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“Thank you so much for the course, the supervision and especially the extra work and support required to help E, me and all the other students get through this years ‘exam’ process.
We’re so happy and just wanted to thank you and your team once again for going into battle on behalf of your home-ed students!”

“He got a 9 for biology, so thank you so much for the wonderful course and all your detailed feedback and support throughout the year. It gave him a real passion for the subject and he wouldn’t have had the same success without it. “

“I thought I’d let you know that I got a 9 in science which I am so happy with! I just wanted to thank you for being such a kind, hardworking, awesome tutor! I couldn’t have done it without you.” 

Congratulations to everyone on their exam results this challenging year. With lots of them in now, we’ve had a wonderful 97% get a grade 4 or higher, which is brilliant. 74 % received a 7 or above, and 35% got the top mark of 9. Whatever you achieved, well done, and if you haven’t let your tutor know they always love to hear how you got on.

“A big thank you from R and I. She has not only loved the history course with Taryn but she got a 9… she is beyond happy about this!”

 “I thought I’d let you know that I got a 9 in science which I am so happy with! I just wanted to thank you for being such a kind, hardworking, awesome tutor! I couldn’t have done it without you”

“I got my exam results today, and got a 9 for history.I’m happy since I have now got the GCSEs I needed to go to music college.
Thank you so much for all your help.”


ECHO’s secret weapon – easy digital downloads

This isn’t our usual type of post, but we wanted to mention how this site is possible. It’s built on a very popular platform, called WordPress, that I’m sure many of you are familiar with. However that only really deals with the basic look of the site.

What makes ECHO Education possible as an online store is amazing and FREE tool called Easy Digital Downloads (EDD). It’s what they call a ‘plugin’ but that really doesn’t do it justice. EDD is what manages all our products, creates the product pages, lets you add the ones you want to a shopping cart, and buy them, all as, we hope, a pretty seamless experience.

From behind the scenes it’s made the site possible. While my husband, who manages the technical side of things, is pretty good at computer stuff, we could never have built anything from scratch that does what this site manages. It was him discovering EDD that made ECHO as it now exists, even possible.

The fact it’s free made it very simple to try out. Of course they’re a business too so the way they work is they have lots of clever paid ‘extensions’ that add all kinds of extra functionality to the site, that make your life, and ours, easier. Things like which payment portal we can use, in our case Paypal and Stripe, and most importantly for us, easy ways to give you access to free downloads of our courses.

We’ve got a whole bunch of other extensions running behind the scenes, from adding people to our Mailchimp mailing list, or asking you where you heard about us, or most recently, adding the option for payments for our products to be broken down into recurring billing rather than a single payment, which we know a lot of you have found useful.

If you’re thinking about selling digital products we’d highly recommend them. You can find out more at Easy Digital Downloads https://easydigitaldownloads.com/ and explore all the extensions here.

Thank you for all your work, support and encouragement – you have made these exams a much more pleasant experience!  H.

My daughter studied your IGCSE Human Biology course (without tutor support) and took the exam last November. I thought you would like to know that she has just received her result, which was a grade 9. Thank you for the work you do in producing your helpful exam materials.

Just wanted to share my daughter’s wonderful exam results – another two 9’s in physics and maths! We are thrilled for her and truly grateful for all your work, support and encouragement. Thanks to you and ECHO she has 9’s in chemistry, biology, physics and maths and believes she can achieve the same in other subjects – success breeds success!
It’s very sad to walk away from Echo, we will miss you all and wish you every success in the future.

I sincerely would like to thank you for the marvellous course you have put together. Not only do you prepare children for the exams, but the way the course is set up ensures that the material is thoroughly learnt. My daughter knows her Biology and Chemistry extremely well, and it will serve as a fantastic foundation to further science studies. She eventually would like to study veterinary medicine, so it’s comforting to know that she is off on the right, and steady, foot.
Thank you for all your help.

T is very pleased – got a 7, so an A in old terms.  Really really happy with the result.

Thank you so much for all your help, your feedback was invaluable and definitely made a huge difference.

Just a line to let you know about one of your former distance-taught students. She just started this week her Physics degree at St Andrews. She took the IGCSE with you a few years ago. Her interest in physics only grew, and she’s already talking about her PhD. Thank you for helping make a formal start in her chosen discipline a great introduction!

Recent exam results

Congratulations to everyone on their exam results this year. With lots of them in now, we’ve had a wonderful 91% get a grade 6 (or C) or higher, which is brilliant. 43% got an 8 or 9 (A/A*) equivalent. Whatever you achieved, well done, and if you haven’t let your tutor know they always love to hear how you got on.