Inspiration, Well-Being and Success tips for your 11 Plus
Inspiration for Students – Staying Focussed
You now only have 9 weeks left in this course until you take your 11 plus exam.
Letâ€™s look at keeping focused when perhaps you are feeling a little tired.
We have talked about all the strategies like eating and sleeping well, exercising and how to revise.
As everyone is different you may have to think about what keeps YOU motivated, as it is likely to be different to other people.
How are your scores in the test? Can you use these to keep you motivated?
If you are doing well on the tests, then can you challenge yourself to keep your scores high.
If you are not scoring as well in the tests, can you aim to get an extra 10 points in every test every week?
Can you ask your parents / caregivers to help keep you motivated?
If you struggle with a certain area, please do not give up even if it is really difficult to keep going.
You have to be competent in all areas of the 11 plus so you can get a good placing in the â€œrankingâ€ with all the other children taking the exam.
Perhaps you can think about the fact that there are other children taking it and perhaps there are some children who you might want to go to school with? Can you use this to help keep your motivation high?
Whatever, you use to keep motivated, that is fine, just as long as it keeps you going.
Donâ€™t forget whatever the outcome of this whole process, you will have done something amazing!
In our opinion we think you are AMAZING if you are doing some or all of theseâ€¦
We love a book called Good Vibes, Good Life by Vex King and in there he talks about how powerful repeating something which you want to achieve, over and over again.
Now, all we are asking you to think is what would you like to happen?
It could be anything:
â€œI want to pass my 11 plus examâ€.
â€œI want to learn as much as I canâ€.
â€œI want to improve my Maths generally and for my 11 plusâ€
â€œI will not be nervous in my 11 plus examâ€
It does not matter what it is, but it must be important to you.
â€œWhen you act as if the goal is already the truth, your subconscious mind believes that it is and acts accordinglyâ€.
Good Vibes, Good Life Vex King
Review your weaker areas
Your tests last week and over the last few weeks should be helping you identify which are your weaker areas.
Take a good look at which are your weaker areas.
Try and work out why this is the case.
Is there a certain area in which your marks are consistently lower?
If you have identified you weaker areas, talk to a parent or even a teacher about how what you could do to improve.
Here are some of our ideas:
Lower Marks in English
Lower Marks in NVR
Lower Marks in Maths / Problem Solving
Dr Frost Maths (higher level topics)
Working to Time
If your test scores are low in one area, try and work out if you are working too slowly and not finishing the test.
This is not easy to rectify, but you can get quicker through practise. Some of us are naturally much slower than others at working.
Try and use your skills about where you should be at the half-way point and keep practising speeding up.
It is very important.
Good luck and keep going!
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