Guidance and Support for Parents of Younger Children

At Simply Learning Tuition, we firmly believe that over preparation for the 4+ is a mistake. Although 4+ Assessments are becoming a more common part of the admissions process for many leading schools, we believe that at this stage children do not benefit from rigid preparation. Indeed, schools are experts at spotting the child that will likely be a good fit for their school based on their innate character. They are generally looking for a combination of characteristics that cannot really be, ‘tutored’.

However, in many cases we help parents understand what the child will be assessed on and how to explain the assessment process to the child.

Full information on our school placement service is available here.

Preparation for 4+ Assessments

While a 4+ Assessment is much less academically demanding than the testing a child will undergo later in their school careers, relaxed preparation from a parent can be helpful. At this stage, if you want to do anything you could focus on the core skills every child needs to develop – such as concentration, listening and turn-taking – by engaging them with active play and helping to nurture natural curiosity and a desire to learn.

  • I just wanted to let you know Stephen’s Geography result 84%, class average 72%. Thank you for all your help.

    Mr. D, St. Paul’s 13+

  • It is very difficult to express how grateful we are to you for what you've achieved with our son. The challenges he has encountered along the way have been met with patience and respect.

    Mrs Carfax, Holland Park, 13+ prep

  • Christopher has them both in the zone: comprehending what is required and the work and effort needed for the grades they want. The boys are looking forward to their next session with him

    Mrs. A, 13+ prep

  • Russell has been a wonderful tutor for my son and daughter. He has been patient, kind, insightful, intuitive, inspiring and a real positive force in the children's educational lives.

    Mrs. C, 11+ and 13+ prep

  • According to my son Natasha was extremely helpful and went over things in a clear and concise way, boosting his confidence for his exams.

    Mrs. D, 13+ exam prep

  • Harry got 78% in his geography exam - how good is that! Thanks for all your help and we will be in touch in the lead up to his mocks in March for some more help.

    Mrs. H, Harrow 13+ Common Entrance

  • You told me that Russell is the best, so thank you.

    Mrs. M, 13+ French

  • My son Ivan was very glad to meet Max and appreciated the opportunity to study with him. For the short time Max was with him, he gave him some important information for past exams (CE) for Sciences, Religious Studies, Geography and English and could explain the complicated...

    Mrs. M, 13+ Maths and Science Skype tuition Moscow

  • Adam was a wonderful tutor, who worked hard to build up a rapport with James. James was offered several places and an academic scholarship.

    Mrs. S, 13+ prep

  • Jack came to tutor our 13 year old son for his Common Entrance exam for Eton College. After a day or so his charisma had attracted all 5 children to request tutoring! He turned Timothy from a predicted/mock Grade C to achieving a grade A and the...

    Mrs. Wilkinson, Eton 13+ Common Entrance Wilts

  • We will encourage Ibrahim to work on the areas identified and to practice past exam papers. Ibrahim enjoyed the course and said it was very useful and said he will use the techniques he learnt both in English and maths and off course continue learning the Latin...

    Mrs. Z, 13+ Common Entrance Summer Course

  • Michael has been exceptionally dedicated to our daughters’ success and is extremely knowledgeable and smart. They really enjoyed their sessions with him!

    Ms. A, 13+ Biology tuition

  • My son gained a scholarship to St Paul’s School, gaining A grades in both Greek and Latin.

    Ms. A, 13+ prep

  • Russell was brilliant as ever, really good at motivating Flora. She succeeded in getting through the Oundle prelim and is now set for the final scholarship exams in May.

    Ms. H, Oundle 13+ prep

  • Joseph has been accepted to Radley College. He scored all ‘A’s on his exams. Thank you very much for your kind help; you are a very good, organised tutor.

    Ms. Jones, 13+ Radley prep

  • Zora is a very devoted and conscientious tutor who prepares well and tries to get her tutoree's attention with various methods. She is very polite and discrete.

    Ms. S, Residential 13+ CE tuition (France)