Swears by: best online tutoring and learning resources
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 Mumsnetters.
Age range: any age
Price: free to sign up, lessons start from £18/hr
MyTutor is a free service that lets you browse tutors from the country's top universities and arrange flexible online tuition that fits around your family, meaning there's one less after-school activity to cram into your schedule.
It's free to browse their database of tutors and, when you find one you like, you can arrange a free 15-minute video chat to ask questions, find out more about their teaching style, and make sure they're a good fit for your child. Tutoring sessions are all one-to-one, hosted online via a live video, and they're all recorded so you can go back over them later for revision too. The focussed lessons help kids feel prepared and, while increased exam confidence is hard to measure, MyTutor tend to see an average results increase of a whole grade after 12 weeks of tutoring.
There's no subscription, you can book sessions one at a time – or book regular sessions for as long as you like – and pay as you go.
“This has opened up a new way into tackling revision angst, particularly for a subject with which we as parents are not able to offer much help. It has been a revelation, and has been so useful for my daughter – it's helped her tackle tricky areas and has boosted her confidence.”
MyTutor is currently offering Mumsnetters a £10 credit towards their first lesson.Book your free 15-minute video chat
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.
Tutorful are offering Mumsnetters £10 off their first private tuition session, so whether you would like to book a one-off maths refresher lesson or you're searching for ongoing help with French conversation, you can try Tutorful for less.
“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.
The £10 Lesson Credit will automatically be deducted from the first lesson you pay for. If there’s any left over, it will automatically be used towards the lesson after that.Book your first session now
Best online learning resources at a glance
- Best all-rounder: EdPlace – start your trial now
- Best for maths: Mathletics – 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.
All core subjects
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.”
Get started with a 14 day full access trial for just £1 or get 17% off your subscription with code MUMSNETB2S17Find 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
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 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
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
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
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
More free 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.”
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
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 Masters students to watch the advanced calculus and stats ones. Both my boys (seven and five) have learnt loads.”
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
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.”
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