This 11+ course shatters pre-conceptions of what online courses can be. Interactive, personalised and thoroughly enjoyable, the course aims to equip students with the skills and thought processes needed to succeed in the English section of the 11+ exam. With a maximum of ten students per group, opportunities for personalised written feedback, and original class resources, this course provides bespoke support while reaping the benefits of group-based learning.
Each class is carefully curated to foster a dynamic learning environment. Classes begin with generalised homework feedback, and then progress to the main content of the lesson. Content is never delivered in a lecture style and instead students are actively encouraged to participate every step of the way. The classes are consistently visual, with lively PowerPoint presentations, short videos and picture-prompt questions. The final part of class, before homework is set, is reserved for 2-person group activity work where the tutor joins student for 1-2 support in Zoom ‘breakout rooms.’ This is a great opportunity for students to seek bespoke help and be constructively challenged.
Please take time to view the course content below. The content of the first class has been outlined in detail to provide parents and students an idea of how lessons are structured. The remaining classes are outlined only, but more detail of course content is available on request.
We look forward to welcoming you on to the course!
Miles is a private tutor with six years of experience, five of which have been with professional London-based agencies. He achieved a First Class Honours degree in History from University College London and is now undertaking an MSc in the History of International Relations at the London School of Economics. His tutoring career has ranged from accepting residential placements abroad, being a homework assistant at a primary school and creating online educational courses, to teaching English and History to students aged between 8 to 18. He has had particular success with improving creative writing, with one of his 11+ students managing to raise their grade English grade from 45% to 75% with only ten days of tutoring.
Miles’s tutoring style consists of taking a conceptual and creative approach to tuition. Very rarely does he teach content-based classes – a tutor is required to do what a book cannot. Instead, he cultivates the underlining skill sets of students to help them achieve their highest potential.
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Support material will be provided before each lesson. This material will include all class content, the class activities and the homework tasks.
The only requirement for this course is that the student is preparing to take the 11+ exam. Students should be in either Y5 or Y6
Honing Creative Writing Skills and Advancing Comprehension Skills
More confidence and increased score in the English component of the 11+ Exam
1) Show, Don’t Tell
As the first class of the course, the beginning of the lesson will be spent getting to know one another. Group classes rely of strong learning relationships; peers can be our greatest inspiration for success.
The main part of the class will be learning about the creative writing technique of ‘Show, Don’t Tell.’ This is a fantastic technique that all too often gets little attention in schools. During the lesson we see how J. K Rowling often uses this technique to describe characters and settings, and we will then have the opportunity to watch a short video from Harry Potter. This video will form the basis of the class activity, where students will be asked to work in small groups to describe (through ‘Show, Don’t Tell’) the arrival of Harry and his friends at Hogwarts for the first time. Students will then come back to the main meeting and be asked to present their ideas.
For homework, students will be asked to choose an image online and write a paragraph SHOWING the picture, not telling. This will be marked before the next lesson and individual written feedback will be provided.
2) Character Development
3) Sensory Language
4) Writing Effective Dialogue
5) Creative Writing Overview and Structuring Creative Writing in the Exam