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11+ Tutor Training Day
September 05, 2014
Daniel, a published writer, and experienced English tutor describes his experience of Tutorfair's 11+ Training Day for professional tutors.
Around 30 tutors gathered in Marylebone for an in-depth training day on the 11+ Maths and English exams. It was Tutorfair’s second such event on this topic, and already a bigger venue was required. Fast-paced and engaging from start to finish, the day was a hands-on masterclass in tutoring at its finest, not surprising given the calibre of the teachers and the eagerness of the tutors in the room, most already practising and here to hone their skills.
The 11+ tutoring market in London continues to grow as parents take advantage of the extra skills a stint of one-on-one teaching gives to their children.
This proved a highly instructive and useful course, packed with tips, techniques and sound advice, and delivered – it’s got to be said – by some of the nicest, brightest people in the business. The collective wisdom of the Tutorfair team makes for a powerful ally to help youngsters get into the schools of their choice in what is an ever more competitive entrance system.
Unflaggingly bright and positive, the staff tutors share as much about the right attitude it takes as about the topics themselves. And this gets to the heart of effective tutoring: It’s better to impart knowledge in a way that lights up the will to learn in the student, that opens up that special place where confidence can grow and develops an openness to learning.
It felt, too, like Tutorfair really knew how to make the day as effective as possible. Everyone in the room was encouraged to join in and to get the most out of it. Often, the separate tables, made up of between 4 to 6 of us, were given tasks to work out together, and then to present to the rest of the room. I can’t think of a quicker or better way to learn.
We covered both the Maths and English parts of the exam, as well as verbal and non-verbal reasoning and interview techniques. Respect to the 11 year olds who take it. It’s no breeze!
All in all, a brilliant and effective one-day course, full of takeaway tools and wisdom. Thank you, Tutorfair team.
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