We’re delighted that Ruth Lee from Star Tutors will be using The Kitchen for after school Eleven plus tutoring, starting this September.
Ruth – like me – loves words. She says so herself! So here’s the first of what I hope will be many blog posts telling us more about this great initiative…
“I love words.
Which is just as well as I am a teacher! I enjoy the strange quirks of the English Language, and especially learning new vocabulary. The odder the word the better, which takes me to the Verbal Reasoning aspect of the Eleven Plus.
Naturally, when teaching this I focus on exam strategy and technique, but hopefully students benefit from my natural enthusiasm – because it is words, words, lovely words! I can usually mark the VR tests without the answer book but on the odd occasion, a word leaves me confabulated, discombobulated or plain old dumbfounded! I do relish these new words, as I have such a wide vocabulary it is hard to find text which challenges me in this way.
Last week’s word was ‘assiduous’. Various dictionaries give definitions of ‘painstaking’ ‘taking great care’ or ‘conscientious’. Being a teacher then, is a sure-fire way of expanding your vocabulary. But what can young people do to improve and widen their vocabulary?
Reading is a great way to not only expand your mind, but widen your knowledge of words. Kindle is such a great device because it has a ‘Word Wise’ dictionary for lazy people like me who can’t be bothered to get the dictionary off the shelf. General and wide reading will help with vocabulary, with or without the dictionary as the meaning can be worked out by deciphering the contextual words.
However, if you are sitting the eleven plus, I recommend the systematic process of writing down new words, and learning the meanings of them off by heart. The many different test books are of course an excellent training, but unless the student keeps a careful record of the new words, and uses them in their writing, they will make much slower progress in my opinion.
If you are a parent needing a few ideas to make what may not be your passion, a passion for your child do get in touch – drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org or think about joining my classes at The Kitchen at Croxley http://www.thekitchencroxley.co.uk/
Let me help you make your budding writers as ‘assiduous’ as I am about learning new words!”