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    September 10th, 2021

    21 11 Plus Tips – Episode 2

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    In today’s podcast we’ll be going through 21 11 plus tips to help you prepare and pass the 11 plus exam. These tips are mostly aimed towards those that perhaps have a little more time to prepare.

    If you are looking for tips that are more relevant to when you are fairly close to the 11 plus exam, it would be worth listening to this episode https://studyhat.co.uk/11-plus-tips-episode-1/.

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    Transcript (21 11 plus tips)

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    Hi, everyone, welcome back to study hat. And in today’s podcast, we’re going to be talking about 21 11 plus tips to help you with Exam Success.

    So let’s dive straight in, we hear lots of questions from students and parents around when they should start trying to practice and learn for the 11. Plus, the starting point in early years, will typically be more around building core core English and math skills. And working on things like times tables. And that’s a really good example, because math is very much based on times tables.

    And if you know your times tables, then you’ve got a really good platform, encouraging reading, for example. And if that’s done frequently, that helps with building up vocabulary and skills for English, that will stand the test of time and help work as you approach year six.

    So tip number two is resisting the temptation to push too hard. With more complex topics. We touched on this in tip one. But if you push your child to start with topics in year six, when are the ad free, then that’s only going to cause some pain. So really, you want to look at focusing efforts on topics around their age group.

    So you wouldn’t go into a shop and buy a year six level book for somebody who’s in year three, you’d want to make sure that they’re able to cope with it without getting stress, years, three, four or five, there’s still plenty of time to to build up your core skills. So don’t be tempted to push too soon.

    Tip number three, avoid stress, encourage positive learning. If you do all the things or most of the things that are outlined in this podcast, you shouldn’t be by yourself in a situation where you’re you’re feeling stress, you’ll be in a position whereby you’re prepared, you’ve tried hard, and you’ll know what level you’re at.

    Tip number four, create routine, little one often is better than one big session occasionally. So what we mean by this is, if you do have a daily routine, whereby you spend 15, to 30 minutes a day, trying to work towards building your core skills, that sustained effort can really add up. Whereas if you were to spend just once a week, on a weekend, a couple of hours, you’ll find that maybe that’s not as effective learning, because you’re doing a big block. And we all have difficulties with trying to sustain attention for longer periods. You’ll hear lots of things from other people around what they’re doing to plan for the FM plus how they’re approaching their learning.

    But don’t be distracted. If you sit down now and work out a plan that works for you, then you don’t need to listen to what others are doing. Because often isn’t that the reality of what they’re actually doing. So put your own plan in place, follow your path, and you can’t go too far wrong.

    Tip number six, learning the material is key, not just going through the motions. So let’s take the example of learning the times tables. We could all sit there and work out what three times seven is or what five times nine is. But repetition is the key. And the ability to be able to recall the answers from memory having learned that topic is the key bit because you want to be able to answer questions quickly and effectively.

    Tip number seven, do your best to track and understand progress. So over time, you’ll be learning topics, you’ll be repeating questions, trying to make sure that you fully understand and learn a topic. And then at that point is key that you’re able to look back and track your progress is key to be able to look back and say, What areas do I still need to focus on or work on. And so having a method for doing that is something that you should consider carefully.

    That might be using software in an online course, for example. Or it might be simply to look back at answers and see how you’ve improved over time. And both methods are good, but it’s just trying to find a method that works for you in terms of tracking progress. Tip number eight, having sufficient time to begin preparation and building on skill is key.

    Cramming one week before is an idea. So if you follow the tips in this podcast, you won’t be waiting for a few just a week or so beforehand before your road test. You’ll be looking to start at the earliest opportunity you can and then having a plan in place and working towards doing mock exams and so on which we’ll come back to it later.

    Tips in this video. Basing out your learning is far more effective. Tip number nine build skills that you will use in the exam using mock exams. So mock exams are designed to replicate what you might experience in the real exam. So use these to help gain an understanding of what you might come to expect.

    Tip number 10. If you do try mock exams, try completed them under exam conditions. Most mock exams will come with a time limits, you can sit down, you can follow them through 14 instructions carefully. And if you repetitively do different mock exams, you’ll get very used to how you might experience that exam in real life.

    Tip number 11. exercise and nutrition helps effective learning. Put simply, it drinking enough water and eating the right foods can help the brain work better. And therefore, you can be more effective and dirty.

    That doesn’t mean just waiting till the day of the exam to eat a good breakfast. Although that’s a great tip. It means trying to build that into part of your your daily routine. If you try to learn whilst you’re hungry, for example, then you’re going to find that the information isn’t really going in as effectively. And in recent times, footballer Marcus rashford has reinforced that message.

    If it’s good enough for him, then hopefully that will encourage you to consider being more active and looking at your learning and how you achieve more effective learning in ways like this tip number 11. If you’re spending more than 30 minutes learning, building in mini breaks of five to 10 minutes to increase the retention of your information is really effective to stepping away for just five minutes can help clear the head and then help you focus and learn more effectively.

    Tip number 12 follow and stick to a plan with a clear path. So what we mean by this is perhaps taking a look at the 11 plus topics. Look at what you’re learning currently and in coming months. And then find something that is suitable for you and is age appropriate. Consider consider what areas you may be weaker in. And don’t be tempted to jump to higher levels of difficulty too. So focus on this and regular effort. And you’ll go a long way towards being prepped for the 11 plus exam.

    Tip number 13 get used to how to approach answering multiple choice questions. Regardless of which exampled either cm or GL. A lot of the questions are multiple choice focused. Find the best ways of answering those questions quite often. One or two of those answers within within a multiple choice question. Are there are web answers and can be easily stripped out for example? repetitive answering multiple choice questions should soon get you up to speed.

    Tip number 14 practice time. getting faster answering questions is key and we’ve limited time you want to be able to answer as quickly as possible. And to do this repetition is key. And you’ll see that we’re repeatedly mentioning repetition. And this particular area of focus to be able to answer questions quickly is a key aspects have been able to get through the 11 Pass exam and pass it because you have limited time. And you need to be able to call on your powers of memory or recollection in terms of how to do timetables For example, we talked about that a little bit earlier on.

    Tip number 15. Try print out things like timetable squares and putting them on your fridge. And then your parents can create a habit of throwing in random, what seven times 11, for example. And just doing this every now and again, will help you learn that topic. It doesn’t have to be just timetables, you can put anything you like up there. But that can be a really effective way to build upon your regular routine of learning.

    Tip number 16 pay attention to questions, sometimes the word and is not quite what you might have seen. And actually the examples also do say that they’ll often add new, different types of questions. And you might not have a plan for them in in mock exams, for example. So it’s really important to try and make sure that you consider reading those questions carefully. Because the wording can sometimes throw you off if you’re not quite used to it. So anything you’re not sure about. Take a little bit more time.

    Just to read through and ensure you’ve understood what what you’re meant to be answering.

    Tip number 17. We all like avoiding things we don’t want to do. Avoid avoidance, Put simply, don’t keep putting things off. For the sake of putting in 15 minutes of effort, it can really make a big difference. It’s about creating those routines, as we mentioned earlier, it can take seven to 14 days to just retrain your mind a little bit to create a little habit. So by creating that habit of working on something on a daily basis, or five times a week, for example, then you can really make a difference in terms of building up your knowledge.

    Tip number 18. Reward hard work and effort. positive encouragement is key. to reward doesn’t have to be expensive, it could be as simple as an extra five minutes in front of the TV. But equally, it could be a trip to the cinema or it could be a trip out doing something you like. Essentially, find something that works for you and your child and rewards their efforts.

    Tip number 19, review wrong answers. You can learn so much from areas that you might not fully understand. So what do we mean by this? Let’s say for example, you’re completing an online course on a particular topic, and you get a question wrong. Take some time to look at the answers understand why you got it wrong.

    Tip number 20. When you do get something wrong, maybe twice more questions like that. You focus on your weak areas, those weak areas become stronger. That’s where your efforts should be. If you continually focus on your efforts on areas whereby you’re strong, then you really gain not much benefit.

    Tip number 21. Starting your preparation early means you avoid burnout. If scientists stress invisible rest, and one day off, won’t hurt you. It can actually help with learning. Remember, your brain is a muscle and like exercise after you’ve exercised you get a little bit tired. It’s the same with learning so resting helps you focus and reenergise for the next day. If you’ve got any tips, then feel free to leave something in the comments. And don’t forget to subscribe if you found this useful. Well that’s it for today’s video. Hope you enjoyed. If you have any questions reach out to us at support @ studyhat dot com

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