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Handy (free!) Apps and Websites to Help Make Maths a Habit

Most of us have habits. Some are good, some are bad! Maybe you bite your nails? Do you instinctively have a cup of tea in the morning, or a glass of water in the evening?

You can do the same with maths! Now that we have an app for anything and millions of websites, it’s never been easier. We can even allow the apps to send notifications to encourage us!

I have put together my own list of personal favourite apps and sites for you to try. I have tested them all, and I don’t pay for any of them. This is a completely honest list; I have not been asked to endorse any site or app.

I have been using Khan Academy for years and I always recommend it to my students. You can use it through the website, but there is also an app. I think the website is a lot better at this stage.

The great thing about Khan Academy is that it spans so many levels. It starts at “kindergarten” and goes up to university level. For each topic, you can work through unlimited practice questions, read through lessons, watch informative videos and read tips. You can do all or some of these, so it suits all learning styles.

I have used Khan Academy with students as young as six and they love it. Older students also find it very helpful. It’s easy to spend a few minutes or a few hours on the site and it’s all completely free.

Transum Mathematics is a big website designed for maths teachers, but the Starter of The Day page is great for students. They have a different maths puzzle for every day of the year. Many are what I would consider to be brain-teasers, which can be really fun to get stuck into as a family.

The difficulty varies from day to day, but I think most of the activities suit anyone from Key Stage 2 to adult learners. Of course, the fact that it’s a daily puzzle is something that can help you to build your maths habit! Every day might be a bit much, but perhaps you could try every other day, or every weekend.

Times Tables.me.uk

There are many websites and apps to help you improve the speed and accuracy of your times tables, but I particularly like this site. It’s very simple and allows you to choose which tables are included, how many questions are asked, and whether you have multiplication questions, division questions or a combination of the two.

It also records your speed and accuracy, so it’s really good for building that habit! Why not try ten questions a day? That’s probably only a minute or two. Record your score on a note on the fridge and get other family members involved. We learn our times tables at primary school, but I find that many older students need to brush up on these skills too.

Most people think of Memrise as a tool for learning languages, but it has loads of maths courses too! You can use Memrise through the website or by downloading the excellent app.

The content is made by other users and there is a premium (paid) option, but I’ve always found the free account to be more than helpful. You can allow the app to send you notifications, so it’s great for building our maths habit!

Courses range from multiplication to GCSE and each can take anywhere from 35 minutes to 81 hours to complete! I think the style of Memrise is very enjoyable and makes learning any subject into a game.

It’s great for other subjects too, so have a little explore and add the courses you want to try.

I’ve been using Elevate a lot recently and I love it. It’s described as a brain-training app for adults, but I think it’s great for KS2 & 3 students and adults. You can practise your maths and English skills through very quick and fun games.

It tracks your high scores and you can unlock new games by doing well in each subject. Again, you can allow the app to send you notifications to help build your maths habit!

The app does have a premium option, but the free version is great if you just want to do a little each each day. I did sign up for the free trial when I first started using the app, and this allows you to play all of the games as much as you want. I would recommend saving the free trial for a school holiday or just before an exam so that you can get the most out of it.

Tinycards

Tinycards is similar to Memrise, in that you can learn all sorts of things through this app and website. I prefer to use the app and it’s great if you only have a few minutes to spare.

Courses vary from multiplications and fractions to equations and trigonometry.

Have you tried any of these apps or websites? What did you think? Can you recommend any others?

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Guided Reading Questions – KS2 and KS3

Think about the last book or story that you read. Can you answer some of these questions?

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Be More Descriptive – English Tips – KS2 & KS3

Here’s a handy table to help get your writing super-descriptive!

Can you write a sentence that’s more interesting than this one? – The man walked in a funny way.

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