Compass
Help and Support

Video Tutorials

Check out our helpful videos below for guides of how to get started with Compass.

How to login for a session on Compass

How to view your child’s progress

Logging in to Compass

Before you get started

Laptops/Computers – please ensure you have the latest version of Google Chrome installed running.

Tablets – a number of tablets are compatible with Compass.  Most Apple iPads (including iPad Mini 2 or above), Lenovo 10in tablets and Android tablets that have been released within the last 2/3 years.

You can not use Amazon Kindles (including Kindle Fire) or Mobile Phones to access Compass.

Please Note: You need to have about 5GB of free space or this will slow your whole machine down.

1. Sign in to the Explore Learning Members’ Area

The first screen you will see is the log in screen as below:

Enter the username and password given to you when you joined Explore Learning.

2. Scroll down and click on the Compass button.

3. Finally, click on the big Compass logo found on the Compass Homepage.

Completing your device checks

The first time you log in we will run a few checks to make sure that everything runs smoothly in your session such as: testing your camera, microphone and that the internet connection is strong enough.

Compass will automatically start running these checks, if you get stuck on any of the areas you can check out our guides below with simple fixes to help complete these checks.

Bandwidth

If your bandwidth is low, we will automatically lower your video resolution to make things run faster, or switch video off altogether.

If you have lots of devices using the internet at the same time, closing as many as possible or pausing downloading/streaming can help your session run smoother.

Screen size

If an error appears for screen size, please ensure your browser is full screen, and that if you are using a tablet it is horizontal.

Click here to see what the error message looks like

If your browser is already full screen but still showing an error message, try zooming out by pressing the 3 dots in the top right and zooming out to 90%.

Click here to see how to zoom out

Browser

The next device check is to test your browser will work with Compass.  If you are using a browser that is not compatible, please download or update a compatible one.

The most recent versions of the following browsers will all work with Compass:

  • Google Chrome
  • Safari
  • Edge (Chromium version)
  • Firefox

Speakers (audio)

The next device check is to test your speakers. Please click on “click to test audio” to check your sound is clear.

If you hear the tune, select “I can hear the audio”

If you can’t hear the audio, click here If you can’t hear the audio, the first step is to check your speakers are turned on and plugged in.

If the speakers are plugged in and turned on but you still can’t hear the audio, please click on the volume icon in the bottom right and ensure the computer is not muted and turned up to a reasonable level.

Click here to see how to adjust your volume

If you can’t hear the audio, the first step is to check your speakers are turned on and plugged in.

If you are still experiencing no audio, click the up arrow to see the option of alternative speakers and select the correct speaker.

Click here to see how to choose which speakers you want the audio to play through

Now click ‘Try again’ on the speakers section. If you can now hear the audio -great, click on “I can hear the audio”.

Video Conferencing

The final device check is to test your webcam and microphone.

Microphone not working?

If your microphone isn’t working, please ensure it is not muted, if the microphone still doesn’t work please try the following :

• Right click the audio button in the bottom right corner of your screen (next to the time).

• Select open sound settings – This will open the settings menu to the sound options.

Click here to see what the sounds setting menu looks like

• Please ensure the correct microphone is selected – if you are on a laptop it will most likely be called ‘integrated microphone’

• If the correct microphone is already selected and it is not picking up audio please click troubleshoot and follow the steps indicated. You may need to unplug/replug in the microphone and reboot your computer.

• If you think you have resolved the problem open Compass and click “Re-run tests”.

 

Camera not working?

If your camera doesn’t appear, try clicking the padlock in the top left of the screen next to the website address. Please ensure camera and microphone is set to allow.

Click here to see what the camera setting menu looks like

If you are still having problems with your webcam, you can choose to continue without it.
You can also try checking the following:
• Webcam is not covered
• Webcam works in other applications
• Webcam is installed correctly and up to date.

Checks Complete!

The device checks are now complete – press continue to get your session started!

If at any point during the process that you are still having difficulties after using the guides above, please select
“Having Problems” and a member of our support team will be in touch to try and resolve your problem.

Alternatively, you can call our Compass Support Team directly on 0208 834 4849, who will be happy to support you. 

My Session

Once you’ve completed your device checks the next step is to start your session and get learning!

Select who is learning today

If there are multiple siblings using the same account or computer, you will have the option to select your child’s name from a list.

Hello Page

Here you can choose to start an ‘Independent Session’, a ‘Scheduled Session’ with your tutor or you can also view your profile.

View Profile

If you select ‘View profile’ you can see your recent progress, as well as what we’re going to be covering in future sessions.