Whether it’s the car you drive which was manufactured in Japan, or the clothes you wear which were stitched (with just a little bit of sweat) in Thailand, or yet another bright piece of plastic which clutters up your living room and originated in China, there’s no doubting that at least in an economic sense, the world is truly flat.
So it should come as no surprise that a British company, Bright Spark Education has trained Indian maths graduates to offer live, one-to-one maths tuition over the internet.
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Bright Spark Education review
Welcome to Maths Insider, today I’m going to review Bright Spark Education.
Bright Spark Education are a company that provide one to one maths tutoring online and on demand. They cover topics from the UK National Curriculum for children ages 7-16, but having tested the programme myself, I’m sure that children from different countries using different curricula can still benefit from this program. What makes Bright Spark Education different is that all their tutors are based in India. They’re all maths graduates and have all been trained to deliver the lessons using the virtual classroom and the live interactive chat just like Skype. As a result of their tutors being based in India, the cost of the program is rather good value starting at £12 per lesson for 5 lessons and going up to 15 per session for a block of 2 sessions.
I tested this program with my daughter who took 3 lessons with her Bright Spark tutor. One of the lessons she studied was on Pythagoras’ Theorem. We chose to use Bright Spark to introduce topics that she hadn’t studied before, in a way to extend her maths learning but Bright Spark can obviously also be used to review work that your child may find difficult. Although she’d never heard of Pythagoras’ Theorem before, by the end of the hour long lesson she could find the answer to the questions involving Pythagoras’ Theorem. She also really liked the virtual classroom, being able to write, or rather scrawl with her mouse was all quite fun for her, she quite an artist as well, and she found her teacher quite friendly and encouraging, but she did feel that the lessons were rather long.
Bright Spark tuition sessioms can be booked 24 hours a day 365 dyas a year so whatever time of day your child wants to have their lesson there’ll be a Bright Spark tutor available. You only need to give 1 day’s notice and also a day’s notice of a cancellation of a lesson.
You can choose to upload work that your child has been doing at school or choose from the topics presented on the menu. There’s a broad range of topics available, which is great but the only problem is there’s no guidance as to which topics are suitable for children of which age, although I have fed back to Bright Spark Education about that and that’s something they’re going to look at that.
Once they’ve completed the lesson, you and your child can go back into the system and review the lesson, so that’s an excellent way of reviewing the work that they’ve done and you can see exactly how the lesson has progressed. As I said, my daughter actually managed to learn Pythagoras in the course of her hour long lesson. Another topic she studied was standard index form, which is another new topic for her. It was good to see that the one-on-one individual attention helped my her to tackle some quite difficult subjects.
There are also worksheets available which your child can look at before the lesson or after the lesson and they show the explanation of the topic and also the questions that are studied during the topic, so that’s really good for revision as well and an answer key is also available for all the questions.
There are videos on the website of parents talking about all the great features of Bright Spark and all talking about how their children have enjoyed it; and yes there are great features. The website is very detailed, explaining how to set up your system and how to monitor your child’s progress, and of course the fact that Bright Spark are able to offer a trained maths tutor, teaching your child for a full hour at such a low price.
There are really only 2 reasons why Bright Spark may not work for your child. One of them is if your child is not good at understanding different accents. My children, we’re expats now, but even when we were living in Britain they had teachers from New Zealand, Canada, my daughter has an Indian maths teacher at school at the moment, so my children are comfortable with accents. The other thing is if your child is not used to using the Skype type system, the sound quality isn’t perfect, there are delays at times and sometimes the sound cuts out, but nothing that distracts from the work getting done in the lesson.
So my overall verdict for Bright Spark Education is 8 out of 10.
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