13 Plus Tuition in London

The 13 Plus Common Entrance Exam, taken in Year Eight, is broader than any other exams pupils may have tackled before. In addition to the standard English, Maths, and Science papers, student sit additional subject papers in anything from French, to Religious Studies, to Classical Greek.

The tutors we introduce are experts in their respective fields, with special knowledge of the details of 13 Plus Exams. They act as a mentors, role models and teachers, ensuring that your child is fully prepared for the exam, as well as any interviews that may be required by their prospective school.

We are experts in introducing tutors that help students achieve the results they need at 13 Plus, helping them secure their places at the top senior schools in the country.

Please contact us to discuss your requirements in more detail.

Tutors we have introduced have helped students gain entry to the following schools:

Girls Schools

Benenden, North London Collegiate, St Mary’s Ascot, St Swithun’s, Cheltenham Ladies College, Sherborne Girls, St Paul's Girls, Roedean, St George's Ascot, Tudor Hall, Francis Holland

Boys Schools

Eton, Merchant Taylors, Tonbridge, Sherborne Boys, St Paul's Boys, Radley, Winchester College

Co-educational Schools

Bedales, Charterhouse, Christ's Hospital, Haberdashers, Latymer Upper, Bryanston, Sevenoaks, Canford, Stowe, Marlborough, Felsted, King's Canterbury, Westminster, University College School, KCS, Wellington College, Uppingham, Fettes, Worth, Ampleforth

What is the 13 Plus?

The 13 Plus is an entrance exam used by many independent schools for entry at age 13, or year nine.

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Practicing English, Maths, Reasoning, and any subjects taken at GCSE on a daily basis is crucial in continuing into the right senior school. With a tutor who is aware of the requirements of Common Entrance, the stress of this process can be greatly diminished, as tutors know how to incorporate effective learning into enjoyable activities.

The 13 Plus exam can be a stressful process for students but, if you prepare well for both revision and the exam itself, it can make the process a lot smoother.

How can I prepare for the 13 Plus?

There are some things that you can do whilst revising that will also improve the effectiveness of your work.

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Perhaps the most important is to take regular breaks. There is no point in revising non-stop for hours on end, you simply won’t be able to focus for this long. Even a five or ten minute break can be extremely restorative and you will return to your revision with new focus. However, your breaks should not be spent reading a book, watching television or playing computer games, this will interfere with your brain processing what you have just learned. Then when you return to your revision it is helpful to review your notes and go back over what you did before your break.

Organisation is also vital. Scheduling your revision will mean you do not have to do too much in one go. You can also give yourself little rewards for completing your revision time. You should also have a designated place for revision. This place should be quiet and free of distractions, it should also have all the materials that you might need close at hand. With regard to the revision itself, make good use of past papers. Getting to know the format of the exam is a must, as well as getting used to answering questions under timed conditions. If there is anything you don’t understand about your revision, ask a teacher, they will always be happy to help.

Advice for Revision

There are several everyday things you can do that make a real difference to the quality of revision.

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Exercise improves oxygen flow to the brain so making sure you are active prior to revision is really beneficial. Similarly, eating healthily makes sure that you are awake and alert and ready to revise, rather than feeling sluggish and lethargic. There is also a large amount of research that details the benefits of positive thinking, this can be in the form of mindfulness or meditation, or simply just making a conscious effort to focus on the things that you do know rather than the things that you don’t.

This also helps you to stay calm, which in itself improves performance. It is important to sleep lots as well, your brain continues to process all the information you have learned during the day as you sleep. Furthermore, the more awake and alert you are, the keener you will be for revision the following day.

Advice for Exam Day

The most important thing is not to worry, if you go into the exam feeling confident and do your best then there is nothing more that could be asked of you.

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On exam day you should not have to worry about anything else. Pack your bags and prepare your pencil case the night before. Know exactly where the exam is and at what time. You should also take water to the exam with you as it can improve your mental performance. Make sure that you have a good breakfast as well, you don’t want to be going into the exam hungry. It is also a good idea to bring a watch with you, you don’t want to be worrying that you won’t be able to see the clock.

In the exam itself, read the front of the paper very carefully, make sure you know exactly what is being asked of you. Then read the whole paper through and work out how long you need to spend on each question. Think carefully about each answer before you start writing and don’t be afraid to leave out a question and come back to it at the end if it is especially tricky.

Meet one of our typical 13+ tutors

Alex has a degree in Mathematics from the University of CambridgeHolds a degree in Classics and Oriental Studies from the University of Oxford
An experienced 13+ tutorHas helped children obtain places at Dulwich College, Charterhouse, and Bradfield
  • 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)

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