Best online learning resources - everything from maths to Mandarin
There's a wealth of websites available to help children revise and learn more creatively. To help you find the best options for your child, here's a list of the most innovative, well-designed and widely used.
IXL: This handy learning tool covers maths topics from reception to year 12 (and topics for year 13 in the pipeline). Multiple-choice questions and detailed explanations will help your child towards maths whizz-dom, and its progress tracking reports will undoubtedly boost motivation.
- £7.99 per month
Reading Eggs: Instil a love of reading and help your child improve their literacy skills with this website. Covering ages three to 13, there are phonics games for younger readers, tests to gauge your child's reading level and bags of activities and games for older children.
- Free 14-day trial, subscription from £29.95
A Testing Time: 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.
- Free trial, subscription from £15 per month
Quizlet: 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 sets others have already made, or make your own specific to what your child needs to learn. Its nifty world map also shows you who else is studying on Quizlet.
Memrise: Ever wanted to learn how to read a menu in Mandarin? Memrise promises to teach you just that, amongst 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.
S-cool: 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.
Wonderopolis: 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.
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.
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-focussed activities.
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What Mumsnetters say about online learning resources
- 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. gaelicsheep.
- We started using Memrise for DD's French and it has expanded her vocabulary in leaps and bounds. It also often includes phrases (and it's free). Revengeofkarma.
- 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. acebaby
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