Nov 23, 2023, 6:01 PM
It’s no surprise that online home learning has taken off. It’s an efficient and cost-effective alternative to traditional tuition and revision books.
But how do you choose the right platform for your child? We hope to make that process a bit easier by comparing the features and customer experiences of two popular options.
When it comes to your child’s education, it’s understandable that you want to give them all the best opportunities to reach their potential. And if they’re preparing for entrance exams, you want to choose the right resources to help them get into a school where they will flourish. So, here are some things to consider.
Quality teaching should be at the heart of any home learning platform.
Unfortunately, many platforms are more geared towards cramming than learning. As well as being stressful for children and parents, cramming is simply not effective for retaining knowledge in the medium and long term.
But when preparing for an exam or looking to progress at school, there can be a vast amount of content to cover and it can be hard to know where to start.
The solution? Look for a platform built by people who understand the science of learning. Every child is unique, and Atom adapts to your child, taking them through the curriculum at the best pace for them.
Timely feedback is vital for developing children's knowledge and confidence across the curriculum. It allows children to learn from mistakes, progress independently and develop a growth mindset.
When a child answers a question on Atom, they don't just see 'correct' or 'incorrect'. They get step-by-step instructions on how to work through the problem, setting them up for success next time.
Explore some questions and explanations on Atom:
"This app makes learning fun and luckily, unlike other apps, there's a helpsheet, video and a 'not sure' button you can press for an easy explanation. There are also a variety of quests that are really educational. You can even see your progress and score card."
Bidhara, via Trustpilot
Imagine your child is self-motivated to learn because they genuinely enjoy the experience. No nagging or reminding needed. Exam preparation doesn’t have to be a chore when you choose a platform that's designed to be engaging and age-appropriate.
"My 10-year-old daughter really enjoyed using it and was willing to do exercises on Atom when she would have a fit about doing schoolwork!"
Emma, via Trustpilot
We learn better when we’re engaged with it – even more so when we feel some ownership over our progress. Online platforms have a unique opportunity to tap into the psychology of learning, but some are more effective than others.
Atom harnesses children’s natural curiosity to keep them motivated.
The thrill of exploring and unlocking exciting new worlds as they build knowledge
The power of earning coins by completing tricky questions
The autonomy of being able to customise their experience
"My daughters really enjoyed using Atom as it was so user-friendly and fun. There was no cajoling them to do their practice and it made for a very stress-free process."
Expat Mom, via Trustpilot
Children don’t learn by repeating practice papers. So at Atom, we prioritise developing a strong foundation of knowledge.
To help children become confident with the exam curriculum, we use:
Carefully-constructed curricular sequences
Regular practice with feedback
Precise age-appropriate explanations
Then, at the right stage in their revision, we introduce our mock tests to build exam technique and time management skills. We enhance your child’s exam preparation by helping them get fully familiar with formats.
Our mock tests mirror all UK grammar schools, over 70 top private schools, ISEB, CAT4 and other major exam boards for 11+ and 13+, as well as SATs. We've replicated everything, from the curriculum and format down to the scoring.
When your child takes school entrance exams, they are ranked in order of their standardised age score and the highest-scoring children offered a place.
Each time your child completes a mock test on Atom, they get a standardised age score calculated in the same way as the real exam. This is the most accurate way to know how your child is performing relative to their cohort.
It's also important to consider the types of insights the platform gives you into your child's progress. Can it give you full confidence that your child is on track to perform their best?
Atom’s mock test transcripts let you track your child’s standardised age score, telling you how your child would score in the real exam at their current level of knowledge.
We provide a clear pathway to achieve the entry requirements of your target schools. Our data lets you compare your child's scores to the average Atom user applying to your target school.
With Atom you can also set work for your child. The platform identifies topics to revise, but you also have the option of targeting any areas you would like to. Setting a custom practice is quick and easy, and you get your child’s results instantly.
"Atom is a fantastic platform and was invaluable in helping my son prepare for his 11+ assessments for some of the top schools in the UK. The adaptive mock tests and custom practice functions aided specific revision and the parent side of the portal helped me understand his strengths and areas to work on. Money well spent!!!"
AKS, via Trustpilot
Our platform is built on the combination of quality teaching and smart technology. But there’s a third ingredient that makes over 25,000 families glad they chose Atom. We hear from parents time and time again that extra support from Atom has made all the difference to their child’s education journey.
So when choosing an online learning platform, make sure it has the human touch.
Are there real people ready to help you and answer any questions?
Do they understand that each child and family is unique?
Will they tailor your experience to help your child achieve their goals?
"I wanted to highlight how fantastic their customer service is... super responsive live chats as well as WhatsApp groups for parents on various themes. I'm on the ISEB one, moderated by George, and he's a fount of knowledge... I'm seriously impressed by the whole package."
Sara, via Trustpilot
✅ Verbal reasoning
✅ Non-verbal reasoning
❌ Science not included
✅ Verbal reasoning
✅ Non-verbal reasoning
✅ 20,000+ questions
✅ Suitable for GL, CEM and ISEB (premium subscription)
❌ No school-specific preparation plans
❌ No explanations provided
✅ 90,000+ questions
✅ Suitable for GL, CEM, ISEB, CAT4 and SATs
✅ School-specific preparation plans for over 70 top private schools and all grammar consortiums
✅ Clear, step-by-step explanations
✅ £34.99 per month
❌ Discounts not available
✅ £39.99 for key stage 2 learning
✅ £59.99 or £69.99 (with unlimited mock tests) for grammar and private school entrance
✅ Discounts available (20% when billed annually, 20% sibling discount, £30 referral bonus)
✅ Automatic marking
❌ Cannot set work for your child
❌ No standardised age scores
❌ No target school estimates
❌ Cannot compare scores
✅ Automatic marking
✅ Set work for your child
✅ Standardised age scores
✅ Target school estimates
✅ Compare scores with other applicants
✅ Introductory product webinar
❌ No contact details on website
✅ Weekly webinars from subject experts and admissions specialists
✅ Phone, email, WhatsApp and LiveChat support
Discover how much your child can achieve when you choose the right home learning platform for them. Start your free 5 day trial today.