Learning maths often feels like a chore, and so many students struggle with it. Rattling off multiplication and times tables is not particularly inspiring and sometimes the classroom environment isn’t actually the best place for them to really take in and retain information, so other tools need to be used to help students out and stop them from drowning.
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The internet is a treasure chest of tools, resources and interactive math games for you to use in your private tutoring sessions and for extra math practice to help you out in class. We’ve put together a list of five websites which are guaranteed to add a bit of colour and excitement to your maths lessons, as well as make them easy to understand.
Online you can find all sorts of games to help you with the different maths concepts such as graphing, multiplication and division, equivalent fractions or order of operations.
Online these days you can find pretty much everything you need to start making your personal tuition sessions brilliant. You have access to:
…And that’s just to name a few! We’ve scanned the internet, taking the best sites we could find, so that you can see just a snippet of what is available for students, parents and teachers.
From games to interactive tutorials, this list has you covered! Of course, it is by no means exhaustive – this is just a careful selection of the many websites out there that can show your students just how fun and simple maths lessons can be!
Some of these websites follow the American school grading system instead of UK key stages (which are two years each) and year groups. You can easily find conversion tables online if you’re not sure what age group you need – but a basic rule of thumb is that a UK year 1, or KS1, is Kindergarten, year 2 is 1st grade, year 3 is 2nd grade, etc.
One of the most amazing websites, which falls outside of the list because of its broad and unspecialised nature, is YouTube. YouTube is a great place to start if you are looking for quick inspiration on a certain topic, with all sorts of videos and songs to browse through.
YouTube has an enormous wealth of videos to look at, ranging from the good to the bad to the ugly. But don’t let that put you off! It’s still worth a look, as you will undoubtedly find some incredibly helpful and funny videos to inspire your lessons, and your student’s study of maths.
Many of these websites have a learning and revision section, and a test section as well. This means your student can work through the topics and then test their knowledge, to see where they are doing well and what might need improvement.
They are therefore ideal for setting homework as part of your private tutoring – whether it’s to watch a few videos, practice a topic, or simply play a few games for a while!
So on to the list: these sites have been given an academic level, rated from 1 to 5, with a mark out of ten and a little description to show you exactly what you can expect.
So let’s begin…
Math levels: primary to early secondary
Mark out of ten: 6
Our favourite thing: lots of fun games to practice maths
This site’s favourite equation is ‘Academics + Arcade = Fun!”, which is exactly what they offer! Although Arcademics isn’t designed to go through the details of maths topics and provide tutorials, it still puts maths to use in relevant scenarios.
This means your student can have fun whilst learning how to apply their knowledge and what they are learning to cool maths games, to help them retain information and see how maths can be applied in different situations.
The games contain all sorts of maths topics, including addition and subtraction, algebra, arithmetic and fractions to name just a few.
It is possible to play multi-player games too! You can set up ‘private’ games by creating a login, so that students can start playing against friends and classmates. You can also play ‘public games’ which can be joined by anyone at any time, all over the world! The site is well-monitored, so names and activities remain safe and appropriate for children.
As a tutor, you could set your student a bit of homework simply to play around on the games that Arcademics has to offer!
Maths level: GCSE to post-16
Mark out of ten: 7
Our Favourite thing: access to school syllabus, easy to navigate
Maths net is an award-winning suite of sites for UK maths students and teachers, with sections on:
Each section has its own website link, for example ‘mathsnetgcse.com’, which will take you to a specialized zone with all of the topic areas specific to the UK education system’s curriculum. This site is particularly good for harder level maths such as solving equations, trigonometry, algebra and geometry for example.
You can also access Scottish Highers and Scottish advanced Highers, and American AP Calculus, depending on where and what you need to teach.
You also have the option to subscribe so that you can access more content! This is great for tutors especially, as it can really help in lesson planning and preparation, and inspire you with creative and easy-to-grasp teaching methods.
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Maths level: KS2 to A-Level
Mark out of ten: 8
Our favourite thing: lots of videos, easy to navigate and use
The Khan Academy is a well-known American online tutorial site, used all over the world by students and teachers alike. It provides clear age levels and topic sections in many subjects, which branch off into videos and notes.
You can choose to study maths by subject or by grade. To pick a level of study, you will need to choose from the American system that the site offers. You can easily convert the age groups, for example, 8th grade is a UK year 9, so 13 to 14 years old, and so on.
There is also a section on test prep, such as SAT, MCAT and GMAT, which could be perfect if your student is preparing an application for college in America.
Maths level: KS2 to A-Level
Mark out of ten: 9
Our favourite thing: lots of videos, clear and easy to use
This site always comes top in maths website ratings. The ‘JMT’ stands for ‘Just Math Tutorials’, which is exactly what you can expect – simple, clear tutorials that make maths much more digestible!
Here you can access loads of great videos on all sorts of topics, covering everything your students will need to know for school and exams. Check out the website to discover the near-endless list of topics and tutorials available.
Patrick JMT is very similar to the Khan Academy in terms of layout and content, but we think Patrick has the edge with slightly more clarity and finesse!
Maths level: primary, secondary and post-16
Mark out of ten: 10
Our favourite thing: clear and easy to use, lots of games
My Maths is a favourite with teachers, students and parents. It even has an entire section dedicated to parents, helping them to get involved and encourage their children with learning maths. From maths worksheets to maths quizzes, My Maths has it all.
The website has sections on topics within the UK national curriculum, for primary school and secondary school levels. It also has games on each section too, so it’s not all hard work and no play!
Schools can subscribe to My Maths, and use it as part of classroom teaching and for setting homework, but you can access loads of content and games to use in your home tutoring sessions.
Maths level: KS1 to GCSE
Mark out of ten: 10
Our favourite thing: interactive, easy for younger students
BBC Bitesize is a go-to for the UK education syllabus. You can access all subjects in the national curriculum, from Key Stage 1 right through to GCSE. It is available for the education systems in Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales, and in the respective languages as well.
And it’s so simple to use – simply choose your level, click on the maths section, and then explore the topics! For each topic there is a revision section and then a test to see how you well you know your stuff.
This can be a great site to set homework from, as it’s easy to use and you can do topics in short bursts. The language is clear and focused, and the activities are carefully designed to be comprehensible and easy to grasp.
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These are our five favourite websites that are sure to get your students loving maths in no time! Whether it’s games, videos or mini tests, these sites provide all the necessary tools and activities to not only get your students learning but – more importantly – loving maths too!
Many of these sites have designated teacher and parent sections, which you might want to use to get a better understanding of what is asked for by the national education system, and how you can help in their learning and progress.
Remember to do lots of research too, and hunt for other resources that will make your private tutoring sessions more exciting and enjoyable for tough topics. You might even be inspired to start creating some of your own tools, be it videos, recordings, online documents or little tests, that your students can access online themselves as well.