Passing the 11+ with NLP: NLP Strategies for Supporting Your 11 Plus Student by Judy Bartkowiak and Carolyn Fitzpatrick

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Passing the 11+ with NLP: NLP Strategies for Supporting Your 11 Plus Student by Judy Bartkowiak and Carolyn Fitzpatrick

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Category: Home and Family
Rating: 4/5
Reviewer: Sue Magee
Reviewed by Sue Magee
Summary: A dual-purpose book to ease the pressure of the 11+. Clearly written and easy to follow.
Buy? Yes Borrow? Yes
Pages: 136 Date: November 2010
Publisher: MX Publishing
ISBN: 978-1907685736

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The 11+ process is nerve-wracking for parents and children alike and many parents find it difficult to know how best to help their child. Over-enthusiastic intervention can make a child more nervous and conscious that there's a lot at stake, whilst leaving the child to get on with it can well make the child feel that their success or failure doesn't matter to you. It's also important that any preparation is built up in a steady way and that it leaves the child feeling confident of their success. 'Passing the 11+ with NLP' is a dual purpose book: there are the strategies for giving your child self-esteem, focus and concentration along with the other skills needed to pass and then there are details of the type of questions your child will face in the exam.

If you're uncertain about NLP - Neuro-linguistic programming – then I'd suggest that you read the book to see what's involved. It's a great deal simpler and more user-friendly than that phrase might suggest. It's about easing the pressure on your child (and yourself!) and building their self-esteem. Many children convince themselves that they're not going to pass – and then live up to their own expectations. It's about looking at what a child does well and then transferring those skills into the class room.

The need to be able to concentrate through the length of an exam is paramount and ideas are given for building up the length of time which a child spends concentrating. Many of the ideas are very simple, such as ensuring that the child works somewhere where they are confident that they will be able to concentrate and that they learn simple techniques like keeping one finger on the question they're answering – which saves time they might otherwise spend looking for their place.

Children learn differently and ideas are given for establishing how best you can help your child and for avoiding outing negative thoughts about their abilities into their minds. This might sound obvious, but it's very easy to say 'don't think about…' which means that the child will think about it! There's a lot here for the parent to think about and work on and all of it will benefit the child.

You might be surprised when you look at the type of questions your child will need to answer. They are not easy and many adults will struggle with them. What is required is not just knowledge, but mental agility and practice is the best way of developing this. Examples of the questions are given in the book along with a clear explanation of how to arrive at the answer and why it's best done that way. Common pitfalls are pointed out and there's advice on how to approach the questions.

If your child is facing the 11+ then this book is going to make life simpler for everyone.

Good luck!

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