that there’s anything that deserves to be added then please respond to my blog. Perhaps your child is more able – then check out our reading list for 11+ and KS2.

Here’re Some Books I have used to Help My Child Read

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Authors F-L

Authors M-Z

Perhaps you thought that you had tried everything. You might have heard yourself say “can you help my child read”. If this is the case then try these tips. Alternatively you can contact us for a free trial to find out how we can help your child read effectively.

 

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11+ Tutors Reading List | Books your 11+ Tutors say should be read

Our 11+ tutors often tell me that parents want to know what books their children should be reading to help them prepare for the 11+ exams. This is unsurprising as the vocabulary needed to be successful in the 11+ tests is very challenging and is a key area that will need improving in the lead up to exams.

A good time to start is as early as possible. Command of a good vocabulary is important to your child’s success in school and the great news is that good literature can help develop this. If your child is a reluctant reader help is at hand – read our blog  ‘Help My Child Read‘ to find out how you can help your child become a keen reader.

You can scroll down to the reading list at the bottom of this page or find out how you can encourage your child to read more and better literature:

1) Prepare somewhere for your child to read

Create a calm and quiet space with distractions out of sight. Bedtime is a perfect time, just make sure that your child has a shelf to put books on and a bedside table with a light to read by.

2) Shop till you drop!

What child doesn’t like gifts or outings? Visit a library, book shop or even shop on line. Make sure that you have an idea of the books that your child might like or that you would like them to read. Now the key is to let your child choose. It’s ok to introduce books and suggest titles or authors that should be tried but do let your child choose  – even if you know it is too hard! Let your child take away all the books chosen!

I myself chose to read Lord of the Rings when I was about 7 years old. I can remember to this day how fascinated I was by the story of fantasy and it was this that led me to persist and after several months of torturously slow reading, my reading improved, my speed increased and my understanding developed. If I had been given a book I wasn’t interested in I might have given up.

3) Model Reading

Read in front of your children to reinforce the importance of reading. If you have a boy – get dad or granddad to read with him. This is especially important for boys who may only see women read.

Books Shortlisted by our 11+ Tutors

Authors A-F

Authors F-L

Authors M-Z

Perhaps you thought that you had tried everything. You might have heard yourself say “can you help my child read”. If this is the case then try these tips. Alternatively you can contact us for a free trial to find out how we can help your child read effectively.

More help from our 11+ Tutors

This list contains just some of the great books that your child might like to read that will help improve the vocabulary needed for the 11+ tests. Check back regularly as our 11+ tutors may add more texts in the future.

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Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in March 2019

Children’s Success at Genie Tutors in March 2019

Our tutors push your children to succeed. Let’s celebrate their achievements!

 

Congratulation to Ummay on her reward. It is well deserved because of her work with Debbie at Genie Tutors Spring Hill!
Congratulation to Ummay on her reward. It is well deserved because of her work with Debbie at Genie Tutors Spring Hill!

 

Congratulations to Mekhseb on her first reward! Keep up the good work with your tutor at Genie Tutors Spring Hill!
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Great work Yahya! You deserve your Achievement. You made a great progress with your tutor Debbie at Genie Tutors Spring Hill!
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This is Kelby who has been working very hard towards his 11+ exam at Genie Tutors Redditch. He achieved his Gold award recently due to his fantastic progress. Keep up the great work Kelby.
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Congratulations to Waleed on his great progress with his tutors at Genie Tutors Spring Hill. Well done on your deserved Reward!

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Congratulation to Yahya on his achievement and great progress with his tutor Debbie at Genie Tutors Spring Hill.
Congratulation to Yahya on his achievement and great progress with his tutor Debbie at Genie Tutors Spring Hill.

 

 

Congratulation to Terri on her first Reward! You work very hard with your tutor at Genie Tutors Spring Hill and you deserve this achievement because of your impressive progress!
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