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Why our online system is best for primary school children

When we went into the national lockdown in March 2020, Mrs Jones Education carried out considerable research and testing to find the optimal method to deliver our 11+ courses to children of primary school age.

We sort advice from various sources including teachers, educational and technical experts and through gathering key information about online systems that were already in place and established pre-Covid e.g. in universities and colleges.

As you can see from our findings below, zoom lessons were considered not to be suitable or effective for primary school children. It was found that a system like ours, of shorter, pre-recorded video lessons proved best for optimal learning. We hope these findings will provide positive assurance of the advantages and effectiveness of our online tutoring system.

Interactive zoom type lessons

Shorter pre-recorded video lessons

  • Zoom type lessons were found not to work well for primary school children and were not recommended as an effectual teaching method for younger children.
  • Shorter pre-recorded lessons were found to be the best and most effective system for teaching children to meet the high demands of the 11+ exams.
  • Children are easily distracted by the other children and lose focus so the lesson is not fully absorbed.
  • Shorter pre-recorded videos encourage focus and concentration and provide for a more efficient transfer of knowledge.
  • Do not facilitate revision as children will rarely re-watch recordings of live online lessons due to the length, and the pace being too slow.
  • Facilitate revision as shorter pre-recorded videos are more likely to be re-watched if the student does not fully understand, or can be watched again later for revision.
  • Zoom lessons tend to take 3 to 4 x longer than the lesson content merits e.g. 20 mins lesson content by zoom will typically take an hour to convey to the group.
  • In the same period of time, a child on their own could have watched the lesson video at least twice, thereby consolidating their understanding of the lesson content.
  • Zoom sessions depend on the calibre of the tutor to be able to manage the group effectively and to provide both structure and suitable resources.
  • Our video tutorials are all planned and taught by Mrs Jones and are fully guided and structured, so your child knows exactly what they are doing and when.
  • Very little flexibility – your child will need to log into zoom lessons at specific times – difficult and stressful if you are running late. Often clubs & activities have to be cancelled as they clash with zoom class times.
  • More flexibility – allows for a better balance between study and extra-curricular activities. You can create a weekly timetable which fits around your child’s hobbies and clubs and your family life.
  • Parents will need to oversee their child’s homework schedule outside the zoom session and give help if their child is stuck.
  • Usually no need for parents to assist their child with homework – essential help, hints and guidance has been built into the system.
  • Very difficult (impossible!) to cover all the 11 plus work and topics to the high levels required in a time-efficient way.
  • Best system to meet the 11+ demands and the high standard of intense academic learning, in a more efficient time-frame

Our online tuition model has proved to be a very effective and efficient system to meet the high academic levels and demands of the 11 plus examinations. Indeed, our excellent success rate of over 92% has been maintained (and even excelled!) when we compare our online students against those in our physical groups pre-Covid.




How and why our online system works

The word is getting out, and our online courses have become very popular. Apart from the convenience of being available on demand, they provide effective, enjoyable and time-efficient learning, which in turn can help to reduce overall pressure.

★ Our online course tutorials are provided in separate subject videos, enabling the children to learn in small chunks over the course of each week instead of having to digest all the subjects in a single, lengthy lesson in class or via zoom. This allows your child to work at their own learning pace and ability level – particularly helpful if your child is starting their 11+ preparation late in Year 4 or Year 5 and needs to catch up. Our system ensures your child is able to build a solid foundation prior to the Year 5 course or even before their actual 11+ exams in Year 6.

★ Our course is highly structured enabling students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Work is set immediately following each lesson topic taught, so that students are able to check and reinforce their understanding of the topic directly following the lesson.

★ Homework is set each week in the form of short weekly timed tests in each subject. Not only do these consolidate their learning and monitor their progress, but they enable children to work on improving their timing and technique.

★ Guidance, starting points and step by step explanations are provided to help your child tackle the more difficult questions within the tutorials and timed tests.




What else is included in our online courses?

★ We are one of the few 11+ tuition providers to include Creative Writing as a key part of all our main courses. We help develop their writing skills by teaching the children various techniques to use with different writing styles and genres. Our online videos enable us to include a range of pictures, images and settings to create mood and atmosphere and to fire your child’s imagination. We include sample pieces of work (often written by our previous students) to further encourage and develop your child’s individual style and inspire their enjoyment in writing.

★ Our main 11+ courses also include our remote monthly Mock Exam Course. Each month, your child will practice timed exam papers in each subject and learn how to complete the computer answer forms just as they will in the real 11+ exams. You will receive detailed reports and feedback enabling you to highlight any areas of weakness and/or any timing issues. This will help your child gain exam confidence, accuracy and technique.

We have found that children who are keen learners can make better progress with our online system than in face-to-face lessons, as it is less time consuming in terms of lesson length, there are no distractions from other students and no travelling time.

Our system also allows students who are behind in their studies for any reason to work and learn at their own pace, allowing them to fill in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. They can go back into a lesson themselves to revise a particular topic or re-watch a video with parental guidance and assistance if needed.

Our online courses include everything you need & are fully structured, so your child knows exactly what they are doing each week

The courses available to your child

Year Four

11+ Foundation

Provides a solid foundation ready for the more challenging work in Year 5. Includes Maths, English, Verbal & Non-verbal Reasoning and a place on our monthly Mock Exam course.

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Year Five

11+ Preparation

Designed to prepare your child to the high level required for 11 Plus success. Includes Maths, English, Verbal & Non-verbal Reasoning. and a place on our monthly Mock Exam Course.

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Year Six

Scholarships

Provides the best preparation for 11+ Independent & second stage grammar school exams. Includes Maths, English, Verbal & Non-verbal Reasoning and a place on our monthly Mock Exam Course.

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A little more information

Mrs Jones Education has developed an excellent, progressive online teaching system using a combination of our own course materials and past exam paper practice.

Your child can repeat any weekly tutorials to revise a particular topic or lesson and parents can view the teaching methods and techniques used enabling them to support their child.

The children are thoroughly tutored and prepared for their 11+ examinations, taking them to a much higher level than specified to ensure they have the greatest opportunity for success.

Tutoring System FAQs

All our online courses are planned and taught by Mrs jones and include everything you need. The lesson videos and tutorials are fully guided and structured so your child knows exactly what they are doing each week.

Pre-recorded lesson videos and tutorials are uploaded to the portal each week. The lesson videos are separated into sections by subject or topic so children can easily digest them in smaller chunks.

Our course is highly structured enabling students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Work is set immediately following each lesson topic taught, so that students are able to check and reinforce their understanding of the topic directly following the lesson.

Guidance, starting points and step by step explanations are provided to help your child tackle the more difficult questions within the tutorials and timed tests. Children can build their knowledge whilst improving their timing and technique.

All our course tutorials are provided in separate subject videos, enabling the children to learn in small chunks over the course of each week instead of having to digest all the subjects in a single, lengthy lesson in class or via zoom.

This allows your child to work at their own learning pace and ability level – particularly helpful if your child is starting their 11+ preparation late in Year 4 or Year 5 and needs to catch up. Our system ensures your child is able to build a solid foundation prior to the Year 5 course or even before their actual 11+ exams in Year 6.

The course is highly structured enabling students to learn more effectively and efficiently. Work is set immediately following each lesson topic taught, so that students are able to check and reinforce their understanding of the topic directly following the lesson.

One of the advantages of recorded lessons is that they are shorter than physical lessons as there are no students to interact and interrupt your child’s concentration and focus. This means that learning can be done in a faster time.

Being able to watch pre-recorded videos on demand also facilitates revision as pre-recorded videos are more likely to be re-watched if the student does not fully understand, or can be watched again later for revision.

The key features of our tuition courses are our structured tutorials and resources, which when used alongside our timed and assessed monthly mock exam course, provide invaluable data to help identify and target each pupils’ weak areas.

Our courses are highly structured and fully guided with topic-based lesson tutorials and weekly timed tests for homework. This method of learning leads to greater efficiency in learning and enables students to build their knowledge whilst improving their timing and technique.

Research has shown zoom lessons not to be suitable or effective for primary school children. It was found that a system like ours, of shorter, pre-recorded video lessons proved best for optimal learning and to meet the 11+ demands and the high standard of intense academic learning, in a more efficient time-frame.

11+ preparation requires commitment and hard work, regardless of whether it is online or face-to-face. We have found that children who are keen learners can make better progress with our online system than in face-to-face lessons, as it is less time consuming in terms of lesson length, there are no distractions from other students and no travelling time.

Our courses are designed for children who are academically able and enjoy being challenged. Students who are focused and diligent in their studies can make excellent progress on our online course and be better placed to compete with their peers due to the time-advantage they have.

Our system also allows students who are behind in their studies for any reason to work and learn at their own pace, allowing them to fill in gaps in their understanding and then accelerating their learning. They can go back into a lesson themselves to revise a particular topic or re-watch a video with parental guidance and assistance if needed.

Our flagship online education platform provides the perfect home-based 11+ preparation program with our fully structured and guided weekly lessons, tutorials, worksheets and regular mock exam paper practice. A winning formula that works!

We hope these findings will provide positive assurance of the advantages and effectiveness of our unique online tuition system.

Testimonials

Eliza S, Wimbledon

I can proudly say that my daughter was offered a number of places at both Independent and Grammar Schools for which she sat the 11+ exam, including one award. Undoubtedly personal skills and dedication played an important role, but these alone would not have got her the result she managed to achieve. I can confidently say that the outstanding level of tuition she received contributed highly to my daughter’s accomplishment, by means of successfully equipping her with the techniques (and possibly some tricks – why not!) to tackle the exam papers, being verbal or non-verbal reasoning, English or mathematics

A. Nadel, Ealing

My child spent a year being tutored with Mrs Jones Education and was offered scholarships at both Notting Hill and Ealing School (where she came second out of over 400 children) and also Latymer Upper in Hammersmith. Gwenda’s teaching is of a very high standard and amazingly well organised. As a teacher myself I was quite in awe of the way she guided and taught our daughter. In addition my daughter loved being taught by Gwenda and responded well to her warm and positive style. All areas of learning were thoroughly covered and taught. My husband and I would thoroughly recommend Mrs Jones Education for 11 + preparation.

A. I, Wimbledon

I just wanted to share some good news with you. Ela is starting Wallington Girls (Grammar) School next week. We are very happy for her, and glad that all the hard work has paid off. She is very pleased with the result too. Thank you very much again for all your teaching to Ela.

J & H.B, Chiswick

Julia got offers from the 3 schools she sat for; Notting Hill & Ealing, Latymer Upper and Kew House. She will be going to Notting Hill, like Sofia, so we’re all very happy.