There is no denying that LP loves school. She comes home each day telling us things she has learnt, new words she now knows the meaning of or which number she counted up to – as well as all the games she played, songs she’s sung and new friends she’s made. But, there are times in every child’s life where they could do with a bit of support with their learning, where extra tuition could help them and where they could just do with a helping hand. At these times you could buy books to help learn at home or you could hire a private tutor but, wouldn’t it be better if a child could have help to learn whenever they wanted it, not the same time each week or even every week? And this is where Exemplar Education comes in.
Exemplar Education is an online tutoring system focusing on maths and english from Year 1 through to Year 12. But, it’s so much more than just a website that you subscribe to. LP has been using Exemplar Education for the last few months and when we first registered her we had a home visit from a lovely Exemplar Education representative. He spoke to us all about Exemplar Education, explained how it works and made sure that the learning plan was completely tailored to LP’s current stage of learning.
During this visit I chatted to Paul from Exemplar Education and Athena just had to do a couple of simple quizzes to gauge where she was at with her learning. This information was then programmed into Exemplar Education to build LP her very own learning plan tailored to her.
LP has her own login details for Exemplar Education and can login from anywhere in the world and on any computer. We were told that Exemplar Education works best on a Firefox browser and we have set LP up on a spare laptop to work from – also sometimes she loves to borrow my Macbook if she gets the choice!
When LP works through the activities on Exemplar Education they each have three stages. There’s a tutorial where she watches a video of a teacher showing her how to do whatever it is she is learning – eg, Addition to 99. Once she’s watched the video she can practice doing the addition herself and when she’s comfortable that she knows how to do the activity she can do the assessment to test her learning.
Each topic needs an 80% pass mark to complete the activity but LP can try different topics and then come back to any that she is really stuck on. But, the great thing about Exemplar Education is that LP can watch the tutorial video again whenever she likes and revise as much as she likes until she really understands the topic.
Each set of topics make up a complete course and at the end of each course there’s an assessment to test the overall learning. Just like with individual topics there is an 80% pass mark that LP needs to achieve to go on to the next course and the next selection of topics.
The Exemplar Education topics are set automatically – so LP works through them in the order that Exemplar Education think would work best. But, if at any point there is something specific that LP needs to learn or wants to refresh we can change to a manual mode to go straight to a certain topic. The whole interface is really user-friendly for both us, as parents, and LP as the learner.
LP loves using Exemplar Education. It’s one of her first times using a proper laptop at home and I think being able to sit at the table and work through the different activities makes her feel so grown up but, more than that, she is actually really learning from it.
So that we can monitor LP’s progress Exemplar Education has a report section where it gives you so much information – like how long LP has been practicing for, how long it took her to do an assessment and her pass marks. This is great to see whether she is just flicking through the questions or if she’s actually taking time to answer them. LP also gets certificates after each assessment and we get emailed results each time she completes one too.
One of the best things about Exemplar Education is that you can contact one of their tutors on their freephone helpline if you need someone to explain any of the topics to you or even if your child has a problem with their homework. Sometimes you just need to have a teacher explain something to you and Exemplar Education are on hand to do just that. Plus, if you need technical help then there are contact details for that sort of thing too.
For us Exemplar Education is the perfect tool to aid LP’s learning. I know that she isn’t the sort of child who could sit and learn for an hour at the same time every week with a private tutor – and an hour, or even half an hour, is too long for her to stay engaged and concentrating. Exemplar Education lets LP dip in and out of learning, having ten minutes here and there and saving her progress as she goes. It’s the sort of thing she can work on when she’s in the right frame of mind, not too tired and happy to learn. Those times change each week and so we have to grab them when we see them – and at those times it’s a joy to watch her learn.
Exemplar Education has fit well into our lifestyle and LP really enjoys it. She can work through the topics by herself, can read the questions herself and loves getting her score at the end – feeling like she’s really achieving something each time a certificate appears.
Now, Exemplar Education isn’t cheap but it is great value comparable to other options. Most families using Exemplar Education are paying somewhere between £16 and £18 per week which covers all the children in the family. So, if you sign up for an older child the younger siblings will also have use of Exemplar Education with their own learning plan tailored to them.
It’s a great alternative to a home tutor that can fit around your existing commitments and is perfectly tailored to the needs of your children. If you have a child that needs additional help with maths and english then Exemplar Education would definitely be worth looking into – especially as they offer a free initial assessment too.
LP has loved using Exemplar Education and I know that Little Man cannot wait to start using Exemplar Education too when the time comes. He could use it now but we’re waiting until he can read a little better by himself first. It’s great that you pay one price as a family and I know that Exemplar Education has taught LP so much already – I’m looking forward to seeing how much she learns as the months go by.
You can find out more about Exemplar Education over on their website and book your free assessment too.
Disclosure: We were provided with access to Exemplar Education for the purpose of this review and compensated for our time however all opinions are my own.