Frequently Asked Questions
What is the mission statement of ‘Miss Lawrence Maths?’
- Significant improvements in academic attainment, no matter your child’s working level
- Increased confidence in tackling and mastering mathematics
- Higher levels of a positive self-concept due to cultivating resilience and a ‘growth mindset’
Are online lessons effective?
Online lessons are just as effective as face-to-face lessons. In fact, a large proportion of students who have had both face-to-face and online lessons say they prefer the online lessons as they find it easier to concentrate and that it's a more efficient use of time.
How do online lessons work?
A recurring link to ‘Zoom’ will be sent to your email address. Zoom is the leader in modern enterprise video communications, with an easy, reliable cloud platform for video and audio conferencing, collaboration, chat and webinars across laptops, desktops and tablets. ‘Bitpaper’ is an online whiteboard that I will use for my teaching.
Online lessons mirror the traditional classroom structure; all lesson notes, questions and mark schemes used are the same. Students are able to write exam answers on the online whiteboard so we can read the answer together before going through any mark-schemes. The edit option allows pupils to make any necessary changes to their answers. Zoom allows hands-free communication, so students can type or read while talking, and the webcam enables improved communication.
All your child will need to do is click on the same link at the start of every lesson and they will automatically enter the online lesson. Please ensure your camera and microphone is working on your device (laptop or desktop computer).
Can a mobile phone or tablet be used for online lessons?
Please use a laptop or desktop computer. The features that are used in the online classes work with a laptop or desktop computer using either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari as the browser. The features that are used will not work with any iOS or Android devices or tablets due to the touch screen feature they hold, and for this reason, laptops that also have a touchscreen feature will not work either.
Which browser should be used for online lessons?
We recommend using either Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox or Safari, as the online classroom is most compatible with these three browsers and using them will ensure the lesson will run smoothly.
Is the Lead Teacher/Tutor DBS checked?
Yes - they have a fully enhanced DBS check that is cleared.
What will my child need for the lesson?
A positive attitude and a focused mentality. This may be new and fun for your child, but they are here to learn and get the most out of every lesson. They will need an exercise book (squared, preferably) and basic stationery: a pen, pencil, ruler, calculator, compass and protractor.
Some students prefer wearing headsets with a microphone as it eliminates any echoing or feedback ruining the quality of their audio. However, if you are unable to find a headset with a microphone integrated, your child will still be able to access the online lesson just fine. Please note: using Apple headphones with a Mac may cause an echo.
What topics will be covered in the lessons?
The scheme of work will be based on the National Curriculum for England for mathematics. A scheme of work will be devised to suit the needs of the student/s enrolled; this information will be sent to you ahead of time.
How are the lessons structured?
The same strategies used in a traditional class when teaching up to 30 children are implemented, breaking down the teaching at different levels to suit the needs of all students, through effective, tailored and targeted questioning and differentiated work. Students send their answers through the 'chat' option or via their own whiteboards on Zoom (depending on the activity), where direct feedback is provided. Towards the end of the lesson, students spend time reflecting on the topics they did well in and the topics they need to make improvements on. Your child will then be able to show you this and in addition, you will receive the files (and answers) that we used in the lesson, as well as overall feedback written to you in an email.
How do I schedule and pay for lessons?
Lessons are paid for on a termly basis (depending on the length of the school terms – usually 13 weeks each). Payments are made via the 'Booking’ page on www.misslawrencemaths.com.
Can I cancel a lesson/the block of lessons?
Please refer to the ‘Terms and Conditions' at the bottom of this web page.
Why do you not offer online tuition for children in KS1 (Years 1 and 2)?
An hour lesson online can be quite demanding on the concentration of children 6 years and under. Little and often on a daily basis is probably more effective at this age or alternatively, face-to-face tuition.