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★★★★★

“Effective and fun way to learn”

Written on: 09/07/2013 by EG99127 (1 review written)

My child took the Bond 11 plus Live, Maths Skills Builder course in preparation for the 11+ exams later this year.

Each lesson takes the form of an online tutorial with interactive white board, slides and a place for the children to complete their answers. They are able to talk to each other and to their tutor throughout. It is a very user friendly system. Parents will need to complete the initial set up to ensure the microphone and headset is ready before the first lesson but after that, the child can log in and begin each lesson at the allocated time.

The most obvious benefit of this service is the cost – much cheaper per hour than any group or individual tuition and without the hassle of travelling to attend classes after school.
My two initial reservations were that group tutorials may feel a little crowded and that an hour’s lesson may be too long. Both of these worries were unfounded. My child’s tutor was fun but professional and managed the group very well making sure each child got a turn, all were included and nobody was struggling. In fact a group session rather than 1:1 learning made it much more relaxed because the children compared answers and enjoyed competing on some of the exercises. The hour was broken into segments of practice questions, teaching new concepts, quick fire questions and more complicated examples. It was fast paced but not overwhelmingly so.
A small amount of homework was set relating to each lesson’s topic. Parents are also able to access the resources used in each lesson if their child wishes to look at some questions again.

The whole concept is well thought out and works well because the tutors are very good at what they do. When teaching maths at home, parents don’t always know how children are taught at school so pitching it at the right level can be difficult. My child’s tutor covered a lot of ground but was able to explain methods and concepts in a way that ensured all the children understood. Quite often I heard my child say “Oooooh I get it!” as they moved onto the more complicated questions and were given tips and hints on how to tackle them. I would recommend this course to anybody with a child about to take 11+ exams, other school entrance exams or even parents who want to give their child extra confidence in maths before SATS.

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