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Final 13+ study tips for half term
By Elizabeth Holtom, Author of Study Skills: Building the study skills needed for 13+ and beyond
24 May
With less than two weeks to go before the 13+ exams, every remaining moment of exam preparation is precious. Elizabeth Holtom shares her final exam tips for half term, and explains how excessive screen time will have a negative impact on your child’s study routine and on their sleep pattern ...
13+ PARENT CASE STUDY - How to tackle so many subjects in so little time
By Jane Gillespie - a London mum
17 May
Thanks to Jane for sharing her family’s 13+ revision tactics. An entrance exam veteran, she has tackled the 11+ twice in the last 2-3 years and her son is now sitting 13+ Common Entrance. 13+ Common Entrance can seem overwhelming and here, Jane shares a very honest account of her 13+ experience.
 
There is no getting around the fact that Common Entrance is a really tough exam – there are a lot of subjects with virtually no choice, and the syllabus for some (geography springs immediately to mind) is nearly as broad and theory-heavy as the GCSE one.

 
As there is no point despairing if you are locked into Common Entrance with your son or (in some, but rarer situations in London especially) your daughter, what do you do about it? Somehow, the demands have to be juggled.
Great! I can use a calculator!
By David Hanson
08 May
David Hanson has over 40 years' experience of teaching, has been a member of the ISEB Mathematics exam setting team, and has written numerous titles for Galore Park, including the Mathematics for Common Entrance 13+ revision series. Here, he shares his seven Rs, which he believes are crucial to take on board when preparing for an exam such as the Mathematics for Common Entrance at 13+ calculator paper. 

For many candidates, being allowed to use a calculator will come as a big relief – but is this really good news? I can use a calculator, I am allowed to use a calculator and I know how to use a calculator are not the same!


How your child can prepare for an English writing exam
By Victoria Burrill
03 May

Victoria Burrill is the author of our new English for Key Stage 2 series. As former Head of Year 6 and now Head of English at a London prep school, she has extensive experience of preparing children for 11+ and 13+ exams. Here, she shares her essential advice for any child looking ahead to an English writing exam. 
 
With 13+ Common Entrance exams rapidly approaching, and revision kicking into full swing, it’s time to think about the finer details of the English papers and what they require. Moreover, it’s a great chance to think about your strategy for the exam and what you can do to really make yourself stand out. We’ve already looked at the comprehension section of the English exam, now let’s think about the writing elements.