On this section you will also find advice on essay writing from an 11 veteran who took several Independent School exams.
The advice given is particularly helpful for longer essays and for more challenging topics and tests.
Children often feel that the essay element of the 11 is a monumental task, and parents preparing them for it often feel the same way!
We hope that the advice on this page will help your and your child to break the task down into manageable pieces, and also provide you with some useful shortcuts.
No matter how good a writer you might be, without ideas you will have nothing to create.
You are actually already bursting with great ideas, whether you know it or not.
Trust me, you have enough raw material inside you right now for more novels than you could ever hope to complete, no matter what age you are or how uninteresting you believe your life might have been.
All you need is a foolproof method for discovering these novel ideas, and you will find it right here. Do you remember at school how your teachers told you to spend the first ten minutes of an examination reading the questions? In creative writing, ideas might be plentiful but that doesn’t make them all valuable.
It makes sense, therefore, to wait for the idea to come along (you’ll know when it does), and not to settle on second best for the sake of another day’s or another week’s searching.
Of course, there is another potential problem here: being so cautious that you never commit to anything…