The best online home learning resources for children of all ages
There's a whole heap of websites out there to help children revise and learn more creatively. Everybody learns differently so, to help you find the best options for your child, here's a list of the most innovative, well-designed and widely-used sites, according to Mumsnet users.
With schools around the globe shutting their doors for the foreseeable future, it's a relief that there are loads of great options for online, remote learning – both paid and free – to keep kids on their toes (and keep parents sane). Whether you're looking to support your child's pre-existing schoolwork or want to get creative and learn new, exciting things, there's a programme for it – and Mumsnet users are on hand to recommend the ones that get the best results.
Best online learning resources at a glance
- Best for home learning: Explore Learning, Explore at Home – book your free online trial
- Best Mumsnet-exclusive deal: Your Favourite Teacher – find out more
- Best for one-to-one tutoring: Tutorful – start your trial now
- Best all-rounder: EdPlace – start your trial now
- Best for maths (overall): Mathletics – start your trial now
- Best for maths (personalisation): Smartick – start your trial now
- Best for English: Reading Eggs – start your trial now
- Best for science: Tassomai – find out more
- Best for languages: Memrise – sign up for free
- Best for exams: A Testing Time – try 30 questions free
Read on for more information on these websites – and a whole host of others – plus feedback from Mumsnetters who've been there, done that, and got the exam results.
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Tutorful - Mumsnet Rated winner
Age range: any age
Price: free to sign up, rates are set by tutors
No matter what subject your kids need a bit of help with, Tutorful match children (or adults) with the right tutor to boost their confidence and maximise their potential. You can browse thousands of tutors and filter by location, level of expertise, and more. If you can't find what you're looking for locally, you can opt for online tuition with your tutor of choice in Tutorful's virtual classroom – ideal if you live rurally and don't fancy an hour long round trip on a weeknight.
“The tutor we tested out was very warm and friendly and good at talking to my daughter (who was a bit shy) she had a bag of tricks that aided her in making learning fun and was great at holding her attention.”
“The tutor was fantastic. I’m sure my son learnt more in that 30 min guitar session than he has in the last three years!”
You can read an in-depth Mumsnetter review of Tutorful's service here.Book your first session now
Your Favourite Teacher
Age range: 13-16
Price: £50 for six months' access (exclusive discount for Mumsnetters, usually £155.94)
Ideal for older children, Your Favourite Teacher supports your teen to learn effectively at home, thanks to a library of over 3000 videos, quizzes and worksheets for use on your child's phone, laptop or tablet. Suitable for years 9-11, this one-off learning from home bundle includes unlimited access to all of the English Language, English Literature, Maths and Science learning content for six months – perfect for keeping them ticking over until next year.
Each of the more than 40 courses on offer includes around 10 lessons, including at least one video, a topic page, a downloadable resource and quiz – enough to challenge your child to get to grips with the subject.Find out more
Age range: suitable for children aged 5 – 16
Price: £99 per year or £15 per month for all three subjects, family discount packages available
An EdPlace subscription gives your child access to thousands of interactive tutorial worksheets covering the core national curriculum subjects: English, Maths and Science up to GCSE level. In other words, you're getting a lot of bang for your buck – though single subject subscriptions are also available.
Worksheets created by teachers with at least five years of experience are assigned to your child and adaptive technology tailors assignments to match your child's progress. There is also a parent dashboard which allows you to track your child's results and sends a progress report each week. Most importantly, you can expect to see a 10% increase in scores when EdPlace is used more than once a week.
“I tried EdPlace on a 14 day trial for £1 and was so impressed I am saving up to purchase in full. I like how it's set out – it's my favourite find to date.”
EdPlace are offering Mumsnetters an exclusive 15% off all subscriptions with code MUMSNET20Find out more
Age range: suitable for children aged 5 – 16
BBC Bitesize offers resources for a broad range of subjects from KS1 through to GCSE. “Lessons” are delivered to younger children through engaging videos and games and older children can access concise notes followed by tasks to test their knowledge. Bitesize has resources specifically tailored to the curriculum for Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, too. Best of all, because Bitesize is created by the Beeb , it's completely free.Find out more
Explore Learning - Mumsnet Rated winner
Age range: 4-14
Price: Free online trial session, then a monthly package is £129
Explore at Home is an online learning experience, perfect for children aged from four to 14, created by Explore Learning to help families keep education going. Explore Learning's mission is to support children by nurturing the skills and attitudes they need to become confident, fearless learners who are hungry for knowledge – traits we can certainly get on board with.
Sessions take place online, allowing children to access their individualised learning courses, with expert tutors on hand to provide 1:1 support throughout. Plus, your child gets unlimited access to their own tailored learning course, and Explore Learning supports the whole family with access to an exclusive members area full of parent advice, activities, videos and more.
“I was very satisfied with Explore Learning. The staff were knowledgeable, caring, friendly and very helpful. The work that my DC went through was engaging, and the whole system seemed pretty well thought out.”
You can read an in-depth Mumsnetter review of Explore Learning's in-person tuition service here.Book your free online trial
You can also call this number to register: 01483 447414
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Age range: children aged 4 – 16
Price: £59 per year for one learner
A Mathletics subscription enables your child to access hundreds of hours of maths activities per year level, as well as the Mathletics printable workbook library for extra offline activities. Primary school-aged learners can also access Live Mathletics: an online maths game which allows them to compete against other children across the world. As a parent, you will be emailed a weekly report and can also use the Mathletics Family Console to track your child’s process, print their certificates and assign them activities to complete.
“My son had real difficulty with maths and Mathletics has helped – first in his confidence and now in his ability.”Start your free trial
Age range: children aged 4 – 14
Price: quarterly subscription £108 (other options available)
Smartick consists of daily 15-minute sessions in which children can master the maths foundations, develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills. Its curriculum includes arithmetic, word problems, logic and coding, and is suitable for children who are either behind, have learning gaps to fill or simply want to excel beyond the classroom.
It also uses artificial intelligence to identify the skills and learning pace of each student, meaning it can adapt to their needs in real-time. Smartick's personalised method proved popular when Mumsnet users tested it, especially the daily progress emails.
“This has helped my son improve on his maths and even his teacher has seen a difference. I love the enthusiasm he shows each day wanting to do his session.”
Smartick is offering Mumsnetters an exclusive 25% off all subscriptions. You can also test it out yourself with their 15-day free trial.Find out more
Age range: children aged 2 – 13
Price: £39.95 per year
Reading Eggs offers online reading games and activities that are engaging for young children and easy to incorporate into your daily routine. Your child will complete a placement quiz to gauge their reading level but afterwards the activities are self-paced, allowing your child to learn in a way that suits them. This program is ideal for children who are preparing for school or struggling with reading.
“Reading Eggs has been brilliant for my five year old who was being seriously let down by the offerings at his school. In the space of a few weeks he is now able to properly decode words and has grown in confidence so much. Can't recommend it enough.”
Reading Eggs offers Mumsnetters a four-week free trial.Start your free trial
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Age range: children aged 7 – 16
Price: varies depending on the course but, for example, an AQA Biology GCSE course is £10 per month
Tassomai works by breaking a syllabus down into micro-facts and repeatedly testing pupils. Their unique algorithm adapts itself to the user, targets their weaknesses and adapts quizzes accordingly. Weekly progress reports keep parents in the loop, but Tassomai's results guarantee is where they really stands out: they guarantee a 7-9 grade in GCSE Science if the course is completed – or your money back.
“My daughter used Tassomai very intensively, starting part way through her actual GCSE exams and got full UMS points for most of her modules.”
Tassomai don't offer a free trial but their monthly pay-as-you-go subscription can be cancelled at any time – more info hereFind out more
Save My Exams
Age range: children aged 15 – 18
Ideal for GCSE and A-level students, Save My Exams offer past papers and mark schemes for all major UK science and maths exams – for free. Your child can access relevant papers from their exam board as well as free sample worksheets. For £6.99 a month, or £24.99 a year, your child can access all of the available worksheets with questions grouped by difficulty or topic.Browse past papers here
Age range: suitable for children (or adults) of any age
Price: free (with the option for a premium subscription)
Really popular thanks to its convenient app-based structure, Duolingo is the perfect tool for on-the-go language learning. Although mostly geared towards adults, the picture-based vocabulary games are also great for teaching kids the basics of a language. With loads of languages available, from French and Spanish right through to Hawaiian and Scottish Gaelic, you'll be a linguistic guru in no time.
“I am learning Spanish on Duolingo and finding it fun. There are quite a few languages to choose from. I do a few lessons every morning and find it is really sinking in. Would highly recommend.”Find out more
Age range: suitable for children (or adults) of any age
Ever wanted to learn how to read a menu in Mandarin? Memrise promises to teach you just that, among more conventional subjects such as learning basic French and Italian. Based on the latest science behind how our brains work, it uses 'mems', essentially pictures, memorable situations, symbols and any other mnemonic devices to help you remember and revise. Your child can access over 200 language courses for free but there are lots of extra features available from about £4 a month.
“We started using Memrise for our daughter's French and it has expanded her vocabulary in leaps and bounds. It also often includes phrases (and it's free).”Find out more
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A Testing Time
Age range: this course is aimed specifically at children preparing for the 11+ exams
Price: £18 per month, £119 per year
Online verbal and non-verbal reasoning tests for 11+ exam practice. Children are guided through a course of unlimited questions which adapts to their level, helping them to progress towards a target within a set time. Immediate and detailed feedback and encouragement helps to prepare them for exams.Find out more
Age: GCSE to A-Level
If your child is studying for GCSEs or A-levels, look no further than S-Cool, the largest revision site on the web for these crucial exams. Pretty much all the most popular subjects are covered in depth, broken down into topics with detailed overviews followed by multiple choice and exam-style questions. Best of all, it's completely free – you just have to register on the site.Find out more
The best free recommended online educational resources
Quizlet is a website that provides learning tools and games to help revise anything from poetry terminology to musical notes. Think flashcards but much more interactive and fun. You can use cards other users have already made, or make your own set specific to what your child needs to learn. Its nifty world map also shows you who else is studying on Quizlet. Try it here
“My daughter has been using Quizlet to make vocab revision flashcards and quizzes for herself – it seems like a very useful site.”
Made free in light of the Covid-19 outbreak and schools being shut, Mumsnetters love the fun, interactive nature of this website – bonus points that it's run by Countdown's very own maths legend. Try it here
“We love Mathsfactor! Carol's video lessons are always cheerful and supportive and the girls love the video game-style of learning.”
Wonderopolis sends subscribers a new 'wonder' to discover each day, posing questions as weird and wonderful as “Why don't spiders get caught in their webs?” and “Who invented time?” Then there are quizzes to test your knowledge and vocabulary on the wonder, and links to resources if you want to find out even more. Try it here
4. Khan Academy
Challenge your teenagers with Khan Academy, a not-for-profit website that promises “a free world-class education for anyone anywhere.” Offering video tutorials on everything from maths to cosmology, your child will be able to get help on a subject they can't quite grasp, or just learn about something that piques their interest. Try it here
“Khan Academy is fantastic. I even get my Master's students to watch the advanced calculus and stats ones. Both my boys (seven and five) have learnt loads.”
Atom Learning is an online KS2 teaching and learning platform. As part of our response to COVID-19, they're now hosting free online lessons in English, maths, verbal reasoning and non-verbal reasoning, and all lessons are hosted by professional teachers. Sign up now to access their timetable for the week.
“We found it clearly laid out and easy to use, and I love the fact that you can see at a glance what your child has done that week. My child was encouraged by the virtual badges he earned, and his stats went up over the months. I was really impressed actually, highly recommended, and I love the fact that it gives the answers and WHY which is so much better than a lot of the books you can buy which just give the correct answer with no explanation.”
Find advice on applying to Oxbridge, writing personal statements, revision tips and more. The blog's continuously being updated and articles are written by students and graduates of the college or subject that they're writing about. Try it here
7. Inspiring Futures and Futurewise
There are a number of good websites offering careers help, and among these are Inspiring Futures and Futurewise, which offer bags of information, guidance and planning, tailored to the needs of the individual student. Futurewise also hosts regular 'insight event' days where your child can meet people in a particular profession and take part in career-focused activities. Try them here Inspiring Futures and Futurewise.
“We tried the Futurewise interview. It gave some great advice to my daughter.”
8. Seneca – revision and virtual learning for A-Level and GCSE
A website dedicated to older children (and therefore more complex work), Seneca has tonnes of free resources, including some particularly useful dedicated sets of the toughest exam questions and topics to get your teeth into. There is also the option to trial a premium, paid service, which has even more resources available.
“I have found Seneca to be really useful, as the kids seem to actually engage with it for a lot longer. You can sign up as a parent and get weekly activity reports too.”
More free home learning resources, websites and guides:
9. Oxford Owl – educational activities, online ebooks, and support for parents
10. PhonicsPlay – a very popular site who have decided to make their resources free in response to the coronavirus crisis
11. Sublime Science – 101 free and fun science experiments to try at home
12. Twinkl – Primary school resources from early years to KS2
13. SchoolScience – some outside-the-box real-world science news
14. Topmarks Education – online teaching resources for fun learning
15. Primary Resources – lessons plans and ideas which can be adapted for home use
16. Puzzlemaker – a free puzzle maker to keep bored brains ticking over
17. Teach Your Monster To Read – a fun game to help children with phonics and the art of reading
18. Corbettmaths – resources for the new 9-1 GCSE maths syllabus
19. Teachit Maths – KS3-5 maths resources with free print-at-home PDF sheets
20. Maths is Fun – a great resource full of handy real-life demonstrations of maths problems
21. Mathster – free downloadable maths worksheets
22. BrainPOP – free access to a range of primary and secondary resources during school closures
23. Tynker – computer coding courses for kids aged 5+ (great for Minecraft fanatics!)
24. Crash Course Kids – a YouTube channel with videos covering lots of scientific lessons
25. Science Channel – another science YouTube channel, this time for slightly older kids
26. National Geographic Kids – a source of entertaining and educational content from around the world
27. GEOgraphy Focus – learn about all the countries of the world through fun videos
28. Scholastic Learn at Home – day-by-day projects to keep kids on their toes
29. Funbrain – a collection of fun, educational games that your children will actually want to play
30. Storyline Online – a huge American resource of children's books read aloud
31. PBS Kids – loads of online games, videos and stories for instant boredom-busting
32. Highlights Kids – available on the web, on YouTube and as an app
33. CoolMath4Kids – a whole host of maths games and brainteasers for all ages
34. Seussville – the online home of the wonderful world of Dr Seuss, with games, videos and character profiles
35. Mystery Doug – five-minute engaging educational videos to act as a quick break, emailed weekly
36. Emerald Ant – fun online resources relating to local history, geology and heritage, perfect for a little change of scenery
37. EdShed – an excellent educational resource including a Spelling Shed, Maths Shed and Literacy Shed
38. Art For Kids Hub – a YouTube channel of art activities for kids
39. Sir Linkalot – The App – spelling and vocabulary work for KS2 on an interactive (and very well-animated) app
40. TheBrainScoop – a look into how natural history museums operate (WARNING: definitely for older viewers, and not for the faint-hearted – think animal stuffing and flambéing insects)
41. CENTURY – AI-powered learning in the form of English, maths and science courses for years 3 to 11. Free during schools closure
42. Q-files – an online illustrated, comprehensive, up-to-date encyclopaedia. Free access for all until end of July 2020
43. White Rose Maths – maths lessons for years 1 to 8, with video
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