There are many different resources out there to support you with your learning, but sometimes, you might not know where to start.

If you need extra information or haven’t quite understood something, we’ve put all the resources you’ll need together here.

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Revision techniques

Struggling to find the motivation to revise? Don’t even know where to start? Well, look no further! 

Firstly, watch the video below for a summary of some different revision techniques to get you started. Then click through the presentation for a real life worked example of something you might study in biology - the human digestive system. We’ve taken a big chunk of text and then condensed it down into different formats so you can see how it works!

Revision techniques challenge

Use the template provided (or your own) to express a concept you find difficult, using all of the different revision techniques. If you’re stuck for ideas, a good Key Stage 3 example would be photosynthesis, and a Key Stage 4 example could be meiosis!

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Subject resources

  • NRICH Maths At Home - Maths resources to help enrich your learning, and further your understanding of concepts.
  • SparkNotes - over 500 study guides for English Literature, Shakespeare and more.
  • CGP apps - a multitude of questions and quizzes for Biology, Chemistry and Physics.
  • STEM Learning - a selection of activities and materials to use at home, all of which are free.
  • BBC Languages - language guides, culture, grammar help, tests and games.
  • Oakwood Academy - study guides, past papers and individual exam questions to help refine your technique (particularly GCSE).
  • Royal Geographical Society - some great resources to help you with Geography concepts whilst working from home, from podcasts and articles, to online lectures.

For more fantastic online study support, see our guide to our favourite BBC Bitesize resources.

Top tips for studying and learning

Want to hear what some of our students have to say? Watch Amy and her friends share their top tips for studying and learning.

Tips for learning and studying at home

Get dressed

It’s easy to stay in your pyjamas and work from your bedroom, but you’re guaranteed to become less motivated and more distracted. Simply having a shower and getting dressed in the morning will wake you up and set you up for the day.

Create a clutter-free study space

A messy desk will significantly lower your productivity. If your study space is clear, your head will be too. How about a plant to keep the oxygen level up too?

Set regular working hours

Whether you’re an early bird or a night owl, choose which working hours are best for you and stick to them! Otherwise, it’s so easy to procrastinate and put off your work, when you’ll inevitably have to come back to it later on. 

Create a timetable - and stick to it

Designate time to each subject, as it’s easy to fall into the trap of focusing all of your time and efforts towards the subjects you enjoy or perform best in. This will ensure your work is always ready with plenty of time before a deadline, dissipating the need for any last minute panicking. 

However, don’t overwhelm yourself

Use a productivity app like Forest

Forest stops you getting distracted by stopping you using other apps on your phone. You can also download it onto your web browser and blacklist certain websites - some people use this to block things like Facebook, Instagram, Buzzfeed and Youtube, but it means they can still carry out work and research. 

Vary your work

Simply reading your notes won’t help. Make summaries, posters, flow charts, flashcards or mind maps to learn your subject content, then use past paper questions to test how much you have learnt. There are so many study Youtubers too, and channels like Crash Course, if you find that watching videos is your best way to learn.

Don’t be scared to ask for help

Your teachers are still there to help you, and they will be more than willing to answer your questions - they don’t want you to fall behind just as much as you don’t want to. Remember that if they take a while to respond to you, everyone may be struggling in the current circumstances and they’ll get back to you as soon as they can.

Don’t lose touch with friends

It is completely understandable that you’ll be missing your school friends, but it’s important not to let those feelings of isolation cause you to drift apart. It is amazing how much of an effect the occasional text or Zoom quiz can have on someone. We definitely feel so energised after talking to friends, as it gives a sense of normality so don’t forget to check up on them.

Look after yourself

And finally, but most importantly, take care of yourself. You can do this by doing work when it’s best for you, taking regular breaks and getting some fresh air. It may sound obvious, but getting plenty of sleep, staying hydrated and eating healthily will really help you stay focused

Study apps

When you’re faced with a long list of school work, getting started can be the hardest part. Once you’ve got past that initial hurdle, everything becomes a lot more clear! We understand that finding the motivation to work, especially at the moment, can be tough, so here are some tried and tested study apps to help you get going!

  • Quizlet: This app allows you to make flashcards online or in-app to help you memorise anything from facts to formulas. You can also use pre-made flashcards, just like this GCSE maths set!
  • Flora: Plant a virtual tree to stop you from getting distracted by other apps on your phone. Collect different plant species and compete with friends for the most trees grown each day
  • MindMeister: This app allows you to create virtual mind maps to visualize and present topics that might be too difficult to understand as a large amount of text. Doing this virtually means it’ll be a lot neater, and you can colour code everything!
  • Exam Countdown Lite: Keep track of hand-ins, deadlines and exams with this app. It can also help you prioritise work that is due sooner - instead of accidentally spending all of your time solely on the subjects you like!
  • Gojimo: This app has over 65,000 practice questions, 28 different GCSE courses, and it’s free! Practising questions is one of the best ways to learn your subject content, as simply reading your notes won’t test your knowledge.

Google Classroom

Everyone is having to learn how to use new technologies, and Google Classroom is one example of the new, innovative ways of teaching online. If your school is using this but you’re finding it difficult to navigate, have a look at this video.

Study skills

Presentation Skills

Though presenting can sometimes be a little daunting, it’s a really important skill, and something to practise - each time you have a go, it gets that little bit easier! Here is the University of York’s guide to presentations.


Active listening involves fully concentrating on a speaker, without daydreaming or interrupting them. This is not only useful in day to day conversations, but at school too, for example in English presentations and modern foreign language speaking exams. Watch this video to find out how you can develop your listening skills.


Check out the University of York’s guide for note-taking. Using apps like Evernote to electronically store and organise your notes can be useful, as a huge pile of notes and worksheets can appear daunting when you come to revise! 


The key to successful revision is starting exam prep early, revising little but often and looking after yourself, all whilst remaining calm. This article shows you how to get the most out of your revision, instead of wasting your valuable time being unproductive!

Essay writing

Here is the University of York’s guide for essay writing. With the majority of essays, you start with a broad introduction, then get into the finer detail relevant to your question, and finally finish with a broad conclusion about how your essay fits into the wider context.